Site Profiles

A diver explores parts of a sanctuary shipwreck preserved by the cold, fresh water of Lake Huron
Located in northwestern Lake Huron, Thunder Bay is adjacent to one of the most treacherous stretches of water within the Great Lakes system. Unpredictable weather, murky fog banks, sudden gales, and rocky shoals earned the area the name "Shipwreck Alley." Today, Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary protects one of America's best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks. Fire, ice, collisions, and storms have claimed over 200 vessels in and around Thunder ...
Geologic Lecture at Folsom Farm
Observing nature in an outdoor classroom setting provides the means for youth to understand and experience science facts in a way a classroom lecture and reading assignment cannot. Along with stimulating interest in science and nature, the students discover their nearby public lands as a place to return to with friends and family, to have fun. The most used field trip location is the historical site, wetland overlook, and wildlife ...
Exploring Watersheds using an Enviroscape Model
Officially designated in 1936, the Francis Marion and Sumter National Forests encompass more than 629,000 acres throughout South Carolina. These lands are managed by the USDA Forest Service for multiple uses including watershed protection and improvement, timber and wood production, habitat for wildlife and fish species (including threatened and endangered ones), wilderness area management and recreation. The forests provide the American people with a diverse set of outdoor opportunities on four ...
Upper Ridge Wilderness Areas Inc. and the Bureau of Land Management, Redding Field Office have partner to caretake and enhance 120 acres of public land in the Magalia, CA area. The area has 2 miles of nature trails, a parking area, toilet and identification signs. The area is part of a larger public use area owned by the Paradise Property Owners group.
Students enjoying a wetland investigation at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge
Imagine if your classroom for the day were to be a wetland at DeSoto National Wildlife Refuge. Imagine if your lessons in science, math, social studies and languages arts all focused a natural phenological event like the fall bird migration you experienced at the refuge. This may sound like more fun than school, but it is a reality for students in Blair Community Schools. The Blair Community Schools/DeSoto National Wildlife ...
Spring Salamander Egg Mass Survey
The destruction of wetlands is a major problem around the world. Wetlands are globally recognized as being one of the most important ecosystems, environments, and biomes for the conservation of biodiversity. Monitoring sentinel species such as salamanders in vernal pools is a method to assess the changing health in a habitat. The vernal pools at the Elizabeth Hartwell Mason Neck National Wildlife Refuge (EHMNNWR) are home to the spotted salamander ...
Educational Institution
Maywoods is a 1,700-acre natural area nestled in the Knobs region of Kentucky. Located in southern Garrard and northern Rockcastle counties, 22 miles southwest of Eastern Kentucky University's (EKU) Richmond campus. Most activities are concentrated around the Maywoods Lodge near the edge of lake Edmiston (13-acres). The lodge has a central meeting and dining room, a fully equipped commercial style kitchen, and dorm style lodging for up to 40 people. ...
Educational Institution
Located in Letcher County in the southeastern corner of Kentucky, Lilley Cornett Woods (LCW) encompasses 554 acres of mixed mesophytic forest. A portion of the total acreage, 252 acres, is designated as "old-growth" forest; a forest which has not undergone any manmade changes in 150 years. Biodiversity of plants and animals abound at LCW. There are over 530 species of flowering plants and an estimated 700 breeding pairs of birds ...
UnEarth your Love of Nature@ OAC
West Atlanta Watershed Alliance is an urban community based 501 C (3), non-profit organization whose mission is to improve the quality of life in West Atlanta watersheds by protecting preserving, and restoring the communities natural resources. As stewards of our community, we work to achieve optimal community heath. The goal of our program is to establish a sustainable environment that allows all residents to live in harmony and balance with ...
New River
New River has been described as one of the last remaining wild places along the Oregon Coast. With its diversity of habitats; interconnected network of rivers, streams, and lakes; it offers visitors an exclusive area of biodiversity. Trails guide visitors to historic cranberry bogs, along natural wetlands and a river that hosts a number of birds and other wildlife. The nature center gives guests a unique experience into the natural ...
The White Mountains National Recreation Area provides an ideal outdoor learning landscape for students in the Fairbanks North Star School District. Access to a cabin and trail system for winter learning provides students a safe way to get to the back country. The White Mountain's location in the sub-arctic environment provides a rich landscape to measure climate change, snow studies and interior Alaska history. Watershed Charter School is an environmental ...
Battle of Hampton Roads 1862 between the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia
The Monitor National Marine Sanctuary’s education and outreach programs are designed to raise public awareness about the sanctuary and its resources, encourage public involvement in resource protection, increase knowledge about the USS Monitor and maritime history, and to support other NOAA initiatives such as ocean and climate literacy. Education and outreach includes both formal and informal programs for learners of all ages of sanctuary visitors and constituents, including user groups ...
Minnesota State Flower, Showy Ladyslippers on the Chippewa National Forest
The Chippewa Naitonal Forest is an amazing outdoor classroom---home to one of the largest breeding pairs of bald eagles in the lower 48, sharing boundaries with the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, connecting ecosystems from Headwaters of the Mississippi to western prairie, northern boreal forest, big pines and oak/maple forests. The Forest offers year-round education programs and visitor activities. Come explore the winter woods with us!
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge
Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1976 to provide habitat for a large number of migratory waterfowl, fish, and other wildlife species threatened by commercial and industrial development, and to provide environmental education, wildlife recreational opportunities, and interpretive programming for Twin Cities residents. The Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge is located in the Minnesota River Valley, and has a unique distribution of habitats. While at either of the ...
Native Plant Species Education
The West Florida Regional Planning Council is staff to the Bay Area Resource Council (BARC). The Bay Area Resource Council's main objective is to assist in improving the area’s quality of life and improving the waters of the Pensacola Bay System through community participation and coordination with local governments, citizens, academia, and the private sector.
April_2014, Naccarato, GARNA,  Leadville and Buena Vista middle school students learn about stream ecology and macro-invertebrates in the Arkansas River
A 2013 US Forest Service National Partner in Excellence Award winner and a 2014 Colorado Parks and Wildlife Partners in the Outdoors grant recipient, the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association’s (GARNA) mission is to foster stewardship of public lands through education, volunteerism and experiences. GARNA operates in the Upper Arkansas Valley in Colorado and was created in 1996 to assist the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), US Forest Service (USFS), ...
Necedah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center
Glacial Lake Wisconsin scoured out much of Central Wisconsin and has left what is now a mosaic habitat of sedge meadow, savanna, prairie, and pine-oak forest. Necedah National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939. The refuge was established for breeding and migratory waterfowl and supports over 230 species of migratory birds. Necedah NWR is home to ringed boghaunter dragonflies, whooping cranes, trumpeter swans, wolves, Karner blue butterflies, badgers, and red-headed ...
Since the early 1990s, the BLM - San Luis Valley Field Office has been involved with the Kerber Creek Restoration Project. Several government agencies, organizations, and local landowners have been dedicated to restoring the Kerber Creek Watershed after a historic mining boom in Colorado's northern San Luis Valley. In the late nineteenth century, silver ore was discovered in the area, resulting in an economic boom as miners and their families ...
Turning the blue goose to represent fall migration.
Our goal is the provide field-based environmental education experiences for the local schools. We serve approximately 4000 students over the course of the year on fieldtrips. Due to funding cuts we also do offsite visits to schools who can not come. During the summer we provide summer camps as well as educational programs and community centers and libraries. We are a small refuge 4600 acres but have a great boardwalk ...
Students learn to use GPS units in the field
Our Goals: Create an understanding of scientific practices and principles. Instill a sense of connection to the natural world by getting outdoors. Create a program that can be built upon in future years. We started this program last year, working with the 4th-5th grade teacher and the principal of Bristol Bay Borough School in Naknek. We met for 9 sessions, beginning in March and ending in May 2014. 19 children ...
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