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Ecology for Educators and Students

Research and Reference Resources

The following resources are helpful for student research assignments and reports:


Climate Change




  • Homewaters Project - Resources to integrate community-based watershed learning into classroom activities. Focus on Thornton Creek watershed but applicable wider.
  • Washington Waters: Ours to Protect – Seven posters, each with humorous and high-impact photos; vehicle oil leaks, car wash soaps, lawn fertilizers, recreational boats, septic tanks, small farms manure and dog poop. Materials are designed to increase awareness of nonpoint pollution and to educate people on what they can do to prevent, reduce, and stop water pollution. Materials can be customized for local needs.
  • Environment Washington: Tools for Teachers - Searchable database for Project WET activities by OSPI grade level expectations (GLEs), subject area, grade level, Foss kits and WASL.
  • Spill prevention & response - Information on spills including causes and effects.
  • Watershed Inventory Maps - Selected on-line environmental information organized by watershed (both at Ecology and from outside sources).
  • Instream Flow - Real-Time data for watersheds around Washington State.
  • Coastal Atlas - Photo & Maps website. Includes satellite data, information on shoreline features, and a series of photos taken between the 1940s and 2000s. Gives users the ability to view land use changes throughout Puget Sound, the outer coast, and the Columbia River estuary. An interactive mapping feature also allows access to information for any specific area within Washington's coastal region. Users can analyze data from their desktop computers without needing expensive specialized software.
  • Geography Action! Rivers 2001 - An online project produced by the National Geographic Society to educate children about river conservation. It includes an animated river system which shows how a watershed works, online and offline games, etc. plus a special section on lesson plans and hands-on activities.
  • USGS Water Science for Schools - Interactive, fun website covering the science and human uses/impacts of water.

Wetlands and Estuaries

  • Estuary Poster Guide - Gives natural history of the 56 animals and plants found on the artistic Estuary poster. Includes a foldout black & white coloring version of the Estuary poster. Explains the values and functions of estuaries.
  • Wetlands Poster Guide - Gives natural history of the animals and plants found on the beautiful Wetlands poster. Includes a foldout black & white coloring version of the Wetlands poster. Explains the values and functions of wetlands.
  • Wetlands, Streams or Estuary Posters - Three full color posters of Pacific Northwest marshes, streams and estuaries, available through non-profit groups.
  • Padilla Bay - Visit the Estuary Interpretive Center near Mt. Vernon. Free public classes and presentations for preschool through adult audiences. Includes aquaria, exhibits and hands-on room.
    • Research and Monitoring - Learn about research and monitoring programs at Padilla Bay. Includes water quality monitoring conducted by citizens, students and scientists. Plus research by participants in the fellowship and internship programs.

Other Resources

  • E3 Washington (Education Environment Economy) - E3 Washington is an initiative for an inclusive process to develop a comprehensive statewide environmental education plan that optimizes environmental education for everyone who lives, learns, works, and plays in Washington State.
  • Environmental Education Association of Washington (EEAW) - Professional association of state environmental educators and home of E3 Washington planning for statewide environmental education
  • Northwest Aquatic & Marine Educators (NAME) - a "family" of educators who are passionate about oceans and watersheds.
  • North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE)
  • Earth Science for K-12 - A project of San Diego Supercomputer Center, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, University of California - San Diego, and the Cal-(IT)2
  • "Just For Kids"
  • Lake Roosevelt Forum - Information regarding the history and cultural resources of the Lake Roosevelt area, operational and environmental activities of resource managers, and educational resources for teachers and students.
  • Long Live the Kings - Mission is to restore wild salmon to the waters of the Pacific Northwest. Site contains good information on local restoration activities and recovery projects. Also covers endangered species act, current events and history of salmon, and many excellent salmon links.
  • National Environmental Services Center - A clearinghouse for information about drinking water, wastewater, environmental training, and solid waste management in communities serving fewer than 10,000 individuals.
  • - is a gateway to selected authoritative science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.
  • Resources for Students and Teachers - from the Department of Natural Resources. Education about forests, fire and natural resources.
  • Earth Day - Community events and actions around Washington State