Earth's H2O: Electronic Resources
Key: E = Elementary (K-5), I = Intermediate (6-8), HS = High School (9-12), C = College, G = General Public
- Adopt-a-Watershed, (E, I, HS)
- Adopt-A-Watershed is a K-12 school-community learning experience. Adopt-A-Watershed
uses a local watershed as a living laboratory in which students engage in hands-on
activities, making science applicable and relevant to their lives. It weaves education
with the community developing collaborative partnerships and reinforcing learning
through community service.
- American Rivers, from American Rivers. (G)
- A nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and
restoring rivers nationwide.
- Bridge: Ocean Sciences Education Teacher Resource Center, from the Virginia Institute for Marine Science. (E, I, HS)
- This site links by topic to a large collection of environmental web
sites that contain lesson plans and class activities.
- Canada's Aquatic Environments, from the University of Guelph. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- A massive amount of information is partitioned into ten session-sized modules. Topics
include: Rivers, Lakes, Physical Processes in Aquatic Environments, Chemistry of
Aquatic Environments, Food Webs and Aquatic Plants, Zooplankton, Benthos, Fishes,
Toxic Contaminants and Water Quality Assessment, Biodiversity and Exotic Species. A
multitude of graphic data from real examples and “How to Measure It”
sections give the material a practical dimension. Animation and interactivity encourage
investigative learning, while crisp photos of aquatic habitats and humorous cartoons
add to this educational experience.
- Center for Water and Watershed Studies, from the University of Washington. (HS, C, G)
- The Center for Water and Watershed Studies is a source of comprehensive aquatic resources
and water management information to maintain and enhance the earth's watersheds. The
research of the Center provides models for addressing both regional and global watershed
issues, bringing together science and policy studies for publication and for discussion
in courses, seminars, and workshops. CWWS is a broad, collaborative community of
environmental scholars, achieving its goals through research, education, and information
- Center for Watershed Protection, (I, HS, G)
- Works with agencies, environmental consulting firms, watershed organizations and the
public to provide objective and scientifically sound information on effective
techniques to protect and restore urban watersheds.
- Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE), from DLESE. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- DLESE is an geoscience community resource that supports teaching and learning
about the Earth system. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and is
being built by a community of educators, students, and scientists to support
Earth system education at all levels and in both formal and informal settings.
- URL: http://www.earthday.gov/
- Other Government Earth Day Web Sites.
- URL: http://earthday.gov/govtsites.htm
- EarthDay Network. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Earth Day Network is an alliance of 5,000 groups in 184 countries
working to promote a healthy environment and a peaceful, just,
- EarthForce GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network), (I, HS)
- GREEN is an innovative, action-oriented approach to education, based on an interdisciplinary
watershed education model. A resource to schools and communities that wish to study their
watershed and work to improve their quality of life. GREEN works closely with business,
government, community, and educational organizations across the United States, Canada, &
135 countries to support local efforts in watershed education and sustainability.
- EarthShots: Satellite Images of Environmental Change, from the U.S. Geological Survey. (G)
- Earthshots is a collection of Landsat images and text, designed to show environmental
changes and to introduce remote sensing. Images from other satellites, maps, and photographs
are also included. Earthshots comes from the U.S. Geological Survey's EROS Data Center,
the world's largest archive of earth science data. Topics covered include: agriculture,
cities, deserts, disasters, forests, geology, water, and wildlife.
- Earthwater Stencils - Storm Drain Stencils, from Earth Water Stencils, Washington. (G)
- Storm drain stenciling is an educational, interactive tool to engage people of all ages
in community involvement for watershed pollution prevention. It is an action project for
students and community involvement for adults.
- Ecolinks - Hydrosphere: Water, Water Everywhere, from the Miami Museum of Science. (I, HS, G)
- Almost three-fourths of the Earth's surface is covered in water. All living things depend
on water for their survival. Think about the neighborhood where you live or go to school.
Is there a body of water nearby, such as an ocean or river? That's part of the hydrosphere.
Water in the oceans, clouds, lakes, rivers, and even underground is connected through the
water cycle. Water is used and reused again and again by living organisms. If you surf,
swim, ski or snowboard, you come into direct contact with the hydrosphere. In fact, you
could not spend more than 48 hours without drinking water. Without it you'd be sunk. Human
beings can affect the world's water supply. For example, in the USA we consume 300 billion
liters (79 billion gallons) of water every single day. Can you think of other ways that we
affect the world's watery sphere? How could you conserve water in your home?
- EcoPortal. (G)
- An information gateway empowering the movement for environmental sustainability.
- The Educators Toolkit, from Carolyn Bierworth, a teacher in Ontario. (E, I)
- Check out the “Ecosystems/Biomes” and “The
Environment” sections within Themes to see a great collection
of annotated web sites and lesson plans on
the water cycle,
- The Exploratorium: The Museum of Science, Art, and Human Perception, (I)
- Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a
site on the World Wide Web. This site now contains over 15,000 Web pages exploring
hundreds of different topics. Fifteen million visitors use the web site a year.
Search “water” to learn about online exhibits, activities, and experiments.
- Exploring Earth, from TERC and McDougal Littell. (HS)
- The investigations and visualizations on this site were designed to
accompany Earth Science, a high school textbook authored by Spaulding
and Namowitz and published by McDougal Littell. The Web site was
developed by TERC, a non-profit educational research and development
firm in collaboration with McDougal Littell. Funding was provided by
the National Science Foundation. Visualizations and investigations on
the site were designed to build students' knowledge of Earth Science
concepts described in the textbook, and to raise student awareness of
Earth as a system of interconnected components and processes.
- Freshwater UNEP.Net, from the United Nations Environment Programme. (G)
- UNEP.Net, the United Nations Environment Network, is a global portal to
authoritative environmental information based on themes and regions. The
Freshwater portal covers key issues, resources, assessments, and
- FreshWater Website, from Environment Canada. (G)
- This web site covers the following broad topics about water: the nature of
water, water policy and legislation, the management of water, water and
culture, and information resources and services. The hope is that viewers
will recognize the need to value the precious resource and will be motivated
to take action to conserve and protect it in their homes, schools, industries,
businesses and communities.
- Geography Action! Habitats, from the National Geographic Society. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Geography Action! is an annual conservation and awareness program designed to educate
and excite people about our natural, cultural, and historic treasures. Each year we
celebrate a different topic related to conservation and the environment. The Geography
Action! program features an activity-based conservation awareness program, lesson plans,
games, and photo-galleries. The Habitats section covers Cities and Suburbs, Deserts and
Tundra, Forests, Fresh Water, Oceans and Coasts, and Prairies.
- Global Change Master Directory: A Directory of Earth Sciences Data, from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (HS, C, G)
- This web site provides descriptions of Earth science data sets and
services relevant to global change research. The GCMD database
includes descriptions of data sets covering agriculture, the
atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and oceans, snow and ice, geology
and geophysics, paleoclimatology, and human dimensions of global
- The GLOBE Program, from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Colorado State University. (E, I, HS)
- GLOBE is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science
and education program. GLOBE provides students with the opportunity to learn by:
taking scientifically valid measurements in the fields of atmosphere, hydrology,
soils, and land cover; reporting their data through the Internet; creating maps
and graphs on the free interactive Web site to analyze data sets; and
collaborating with scientists and other GLOBE students around the world.
- Great Lakes Information Network (GLIN), from the Great Lakes Commission. (G)
- GLIN is a partnership that provides one place online for people to find information
relating to the binational Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America. GLIN offers
a wealth of data and information about the region's environment, economy, tourism,
education and more. Thanks to its strong network of state, provincial, federal and
regional partner agencies and organizations, GLIN has become a necessary component of
informed decision-making, and a trusted and reliable source of information for those
who live, work or have an interest in the Great Lakes region.
- Hydrology Web, from the U.S. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. (HS, C, G)
- Hydrology Web is a site that hosts a comprehensive list of links to
Hydrology and related Hydrology resources. Includes
Sites for Kids.
- HydroWeb, from the International Association for International Hydrology. (G)
- IAEH is a worldwide association of environmental hydrologists dedicated to the protection
and cleanup of fresh water resources.
- International Rivers Network; Linking Human Rights and Environmental Protection, from the International Rivers Network. (HS, C, G)
- IRN supports local communities working to protect their rivers and
watersheds. We work to halt destructive river development projects,
and to encourage equitable and sustainable methods of meeting needs
for water, energy and flood management.
- International Year of the Ocean (1998). (G)
- Great images and links to key resources.
- It's All in the Watershed: A Collection of Stories About Your Ecological Home, from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. (E, I, HS)
- LakeNet, (I, HS, C, G)
- LakeNet is a global network of more than 900 people and organizations in 90+ countries
working for the conservation and sustainable management of lakes. The LakeNet Secretariat
is a U.S.-based nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing together people and solutions
to protect and restore the health of the world's lakes. Contains an extensive set of links
to other organizations.
- Let's Not Take Water for Granted - A Resource Guide, from Environment Canada. (I)
- To provide information about the properties of water and the importance of water to
life, and to focus on water being around for over 4 billion years.
- Liquid Planet: Exploring the World of Water, from the National Geographic Society. (G)
- Water is the essence of life, and of the Earth itself. Oceania would be a more
appropriate name for our planet. Early life is believed to have evolved in a
liquid environment and the oceans remain home to the great majority of all
living things. Life cannot exist on land without access to water. While
Earth's freshwater resources are increasingly under pressure from human
population and environmental degradation, the oceans remain mostly unexplored.
Liquid Planet is a weekly television series produced by our U.S. cable
television program National Geographic Today in partnership with the Monterey
Bay Aquarium. The series airs on Tuesday nights on the National Geographic
Channel. The segments take viewers into the field and under the waves for an
up-close look at the latest exploration and research into the oceans, seas,
rivers, and lakes.
- Magnificent Ground-Water Connection, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (E, I, HS)
- Compilation of some of the best ground water-related activities from
previously existing curricula, seasoned with a collection of original
materials and geared specifically to New England. The activity guide
is applicable to a wide range of subject matter and the ground water
theme is integrated into stories, songs, math, social studies, art
and writing. The topics include basic concepts on the water cycle,
water distribution, treatment and stewardship. Also includes five
sample lesson activity plans.
- National Snow and Ice Data Center, from the University of Colorado. (HS, C, G)
- Established by NOAA as a national information and referral center in
support of polar and cryospheric research, NSIDC archives and distributes
digital and analog snow and ice data. They also maintain information about
snow cover, avalanches, glaciers, ice sheets, freshwater ice, sea ice,
ground ice, permafrost, atmospheric ice, paleoglaciology, and ice cores.
- National Wild and Scenic Rivers System, from the U.S. National Park Service. (G)
- In the 1960s, the country began to realize that our rivers were being dammed,
dredged, diked, diverted and degraded at an alarming rate. To lend balance to
our history of use and abuse of our waterways, in October of 1968 Congress
created the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System. See what rivers have been
designated in your state.
- River and Water Facts.
- Includes a great collection of trivia about rivers and water.
- Ocean Planet, from the Smithsonian Institution. (G)
- Ocean Planet, premiered at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural
History from April 1995 to April 1996, where it attracted nearly two million
visitors. The web site is presented as an archival version of “Ocean Planet,”
a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition. The content reflects the state of
knowledge at the time of the exhibition, and has not been updated. This electronic online
companion to the exhibition contains all of the text and most of the panel designs and
images found in the traveling exhibition.
- Ocean Science Education Teacher Resource Center. (G)
- This site links by topic to a large collection of environmental web sites
that contain lesson plans and class activities.
- Oceans Alive! The Water Planet, from the Science Learning Network. (E, I, HS, G)
- If you look down at our planet from outer space, most of what you see is water; 71% of
the planet's surface is covered by ocean and it is because of this that the Earth is
sometimes called “the water planet”. Only about three-tenths of our globe
is covered with land.
- Our Earth as Art, from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center's Laboratory for Terrestrial Physics. (G)
- Here you can view our planet through the beautiful images taken by the Landsat-7
satellite - and most recently, the Terra Satellite's Advanced Spaceborne Thermal
Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER). This gallery of images uses the visceral
avenue of art to convey the thrilling perspective of the Earth that satellites
provide to the viewer.
- Paleomap Project, (G)
- From the birth of Earth to the present, this site chronicles our planet's past
1,100 million years. Terrific animations show giant tectonic shifts; beautiful
full-color paleogeographic maps reveal ancient mountain ranges and shorelines;
new 3-D images and animations depict the changing planes of Gaia's face. Other
sections review climate history in depth and predict what the world may look
like 50 million years from now. Source: 2002 Sci/Tech Web Awards: Earth and Environment
- PBS Teacher Source - Science and Technology, from Public Broadcasting System (PBS). (G)
- Find 4,500+ free lesson plans and activities.
- PBS Teacher Source - Science & Technology - Water and Air. (HS)
- PBS Teacher Source - Science & Technology - Water and Air. (I)
- Planet Diary. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Though meant to accompany publisher Prentice-Hall's textbooks, this site stands on its'
own. Here the events that affect Earth and its inhabitants -- tornadoes, oil spills and
disease outbreaks, among others -- are recorded and updated each week. A simple world map
dotted with icons shows the locations of noteworthy occurrences; clicking on an icon
takes readers to a brief news piece describing that particular event. The site also
provides superb links for further reading. Source: Sci/Tech Web Awards 2001: Earth
- A Primer on Fresh Water: Questions and Answers, from Environment Canada. (I)
- Round & Round It Goes! The Water Cycle (Environmental Education for Kids), from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
- Water Wonders - The Water Cycle. Comprehensive look at the components of the water cycle.
- SeaWeb. (I, HS, C, G)
- SeaWeb is a project designed to raise awareness of the world ocean and the
life within it. The ocean plays a critical role in our everyday life and in
the future of our planet. We believe that as more people understand this and
begin to appreciate the earth as a water planet, they will take actions to
conserve the ocean and the web of life it supports.
- Square of Life: Studies in Local and Global Environments , from the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE). (E)
- Elementary school curriculum that allows classes to compare their inventory of a
1-meter outdoor square in their school yard with another class across the country
or the globe. Registration to participate is twice a year in spring and fall. Site
contains lesson plans, activity instructions, reference materials, discussion area,
standards comparison and a help contact.
- Student Training in Aquatic Research (STAR), from the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. (HS)
- Student Training in Aquatic Research (STAR) is a multi-week program in which high school
students develop and implement their own Chesapeake Bay-related research projects. The
students use state-of-the-art research methods and equipment.
- Surf Your Watershed, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (I, HS, C, G)
- Service to help you locate, use, and share environmental information
about your state and watershed.
- Surfing the Net With Kids > Science, from Barbara J. Feldman. (E, I)
- Topical directory that includes a few key web sites and related games on
the water cycle and acid rain.
- U.S. Department of Commerce. Coastal and Marine Resources. (G)
- Overview of resources and activities in support of stewardship of coastal and marine resources.
- U.S. Drought Monitor, from the National Drought Mitigation Center. (G)
- Updated weekly, the data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern
Standard Time. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each
Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (G)
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/
- EPA Browse Topics. (G)
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/topics.html
- EPA Kids' Stuff.
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/water/kids.html
- EPA Environmental Education. (G)
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/index.html
- Environmental Kids Club. (E)
- URL: http://epa.gov/kids/
- EPA Student Center . (I)
- URL: http://epa.gov/students/
- EPA High School Environmental Center. (HS)
- URL: http://epa.gov/highschool/
- EPA Researchers and Scientists. (C)
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/epahome/research.htm
- EPA Teachers' Center. (G)
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/teachers/
- Regional Environmental Education Programs. (G)
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/otherepa2.html
- EPA's Office of Water. (G)
- URL: http://www.epa.gov/OW/
- Recommended EPA Water Web Pages. (G)
- URL: http://oaspub.epa.gov/webimore/aboutepa.ebt4?search=22
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. (G)
- URL: http://www.fws.gov/
- U.S. Geological Survey.
- URL: http://www.usgs.gov/
- U.S. Global Change Research Program, from the U.S. Global Change Research Program. (I, HS, C, G)
- Provides information designed to help understand, assess, and predict
changes in the global environment. Topics include atmospheric
composition, climate variability and change, ecosystems, global
carbon cycle, global water cycle, land use, and human contributions
- U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (G)
- NOAA gathers worldwide environmental data about the ocean, earth, air,
space, and sun and their interactions to describe and predict the state
of the physical environment. NOAA also maintains a national environmental
data base, in which the agency's data are combined with selected
environmental information collected by other agencies in support of their
- U.S. Water News, (G)
- Current water and wastewater news for the professional. Check out section called
“Other Watering Holes” for links to state, federal, international, professional,
non-profit, and general web pages related to water.
- Visible Earth: A Searchable Directory of Images, Visualizations, and Animations of the Earth, from the U.S. National Atmospheric and Space Administration. (G)
- For the best view of Earth outside of a window seat on an orbiting spacecraft, this
NASA site is the place to go. A stunning collection of photographs, animations and
visualizations reveals our ever-changing planet's landmasses, oceans and atmosphere.
It also documents human impact -- dramatic images capture city lights, forest fires and
population density, to name a few. A detailed description accompanies each image, and
a well-organized directory enables easy searching. Source: Sci/Tech Web Awards 2001:
Earth and Environment
- Vital Water Graphics, from the United Nations Environment Program. (G)
- An overview of the state of the world's fresh and marine waters.
- Links to Websites Related to Water Issues.
- URL: http://www.unep.org/vitalwater/links.htm
- Water Cycle, from Kidzone.ws. (E)
- Run and get a glass of water and put it on the table next to you. Take a good long
look at the water. Now -- can you guess how old it is? Find the answer to this
question and learn more by visiting this web site.
- Water on the Web (WOW), from the University of Minnesota. (HS, C)
- WOW helps college and high school students understand and solve
real-world environmental problems using advanced technology. WOW is a
complete package containing two sets of curricula, data from many
lakes and rivers nationwide, extensive online primers, data
interpretation and Geographic Information System Tools, and
additional supporting materials.
- The Water Portal (UNESCO), from the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organization. (I, HS, C, G)
- The UNESCO Water Portal is intended to enhance access to information
related to freshwater available on the World Wide Web.
- Water Resources of the United States, from the U.S. Geological Survey. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Presents real-time and historical water data from across the country,
as well as technical information and details about water quality and
water research programs. The site links to local resources and
up-to-date information on current flood conditions and water levels
throughout the country.
- Water Science for Schools, from the U.S. Geological Survey. (E, I, HS, C, G)
- Offers information on many aspects of water, along with pictures,
data, maps, and an interactive center where you share ideas and test
your water knowledge.
- Water Supply of the World, from the Information Please Fact Monster. (E, I, HS)
- WaterInfo.org, from . (G)
- The Water Information Program is a public information program sponsored by the water
districts, organizaitons, and agencies in the San Juan and Dolores watersheds of
- Watershed Atlas of the Monongahela and Allegheny Rivers, from the Pennsylvania Environmental Council. (I, HS, C, G)
- What is a watershed? Get an overview of watersheds and learn more about two rivers
in Pennsylvania. Also includes many links in the Resource section.
- The Watershed Game , from Bell Museum, University of Minnesota. (E, I)
- The Watershed Game is an interactive watershed-planning game. It was developed by
the Bell LIVE! program at the Bell Museum of Natural History. Bell LIVE! provides
science-based learning adventures for students and teacher grades 4-8 throughout
the U.S. and Canada.
- Watershed Information Network, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (G)
- Roadmap to information services for protecting and restoring water resources.
- WaterWatch, from the U.S. Geological Survey. (G)
- Maps and graphs of current water resources conditions.
- The WaterWeb Consortium. (G)
- The WaterWeb consortium has been created to promote the sharing of information
concerning water and the earth's environment. Our organization seeks to create
a global community, bringing together educational, governmental, nonprofit, &
commercial entities interested in water research, conservation, and management.
WaterWeb's goals are to advance water related issues, promote the use of quality
information, and share information with water use stakeholders and decision-makers.
- Wetlands Education, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
- Everything you need to help your student understand wetlands and how
they fit into the water cycle and the environment. A portal site of
links to activities, curriculum, education programs, resources and
teaching tools to assist you in wetlands and habitat education.
- World in Our Backyard, from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (E, I)
- This guide is a resource of information and activities about
wetlands, including ways to study wetland characteristics, why
wetlands are important, and how students and teachers can help
protect a local wetland.
- World Meteorological Organization. (G)
- The UN system's authoritative voice on the state and behaviour of the Earth's
atmosphere, its interaction with the oceans, the climate it produces and the
resulting distribution of water resources.
- World of Fresh Water (PDF), from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (E, I)
- Use these activities to help your students understand the effects of
pollutants on lakes, rivers, and streams.
- Yahooligans! The Web Guide for Kids > Science and Nature > The Environment > Water, from Yahoo!. (E, I, HS, G)
- Web sites on aquifers, bodies of water, hydropower, oceanography,
water cycle, water pollution, watersheds, and wetlands.
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