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State Agencies

California Environmental Education Interagency Network
The California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN) is a state government consortium of environmental educators representing departments, boards and commissions of various state agencies.  The CEEIN partnership provides a forum for its members to share resources, programs and materials with California's public schools and students in grades kindergarten through university.

California Department of Education-Office of Environmental Education
The Office of Environmental Education provides grants and resources to encourage community partnerships to select, support, and develop sustainable educational projects and programs.

California Regional Environmental Education Community
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.  The CREEC Network is one of the best sources for Environmental Education resources in California.

Department of Conservation
The Department of Conservation Web site is full of fun facts and interesting information that students and teachers can use for school projects and, well, just plain learning. It's a great place to find out about earthquakes, oil and natural gas production, beverage container recycling, California agricultural lands, and mining.

Department of Fish and Game – Project WILD
Project WILD is an engaging, fun environment-based education program. Students of all ages enjoy experiencing Project WILD activities that help them understand and value the human, wildlife, habitat connections. Explore our site and discover more about Project WILD, the K-12 Curriculum & Activity Guides, workshops, the Going WILD Newsletter, and related educational materials.

Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Wildland fire safety begins with clearance around your homes, safe camping begins with getting a campfire permit, and keeping your children safe begins with important lessons like Stop, Drop, and Roll, and that matches are not toys.  Information at this site could save you and your family.  Fire Safety is up to each and every one of us.

California Resources Agency
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. The goal of CERES is to improve environmental analysis and planning by integrating natural and cultural resource information from multiple contributors and by making it available and useful to a wide variety of users.

California Coastal Commission
The California Coastal Commission Public Education Program works to increase public knowledge of coastal and marine resources and to engage the public in coastal protection and restoration activities. They offer a variety of conservation, education and community involvement programs. There is bound to be a program just right for you, so get involved!

California Energy Commission-Energy Quest
Energy is an integral part of our daily lives.  Teaching an "energy ethic" to conserve finite resources is essential to our energy future. We also must rely on our youth to help us create new ways to harness the elemental forces of our planet and the universe. They are tomorrow's scientists and inventors.  This site has lots of fun stuff for kids as well as various energy and environmental education materials and resources for parents and educators.

Federal Agencies
Estuaries are extraordinary places. These bays, sounds, lagoons and sloughs are inspirational sites enjoyed by boaters, swimmers, hikers and bird watchers. They are also essential to the U.S. economy for commercial fishing and tourism. Estuaries buffer uplands from flooding and help protect coastal communities from severe storms. Our actions�even far from the coast�impact the health of our estuaries and ultimately our water quality, food supply and livelihoods. Explore this site and learn more.

National Aeronautic and Space Administration - Athena: Earth Resources
Explore the environment created by wetlands, volcanoes, and earthquakes, including their influence on Earth's geography and landforms. Part of NASA's Learning Technologies Project (LTP).

Bureau of Land Management
This website is produced and maintained by the Environmental Education and Volunteers Group of the Bureau of Land Management. It presents learning opportunities associated with the 262 million acres of public lands that BLM manages for all Americans. They've gathered information for students and teachers to use both in the classroom, in informal outdoor settings, or in "virtual" classrooms.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Would you like to teach about the environment? This may be the site for you! The U.S. EPA put together a collection of fact sheets, brochures, and web pages that you can use to explain environmental issues. These resources offer basic and clear information to assist you in teaching your students about the environment.

USDA Forest Service - Woodsy Owl
Caring, friendly, and wise, Woodsy Owl is a whimsical fellow and he's got his heart set on motivating kids to form healthy, lasting relationships with nature.  He encourages youngsters to marvel at and explore the natural world, even in the city. His new motto, "Lend a Hand--Care for the Land." encourages everyone to make a positive difference in the world.  Join the USDA Forest Service in introducing children to this fanciful creature.

USDA Forest Service - Smokey the Bear
The new site features a redesigned children's area, including Smokejumpers! an online game honoring the famed wildland firefighter's who parachute out of plans to fight wildfires. The site's overarching goal is to further educate the public and promote Smokey's message of wildfire safety and prevention.

Other Organizations

NEW Save-the-Redwoods League - Redwood Transect Kit for Educators
A transect is a real or imaginary line that people use to learn about a place by noting plants, animals and other things they find along it. Transects are a way to "sample" a place, without going to every spot there. They help people explore large areas in detail and to find patterns and connections. This kit includes links to a host of other educational resources from the Save-the Rewoods League.

Project Learning Tree

PLT uses the forest as a "window" on the world to increase students' understanding of our environment; stimulate students' critical and creative thinking; develop students' ability to make informed decisions on environmental issues; and instill in students the commitment to take responsible action on behalf of the environment.

Games, news and facts about animals, special guests, gallery of children's art, and a discussion area.

National Envirothon
A team competition for North American high schools, testing students' knowledge of wildlife, forestry, soil aquatics, and current environmental issues.

Natural Resources Research Information Pages (NRRIPS)An Internet resource guide for researchers, practitioners and students in the natural resources field.

Sierra Club Environmental Education
Educational resources for teachers, K-12.

National Geographic
This site has a variety of resources for teachers and parents, including lesson plans, maps, a "teacher community" section, and "on-line adventures."

Exploring the Environment
The vision of the ETE online series is to promote science-literate and reflective students who are knowledgeable of the earth's processes and their responsibilities for stewardship. The problems in the ETE modules and activities ask students to address human activities and their impacts upon the environment. The modules and activities incorporate environmental issues such as water quality, deforestation, biodiversity, volcanoes, ozone depletion, and global climate change.

Environmental Education (EE-Linked)
Your Link to Environmental Education Resources on the Internet

Environmental Education Network
Clearinghouse for all environmental education information, materials and ideas.

Smithsonian Institution
A variety of lesson plans, informational items, links, and more are available on this visually exciting and ever-evolving site.