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Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center

Library resources to support the education and research activities at PEREC

Environmental Education

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TROUTNUT Aquatic Insect Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Earth Supported by the Environmental Information Coalition and the National Council for Science and the Environment.

Birds of North America Online Image and video galleries showing plumages, behaviors, habitat, nests and eggs, and recordings of the songs and calls of their species.

Key to Aquatic Macroinvertebrates NY State Department of Environmental Conservation

USGS MultiMedia Gallery includes Water Videos related to water topics such as water quality, ground water, surface water, and more; Biology: Items related to study of living and fossil organisms


Virginia Naturally   gateway to statewide environmental education resources including information about volunteer opportunities, educational classes, places to visit, community events, watershed maps, K-12  Lesson Plans  and recreational activities.

CHeSSIE: Chesapeake Science on the Internet for Educators

Project Learning Tree  Lesson plans are correlated to the new Standards of Learning and use science, language and social studies skills. Project Learning Tree is sponsored jointly by the Virginia Department of Forestry, Virginia Tech College of Forestry and Wildlife, and the Virginia Forestry Association.

Virginia Museum of Natural History exhibits, traveling educational kits, and programs about natural sciences reach students and adults throughout Virginia, including a summer institute for fourth- and fifth- and sixth-grade teachers.

Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts  Teacher tools for environmental education K-12

NOAA Chesapeake Bay Office: Education
By supporting learning in classrooms and communities, NOAA improves knowledge and understanding of the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem.

Discover the Forest  Download curriculum or take a virtual hike; sponsored by USDA Forest Service

The Nature Education Knowledge Project Library: ECOLOGY
The Knowledge Project is an effort to work with the scientific community to build a reliable, state of the art, open access library of peer reviewed educational articles accessible to college and high school students.

Census of Marine Life for Educators
This first baseline picture of ocean life—past, present, and future—can be used to forecast, measure, and understand changes in the global marine environment, as well as to inform the management and conservation of marine resources.

The USGS Water Science School
Features an Activity Center, Water Glossary and Picture Gallery for students and teachers.

EPA: Teacher Resources and Lesson Plans
Find an array of environmental and science based lesson plans, activities and ideas.

National Geographic Education: Teaching Resources
National Geographic Education creates high-quality materials and programs for both educators and learners. These are delivered online, in print, and in person. Learn about geo-literacy, and how you can participate in National Geographic’s geo-literacy efforts.