1.  Educational Resources
          A.  For Teachers / Educators
          B.  For Students
          C.  For the General Public
          D.  Maps and Images

2.  Government Entities Resources
          A.  Local / Area Specific
          B.  State
          C.  Federal

3.  Environmental Organizations / Associations
          A.  Local / Area Specific
          B.  State
          C.  National


1.  Educational Resources

A.  For Teachers / Educators

Audubon Nature Institute
As an educator, you have a vital role to play in developing your students' interest in, knowledge about, and attitudes toward the natural world. Audubon is pleased to support this important work with the tips, strategies, projects, activities, games, and resources you'll find here. Check back often for updates and new ideas.


Bureau of Land Management - Kids


CalSky Celestial Observer
Middle &high school educators will find data about the sky & the objects in it at the CalSky website. Visitors create a user profile according to their level of astronomy knowledge, then click on a tab at the top of the page to access data about the celestial object of their choice, including the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, asteroids, meteors, deep sky, or satellites.


Canopy in the Clouds
Examine a tropical montane cloud forest via this immersive video experience. Access video clips and facts describing each different forest environment. The site includes background information for teachers and standards-aligned lessons for students in grades 6–8 on such topics as water, weather, soils, ecology, and the science processes.


Center for Global Environmental Education
CGCC fosters environmental literacy and stewardship in citizens of all ages. CGCC accomplishes its purpose through four cornerstones - Graduate Education & Professional Development, Community Outreach, K-12 & Youth Resources, & Educational Multimedia Production.


Center for Green Schools - U.S. Green Building Council
Through our educational resources, professional learning networks, and industry-recognized tools, USGBC Center for Green Schools equips supporters to educate students about global sustainability and deepen learning by acting in their communities.


Children & Nature Network
The Children & Nature Network (C&NN) was created to encourage & support the people & organizations working nationally & internationally to reconnect children with nature. The network provides a critical link between researchers & individuals, educators & organizations dedicated to children's health & well-being.


CWPPRA Education Links


Earth and Environmental Science Virtual Courseware
Covers earthquakes, global warming, biology labs, geologic time, interactive river exercise, and more.


Earth Guide from Scripps Institute of Oceanography
You will find a wealth of information here - current events, brain teasers, imagery, Earth conditions, on & on.


Eco-Schools - NWF
Through school-based action teams of students, administrators, educators and community volunteers, Eco-Schools combines effective "green" management of the school grounds, facilities and the curriculum.


Education Resources - Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality


Endangered Species Podcasts - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Hear podcasts about featured species, such as the whooping crane, Gila trout, piping plover, desert tortoise, Florida panther, & Jesup’s milk-vetch. Most appropriate for use with middle and high school students, each 5- to 10-minute episode describes the species & reports on its status, updating listeners on the progress of any programs working to aid it protection. Teachers can download written transcripts.


Enviro-Tacklebox - Louisiana Public Broadcasting
A video series, designed for middle school students that focuses on environmental education topics. The goals of the series are to stimulate student interest in environmental issues & develop critical thinking skills to support decision making.


Environmental Health Science Education
EHSE provides educators, students & scientists with easy access to reliable tools, resources & classroom materials. It seeks to invest in the future of environmental health science by increasing awareness of the link between the environment & human health.


Environmental News Network
ENN has become a collection of resources, teachers, experts and tools that provide objective information and knowledge about the increasingly complex field of environmental science.


Energy Explained - U.S. Energy Information Administration
Energy fuels life, economies, & the entire solar system, yet few students understand the importance of energy &its role in our lives. Energy Explained clearly conveys the facts & latest data about energy. The site is full of graphs, data, & scientific information that can add depth to high school curricula in Science, Math, or Social Studies. The site explains where gasoline comes from, what determines the price of electricity, how much renewable energy the United States uses, & hundreds of other energy topics.


Estuaries: Where Rivers Meet the Sea
Welcome to where we aim to advance estuarine and coastal literacy. Explore these living classrooms and laboratories - our estuaries -, discover their importance and beauty, and learn what you can do to protect them.


Fragile Fringe - U.S. Geological Service
A guide for teaching about coastal wetlands.


Free Tech 4 Teachers Blog
Google-certified teacher and technology buff Richard Byrne writes this blog for K–12 technology resources. In addition to posts about new and exciting tech finds, the site contains lesson plans, teacher downloads, video creation resources, e-books, educational apps, Favorite resource Lists, and tips for setting up blogs and websites.


Get Into Energy / Get Into STEM
A ground-breaking program designed to build awareness among students, parents, teachers, guidance counselors, and others about the value of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and the excellent career opportunities available in the energy industry.


Gizmos Science and Math Simulations - Explore Learning
Interactive online simulations in science and math topics for use with students in grades 3–12. Search by grade & topic, state standard & textbook correlation. Each includes information for how to use it in the classroom & an accompanying student worksheet.


Globe Program
The Global Learning & Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary & secondary school-based science &education program. GLOBE's vision promotes & supports students, teachers & scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment & the Earth system.


Green Education Foundation
GEF provides curriculum and resources to K-12 students and teachers worldwide with the goal of challenging youth to think holistically and critically about global environmental concerns and solutions.


Green Revolution Videos - National Science Foundation
The educational videos, each about five minutes long, feature scientists &engineers who are working to develop &improve the use of clean energy sources, new fuels, & other energy-related technologies. Each segment explores the research carried out by men & women at the forefront of discovery &innovation related to clean energy, as well as some of the basic science behind their work.


Growing Up WILD
An early childhood education program that builds on children’s sense of wonder about nature & invites them to explore wildlife and the world around them.  Through a wide range of activities & experiences, Growing Up WILD provides an early foundation for developing positive impressions about the natural world &lifelong social & academic skills.


Guidelines for Excellence (North American Association for Environmental Education)


Gulf of Mexico Program - Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Offers grade-specific lesson plans & other wetlands education materials.


Hazardous Waste - EPA
Materials can be used as part of larger curriculum, as special stand-alone activities, or on an occasional basis to teach students about hazardous waste issues. Hazed is a compilation of interdisciplinary activities that focus on the often complicated & sometimes controversial scientific, technical, & policy issues related to hazardous waste sites & Superfund. It is designed to help students develop skills in critical thinking, problem solving, &decision making. It also increases environmental awareness & encourages an environmental ethic in students.


Journey North
Engages students in a global study of wildlife migration & seasonal change. K-12 students share field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through migration patterns; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; & other natural events. Find migration maps, pictures, standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations & fit them into a global context.


Lessons on the Lake - Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
An Educator's Guide to the Pontchartrain Basin is to educate students, grades 5-12, about the environmental importance of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. It facilitates instruction for teachers, allows easy access to information on environmental issues surrounding the watershed, & captures the interests of students.


Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
DNR provides information dealing with an array of natural resources topics that may be of interest to teachers, researchers & students…& for the kids too!


Louisiana Marine Education Resources (LaMER) - Louisiana Sea Grant
Provides a variety of formal & informal education materials on this Web site. Find accurate information about marine & aquatic ecosystems, as well as other topics, to help stimulate awareness of our close relationship to the environment.


Louisiana Public Broadcasting CyberChannel
Video service for Louisiana schools.


Louisiana Resource Center for Educators
The LRCE is dedicated to supporting innovation in education for students, teachers, administrators, higher education & families. LRCE houses a resource library of 55,000+ items which can be searched online. We are a shared resource center for educators in the public, private, parochial, charter, & home school sectors. Additionally, we provide workshops & training for Louisiana's educators, an alternative certification program, & more.


Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) Educational Programs
LUMCON educational mission is concentrated within the Marine Education Program. It includes activities at the University, K-12 and Teacher, and Public Education levels to provide many audiences with field experiences & information about marine environments.


Teacher resources, free stuff, videos, WaterMarks, Kid's CornerLunar and Planetary Institute
Workshops, events, resources, Earth &Space Science Newsletter, etc.


NASA for Educators
E-clips, space curriculum, STEM activities, teacher toolbox, career information, and much more.


National Environmental Education Week
The nation’s largest celebration of environmental education


National Geographic
Teaching resources - multimedia, news, mapping, environmental literacy, etc.


National Science Foundation
Offers K–12 science lessons and web resources for teachers, students, and families. Choose from subject areas ranging from the Arctic to physics, and then use the materials to create lesson plans or At-home activities.


National Wildlife Foundation
Excellent report linking environmental education with psychological, cognitive, and educational outcomes. 


NOAA Education Resources
Weather observations, watersheds, estuaries, ocean pollution, climate monitoring, and energy information


NOAA Marine Debris Toolkit
This Toolkit is designed to assist teachers in educating their students about marine debris and involving them in marine debris research and outreach.


North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
Environmental education resources and links for teachers.


Project Learning Tree
PLT is an award-winning environmental education program designed for teachers and other educators, parents, and community leaders working with youth from preschool through grade 12.


Project Wet
The mission of Project WET is to reach children, parents, educators & communities of the world with water education. We invite you to join us in educating children about the most precious resource on the planet — water.


Project WILD
One of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. It is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. Emphasizing wildlife because of its intrinsic value, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.


Schoolyard Habitats - National Wildlife Federation
Garden for wildlife - assists schools in developing outdoor classrooms, where educators &students learn how to attract & support local wildlife. These wildlife habitats become places where students not only learn about wildlife species and ecosystems, but also outdoor classrooms where they hone their academic skills & nurture their innate curiosity and creativity.


Superfund for Students and Teachers - Environmental Protection Agency
Designed to educate students & teachers about Superfund & hazardous waste. Included are classroom activities, frequently asked questions, information on environmental education and grants, and more!


Teachers’ Domain
Digital media for the classroom and professional development.


Temperate Forest Foundation’s Teacher Resources
Committed to educating the public about sustainable forest resources & their effect on people & 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.


Tree Identification - University of Maryland and Smithsonian Institution
The world’s first plant identification mobile app using visual search—Leafsnap. This electronic field guide allows users to identify tree species simply by taking a photograph of the tree’s leaves. In addition to the species name, Leafsnap provides  high-resolution photographs and information about the tree’s flowers, fruit, seeds and bark—giving the user a comprehensive understanding of the species.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
For formal and non-formal educators, it includes links to Boy Scout and Girl Scout recognition certificates, curriculum resources and activities, community service projects, professional development opportunities, & background information.


Using Insects in the Classrooom
Insects are an excellent resource for science education.  Many insects are easily maintained in the classroom and can happily thrive despite being handled and kept in captivity.


Virtual Field Experience - Paleontological Research Institute


Wetlands: Teaching Marsh - Center for Coastal Resources Management
The Teaching Marsh Website is part of the Center for Coastal Resources Management (CCRM) at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in Gloucester Point, Virginia.


Windows to the Universe

Brought to you by the National Earth Science Teachers Association


B.  For Students

Audubon Nature Institute
These pages are filled with activities about birds and other animals, and much more.


CalSky Celestial Observer
Middle &high school educators will find data about the sky & the objects in it at the CalSky website. Visitors create a user profile according to their level of astronomy knowledge, and then click on a tab at the top of the page to access data about the celestial object of their choice, including the Sun, Moon, planets, comets, asteroids, meteors, deep sky, or satellites.


EEK! Environmental Education for Kids


Energy Kids - U.S. Energy Information Administration
Basic understandings of nuclear energy and reactors


Environmental Inquiry
Authentic scientific research for high school students.


Environmental Protection Agency
EPA has revamped their kids, teachers, students and high school websites into a one stop shop for users.


North America's largest high school environmental education competition.


Estuary Live
Video clips educating students on topics related to estuaries - native & invasive species, habitat, pollutants, water quality, formation of, much, much more.


Food Safety Website
U.S. Department of Agriculture site features food safety information for K–college students & teachers. It includes booklets, puzzles and word searches, activity downloads, curriculum materials, articles, & other resources to introduce safe food practices.


Journey North
Engages students in a global study of wildlife migration & seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— & other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; & other natural events.


Khan Academy
With a library of over 2,400 videos covering everything from arithmetic to science, finance, and history and 125 practice exercises, we're on a mission to help you learn whatever you want, whenever you want, at your own pace.


Kids Corner - Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act


Kids for Saving Earth (Elementary)


Louisiana Conservationist Magazine Archive


Maggie’s Earth Adventures


Nab the Aquatic Invader – SIGNIS interactive game


NASA Station Spacewalk Game
Players in grades 5–8 are virtual astronauts on the International Space Station. Students earn “badges” for completing missions & exploring the station. They can learn how the station is assembled, take a spacewalk to bring station communications back online, or help tiny satellites on the station called Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) fly in formation so they can someday be used remotely to help astronauts handle tasks. The game incorporates graphics from real NASA missions and 3-D models.


NASA Student Page


National Geographic
Make a contour map, watch videos, BioBlitz education,online library


NOAA's Sea Turtles & the Quest to Nest Game
Loggerhead sea turtles are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.  The game's mission is to help students understand how they can help protect turtles and their habitat.


Student Center - EPA


Tox Mystery (Grades 2-6) chemical hazards in the home


Tox Town (Grades 7-adult) toxic chemical and environmental health


USDA's Discover the Forest
Aims to inspire tweens (aged 8-12) & their parents to re-connect with nature, experiencing it first-hand. Brings to life the joy & excitement kids have when they discover the wonders of nature, helping create interest in their environment & a lifelong relationship with it.


Water Life Game - NOAA
A virtual game for students in grades 5–8 takes place in an unhealthy ecosystem in an estuary on the west coast of the United States. Students learn about food webs, the factors for producing healthy estuaries, & the reasons estuaries are essential to ocean life & humans. Information also presented about marine science careers & National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration’s role in protecting estuaries, & ideas for getting involved in estuary protection.


Which Microbe Are You?
A series of quizzes introduces K–12 students to the microorganisms living in the sea. Students click on one of two grade-level quizzes (grades K–5 or grades six and higher) & answer question pairs to determine their microbe personality. Teachers can access the dichotomous key and relationship trees used in creating the microbe personality quiz. 


C.  For the General Public

Aquatic Invasive Species - Minnesota Sea Grant


Audubon Nature Institute
Offers families tips, games, & opportunities to promote the enjoyment of the natural world.


BP Oil Spill – National Science Foundation
For those following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, NSF released an update on the composition of the deep plume associated with the spill. Interesting technology and a compelling read.


Climate Change - EPA
Sea level rise reports and many other resources can be located here. This site provides an exhaustive list of publications on climate change sea level rise, particularly its effects on the United States.


Climate Research - National Center for Atmospheric Research


Earth Day Network
Mission is to broaden, diversify & activate the environmental movement worldwide, driving action year-round through a combination of education, public policy, & consumer campaigns.


Eco IQ (Aligning Economics and Ecology)
An online journal dedicated to the creation of a future that works.


Endangered Species Program - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


A non-profit organization which has been providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since 1991.


Environment Directory


Environmental Concern:
Dedicated to working with all aspects of wetlands; the most productive and fascinating ecosystems in the world. Now in our 39th year of providing wetland services in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed & beyond, we continue to broaden our partnership efforts.


Environmental Diseases, A – Z - National Institute of Environmental Health Services:


Environmental Education Resources - EPA:


Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Watch:


Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC):


International Migratory Bird Day:


Invasive Species Interactive Map - Tulane/Xavier Universities:


Louisiana Coastal Area Ecosystem Restoration Study:


Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF):
Become a volunteer instructor.


Marsh Creation Video - CWPPRA:
The video highlights the East Marsh Island Marsh Creation project while sharing basic information about using sediment in re-establishing & re-creating healthy wetland ecosystems. Through the use of sediments & hydrology, new marsh is being created where standing water once was. CWPPRA project managers &scientists explain & demonstrate the process of the rebirth of this once lost marsh.


Marsh Mission:
An artistic educational journey into the vanishing wetlands of Louisiana. It will chronicle the activities of naturalist-photographer C.C. Lockwood & landscape artist Rhea Gary as they explore the coastal marshland to bring attention to an under recognized crisis affecting not only Louisiana but all of the United States.


National Geographic on Environment:
Energy, fresh water, global warming, habitats, natural disasters, the ocean, green guide, newsletters


National Hurricane Center - NOAA:
For the latest on tropical disturbances, hurricane history,huricane preparedness, etc.


National Marine Sanctuaries:
Here you'll discover the marine life & extradinary habitats that make up your nation's marine sanctuaries & our continuing efforts to conserve these ocean & coastal treasures.


National Science Foundation's Science Nation:
Article on Marshes and Sea Level Rise


Non-Point Source Pollution:


PLANTS Database - USDA:
Provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories.


Smoke-free Homes:
Provides information about childrens' health issues related to indoor air quality and tobacco smoke.


StormSmart Coasts Network: Louisiana


Tropical Weather: Weather Underground


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: Sustainablity in Action


U.S. Geological Survey
Provides scientific information intended to help educate the public about natural resources, natural hazards, geospatial data, &issues that affect our quality of life. Discover selected online resources, including lessons, data, maps, & more, to support teaching, learning, education (K-12), & university-level inquiry and research.


U.S. Global Change Research Program
Integrating federal research & solutions for climate & global change.


Water News - Environmental Protection Agency


Water Shedss
A Decision Support System for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control.


World in the Balance - NOVA
Investigates the impact of forces that are radically changing populations in both rich & poor nations.

D.  Maps and Images

Earthshots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change (U.S. Geological Survey)


Gulf Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS)


Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas


NASA – Visible Earth


U.S. Geological Survey




2.  Government Entities Resources

A.  Local / Area Specific

LaCoast - Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act (CWPPRA)
Contains information and links relating to restoration projects in coastal Louisiana. The site is funded through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) and is hosted by the USGS National Wetlands Research Center.


Louisiana Department of Natural Resources - Atchafalaya Basin Program
Created to conserve, restore, and enhance the natural habitat of the basin. The Atchafalaya Basin is the nation’s largest river swamp, containing almost one million acres of our nation’s most significant bottomland hardwoods, swamps, bayous, and back-water lakes.


Louisiana Sea Grant
Louisiana Sea Grant College Program works to promote stewardship of the state’s coastal resources through a combination of research, education and outreach programs critical to the cultural, economic and environmental health of Louisiana’s coastal zone.


Mississippi River Watershed


B.  Louisiana

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
CPRA Educational Resources


Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF)


Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism


Department of Education (LDOE)


Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)


Department of Health (LDH)


Department of Natural Resources (DNR)


Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF)


Louisiana State University AgCenter


Office of the Governor


C.  Federal

Council on Environmental Quality
Coordinates Federal environmental efforts and works closely with agencies and other White House offices in the development of environmental policies and initiatives. CEQ was established within the Executive Office of the President by Congress as part of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) and additional responsibilities were provided by the Environmental Quality Improvement Act of 1970.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


National Science Foundation


National Wetlands Research Center
Source and clearinghouse of science information about wetlands in the United States and the world for fellow agencies, private entities, academia, and the public at large.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - New Orleans District


U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management


U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)


U.S. Department of the Interior
Protects America’s natural resources and heritage, honors our cultures and tribal communities, & supplies the energy to power our future.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service


U.S. Geological Survey


USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service – Louisiana



3.  Environmental Organizations / Associations 

A.  Local / Area Specific

Audubon Nature Institute

New Orleans Zoo, Aquarium, Insectarium & Entergy IMAX Theater.


Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program
The program's charter is to develop a coalition of government, private, and commercial interests for the preservation of the Barataria & Terrebonne basins by: identifying problems, assessing trends, designing pollution control, developing resource management strategies, recommending corrective actions, & seeking implementation commitments. A variety of quality educational materials are located on this site.


Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana


Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation


Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON)


Restore or Retreat

B.  Louisiana

Keep Louisiana Beautiful


Louisiana Environmental Education Association


Louisiana Science Teachers Association


Louisiana Wildlife Federation


C.  National

American Rivers
Is the leading conservation organization standing up for healthy rivers so communities can thrive.  American Rivers protects and restores the nation's rivers and the clean water that sustains people, wildlife, and nature.


Bird Education Network
Provides educators working in the field of bird conservation with a variety of new tools and strategies they can employ to be more effective.


Environmental Education & Training Partnership


Gulf of Mexico Alliance
Partnership of the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with the goal of significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the ecological and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico.


Gulf Restoration Network
Network of environmental, social justice, and citizen’s groups and individuals committed to restoring the Gulf of Mexico to an ecologically and biologically sustainable condition.


Keep America Beautiful
Combines education with hands-on stewardship to make America’s communities cleaner, greener, safer, and more livable.


National Environmental Education Foundation


National Marine Educators Association


National Science Teachers Association


National Wildlife Federation (NWF)


Nature Conservancy


North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)


Sierra Club


Society of Environmental Journalists


Southern Association of Marine Educators


Temperate Forest Foundation
The mission of the Temperate Forest Foundation is to empower the public with a better understanding of the issues and options surrounding the conservation and development of natural resources.


[updated 5/2018]