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Information links for educators

ArcExplorer Java Edition for Education (AEJEE) is a downloadable, lightweight geographic information system (GIS) tool for exploring geographic data. AEJEE can save and open projects, so work can be shared between users, or between school and home. AEJEE can classify and symbolize shapefiles, integrate a wide array of image data, project on-the-fly shapefiles stored in decimal degree, and use data distributed over the Internet. There is a growing body of free lessons using GIS and this tool. Users can find AEJEE at From there, follow pathways to the software background, downloads, tutorials, lessons and data.

Brevard County Natural Resources — View natural features including: potential wetlands; land use/land cover; soil types; eagle nests; and more. This mapping program is a beta testing version, and we welcome your questions or comments.

Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants — The University of Florida (UF)/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants is a multidisciplinary research, teaching and extension unit directed to develop environmentally sound techniques for the management of aquatic and natural area weed species and to coordinate aquatic plant research activities in Florida.

Center for Watershed Protection — The Center for Watershed Protection, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering responsible land and water management through applied research, direct assistance to communities, award-winning training, and access to a network of experienced professionals.

Children’s Environmental Bibliography — More than 400 books are featured, organized by subject matter and age. The bibliography is downloadable on WILD/PLT/WET’s web pages. Scroll to the bottom of the page.

EdGateway is an interactive forum for math, science and environmental education. There is a special forum on environmental education and education reform. (Free registration is required to access discussions.)

EElinked Networks is a comprehensive site for exploring environmental education on the Internet.

The Environmental Education Training and Partnership (EETAP) site provides a wide variety of environmental education training and support to education professionals. EE resources are available in pdf formats from its resource library.

Environmental Protection Agency,Estuaries and Coastal Watersheds — The National Estuary Program (NEP) is a network of voluntary community-based programs that safeguards the health of important coastal ecosystems across the country.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Wetlands — This site provides information on wetlands. Wetlands are part of the foundation of our nation's water resources and are vital to the health of waterways and communities that are downstream.

EPA, Watershed Web Academy — Distance learning modules on key watershed management topics.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s (FWC) Education Resource Page highlights the wide variety of FWC education opportunities for students, teachers and the public.

Florida’s Geological Survey (Department of Environmental Protection [DEP])
The Florida Geological Survey is the state government institution specializing in geoscience research and assessments to provide objective quality data and interpretations.

Florida Invasive Species Partnership — Public and private land managers in Florida agree that invasive nonnative species are a statewide problem with high ecological and economic costs. The Florida Invasive Species Partnership (FISP) is a collaboration of federal, state and local agencies along with non-government organizations, all with a stake in managing invasive nonnative species in Florida.

The Florida Marine Science Educators Association is the state association for marine science educators. This site gives listings of training and programs available in the state, including Florida Department of Environmental Protection Educator Collection Permit workshops.

Florida’s Springs — Find information about springs and classroom activities. Download any of the suggested lessons and activities designed to support science, environmental education and social studies curriculums.

Florida Springs Database — Find more than 750 Florida springs with maps, weather and additional information for recreation and casual research.

Florida Springs: Learn about Florida Springs — What accident of geology enabled springs to form? What plants and animals live in and around a spring ecosystem today? Explore the site to learn more about the journey of water through the springs and the life that springs support.

Florida’s Water. Ours to Protect, DEP
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Geotechnical, Rock and Water Resource Library (GROW) is a site that will connect you with many different web resources relating to the main areas of civil engineering — geotechnical (soils), rock and water. The water area contains activities that are used by educators to teach about the water cycle, groundwater and more. This site contains links to many other good water education websites.

The Groundwater Foundation site provides education materials on this hidden resource — groundwater. Pages for youth activities, water festivals, groundwater guardians and many other items are included.

Health Museum Ask-a-Question Feature — The Health Museum is an interactive science experience for all ages that promotes understanding and appreciation of the human body and encourages a lifelong commitment to health and wellness. The museum’s mascot, Apple A. Day, gives tips for healthy living and will answer questions about the science of health and the human body.

H2OUSE — A Water Saver Home. Take a tour to investigate your water-saving opportunities in each area of your home. Also check out the top five actions to discover some of the best ways to save water in and around your home.

The League of Environmental Educators in Florida is the state association for environmental education professionals; traditional and non-traditional educators.

Lesson Planet is an Internet resource that will connect you to other sites related to education and the environment.

Making TRACKS provides downloadable nature guides and species lists for trails, as well as resources for schools to make their own educational nature trails on school grounds or in nearby communities. There are numerous standards-based activities, as well as short movie clips and nature games. People are encouraged to enter information about trails in their area to contribute to a collection of hiking trails throughout the United States with a list of common species found on each.

The National Environmental Education Advancement Project is a national organization that aids state and local environmental education leaders in promoting their environmental education efforts and develops informational resources for capacity-building within states.

The National Marine Educators Association provides a valuable focus for marine and aquatic studies. It includes professionals in education, science, business, government, museums, aquariums and research.

National Small Flows Clearinghouse — Gain access to National Drinking Water Clearinghouse through this site.

The North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) is a network of professionals and students working in the field of environmental education throughout North America and 55 countries.

North American Drought: A Paleo Perspective was created by the staff of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Paleoclimatology Program.

Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is the national site for a unique program of teacher training, curriculum and supplementary modules.

Streams and Drainage Systems — Tulane University offers information, including scientific/mathematic graphics , on streams and their functions.

UF/IFAS Extension, Indian River Lagoon — Seagrass beds are one of the most important habitats of the Indian River Lagoon. Learn more about them and Coastal Wetlands of the Indian River Lagoon.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Environmental Education site includes special pages for kids, teachers and students, as well as regional environmental education resources and information.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “What’s Up With Our Nation’s Waters?” is a 24-page booklet designed primarily for children, aged 10 to 15, that presents key findings of the National Water Quality Inventory in an easy-to-read format. It includes projects for school or fun, a water quiz, a glossary, and a list of resources for more information.

U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) — Ecosystems — Scientists in the USGS Ecosystem Mission Area conduct research and monitoring on freshwater, terrestrial and marine ecosystems and the fish and wildlife within them. Healthy ecosystems provide our society with essential ecosystem services, such as crop pollination, water and air purification, harvestable populations of fish and wildlife, soil replenishment, pest control, and nutrient cycling.

The U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Science for Schools site offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures, data, maps, and an interactive center where you can give opinions and test your water knowledge.

USGS, Water Resources of the United States
Find reports on Florida’s waters.

The Water Environment Federation is an international education and technical organization working to preserve and enhance the global water environment. It is a leading source of information and education resources on the water environment.

Water Resources Education information is available from the Southwest Florida Water Management District.


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