Science Teaching Series

Internet Resources

I. Developing Scientific Literacy

II. Developing Scientific Reasoning

III. Developing Scientific Understanding

IV. Developing Scientific Problem Solving

V. Developing Scientific Research Skills

VI. Resources for Teaching Science

Ecology and Environmental Science


Environmental Education for California

  1. California Environmental Resources Evaluation System - CERES is an information system developed by the California Resources Agency to facilitate access to a variety of electronic data describing California's rich and diverse environments
  2. California Resources Agency -The California Resources Agency is responsible for the conservation, enhancement, and management of California's natural and cultural resources, including land, water, wildlife, parks, minerals, and historic sites.
  3. California Energy Commission - The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency, charged with ensuring a reliable and affordable energy supply. It offers lesson materials on energy and energy conservation.
  4. California Department of Environmental Education - Lesson ideas on Environmental education
  5. Division of Recycling - The Department of Conservation, Division of Recycling administers the California Beverage Container Recycling and Litter Reduction Act (Act) enacted in 1986. Good information about recycling.
  6. California Biodiversity Council - Teaching resources on biodiversity in California
  7. California Department of Fish & Game - The Mission of the Department of Fish and Game is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.
  8. California Department of Parks and Recreation - Manages California State Parks. This page includes links to parks throughout the state.
  9. State Coastal Commission - The mission of the Commission, as the lead agency responsible for carrying out California's coastal management program, is to plan for and regulate development in the coastal zone consistent with the policies of the California Coastal Act
  10. California Wetlands Information System - The Wetlands Information System is designed to provide comprehensive wetlands information to the general public, the educational community, and government agencies.

National Resources for Environmental Education

  1. Environmental Protection Agency Education Center - Resources for teachers
  2. FWS Endangered Species Program - US Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. Natural Resources Conservation Service - US Department of Agriculture
  4. Environmental Education - National Consortium for Environmental Education.
  5. Environmental Education Link - EE-Link is a project of the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network.

Environmental Protection

  1. United States National Park System: Links to U.S. National Parks
  2. Wilderness Areas: Wilderness Areas in the United States
  3. Sierra Club: Premier organization for preservation and conservation
  4. Wilderness Society: Working to preserve wilderness
  5. Nature Conservancy: Fighting to preserve natural communities and wild lands.
  6. Environmental Protection Agency - The EPA's role is to protect human health and safeguard the natural environment. The EPA offers many resources for educators.

Biomes and Ecosystems

  1. Eco-regions of the United States - The ecosystem geography of the United States.
  2. Biomes- Information on the biomes of the world
  3. Ecoregions & endangered species - Information from the World Wildlife Federation

Environmental Issues

  1. Environmental Protection Agency: US agency reports on environmental issues
  2. Current Air Pollution Readings: National readings on air pollution
  3. Habitat Loss issues - Sierra Club site
  4. Ozone Depletion: Information from the EPA
  5. Air Pollution: EPA resources on air quality and pollution
  6. Desertification : Information from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
  7. Deforestation: Information from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
  8. Over Fishing: Information from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization
  9. Population: Statistics on population from the Population Resource Board.
  10. Forest Ecosystem Dynamics: NASA monitor of forest health and deforestation
  11. Global change: The influence of man on climate, soils, water, etc. (NASA)


  1. Conservation International - a nonprofit organization promoting biodiversity conservation in rain forests and other ecosystems worldwide.
  2. Convention on Biological Diversity - international convention on biological diversity. Includes an extensive clearinghouse of information.
  3. Rural Advancement Foundation International (RAFI) - dedicated to the conservation and sustainable improvement of agricultural biodiversity
  4. Biodiversity Conservation Information System - examines the nature of threats to species, habitats, ecosystems, and landscapes,.
  5. Biodiversity- from the Natural History Museum, London.
  6. Biodiversity - from National Geographic. Contains a biodiversity atlas, information on little known habitats, and forums.
  7. World Resources Institute: Biodiversity - outline the causes of biodiversity loss and opportunities to prevent biological impoverishment.

Endangered Species

  1. Environmental Conservation Online System US Fish and Wildlife Service
  2. FWS Endangered Species Program - US Fish and Wildlife Service
  3. Habitat Loss issues - Sierra Club site