For resources concerning the Chesapeake Bay (the nation's largest estuary) go to the Chesapeake Bay page found in the Bridge's Regional Atlantic section.
Exploring Estuaries - Use this website to explore these unique environments, including some of the plants and animals that live there. Through a variety of games and activities, you'll learn how you can help protect these natural treasures. You'll also learn how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is working to resotre and protect estuaries through the National Estuary Program.
Estuaries.gov Classroom Activities - List of classroom activities that focus on estuaries. Topics include environmental monitoring, water quality, food webs, resource management, habitats, watersheds, and culture. K-12.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System Lesson Plans - A collection of curricula, lesson plans and activities developed by some of the National Estuarine Research Reserves to help introduce students to specific estuarine environments. Topics include eelgrass and mud flat habitats, mangroves, natural and cultural resources, water cycle, hydrology, and public policy. K-12.
Oceanography: An ONR Science and Technology Focus Site - A comprehensive site from the Office of Naval Research with detailed topic information, online quizzes and activities. Look under the Habitats section for information and activities on estuaries.
Volunteer Estuary Monitoring - Produced by the EPA, this is an online manual for water quality monitors, but it also includes information on the science of and threats to estuaries.
North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve - This website has a wealth of resources on North Carolina's estuaries including lesson plans, field guides, field trips, professional development opportunties and online water and weather data.
Estuary Live - Classes, school groups and individuals can log on and virtually participate in a real-time field trip to the Rachel Carson site of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve. Ask questions, view live video and images, and learn about the estuary from experts.
Coastal Explorations - The LEO EnviroSci Inquiry Program offers a comparison of New Jersey and California coastlines. Images and captions describe shoreline types and processes, human uses and impacts for each site. Use for open-ended inquiries, guided inquiries, independent research or cooperative group learning.
South Carolina Aquarium Online Curriculum - South Carolina Aquarium offers K-8 teachers several activities covering habitats (K-2), communities (3-5), and watersheds (6-8). Though focused on South Carolina's aquatic ecosystems, the activities are applicable oustide the state. The site also includes information on applying these activities to before and after visiting an aquarium. All activities may be adjusted for other grade levels.
Restore America's Estuaries - This website is designed to promote the restoration and protection of America's estuaries and coastal heritage. In addition to restoration information, it also has clear and concise information on estuaries themselves including what makes an estuary, the economics of estuaries, and threats to estuaries.
Discovery of Estuarine Environments - "This is an interesting ocean site that can really catch a student's attention. There are beautiful color slide shows of animals along with full color pictures of animals and plants. The teacher link is packed with lists of resources such as books and additional internet sites. This site has an interesting link that ties in the history of Native Americans and early colonists." Susan, 5th grade teacher
Estuarine Aquarium Keeping - "This site has all the advice you need to set up your own estuarine aquarium. Make sure you check out the handy PDF booklet of advice the author has compiled! The site is well written, easy to understand, and provides very good background for all aspects of aquarium keeping, from the importance of not overloading the tank to how to collect and keep your critters. It would be a great project for any classroom. If classes could "borrow" and observe organisms from a local estuary, they would really understand the needs of these fragile systems." Ly, Grades 9-12
National Estuary Program: Bringing Our Estuaries New Life - Information about the estuaries that are part of the EPA's National Estuary Program.
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