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Association of Online Foresters -- Ask a Forester, kidz page<http://www.foresters.org/kidz/kidz.htm>.
Links, pictures, resources.
Tree and the World Forestry Center created Global Connections: Forests of
the World, a guide and activity set for educators to help students gain
an increased understanding and appreciation of world forest environments,
with an emphasis on the hu-man interaction with, and dependence on, those
environments. The module activities provide students with opportunities to
apply scientific processes and higher order thinking skills while
investigating world forestry issues and conducting service learning action
projects. The project website is:
October 2008 and continuing into 2009, “MonarchLIVE - A Distance Learning
Adventure.” – a live, electronic and interactive field trip for
students, educators and communities – will connect classrooms across Canada
, the US , Mexico and other countries via the internet. Webcasts will trail
the migration of the Monarchs in real time, and will showcase current
efforts of students, citizens and scientists. Initiated by the US Forest
Service International Programs, the Prince Williams School Network in
Virginia, Forest Service Conservation Education, and other partners are
joining the project to integrate distance learning methods with hands-on
activities to increase monarch habitat, promote conservation and foster
student-led projects in urban schools and communities.. Highlights of this
electronic adventure include a look at monarch winter habitat and
communities in Mexico, and butterfly gardens in Chicago , IL and St. Paul ,
MN . Free for schools to register, hundreds of schools and thousands of
students are expected to join in the program. To learn more, visit:
A Student Guide
To Tropical Forest Conservation. By J.Louise Mastrantonio and John K.
This guide shows how modern forest practices can help stem the tide of
forest destruction while providing valuable forest products for people. The
tropical forests of Puerto Rico, which were abused for centuries, were badly
depleted by the early 1900's. Widespread abandonment of poor agricultural
lands has allowed natural reforestation and planting programs to create a
patchwork of private, Commonwealth, and Federal forests across the land
(fig. 2). The most frequent example in this publication is the Luquillo
Experimental Forest, which could be a model for protecting and managing
tropical forests worldwide.
Journal of Natural Resources and Life
Sciences Education. <http://www.jnrlse.org/>
The journal covers all disciplines in the life sciences, natural resources,
and agriculture. Educators in extension, universities, industry,
administration, and grades K-16, share teaching techniques, concepts, and
ideas. Written by and for educators, articles published include research,
notes, case studies, software, letters, editorials, newfeatures, profiles,
and media reviews. A special section of the journal emphasizes K-16
WildFinder is a map-driven,
searchable database of more than 26,000 species worldwide, with a powerful
search tool that allows users to discover where species live or explore wild
places to find out what species live there. Containing information on birds,
mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, WildFinder is a valuable resource for
scientists, students, educators, travelers, birdwatchers and nature
enthusiasts alike. <http://www.worldwildlife.org/wildfinder/>
The National Museum of Natural History's
North American Mammals web site. This is a searchable database of all
living mammals of North America--including Mexico.<http://www.mnh2.si.edu/education/mna/>
Asociación para la Niñez y su Ambiente - ANIA es
una asociación privada sin fines de lucro fundada en Lima en 1995. Nuestra
misión es contribuir a una sociedad sana y justa promoviendo el desarrollo e
identidad de la niñez en armonía con la conservación de la naturaleza a
través de la habilitación de espacios sanos y seguros, orientación y
La visión de ANIA al 2006 es ser una organización líder que promueve la
participación de la niñez en la conservación de la naturaleza, habiendo
consolidado para ello proyectos pilotos en Madre de Dios y Lima los cuales
son replicados a nivel nacional e internacional. <http://www.ania-peru.org/>
Join U.S. Forest Service experts on a free distance
learning adventure to America's Rain Forests. Rain forests provide a
haven for the largest diversity of plants and animals on Earth. Join
scientists, researchers, and students and explore the tropical rain forest
in the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico and the temperate
rain forest in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. <http://rainforests.pwnet.org/index.php>
The Rainforest Alliance <http://rainforest-alliance.org/learningsite>.
The Rainforest Alliance curriculum is unique in that it teaches science,
math, language arts and social studies essentials while addressing the
National Standards for Learning. The multidisciplinary curriculum presents
information on forests, wildlife and local communities, and provides a
global perspective on the importance of protecting the world's natural
resources, while giving students opportunities for direct action. All
information is provided free of charge.
free--environmental education curriculum on the Rainforest Alliance Learning
Site at can be found at:
MONGABAY.COM--Mongabay.com aims to raise interest
in and appreciation of wildlands and wildlife. It is the effort of Rhett A.
Butler, the author of A Place Out of Time: Tropical Rainforests - Their
Wonders and the Perils They Face. <http://www.mongabay.com/>
The Center for Environmental Research and Conservation
(CERC) provides science training
to teachers with the intent of giving a foundation in conservation biology
and curriculum development they can use in the classroom. CERC believes that
the multiplier effect of teaching teachers-- who will then teach their
students---will significantly increase environmental literacy and awareness.
The Why Files. <http://whyfiles.org/>
The Why Files portrays science as a critical human
endeavor conducted by ordinary people. They use news and current events as
springboards to explore science, health, environment and technology. The Why
Files are a part of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School.
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization--UNESCO.
Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future: A Multimedia Teacher
Education Programme. <http://www.unesco.org/education/tlsf/>.
The Temperate Forest Foundation is committed to educating the public
about our sustainable forest resources and their effect on people and
quality of life. We feel that the most effective way to do that is to
educate the teachers who will be teaching future generations of citizens,
voters, and policy makers to make informed decisions about sustainable
forestry issues. <http://www.forestinfo.org/Teachers/>
Journey into Amazonia <http://www.pbs.org/journeyintoamazonia/>.PBS
series. Includes: Interrelationships in the Rainforest, Broom Forest, Soil
in the Amazon, Raw Materials, Chico Mendes of Brazil, World Trade.
Vital Waste Graphics. Prepared by the United Nations Environment
Programme (UNEP) in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Basel
Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and
Their Disposal. The document aims to give policymakers, experts, media
professionals, teachers and students an overview of relevant waste-related
issues, causes, effects, as well as possible solutions. <http://www.grid.unep.ch/waste/>
Pacific Worlds. a
non-profit indigenous-geography education project for Hawai‘i-Pacific
Schools. This project originally draws its inspiration from a consortium of
Indigenous educators who were concerned about education and cultural
preservation in their communities: <http://www.pacificworlds.com/about.cfm>.
A Teachers Resource Guide is available with exercises and suggested
projects. They invite input from teachers, students, and community members
on both the websites and their Resource Guide.
EPA's Global Warming Kids' Site: <http://www.epa.gov/globalwarming/kids/index.html>.
Introduction to available USGS
Products, Partnerships and Services for Educators K-8 grade. Lafayette,
Louisiana, USA. Contact: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. Tel: +1-337- 266-8699. URL: <http://www.rac.louisiana.edu/>
Continuing Education Workshops in GIS. Lafayette,
Lousiana, USA. The NASA/UL Lafayette Regional
Application Center is coordinating with the U.S.Geological Survey of the
Department of the Interior and the National Wetland Research Center in
presenting a series of topical workshops pertaining to mapping, vegetation,
photo-interpretation, remote sensing and Geographical Information Systems.
The workshops are part of an effort to exchange information and provide
access to spatial technologies developed at the center for natural resource
survey. The workshops are available to the general public educators, state
and federal agencies. Workshop participation by the international community
is also greatly encouraged. Workshop participants are eligible to receive
continuing education units (CEU's) for a fee of $10 in addition to the
standard registration expense.
Most of the workshops are 3 days long, creating compact presentation of
materials. No previous experience in any of the topical workshop is assumed,
except for advanced workshops. Appropriate handouts, photos, maps, and other
forms of distributed materials are provided to the workshop participants.
Some workshops will have scheduled field exercises. Hands-on exercises are
utilized to involve workshop participation. Specialized workshop topics and
transient workshops can be arranged based upon consultation and number of
workshop participants. Scheduled workshops are subject to change. Please
contact the workshop coordinator Pat O' Neil
Phone: 337 266 8699 . Workshop schedule: <http://www.rac.louisiana.edu/>.
Ask a Forester
- Learn more about forests and forestry.
See the Facts on Forests Around the World. <http://www.safnet.org/aboutforestry/index.cfm>
Global Positioning System - A GPS Primer
(Aerospace Corporation). <http://www.aero.org/publications/GPSPRIMER/>
Learning about Mountains, an on-line
guide to resources for teachers and kids. <http://www.mountain.org/education/>.
Missouri Botanical Gardens, Exploring the
My Community, Our Earth - Geographic Learning
for Sustainable Development --
a program to help
middle school, secondary school, and university students from around the
world learn to apply geographic methods to study and propose solutions for
sustainable development issues in their communities. <http://www.geography.org/sustainable/>
PENN State Offers Sustainable Forestry Web
Site to Teachers - Penn State recently created a Web site for teachers
whose curricula include sustainable forestry and natural history. The site
can be found at http://sftrc.cas.psu.edu/.
The Web site allows teachers to exhibit and share lesson plans related to
sustainable forestry. The sustainable forestry lessons include topics such
as forest biology, wildlife management and water conservation for grades
K-12. Teachers from across the state who attended one of
Penn State Cooperative Extension's Forest Resources Institutes for Teachers
provided the current selection of more than 120 lesson plans on the site.
Also included are links to numerous educational natural resources sites, a
lesson plan evaluation page, lesson plan submission instructions and a
direct link to the popular From The Woods publication series designed
Mountains and Mountain Forests--Global Statistical Summary--by the
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDS)
Save a Tree--The Gaia Way. A $25 contribution pays for the costs of
acquiring, planting, and caring for one Pernambuco tree (also known as the
Pau Brazil tree) for a year. You receive a certificate and a picture of the
tree when they plant it.
World Land Trust
The World Land Trust is a conservation charity that
has helped purchase and protect nearly 300,000 acres of threatened wildlife
An unusual Valentines Day gift:
Pennies for the Planet--Penny power for
conserving biodiversity in the world's ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund. <http://www.worldwildlife.org/windows/pennies/>
Adopt an Acre®-Nature Conservancy <nature.org/adopt/>.
Adopt an Acre® provides critical funds for rainforest acquisition and
protection. This support enables the Conservancy and its partners to achieve
their mission of protecting biological diversity. Every year, Adopt an
Acre® chooses two to three imperiled sites that are in critical need of
Rainforest--Rainforest Alliance. <http://rainforest-alliance.org/programs/aar/index.html> Through Adopt-A-Rainforest, individuals, school groups, and other
organizations are able to contribute funding to small conservation groups
that are based in tropical countries and are working to stop local
rainforest destruction. While some of the Adopt-A-Rainforest projects
support the purchase of tropical forest lands, others make important
contributions to overall community conservation efforts--funds may be used
to hire, train and equip park rangers, fund environmental education
programs, create buffer zones for wildlife and maintain ranger stations and
other park facilities. Donors may choose a
project to support, or they may ask the Rainforest Alliance to select one
whose need is particularly great.
Rainforest Coalition (TRC). <http://www.rainforest.org/>.
Tropical Rainforest Coalition targets the Save-an-Acre Program to small
rainforest preserves that are not currently being funded by larger
conservation organizations. Working with the local community, it negotiates
substantial land purchases at a low per-acre price.
TRC selects acreage projects based on a number of factors: the likelihood of
maintaining the forests in a pristine state, the degree of involvement of
the local community, and the ability to preserve a continuous rainforest
TRC has actively supported projects in Paraguay, Indonesia, Papua New
Guinea, Ecuador, Peru, Trinidad and Brazil.
Since 1994, FUNEDESIN has purchased more than 3,600 acres of rainforest.
Recently, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Environment declared all of this land a
Protected Rainforest. In addition to buying rainforest, FUNEDESIN
actively manages rainforest. They have prepared a comprehensive management
plan and hired full-time forest rangers to look after this irreplaceable
In 1984, the Natura Foundation, a local conservation group, began doing
biological research in the Andes and working with local residents to
preserve the forests. The group's efforts resulted in the creation of the
Cachalú Biological Reserve -- 1,800 acres of forest mainly comprised of
majestic, ancient oak trees (Quercus Humboldtii). From a biologist's point
of view, the reserve is ideally located on the western slopes of the Andes
Mountains. The oak forests protect some 225 species of birds and 70 species
of mammals, including the endangered spectacled bear, the only bear found in
Latin America. It's a small but vital reserve, and Natura is working to add
more acres of forest to Cachalú.
To help secure land to add to the reserve, the Natura Foundation has
launched an "Adopt an Acre" campaign. Because the Andean oak forest is so
special and rare, it is important to protect more land before developers and
loggers cut down the area's regal and moss-laden trees. Each acre that
Natura can add to the cool, moist forests of Cachalú, which conservationists
call "the land of heaven," offers more hope for the future of this special
ecosystem and the people of Colombia.
Protect-an-Acre (PAA) program in 1993 as a tool to protect the
world's rainforest and the rights of their inhabitants by providing
financial aid to traditionally under-funded organizations and communities in
rainforest regions. PAA projects prioritize gaining legal recognition of
indigenous territories (a process called "demarcation"), the development of
locally-based alternative economic initiatives, community organization, and
resistance to destructive practices such as logging, fossil fuel
development, and large-scale infrastructure projects in the rainforests. <http://www.ran.org/>
Rain Forest Concern <http://www.rainforestconcern.org/>
For a unique and everlasting gift, such as for a wedding
or a birthday, sponsor an acre or more of rain forest. Each Acre
costs just £25 to sponsor.
Trees for the Future. <http://www.plant-trees.org>.
Trees for the Future has a people-to-people action plan restoring trees to
the world’s most degraded lands. Planting trees helps keep people productive
on their lands, preserving their traditional livelihoods and cultures for
generations to come.