Wetlands and Rainforests and Prairies
This site looks at coastal restoration projects in Louisiana. Maintained by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center, it includes instructor resources, a kids corner, slide shows and videos.
Prairies, while not as startling at first glance as rainforests, say, cover a huge amound of the earth's lands. At the Bell Museum viewers can actually build a prairie from scratch with plants and animals which must be comptible with that environment. It is a very fun site for lower elementary students.
As long as humans have walked the planet, wetlands have been a part of our lives. Some people turned to these saturated lands for resources while others saw them as something fearful or undesirable.
This award winning documentary by Water Rocks! explores the biologically productive, and diverse, nature of wetlands and the vital role they play to life on Earth.
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The Rainforest Alliance helps people of all ages to understand the role that each one of us plays in biodiversity conservation, and provides both lesson plans and resources.
Why Do Venomous Animals Live In Warm Climates?
Derek Muller always wondered why Australia has so many venomous animals that can kill you while Canada has virtually none. But it's not just Australia - it seems like all beautiful, warm places are cursed with venomous native species. So he set out to find the truth: why have all these venomous species evolved in the world's best holiday destinations?
Suitable for older (high school) students, this video comes up with different theories and puts them to the test. The results were not what Derek expected.
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Virtually the whole country of Costa Rica is an eco-friendly environment. The rainforest includes animals like the poison dart frog, Capuchin monkeys, and macaws.
The California Academy of Sciences exhibits a four story rainforest with many micro-ecologies. Take-home kits widen the student base.
Because such environments are bounded, they serve as fertile study targets.