Some teachers have expressed an interest in having some internet resources available that are relevant to environmental education. These are some that we have found. If you have more that you consider useful, please let Ed "Oak" know.
- State Standards Correlations
For those of you who are interested, this is a chart listing many of the activities we do at camp. The activities are correlated with the California State Standards for Science, Social Studies, Visual & Performing Arts, and Reading & Language Arts.
- CREEC Network
The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is an educational project whose mission is: To develop a communication network which provides educators with access to "high quality" environmental education resources to enhance the environmental literacy of California students.
- Coastal Artwork & Poetry Contest
The California Coastal Commission invites California students in kindergarten through 12th grade to submit artwork or poetry with a coastal or marine theme to the annual Coastal Art & Poetry Contest. Entries are due January 31.
- Watershed Artwork & Poetry Contest
Each year, in affiliation with the Library of Congress' Center for the Book, River of Words conducts a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of watersheds. The contest is designed to help youth explore the natural and cultural history of the place they live, and to express, through poetry and art, what they discover. Entries due February 15.
- Blue Ocean Institute
The Sea Stories Project is published quarterly and is soliciting first-person writing about the sea, coast, and sea-life from writers of all ages. Memoirs, essays, poetry, and imaginative nonfiction are all welcome, as are photographs, drawings, or other visual arts. Follow this link and click on "Sea Stories" for more information.
- Jiminy Cricket's Environmentality Challenge
This annual contest is offered to 5th grade classes in California. The Environmentality Challenge is a two-part program consisting of a pledge and a class project competition encouraging students to "think green". Enrollment deadline is December 15.
- The National Arbor Day Foundation
The Arbor Day Foundation sponsers a yearly poster contest. Information can be found at Arbor Day Foundation Poster Contest. Their theme for 06-07 is "Trees are terrific and forests are too." They have lesson plans with activities that help increase students' knowledge about the importance of tree diversity in a community. Activities also correlate with National Science, Social Studies, Geography, and Art Standards. Entries due March 1.
- California Jr. Duck Stamp Program
The Junior Duck Stamp art competition is a nationwide program to teach the importance of conserving our wetlands and migratory birds. It pairs science, the arts, and other core subjects to creatively teach greater awareness of our natural resources. The art competition has 4 categories, open to K-12 students. Enter through school, on your own, or through a youth group. Entries due March 15.
- Wyland Ocean Challenge
The Wyland Foundation, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD), and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps collaborate on an art and science program studying "Clean Water for the 21st Century Ö and Beyond". Teacherís that use the program (found on their website) in their classrooms will be eligible to enter their studentís work in a nationwide art and science contest. Art contest deadline is March 10.
QuikSCience is working to improve science education through studentsí love of the ocean. This competitions encourage middle and high school students to find innovative ways to work with their teachers and schools to improve their own education, their school curriculum, and their communities. There are a variety of competitive projects throughout the year.
- Celebrate Urban Birds!
The Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology is conducting a variety of projects on common urban birds. They are seeking assistance from individuals, groups, and classrooms.
- Classroom Feeder Watch
A middle-school curriculum, put together by the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, studying winter feeder birds, November to April.
- Backyard Bird CountEach year over a period of 4 days, people all over the U.S. record their bird sightings and submit them here. All sightings are combined into a map of bird populations over the country.
- Estuaries: Where Rivers Meet the SeaSeveral lesson ideas and resources on topics revolving around water and estuaries. Links to EstuaryLive, an interactive, web-based program occuring in September of each year.
- Morro Bay National Estuary ProgramFlora and fauna guides for the Morro Bay area
created by Morro Bay State Park staff. Each guide includes both photos and a written description of species found in and around the Morro Bay Estuary.
- Monterey Bay Aquarium - Rocky Shores
- Monterey Bay Aquarium - Activities & Games
The Monterey Bay Aquarium site has quite a bit of information relevant to ocean life and habitats. Click on the "Online Field Guide" for a list of animals common to the central California coast and a photo and information about each one.
- Tidepool Explorers
Some interesting links to virtual tidepools are available here. This one'll turn up quite a bit with some searching. Check the bottom of the page for tidepool project ideas.
- Ocean Futures SocietyAn organization created by Jean-Michel Cousteau. This site is packed with interesting information and ocean news bits.
- Friends of the Elephant Seals
Provides a thorough overview of the natural history of the northern elephant seal and a review of the local colony we visit during the winter months.
- Santa Barbara Museum of Natural HistoryThis website includes information and helpful graphics about the Chumash people's daily lives, as well as resources archived by the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.
- Rhymin' Reason
Two public school teachers from Los Angeles who are dedicated to teaching environmental education through music. Their songs cover a wide range of environmental issues, from insects and animals to cycles in nature to activism.
- Walkin' Jim Stoltz
"With a rich voice that sounds as deep as some of the canyons he's walked, he's sung of mountain lions, grizzly bears, the coyote, and other critters. Great stories, good songs, and fun sing-a-longs made this a very entertaining evening." -- Variety
- Banana Slug String Band
"The Banana Slug String Band brings the FUN-damentals of science and ecology to you with cheesy songs ranging from boogies to sensitive ballads; folk songs to reggae and rap." You might recognize "Bats Eat Bugs" from our campfires!
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