No living thing exists in isolation. All of the elements of our environment interact with each other. Scientists now realize that the environment must be treated with care, because a change in one part of this complex system may have negative repercussions on other parts.

As we explore and learn more about the environment in which we live, perhaps we will better appreciate our role as stewards of the fragile ecosystem.


Places To Go    People To See    Things To Do    Teacher Resources    Bibliography

Places To Go

BLM's Learn
Discover what the BLM has to offer to educators, students, visitors, partners and volunteers.
The Living Edens
The Living Edens transports you to undisturbed corners of the world. From the Ngorongoro crater in Africa to Canyonlands National Park in Utah, each of more than 15 locations comes to life via geological information and wildlife profiles.
National Geographic: Environment
Site provides environmental news, videos, and tips on living green.
Ranger Rick's Kid Zone
Maintained by the National Wildlife Federation, this site contains activities, games, and quizzes to help students understand and explore the environment. It houses the home site of EarthSavers, which is a club for children who care about the environment and want to help protect it. 
Technology Student: Technology and the Environment
The site examines how technological advances can help us find alternative energy sources and better care for our environment.

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People To See

Ecology Hall of Fame
This site, dedicated to the heroes of the American environmental movement, spotlights Alan Chadwick, Henry Thoreau, John Burroughs, Aldo Leopold, Rosalie Edge, Edward Abbey, Theodore Roosevelt, and others.
John Muir Exhibit
John Muir was a naturalist and writer that founded the conservationist organization the Sierra Club. He was also instrumental in persuading President Theodore Roosevelt to set aside acreage for National Parks.
Rachel Carson
Rachel Carson was a marine biologist, environmentalist, and writer whose 1962 book Silent Spring condemned the indiscriminate use of pesticides, especially DDT. The book led to a presidential commission that largely endorsed her findings, and helped shape a growing environmental consciousness.

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Things To Do

Environment News Service
Read about a host of global environmental issues and find links to information on becoming an Earth-smart consumer at this site. The Environment News Service provides timely reports from around the world on a wide range of environmental topics.
Exploring the Environment
Exploring the Environment features an integrated approach to environmental earth science through modules and activities. The problems in the ETE modules and activities ask students to address human activities and their impacts upon the environment.
Planet Pals
This site encourages students to think about their world and how they can make it better by becoming a "Planet Pal." It is designed to be an educational tool to bring awareness to children about the environment. Students can participate in online creative contests, check out other children and school eco-projects, and create projects of their own. 

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Teacher Resources

EPA's Curriculum Resources and Activities
This portion of the EPA's web site features curricular materials for educators. Explore these links and find creative ways to teach your students about the environment.

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  • Bang, Molly Garrett. Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share. Scholastic, 1997.
  • Bunting, Eve and Ronald Himler. Someday a Tree. Clarion Books, 1996.
  • Carson, Rachel and Albert Gore, Jr. Silent Spring. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1994.
  • Cherry, Lynne. Flute's Journey: The Life of a Wood Thrush. Gulliver Books, 1997.
  • Cherry, Lynne. The Great Kapok Tree: A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest. Voyager Picture Book, 2000.
  • Cole, Henry. Jack's Garden. Mulberry Books, 1997.
  • Cornell, Joseph. Sharing Nature with Children. Dawn Publishers, 1998.
  • Durell, Ann and Katherine Paterson. The Big Book for Our Planet. Dutton Children's Books, 1993.
  • Fleming, Denise. Where Once There Was a Wood. Henry Holt, 2000.
  • Gibbons, Gail. Recycle: A Handbook for Kids. Little Brown & Company, 1996.
  • Hooper, Meredith and Christopher Coady. The Drop in My Drink: The Story of Water on Our Planet. Viking Childrens Books, 1998.
  • Luenn, Nancy and Neil Waldman. Mother Earth. Aladdin, 1995.
  • Marina, Lachecki et al. Teaching Kids to Love the Earth. Pfeifer-Hamilton Publishing, 1990.
  • Markle, Sandra and William Markle, Felipe Davalos. Gone Forever!: An Alphabet of Extinct Animals. Simon & Schuster, 1998.
  • McKinney, Barbara Shaw and Michael S. Maydak. A Drop Around the World. Dawn Publishing, 1998.
  • McNeill, John Robert and Paul Kennedy. Something New Under the Sun: An Environmental History of the Twentieth-Century World. W.W. Norton & Company, 2000.
  • Rogers, Sally and Melissa Bay Mathis. Earthsong. Dutton Books, 1998.
  • Schwartz, Linda and Beverly Armstrong. Earth Book for Kids: Activities to Help Heal the Environment. Learning Works, 1990.
  • Siebert, Diane and Wendell Minor. Sierra. HarperTrophy, 1996.
  • Simon, Seymour and Mark Kaplan. Earth Words: A Dictionary of the Environment. The Horn Book, 1995.
  • Toft, Kim Michelle and Allan Sheather. One Less Fish. Charlesbridge Publishing, 1998.