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General Environmental Education Material
North American Association of Environmental Education provides resources for the student and classroom teacher on environmental issues. Awesome Library organizes the Web with 19,000 carefully reviewed resources, including the top 5 percent in education. National Environmental Directory is a directory of more than 13,000 organizations in the US concerned with environmental issues and education, and is one of the most complete and comprehensive in the US.
Ask Eric- Environmental education lesson plans, K-12. Excellence in Environmental Education Guidelines for Learning (K-12) provides students, parents, educators, home-schoolers, policy makers, and the public a set of common, voluntary guidelines for environmental education. Earth science lesson plans for grades 1-12 from the Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition.
US Geologic Service provides online lesson plans, activities, tutorials, and links to references dealing with interdisciplinary studies of natural science. The Center for Global Environmental Education has been an internationally recognized pioneer in creating thematic learning programs for K-12 students. Current programs are the Rivers of Life, 1000 Friends of Frogs, Self-Expressing Earth, Following Fall and the Watershed Action Web Site. This website of the Council of State Science Supervisors addresses ten of the most commonly asked questions about safety issues, responsibilities, and liability concerning science laboratory issues. (Adobe Acrobat document)
This Flinn Scientific, Inc. website has ideas for science projects that can be used in classrooms along with links to other teacher selected science websites. This Bell County Texas website provides curriculums for teachers for grades 1-12 on a number of science topics. DEM - Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program (A.R.E.) provides free hands-on training and workshops for children and adults in freshwater and marine ecology. The A.R.E. Program is the ONLY state sponsor for the nationally acclaimed workshops for educators - Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and Project WET.
Teacher Professional Development
US EPA website provides teacher-training opportunities. The eeLink website provides information to a calendar of upcoming environmental education events, information on professional development opportunities, including distance education courses. This Institute For Wetland & Environmental Education and Research website provide short courses for environmental professionals.
The DEM - Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program (A.R.E.) provides free hands-on training and workshops for children and adults in freshwater and marine ecology. The A.R.E. Program is the ONLY state sponsor for the nationally acclaimed workshops for educators - Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and Project WET.    
Air Issues
The Bigchalk website provides lesson plans for stratospheric ozone. This University of California - Berkeley website provides webtools for graphing stratospheric ozone levels. This University of Florida website has information concerning insects and integrated pest management.
Acid rain lesson plan developed by the National Park Service. (Adobe Acrobat format) A website that has links to thirteen sites that provides lesson plans (grades 1through 12) for acid rain activities. RI DOH Asbestos Control Program.
Lesson plans developed by the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission for air, waste and water issues. Lesson plans range from grades 1 to 12 and topics include: ozone, particulate matter, lead, carbon monoxide, acid rain and air pollution control devices; recycling, worm composting, household chemicals; and the water cycle, effects on aquatic life. This is a lesson plan on greenhouse gasses where the objective is to understand the greenhouse effect by comparing the heat absorption rates of two cars: one with a windshield sunscreen to reduce the greenhouse effect and one without a sunscreen. This site is a resource for Rhode Island middle and high-school students and teachers containing exercises, links and information on the issues of greenhouse gases and climate change - in Rhode Island and the whole of the Earth.
Water Related Issues
Adopt-A-Watershed is a K-12 school-community learning experience. Adopt-A-Watershed uses a local watershed as a living laboratory in which students engage in hands-on activities, making science applicable and relevant to their lives. It weaves education with the community developing collaborative partnerships and reinforcing learning through community service. This Global Rivers Environmental Education Network website provides information on learning and understanding more about watersheds and other water related issues. The Water Education Foundation offers a variety of programs to teach students in elementary and secondary programs about one of the most critical issues - water. The programs teach students about the history, geography and science of water.
Ducks Unlimited provides free resource materials on Wetlands Education to assist educators in meeting curriculum requirements in the life sciences. This US Geological Services website provides a guide to teaching about coastal wetlands. This Wetlands Educations Systems website is a computer-aided instructional program on wetlands developed by Purdue University and funded by EPA.
This Southern Rhode Island Conservation District website provides teacher resources on watersheds and wetlands. How pollutants affect the water we need to survive. This Montana University Water Education for Teachers website provides curriculum information on a number of water related topics.
This Wildlife on Wheels website provides teachers with wetlands curriculum photos. DEM - Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program (A.R.E.) provides free hands-on training and workshops for children and adults in freshwater and marine ecology. The A.R.E. Program is the ONLY state sponsor for the nationally acclaimed workshops for educators - Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and Project WET. Selected Wetlands References

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Sustainability
The Sustainability Education Center was created in response to the growing need for educational materials, professional development and community education focused on sustainability. The Center explores the relationships between economic systems, ecological systems, and justice in contexts ranging from local communities to global institutions.    
Other Issues
Teachers' packet for classroom activities for rain forest topics. Free educational material from the Rhode Island Department of Health Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.  
General Environmental Education Information
The Bigchalk website provides a wealth of information on all subject matters. It is geared to all levels of students from grades 1-12. The eeLinks website provides information to student oriented workshops, camps, competitions, and community projects. Resources for students from the US Geologic Service provides activities, tutorials, and links to references dealing with interdisciplinary studies of natural science.
The Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition provides fun science resources especially for students.    
Elementary School
This is an US Environmental Protection Agency website for kids interested in environmental issues like air pollution, water pollution, greenhouse gas etc. The Bigchalk website provides the student homework help on a number of subjects including science. This US Environmental Protection Agency website discusses the issue of air quality.
This US Environmental Protection Agency site talks about air pollution issues like global warming and ozone. This US Environmental Protection Agency website talks about water issues like how does water get cleaned up so you can drink it? This US Environmental Protection Agency website includes curricula on various environmental issues for grades K-12.
This website provides the viewer a tropical birds coloring book. This website talks about global warming. Secrets @ Sea is a curriculum-based adventure story for grade 4-7 students This engaging website game complements ocean-theme units of study in the classroom and enhances students learning experiences using the Internet.
This National Geographic website provides a lot of links to site that kids will enjoy. There is lots of information about sharks and animals of the world. This is an US Environmental Protection Agency website that has information on science topics like recycling, chemicals around the house and much more. The DEM - Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program (A.R.E.) provides free hands-on training and workshops for children and adults in freshwater and marine ecology. Learn about aquatic insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish, clams, sea worms, marine creatures from the Bay; learn to fish, handle a small boat, fly-tying, the list goes on and on.
Middle School
The Bigchalk website provides the student with information on science topics and is set up to help you on homework projects. This site is a resource for Rhode Island middle and high-school students and teachers containing exercises, links and information on the issues of greenhouse gases and climate change - in Rhode Island and the whole of the Earth. This website of Mr. McLaren of the East Greenwich school system will provide students with some good tips on what makes a good science project.
This website explores what a group of young people in Florida did to protect and preserve wetlands.    
High School
The Bigchalk website provides the student with information on science topics and is set up to help you on homework projects.    
Environmental Publications
Conservation Ecology is an electronic, peer-reviewed, scientific journal devoted to the rapid dissemination of current research. The Endangered Species UPDATE, published by the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan, is the leading forum for information on scientific and political aspects of current threatened and endangered species protection efforts. US Environmental Protection Agency's list of publications on indoor air quality.
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission's publications on indoor air quality. Marine Fisheries Review is a publication on fisheries issues that is published by U.S. Dept. of Commerce / NOAA / NMFS Scientific Publications Office. Articles are available from 1998.  
Acid Rain
This website has links to national historical acid rain data that is collected in both the wet and dry deposition modes. A website that has links to nineteen other sources of information concerning acid rain. On-line data and reports on acid rain, atmospheric deposition and precipitation chemistry. The US Geologic Service is the lead federal agency for the monitoring of wet atmospheric deposition (chemical constituents deposited from the atmosphere via rain, sleet and snow) in the United States.
This US Geologic Service website is a primer on Acid Rain. This website gives the view of acid rain from the standpoint of a chemist, biologist, economist, and a health scientist. The site has links to other acid rain web resources.  
Air Pollution
This website links the viewer to about twenty other sites on air pollution topics. The Educator's Toolkit site has links to thirteen websites that focus on air pollution issues. Students can learn about various kinds of air pollution, such as acid rain, smog, the greenhouse effect, particulates, and ozone depletion.
This is the website of the Northeastern States for Coordinated Air Use Management and the site features detailed reports about air pollution topics like Ozone, Controlling NOx Emissions and vehicle pollution. This is the website for the STAPPA and ALAPCO organizations of the state and local air pollution professionals in the United States. This website has a glossary of air pollution terms and links to other similar worldwide organizations. This is a US Environmental Protection Agency website about air pollution emissions.
This United Nations website provides information about stratospheric ozone and information about the Montreal Protocols.    
Asbestos
RI DOH Asbestos Control Program. This is a website supported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of the US Department of Labor. The site contains many links to sites that explain the health impacts of asbestos along how to recognize asbestos in the home. This is the US Environmental Protection Agency's asbestos homepage and has many links to other sources of information about this topic.
This is the website for the Agency for Toxics Substances and Disease Registry. This fact sheet answers the most frequently asked health questions about asbestos.    
Biodiversity
The purpose of the directory is to provide access to information from sources engaged in biodiversity research and related issues.    
Boating Safety
A Boating Safety Coloring Book for kids.    
Conservation
This is a website supported by the National Geographic Society that deals with conservation issues such as climate change, oceans, energy, fresh water etc. This website describes the efforts of Conservation International to conserve the Earth's natural heritage and the Earth's biodiversity. Bat Conservation International (BCI), based in Austin, Texas, is devoted to conservation, education, and research initiatives involving bats and the ecosystems they serve.
This website provides information on ocean conservation issues like bycatch, coastal development, overfishing, polluted runoff etc. http://forests.org/ This forest conservation portal links to over 1000 forest conservation sites. This forest conservation portal links to over 1000 forest conservation sites. The Caribbean Conservation Corporation works to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the wider Caribbean basin through research, education, training, advocacy and the protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.
The Center for Plant Conservation website describes its efforts is to conserve and restore the rare native plants of the United States. This site is a listing of animal conservation organizations. The Nature Conservancy uses a science-based approach to achieve lasting conservation results.
Drinking Water Quality
US Environmental Protection Agency's website for determining the quality of water in Rhode Island. This is the RI Department of Health Office of Drinking Water Quality website. This is the US Geological Service website that has many links concerning drinking water quality issues.
This is the website that summarizes the US Environmental Protection Agency's drinking water standards.    
Endangered Species
This website has many links to resources about endangered species. This is the website of the US Fish & Wildlife Service who administers the federal Endangered Species Program. This website displays pictures and information of the endangered species of the world.
This is a list of rare native plants in Rhode Island. This is a list of rare native animals in Rhode Island.  
Energy Efficiency
This website has many links to resources about energy efficiency. The Department of Energy's website that has access to over 600 links and 80,000 documents on energy efficiency and renewable energy. This is a categorical listing of various energy efficiency organizations' websites and missions.
A consumer guide to buying energy efficient home appliances. This website of the Center for Renewable Energy and Sustainable Technology explores renewable energy technology and provides information on bioenergy, hydroelectric, geothermal, solar and hydrogen energy sources. This website of the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy provides policy analysis on energy-efficiency issues. It also provides links to other organizations with similar goals.
Forestry
This website describes the location of forests of the world by country. The USDA Forest Service, Forest Health Monitoring (FHM) is a national program designed to determine the status, changes, and trends in indicators of forest condition on an annual basis A resource website for many forestry issues.
This is a forestry library compiled by the University of Minnesota that has many links to forestry topics like tropical and urban forestry, forestry associations governmental agencies etc.    
Global Warming/Greenhouse Gases
This is a website from the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh that links to other global warming sites. An Environmental News Network update on Global Warming issues. This is the US Environmental Protection Agency's website on global warming.
This website reviews scientific data and provides the reader with a wealth of information on global warming. The National Academies Report on Global Warming is provided in this website. This website details the process the state of Rhode Island is using to evaluate the need for greenhouse gas reductions.
This Brown University website is a resource for Rhode Island middle and high-school students and teachers containing exercises, links and information on the issues of greenhouse gases and climate change - in Rhode Island and the whole of the Earth. This DEM fact sheet describes ways for citizens to do what they can to reduce global warming.  
Hazardous Waste
This US Environmental Protection Agency website explains their process for cleaning up sites that are contaminated with hazardous waste. This Rhode Island site explains the process and opportunities that are available in cleaning up "Brownfields" sites. This University of Rhode Island website explains some of the procedures that should be used by school labs for handling hazardous waste. There are links to other websites for additional information on handling these materials in a safe manner.
Household Waste Disposal
Provides locations for disposal of household toxic wastes. This website explains the RI Resource Recovery Corporation's effort for disposing household waste.  
Indoor Air Quality
This is US Environmental Protection Agency's extensive index of links, news, services, and resources relating to air pollution in homes, offices, and schools. The Rhode Island Department of Health provides information and links to sites that explore indoor air quality, especially molds and mildew. This is the US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's website on indoor air quality.
Homeinsurance.org- In this link click on the button that says Indoor Air Quality and view information that deals with the pollutants that can cause indoor air quality problems. .    
Lead
RI DOH Asbestos Control Program. Rhode Island Department of Health's website that provides information on the Rhode Island effort to reduce health risks associated with exposure to lead. Facts about lead from the Federal Consumer Information center.
This US Environmental Protection Agency website has many links to other sites on issues related to exposure to lead. This Center for Disease Control website has a lot of information on lead poisoning and blood lead levels in children.  
Marine Fisheries
This is the RI DEM website for marine fisheries issues. This is the National Marine Fisheries Service website that has information concerning aquaculture, commercial fisheries, endangered species, marine mammals, recreational fisheries, strandings and many more topics. This website of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center details their research efforts on a wide range of local fishery issues.
This is a website developed by the Marine Biological Laboratory /Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Library that annotates sites concerning marine fisheries topics ranging from publications and government regulations to various societies. DEM - Fish and Wildlife Aquatic Resource Education Program (A.R.E.) provides free hands-on training and workshops for children and adults in freshwater and marine ecology. The A.R.E. Program is the ONLY state sponsor for the nationally acclaimed workshops for educators - Project WILD, Project WILD Aquatic, and Project WET.  
Mercury
The Rhode Island Department of Health's advisory provides information concerning consumption of fish. The site provides the information resources available concerning the control of mercury. This website is designed to help the northeastern states achieve their "virtual elimination" goal for mercury by focusing on efforts to reduce or eliminate mercury from the waste stream. This is the US Environmental Protection Agency's website on mercury related issues.
This is the Center for Disease Control website for information about human exposure to mercury. The Mercury Policy Project (MPP) website explains policies to eliminate mercury uses and significantly reduce mercury exposures at the local, national, and international levels.  
Noise
The Noise Pollution Clearinghouse is a national non-profit organization with extensive online noise related resources. This website developed by Brel & Kjr Sound & Vibration Measurement A/S is a technical primer on the issue of noise.  
Ocean
The Ocean Planet Exhibition is a presentation of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and explores many issues concerning the ocean's role on the earth. This is the US Environmental Protection Agency's Ocean and Coastal Protection website and has information on invasive species, marine debris, marine pollution control program and dredge material management. A website from EnchantedLearning.com that provides a lot of information about the oceans. This site is geared to an early learner's perspective.
This website has information about the water cycle, life in the ocean and many links to sites that deal with ocean issues.    
Pesticides
Cancer risk information from the Occupational Studies Section, Division of Cancer Etiology, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland. This is the US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Pesticide programs website. US National Library of Medicine website on pesticides. It has many links to health related topics concerning pesticides.
This is a privately sponsored (Benbrook Consulting Services) website on integrated pest management. This website is sponsored by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the National Integrated Pest Management Network and has links to may state and federal organizations that deal with integrated pest management.  
Pollution Prevention
This is the RI Department of Environmental Management's website on Pollution Prevention and has general information on case studies on the topic. This website provides general information about P2 practices, describes the array of P2 programs and initiatives administered by the US Environmental Protection Agency and other organizations, and provides contacts for further information. A northeastern states organization that provides technical and policy support on waste management issues including pollution prevention.
The Pollution Prevention Resource Exchange is a national network of regional centers dedicated to improving the dissemination of pollution prevention information in the service provider community.    
Rain Forests
The Rainforest alliance provides facts about rain forests. General information and resources concerning rain forests. Explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities.
Toxics in Schools
A Case Study of Environmental, Health and Safety Issues Involving the Burlington, Massachusetts Public School System. "Tips, suggestions, and resources for investigating and resolving EHS issues in Schools." Some issues discussed include proper use of chemicals, fire prevention, asbestos management, radon etc. This is the revamped US Environmental Protection Agency website that will provide information and resources to reduce or eliminate the use of mercury in schools. This Oklahoma State University website provides detailed information on the environmental health and safety issues that deal with toxics in laboratories. This site has many links to related topics.
This Vermont Safety Resources, Inc. website provides detailed information and links to sites that deal with environmental health and safety issues. second SAFECHEMRI will provide an electronic forum where DEM and other government agencies can provide information of workshops and resources pertaining to chemical safety. It will also act as vehicle where science educators and CHOs can post questions concerning these issues. If you are interested in subscribing to SAFECHEMRI please forward your name and e-mail address to Peter McLaren at rcq256@etal.uri.edu.
This newsletter of the Northeastern Waste Management Officials' Organization provides information and contacts of the northeastern states progress to reduce unnecessary environmental hazards like mercury, and laboratory chemicals and waste in the school environments. This Barnstable County, Massachusetts website provides information for assessing and managing chemical hazards in schools. This Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment website provides helpful guidance for managing chemicals in the school environment.
This Ohio Department of Education website provides information on how to develop a program to improve safety in schools by removing hazardous chemicals and disposing of them properly. This Vermont Agency of Natural Resources website provides schools with information concerning the inventory and clean-out of unwanted, unlabeled and unknown hazardous lab chemicals, including mercury and mercury compounds.  
Watersheds
This RI Department of Environmental Management website has links to state Watersheds Map, the Sustainable Watersheds Office and other watershed related topics. This is the US Environmental Protection Agency's website on watersheds that explains the concept and also has links to other watershed websites. This is the Watersheds of the World website that details information of major watersheds of the world.
This Purdue University website provides information on watersheds.    
Water Quality
This is the RI Department of Environmental Management's website on water quality issues that includes information on surface water quality, restoration efforts, and groundwater and well head protection. Information on water quality issues provided by the University of North Carolina.  
Wetlands
This RI DEM website provides general information about wetlands types and their role in our environment. This University of Rhode Island website provides information on the characteristics of vernal pools, how to identify vernal pools, and the species associated with vernal pools. This is the US Environmental Protection Agency's website for wetlands issues.
This is a website that explains the definition and importance of wetlands and is developed by the University of North Carolina. This Association of Wetlands Managers website provides information on wetland functions and values, regulations, breaking news, and more. This University of South Alabama website provides information on constructed wetlands, uses, and benefits.
This newsletter of the Audubon Wetlands Campaign links to newsletter articles on wetlands news and updates. This Friends of Wetlands website provides information about wetlands facts and soils for teachers or high school students. This Kings County Department of Natural Resources and Parks website provides information on wetlands and has links to other sites that may assist a student with science homework.
This Ramsar Convention on Wetlands website provides background papers on wetland values and functions. This Texas Parks and Wildlife website provides information of wetlands wildlife and functions and values. This Vernal Pool Association website provides information on those transient wetlands, vernal pools.
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