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National Geographic: Virtual Albatross Bolus Dissection

Students use online videos and photo galleries to conduct a virtual bolus dissection for the laysan albatross. They investigate how marine debris can be mistaken for food and harm marine organisms. Read More

Across the Spectrum: Resources for Environmental Educators

This e-book is being written by professionals and volunteers, for professionals and volunteers who want to engage young people and adults in learning about and developing healthy environments. We invite you – whether you are working in a community center or half-way house; church, synagogue, temple or mosque; zoo, botanic garden, or museum; Scout, 4-H, or boys and girls club; community garden or nature restoration program; or a senior center, nature center, or park – to explore the rich tradition of environmental education and to learn how your peers across the continent and in other countries are creating new practices to address societal and environmental concerns. We also invite you to contact us if you have ideas about how to expand our vision of non-formal environmental education. Read More

Visual Tools for Watershed Education: National Leadership Forum Report (November 1999)

On November 17, 1999 some 120 education, environmental and communication leaders from across the nation assembled at the headquarters of the Academy for Educational Development in Washington, DC to take part in a forum that focused directly on how visual tools – maps, graphics, models and stories (mental pictures) –could help policy leaders, teachers, the media, and others to communicate meaningfully on the concept of watersheds. The modern need for addressing environmental and natural resource issues more systemically has given rise to greater emphasis on “watershed” approaches in planning, resource assessment and even political activism. It is rare in this day and age to have a discussion of water resources, fish and wildlife conservation, pollution control, flooding, weather, forestry, even land us management without making a mention of watersheds. Many public agencies and private land managers are fully and officially engaged in watershed management approaches. Even major new legislative initiatives discuss watersheds. Read More

Marine Conservation Science and Policy Service Learning Program

The RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program and the Deering Estate at Cutler have teamed up to create an interactive, educational and exciting curriculum for high school students in marine conservation science and policy. Read More

Earth Gauge Courses

In partnership with the COMET Program, Earth Gauge provides a series of free, online courses and training materials that address the connections between weather and the environment. These courses count for continuing education credit through the AMS Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) program, and are useful primers for anyone interested in learning more about the links between weather, climate and environment. Read More

Instructional Resources

Instructional resources include GIS, KML, video, homework, and handout files for environmental science courses for grades 6-9. Read More

Student Resources

Student resources include GIS, Excel, and PDF resources for student investigation into the science of energy. Read More

Energy Home

Energy is an interdisciplinary technology-supported middle school science inquiry curriculum. This curriculum focuses on the world’s energy resources. Students use geospatial information technology (GIT) tools including GIS (My World GIS or Web GIS) and Google Earth, and inquiry-based lab activities to investigate energy sources, production, and consumption. Energy is aligned to national science and environmental education standards. Read More

Proven Practices Collection

A set of research-based, best practices, and videos designed to improve the recruitment and retention of female students in careers in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the trades. Some items are free for download, others must be ordered at cost. Read More

Lab Out Loud: Science for the Classroom and Beyond

A podcast and blog that discusses science news and science education with leading scientists, researchers, science writers, and other important figures in the field. Episodes are archived in audio and print formats. Read More


EERL's mission is to be the best possible online collection of environmental and energy sustainability resources for community college educators and for their students. The resources are also available for practitioners and the public.


EERL is a product of a community college-based National Science Foundation Center, the Advanced Technology Environmental and Energy Center (ATEEC), and its partners.

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