A habitat is the kind of countryside or surrounding in which a plant or animal naturally lives. The home of the plant or animal is within its habitat. A racoon may live in a hollow log which is its home and in a forest which is its habitat. Habitat can also be thought of as the food, water, shelter and space that all species need in order to survive.
Sample some of the following activities to learn more about habitats.
The following are places to go (some real and some virtual) to find out about habitats.
Haven't you always wanted to go on a safari to Africa and see amazing African animals in the wild? You CAN do this--you can watch real African animals any time of the day or night. This site has10-12 web cams set up at different watering holes in Africa.
The overall goal of Arctic Circle is to stimulate among viewers a greater interest in the peoples and environment of the Arctic and Subarctic region as it relates to our three themes: natural resources, history and culture, social equity and environmental justice.
Make like Batman and visit a bat cave! This virtual tour gives you an idea of what a cave habitat is like. Find out more about cave habitats from the National Caves Association.
Native Americans called it Tomesha which means "ground afire." Visit one of the most inhospitable habitats in North America where average summer temperatures are 120 degrees and can peak to 135.
This virtual forest is brought to you courtesy of National Geographic. Follow the forest path and encounter a variety of habitats. Click on the different parts of the forest to find your way.
Situated on the borders of Nepal and Tibet, Mt. Everest is the highest elevation on earth - 29,028 feet. Take a virtual tour of the habitat at the top of the world.
This Web site looks at some of the most unique and fascinating creatures that inhabit the ocean's depths, and offers classroom activities, broadcast information, behind-the -scenes info, detailed information about the creatures profiled, and more.
Find out about the different habitats that exist in this huge desert, about desert tortoises and other animals that live there, and about survival in this harsh environment.
Answer the question: What's It Like Where You Live? Learn about terrestrial biomes and aquatic ecosystems.
Ask an Ecologist answers questions and provides information referrals regarding habitats, marine life, geology, oceans and landmasses.
Do you have a question about whales, fish, sharks, penguins or other ocean animals? Ask Jake!
Explore answers to some of the most common and most interesting questions posed to our Ask Shamu team. Topics include animal life, zoological careers, and conservation issues.
Read an interview with Sir Edmund Hillary. See what he has to say about cold, mountainous habitats.
Gardens provide habitat for insects and other invertebrates. This site has instructions for planning, developing, and maintaining a school or classroom garden and ideas to integrate gardens in educational curriculum.
Explore deserts and discover that they are second only to tropical rain forests in the variety of plants and animals that live there.
Provide habitat for bats. Build a specially designed house for them.
Learn how to make your own habitat for plants and insects.
DesertUSA is a comprehensive resource covering the North American deserts, their history, culture and biodiversity.
Play the games at the kids page of the EPA to learn how children can protect the environment.
Follow along with an elementary school in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as they explore the ocean habitat. Find out why the ocean is salty, why it is blue, learn about ocean animals, ocean geography, and read about and possibly duplicate some of their experiments and observations.
Educational site dealing with Australian Oceans, marine life, biodiversity, whale tracking and spotting, and general marine environmental issues suitable for school dicussion.
You often hear about old growth forests. Find out exactly what they are, how they develop, and why they are so important.
Rainforest Action Network campaigns for the forests, their inhabitants and the natural systems that sustain life by transforming the global marketplace through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.
Find out about spider habitats. They live in many different places.
According to this site, 31% of the earth's landmass is covered by forests or woodlands.
Find out how the walruses and their human neighbors, the native Inuit peoples, survive in their frozen habitat.
Treasures@Sea is a literature based unit about the ocean. It contains web based lesson plans, interactive games, puzzles and quizzes, print activities, and experiments.
A land conservation and open space resource for landowners, government agencies and community groups interested in protecting land for human enjoyment.
Check out Canada's largest aquarium in British Columbia and virtually visit an ocean habitat.
- Buller, Laura. Habitats and Environment. New York: M. Cavendish Corp., 1990.
- Curtis, Patricia. Animals and the New Zoos. New York: Lodestar Books, c1991.
- Feltwell, John. Animals and Where They Live. New York: Dorling Kindersley ; Boston, Mass.: Distributred by Houghton Mifflin, c1992.
- Green, Jen. Under a Stone. New York: Crabtree Pub. Co., c1999.
- Hacker, Randi and Kaufman, Jackie. Habitats: Where the Wild Things Live. Santa Fe, N.M.: J. Muir Publications; New York: Distributed to the book trade by W.W. Norton, c1992..
- Hickman, Pamela M. Habitats: Making Homes for Animals and Plants. Reading, Mass.: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., c1993.
- Kerrod, Robin. Animal Life. New York: Marshall Cavendish, 1994.
- Lauber, Patricia. Fur, Feathers, and Flippers: How Animals Live Where They Do. New York: Scholastic, c1994.
- Perham, Molly. Wildlife. London; New York: Watts, 1997.
- Relf, Patricia and Cole, Joanna. Scholastic's The Magic School Bus Hops Home: A Book About Animal Habitats. New York: Scholastic, c1995.
- Taylor, Barbara. Animal Hide and Seek. New York: DK Pub., c1998.