4-H Corroboree Science Website Project
"Corroboree" means gathering and symbolizes the spirit of an international education program. For 4-H Wildlife Stewards schools, Corroboree is an awesome winter weather way to keep involved! The interactive website (http://www.4hcorroboree.org) is designed to help youth and adults develop a new view of global sustainability and cultures. In Oregon and Australia teachers and students are exchanging ideas and data on their school’s science inquiry projects.
Schools can use their 4-H WS habitat as the source of information for the website. Oregon 4-H Natural Science project curricula and data collection sheets for: water monitoring, photo monitoring and habitats are utilized. By visiting these data bases, learners can see the types of water quality, wetlands and animals found on the opposite side of the ocean.
Use the Corroboree website for specific applications to your school’s needs. Posted lessons with life science content build student science inquiry skills. Get hands-on practice with some of the teaching tools so your school can become an international partner with the Corroboree AND achieve science benchmarks while enjoying the journey!
The Electronic Naturalist
Site provides new teaching materials each week for 30 weeks during the school year covering a wide variety of information on animals and plants, interdisciplinary activities, various reading levels, and access to a professional naturalist via email.
The Fire Electronic Field Trip
In conjunction with the BLM WO and NIFC, the State Office/Regional Office has developed an "electronic field trip" called "Fire's Role in Ecosystems: A Hot Topic". It is geared towards K-8, however some high schools do utilize this site. It is national in scope and we plan on reaching over 10,000 students by the time we are finished. This field trip will be running for a few weeks, see schedule below. Please share this link with any schools you are working with and help spread the word!! If you have any questions please call me. If you are interested in developing a field trip for your site, I would be more than happy to tell you how we did it! It is an excellent tool for reaching students around the nation. The field trip can be found at:
Northwest Wildflower Coloring Book
It's a Northwest wildflower coloring book, though the drawings can be used for many other things. It's done by a Umatilla botanist, so it's oriented to plants east of the Cascades, though there was a lot I could use as well.
www.learner.org/jnorth. It features a real-time phenology network, along with cooperative projects between US, Canada and Mexico,and many different forms of wildlife, along with lessons, activities etc. Phenology is the study of the annual cycles of plants and animals and how they respond to seasonal changes in their environment. Worth checking out!
USDA Web Soil Survey site
This site provides public access to the
national soils information system. On-line soil information is now available at:
http://soils.usda.gov/survey. Select Web soil survey for this new
window to soil maps and reports.
Center for Ecoliteracy
The Center for Ecoliteracy is dedicated to education for sustainable living. This website has many wonderful resources, tools, awards, and publications for educators and youth who are committed to education and sustainability. Check out this website and see some of the many resources. http://www.ecoliteracy.org/resources/index.html
Career Exploration Website for Kids
This is a fabulous career exploration website from Education Development Center, Inc.Kids of all ages will have fun exploring the different interactive sites.
Cool Website on Spiders
This has all the real facts about all the crazy things people believe about spiders. It is about misinformation and not spider mythology (like how arachnid came from the Greek legend about Arachne).Have you ever wondered if spiders bite at night? What about those daddy-long-legs with the most potent venom in the world that the kids tell you about? Find out the truth. Very useful for debunking myths and getting people to just relax about spiders.
Curious About the Online Resources Your Colleagues are Using to Teach Science? NSTA’s SciLinks program links thousands of teachers and students to the best, most up-to-date teacher-approved web sites to support science instruction. While SciLinks is primarily offered through the pages of science textbooks and NSTA Press publications, NSTA members also have access to resources on several key topics. Among tens of thousands of searches conducted every month, a handful of topics are consistently the most popular. For a short period of time, NSTA Express is making some of these popular topics available for free to our readers. Select the links below and find some great new resources for your classroom teaching. Interested in learning more about SciLinks, visit their website listed above.
K–4: What is Weather? (http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?
5–8: Measuring Motion (http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?
9–12: Global Warming (http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?
Portland Metro Tree Resoruces Links
The city of Portland's Parks Department used to have a program and website dedicated to "historic" trees (mostly ornamentals) throughout the city. It had photos and other info. Check their main page or call them: http://www.portlandonline.com/parks/index.cfm?c=35300
Most cities have some tree codes regarding preservation and significant groves. City of Beaverton certainly does. General tree information:
Code infoformation :
Action for Nature
A great website for encouraging young people to take personal action to nurture and protect a healthy environment on which all life depends.
"Earth: A Graphic Look at the State of the World"
Recently published by the Global Education Project, a non profit educational foundation in British Columbia. This comprehensive resource summarizes the conditions of the world's ecology and humanity and how they effect each other. Visually and factually stunning, this publication is a valuable tool for anyone teaching about or striving to understand the world's complex environmental and humanitarian challenges.
The 27" x 36" full color wall poster showcases an unparalleled collection of over 100 charts, 15 maps, and explanatory text, all rigorously referenced to reliable sources. It is an extraordinarily holistic and integrated overview, connecting a maze of apparently disparate issues such as wealth distribution and climate change, oil supply and food production, global warming and global fisheries, population and bio-diversity.
Information, maps and graphics from the poster are also accessible.
Earth portal is a comprehensive, free and dynamic resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment built by a global scientists, scholars, and professionals who have joined together to communicate to the world.
Great Mapping Websites
Google Sattellite Maps
Here is a cool resource to have at my fingertips! Detailed street maps and satellite images of just about anywhere in the U.S. You can zoom in or out, click and drag across the landscape as if you're flying, and even overlay a street map on a satellite image. Printing is possible although limited in how large an area and when printing a map overlay, it may not print much at all on the paper. The satellite images may not be good for really fine scale mapping of individual sites, but for an overview of a park or a forest fragment, or to see where habitat connections could be made across the landscape, very good.
Check it out. From the Google home page click on "more >>" and then chose Maps from the list. The USGS-sponsored TerraServer web site is also good, but this Google site has the edge in color coverage.
Metro Habitat Mapping Program
Another really good resource for those of you in Metro's service district is their habitat mapping program. If you type in an address it will give you maps that show canopy cover, aerials, water resources, and more