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Links on this page include organizations and projects primarily concerned with education about the conservation of plants, animals, and habitats and the preservation of biodiversity.

Project WILD          
Project WILD is one of the most widely-used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. Project WILD is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. The program emphasizes wildlife because of its intrinsic and ecological values.
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National Public Lands Day ~ September 29th!    
Lend a hand for the 14th annual coast-to-coast effort to clean up public lands to help preserve America’s lands. The focus this year is on countering the tide of invasive species taking over habitats and native species.
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New Toolkit for Biodiversity    
Developed by the World Conservation Union Commission on Education and Communication (IUCN CEC) the new Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA) Toolkit for Biodiversity provides practical tools for practitioners and professionals promoting biodiversity.
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Anchialine Caves and Cave Animals    
Diving explorations of anchialine (marine) caves have led to the disovery of numerous animals, previously unknown to science. While these caves are the longest underwater caves on Earth, the animals that inhabit them are primitive living fossils.
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Jungle Trekker    
Follow expeditions to the Brazilian rain forest with daily news, journals, and a web cast.

A production of DTVisions in partnership with the Amazonia Association for sustainable development projects. (Available in English and Portuguese)
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Florida Panther Society    
"A non-profit environmental education and support organization for Felis concolor coryi." FPS provides information on the life history of panthers, habitat preservation and pictures.
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Illinois Raptor Center    
"Provides environmental education about native and migratory wildlife found in Illinois through our "Education On The Wing" programs... The IRC provides additional environmental education through public events, newsletters and instructional materials."
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Conservation International (CI)    
CI is a field-based, non-profit organization that uses science, economics, policy, and community involvement to promote biodiversity conservation in tropical rain forests and other endangered ecosystems worldwide.
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Ventana Wilderness Society    
Current information on California Condors (facts and updates on reintroduction efforts), surveys of migratory birds in Big Sur, and information on science based environmental education programs and local events.
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Kenya Wildlife Service    
"Conserving Wildlife for Kenyans and as a World Heritage" Kenyan agency offering wildlife lectures and outreach programmes to schools and other training institutes; research programming; a biodiversity conservation and management centre; and reserves.
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International Wolf Center    
Wolf tracking via radio telemetry data (updated weekly), the latest information on wolf recovery efforts around the world, full text of scientific research papers, educational links for teachers and students and pictures of wolves.
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GreenLife Society (GLS)    
GreenLife Society (GLS) founded in 1991, work on environmental and human related issues to preserve the natural balance between humans and nature. With emphasis on animal conservation, work is also related to the local population needs and how they can manage their own natural resources and at the same time preserve their precious natural resources. Preservation projects include: the Dujong, Sea Turtle, and Art for Nature Projects.
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Project Monarch Watch    
Project to "to further science education, promote conservation of Monarch butterflies, and involve thousands of students and adults in a cooperative study of the Monarchs' fall migration." Includes curriculum ideas, butterfly garden tips, and extensive monarch information. Developed by Univ. of KS. and MN.
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Operation RubyThroat: A Hummingbird Education and Research Project    
Operation RubyThroat is a cross-disciplinary international project in North and Central America, in which students, teachers and others collaborate to study the behavior and distribution of the Ruby-throated Hummingbird. An International initiative of Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History, a non-profit organization in York, S.Carolina.
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Journey North - A Global Study of Wildlife Migration    
"An Internet-based learning adventure that engages

students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change." Students share their own field observations with classrooms across North America. In addition, students are linked with scientists who

provide their expertise directly to the classroom.
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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Endangered Species    
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal Agency responsible for conserving and protecting the Nation's threatened and endangered species and their habitats. Resources include species lists, educational resources, the text of ES legislation, and recovery program information.
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International Otter Survival Fund    
Wildlife charity helping the 13 species of otter worldwide
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Center for Biodiversity and Conservation    
American Museum of Natural History site. The hall of biodiversity shows the importance of maintaining the balance of live on earth, and the interdependence of our planet's ecosystems.
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Australia's Biodiversity    
Developed by Australian Museum Online this site has biodiversity fact sheets, information on how to conserve biodiversity through sustainable living practices, RealMedia films on biodiversity, and links to biodiversity and forestry case studies in Australia.
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Reef Check    
A global volunteer effort by teams of recreational divers led by experienced marine scientists that raises public awareness about the value of and threats to coral reefs, and solutions to these problems, and obtains high quality data on coral reef status to allow them to be managed.
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Arctic Circle Homepage    
Extensively researched articles investigating the Arctic from three perspectives: natural resources, history and culture; social equity and environmental justice. Virtual classroom activities examine each of these themes, and GIS maps and fact sheets are available for each region of the arctic circle. Developed by Norman Chance.
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"Welcome to WhaleNet's educational web site, focusing on whales and marine research. WhaleNet is an interactive education project sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, Mass with support from the National Science Foundation." The site contains a variety of marine resources for students and teachers(Available in Spanish and French).
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Craighead Environmental Research Institute    
CERI's mission is to enable human beings to coexist with other species and help plan human expansion based upon the needs of other species. They develop scientific regional reserve designs to maintain carnivore populations (and biological diversity).
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Bat Conservation International, Inc.    
Organization provides education about bats, habitat protection, research to advance scientific knowledge, conservation needs, and the ecosystems that rely on them.

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Chicago Wilderness    
"Educational Tools for teacher trainers who wish to integrate concepts regarding Chicagoland

biodiversity into their programs." Materials (including biodiversity kits, wildlife atlas, posters, videos, and slides) are available for loan to schools. Sponsored by the Chicago Academy of Sciences.
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The State of the Nation's Ecosystems - Draft    
"This prototype report lays the foundation for what we hope will evolve into a comprehensive, credible series of periodic reports on the state of America's ecosystems." A project of The Heinz Center.
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American Bird Conservancy    
"..not-for-profit dedicated to the conservation of wild birds and their habitats in the Americas." Field guides, Keep Cats Indoors Campaign (free teacher packets), info on pesticides and climate change effects, international projects and more.
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Smithsonian Institute: Conservation & Research Center      
"CRC increases knowledge through investigations of threatened species, habitats, and communities, and disseminates knowledge through advanced studies, professional training, and public outreach." CRC offers teacher workshops, EE activities, and school and community outreach programs.
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Roar Foundation - Shambala Preserve    
Site highlights Shambala, a preserve founded by Tippi Hedren, home to large felines like African lions and Bengal tigers . . . and pachyderms such as African elephants.
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El Comisión Salvemos Las Tortugas de Parismina    
En la costa Atlántica de Parismina, Costa Rica, tortugas baulas, tortugas hawksbill y tortugas verde depositan sus huevos. Voluntarios de Parismina iniciaron un proyecto dedicado a la crianza de tortugas: Ellos patrullan las playas y guardan los huevos en los nidos. Org protecting the Leatherback, Hawksbill and Green Turtles of Parismina, Costa Rica.
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NOAA - National Marine Sanctuaries    
This site contains a history and timeline of the National Marine Sanctuaries program, information about designation and legislation, a monthly news page, a national calendar, and stories about the people and creatures who live, work and play in the national marine sanctuaries. Educational materials are being developed for teachers and students.
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American Birding Association - Online    
North America's largest membership organization for active birders – providing leadership to field birders by increasing their knowledge, skills, and enjoyment of birding, and by contributing to bird conservation.
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The National Wildlife Federation    
The National Wildlife Federation is the nation's largest member-supported conservation group, uniting individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.
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Wilderness Education Program of Washington Wilderness Coalition    
"WildLink seeks to create a connection between people and wildlands [in Washington] through educational projects that foster understanding of how wildlands contribute to all people's quality of life." Information on "Scouting Ahead" and "Wilderness Box" (K-8 curricula) and good links to other Washington EE sites.
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WWF Global 200: The Focal 25    
WWF has identified more than 200 of the world's most outstanding and essential habitats. Of these, 25 ecoregions have been selected as areas of immediate concern. The Focal 25 site outlines the biodiversity, threats and conservation projects in these ecoregions.
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Biodiversity Project    
"The Biodiversity Project’s mission is to add strength and value to the environmental movement's public outreach on biodiversity, working with partners in advocacy, education, science, communications, grantmaking and other fields."
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Backyard Wildlife Habitat      
"The program encourages everyone - homeowner, teacher, community leader - to plan their landscape with the needs of wildlife in mind." Certification programs and resources for schools, communities, individuals and companies. A project of the National Wildlife Federation.
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A voluntary, independant website about conservation and wildlife in the UK. Naturenet is intended for those interested in the countryside, its management, and nature conservation. Includes an Environmental Education section.
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Wild-Eyed Alaska - Gull Island in Kachemak Bay    
Meet puffins, gulls and other residents of Alaska's Gull Island through video footage and additional facts about this summer seabird colony. From the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Pratt Museum in Homer, Alaska. (Requires Real Player hook-up to view videos)
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Iowa Primate Learning Sanctuary    
A 200 acre great ape sanctuary and language research center being built in Des Moines. Will become world's first such center to house all four species of great apes.
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Canadian Wildlife Service - Service canadien de la faune    
Canadian Wildlife Service, part of Environment Canada, handles wildlife matters that are the responsibility of the federal government. These include protection and management of migratory birds, nationally significant habitat and endangered species, as well as work on other wildlife issues.
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National Association of Conservation Districts    
NACD works with Projects WET, WILD, Learning Tree, and others to promote EE. They also support contests, award programs and fund-raising for EE. NACD's education catalog contains educational materials and videos, and is available to both districts and educators.
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Education 4 Conservation (E4C)    
Education 4 Conservation (E4C) is a non-profit organisation based in the UK which provides resources for conservation educators through its portal website as well as partnering on selected international wildlife conservation education projects. The latest project is to help build and equip a Large Carnivore Education Centre in Bulgaria on a UNESCO site in the Pirin mountains following the successful award of funding from Defra’s (Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs) Darwin Initiative. E4C is keen to develop a comprehensive database of conservation education case studies and provide access to a wide range of education and teaching materials.
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