We encourage you to explore this additional website resources to supplement Natural Inquirer.
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) - Forest Service
- USDA - Forest Service Learn more about the USDA Forest Service!
- Forest Service Research and Development Forest Service Research and Development (R&D) scientists carry out basic and applied research to study biological, physical, and social sciences related to very diverse forests and rangelands.
- Conservation Education Learn about the role of Conservation Education in the Forest Service. Educators can find an Educator Toolbox and online resources!
- Discover The Forest Learn about forests and parks located near you, as well as cool games and activities you can do outdoors.
- FS NatureLIVE Check out 10 different distance learning adventures, including FreshWaterLIVE, PollinatorsLIVE, ClimateChangeLIVE, and more!
- NatureWatch The NatureWatch program is for people to experience wildlife, fish, and flowers in their natural settings; to promote recreational viewing opportunities, facilitate learning about the environment, and to promote conservation efforts and wise use of natural resources.
- Northern Research Station Environmental Literacy The Northern Research Station’s Environmental Literacy Program is designed to integrate research results into educational programs and activities that provide the knowledge, skills, and motivation necessary for citizens to make responsible environmental choices.
- Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center Kids Zone
- Junior Snow Rangers A great place to learn about what Snow Rangers do!
- US Forest Service presents Untrammeled , a series of 5 Wilderness Educational Shorts. Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4, Episode 5
- Smokey Bear Great web site for information about the forest fires.
- Woodsy Owl This web site provides information about the Woodsy the Owl program
- Forest Service Wildland Fire Information about before, during, and after wildland fires.
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Other Useful Websites
- Cradle of Forestry In America Interpretive Association The Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, in cooperation with the Cradle of Forestry in America, USDA Forest Service, and other partners, will make available to this and future generations the birthplace of forestry and forestry education in America and will promote, demonstrate, and stimulate interest in and knowledge of the sustainable management of America's forest lands for the multiple benefits.
- Project Learning Tree (PLT) An environmental education curriculum focused on PreK-12th grade. Natural Inquirer provides correlations to a PLT activities at the end of many articles.
- Smithsonian Science Education Center- "Science: A Work in Progress" is a good video about teaching the scientific process to students.
- Behind the Sciences at MIT Short videos about different chemists at MIT and what they study.
- North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center Natural Inquirer partner for the PreK-4th grade activity sheets. The Nature Research Center's goal is "to bring research scientists and their work into the public eye, help demystify what can be an intimidating field of study, better prepare science educators and students, and inspire a new generation of young scientists."
- EUGENE Evaluation that is fast, fun and free! EUGENE can evaluate your EE program whether in the formal or non-formal classroom setting for knowledge gain.
- Bill Nye's Climate Lab Interactive web resource for information and activities involving climate change.
- Cornell Lab of Ornithology Bird Sleuth Program A program with free curriculum that allows students to participate in citizen science activities and learn more about birds and the world around them.
- USGS educational videos Educational videos about various topics.
- USGS: Bees! Take a look of at these photos of bees up close!
- USGS Water Science School Resources to learn all about water!
- USGS Earthquakes for Kids Learn about earthquake history, science fair project ideas, ask a geologist a question, and more.
- Young Naturalist Awards - American Museum of Natural History An inquiry-based science competition for students in grades 7-12.
- U.S. Drought Portal Up-to-date information on drought.
- EarthSky Science news and resources!
- ENC Online - K-12 Math & Science Center Resources for math and science.
- Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Student Center Abundance of information on environmental activities and involvement for kids.
- EPA Exploring Estuaries Learn all about estuaries!
- EPA High School Environmental Center High school level resources for environmental topics.
- EPA Climate Change Basics Video introduction to the issue of climate change.
- EPA National Stormwater Calculator Estimate the annual amount of rainwater and frequency of runoff from a specific site anywhere in the United States!
- EPA Carbon Footprint Calculator What is your carbon footprint?
- NASA for Kids Only Learn about natural hazards and other earth science topics!
- NASA Climate Kids Activities for kids related to natural resources.
- NASA Earth Observatory Learn about earth science and the world in which we live!
- NASA Global Climate Change Check Earth’s vital signs and learn about climate change!
- NASA Images of Change Satellite photos of Earth showing effects of climate change.
- NASA Space Place How to tell trees apart from space!
- National Park Service Web Rangers Learn all about National Parks and National Historic Sites!
- National Park Service Curriculum Resources Educational resources, activities, and lesson plans.
- Recreation.gov Discover camping spots, national parks and forests, and more!
- National Science Foundation Information about science, current science research, and grant opportunities.
- National Science Teachers Association Excellent resources and information for teachers.
- NatureServ A network of 74 conservation data centers that provide information on animals, plants, and other natural resources.
- Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science K-12 Programs Teacher workshops, scientist biographies, and more!
- Wilderness.net A great resource for information and pictures of Wilderness areas in the United States!
- USPTO Collectable Cards Cards featuring various inventors from diverse backgrounds. The cards are part of an effort to encourage and inspire future generations of inventors!
- The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology Listen to women from all across the Administration tell the stories of their personal heroes across the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
- National Forest Foundation Learn about all the wonderful things our forests offer and what you can do to help them thrive!
- National Climate Data Center See how vegetation is responding to climate change!
- NOAA Photo Library See the photos scientist, engineers, and other members of NOAA have shared.
- NOAA Game Arcade Fun games to help teach kids about our planet.
- NOAA National Weather Service with Owlie Learn science and safety with Owlie Skywarn. Great for kids, parents, and teachers.
- Teaching Climate Science and information for a climate-smart nation! Maps and other educational resources about climate change.
- Green Strides A collection on environmental education tools and resources.
- Waterviz A water cycle visualization tool.
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System This outdoor learning tool provides links to fun facts and information you can use on trips to national refuges.
- UCAR Climate & Water Teaching Box Recent climate change is already having impacts - from melting Arctic sea ice and glaciers, tot he lack of rainfall in the southwest and central United States, and the impacts of sea level rise on coasts worldwide. This teaching box is filled with explorations and readings that help secondary students learn how climate change is affecting the water cycle.