Resources for Schools

Raul M. Rojas, Director, Public Works

Web Sites

  • Association of Bay Area Governments Earthquake Information - Earthquake Maps and information, including a quiz to test your earthquake sense.
  • Butterflies of North America - See photos, distribution lists, checklists and learn more about the world of beautiful butterflies.
  • Ecoed.Net - A collaborative effort by local organizations to bring online environmental information to educators in a concise format, including educational resources, 'Ask an Expert', calendar of events, local field trips, and the Environmental Equipment Loan Program.
  • EPA's Surf Your Watershed - A service to help you locate, use, and share information about your place. At this site you can find your watershed, learn about the index of watershed indicators, and adopt your watershed! Or go right to information about Marin County's watersheds
  • Junior Botanist Program - Register your class with the Junior Botanist Program through WildCare in Marin.
  • National Geographic - Go exploring on interactive expeditions, on-line adventures, and get up close and personal with wildlife using the wild-cam.
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Find out about today's weather, including up-to-date satellite imagery. Visit their educational resources section to find information about all kinds of hazardous weather, climate change, satellites and space.
  • North Bay Riparian Station - A collaboration between nonprofit organizations, community volunteers, local schools and government agencies to improve the health of local watersheds and riparian habitats by coordinating various monitoring and restoration projects in the North San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Save Our Streams (Izaak Walton League of America) - Start a stream monitoring and restoration project. Offers hands-on approach and simple techniques for volunteers of all ages. Be guided through the process of monitoring aquatic insects and crustaceans (clues to the water's health), identifying potential pollution problems and plotting potential causes on a map. Visit their website at www.iwla.org or call 1-800-BUG-IWLA.
  • Score Science - Schools of California On-line Resources for Education (SCORE) connects on-line resources to California's standards. Visit the teacher's place, the kid's corner, perform a science search, 'Ask a Scientist', or discover lessons, resources and standards and framework information.
  • The Center for Ecoliteracy - The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to fostering the experience and understanding of the natural world. Discover their vision, learn about action, projects and programs, keep up to date with news and publications, and find out about grants and donations.
  • The Water Cycle (Available in 36 languages) - Offered by The U.S. Geological Survey, this is the most comprehensive web site about "The Water Cycle" anywhere. It features a wonderful diagram of the water cycle and an in-depth discussion of each of the 15 topics on the diagram.
  • The Water Cycle and related links - Find out fun facts about water, learn about the water cycle, and discover other water references and educational websites.
  • The Water Cycle: How Rain and Snow are Formed
  • US EPA - Visit the Environmental Education Center to find out about conferences, grants, awards, curriculum resources, activities and more! U.S. EPA IRIS Database is an electronic database containing information on the human health effects from exposure to various chemicals in the environment.
  • USGS Educational Resources - Learn how biology, geology, hydrology, and geography can help us understand our changing world. Activities packets for K-12 students about our changing world, maps and earth hazards.
  • Water Science - This new module is part of the existing Water Science for Schools web site offered through the U.S. Geological Survey.
  • Weather.com - All about weather including up to date local weather conditions and forecasts.
  • Web Directory - Environmental organization web directory and search engine.

Super Sites for Students/Kids

  • Crabby Kathy - Elementary kids discover that indoor air pollutants were making their teacher sick and write a book about it.
  • Eddy the Eco-Dog - This surfboard riding pooch has his own online cartoon series. Eddy, who lives on Planet Chachachawowa, helps you learn about science, nature and ecology.
  • EPA's Student Center - Older Students can visit to learn all about the environment and find out about projects and activities you can do at home, internships, scholarships and to test knowledge about recycling, endangered species and more!
  • National Wildlife Federation - Find out about wildlife, and what you can do to protect wildlife and attract cool critters to your backyard. You too can be one of over 20,000 people who are certified in the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Wildlife Habitat program. Ranger Rick's kidzone includes games, outdoor stuff and more!
  • National Geographic Kids - Explore cyber worlds, play interactive games and get up close and personal with wildlife using the wild-cam. Check back each month for new on-line activities!
  • SCORE Science Kid's Corner - Visit their HOT links to science activities (updated frequently) and check out the Student Projects Showcase.
  • The Earth Dog Site - Meet Earth Dog, a fun, furry, global cartoon crusader designed to teach environmental awareness. Includes an online comic book, activities, links to other environmental sites, a letter writing kit and more.
  • The Water Cycle - Find out fun facts about water, learn about the water cycle, and discover other water references and educational websites.
  • Thursday's Child Project - Follow skipper Michael Reppy as he sails to raise awareness of the plight of whales in captivity and dolphins under siege.
  • TOXTOWN- an interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances.
  • US EPA's Explorers Club - Learn about nonpoint source pollution by playing a game called What's WRONG With This Picture?!?. In Save Our Species learn about endangered species such as specific species of shrimp, frogs, butterflies, grasses, spiders, fish, clams, rice, snails, turtles, birds, orchids, squirrels, mice, deer, bats, and cacti.  Also learn more about drinking water, including games, experiments and art projects. Become a Planet Protector and receive an official badge, poster, activity guides and more.