Educational Materials

Here you will find links to educational materials about water resources.  Most are general but can apply to the Cape Fear River.

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Association of Science Teacher Education

Environmental Education Resources and materials contributed by the Association Science Teacher Education,  ASTE Environmental Education Forum is developed by and for its members.  The Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels. ASTE advances practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education.

Bridge Ocean Education Teacher Resource Education Center

The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. The Bridge is supported by the National Sea Grant Office, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).  The Bridge began in 1997 as one of five projects funded by NOPP. The other four are: COAST: Consortium for Oceanographic Activities for Students and Teachers; Enhancing K-12 Science Education Via Satellite-Televised InteractiveTechnologies; JASON Project – Expanding Student and Teacher Access to Ocean Science Research; Bringing the Ocean into the Precollege Classroom Through Field Investigations at a National Underwater Laboratory.

California Environmental Education Interagency Network

The California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network is a program of the California Department of Education to support environmental literacy of California’s students by providing teachers with access to high quality environmental education resources. The CREEC Network fosters regional partnerships throughout the state of California to promote environmental education and is currently sponsored by the California Department of Education, the California Department of Water Resources, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction’s Environmental Literacy Steering Committee, and Ten Strands.

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Coastal Explorers

Welcome to the North Carolina Coastal Explorers Website!  This website will allow you to take a virtual tour of the many unique environments found in coastal North Carolina. As a Coastal Explorer, you will visit wind-swept beaches, vast salt marshes, and dark and silent swamp forests. You will study maps and pictures of the habitats you visit to see what they look like both from high up in the air and when you are standing on the ground. Finally, you will meet the various plants and animals that make their homes in coastal North Carolina and learn about what what you can do to help protect them.  Before you begin your adventures, take some time to read these instructions so that you know how this website works and how to move from one lesson to the next.

Department of Energy and Environment (Washington, DC)

DOEE’s mission is to improve the quality of life for the residents and natural inhabitants of the nation’s capital by protecting and restoring the environment, conserving our natural resources, mitigating pollution, increasing access to clean and renewable energy, and educating the public on ways to secure a sustainable future.  DOEE has about 300 engineers, biologists, toxicologists, geologists, technicians, inspectors, environmental specialists, policy analysts, administrators, public outreach specialists, and support staff. Among their many responsibilities are issuing permits, monitoring environmental conditions, providing funding and technical assistance, assessing environmental risks, developing policies, inspecting facilities, enforcing environmental regulations, working with other entities to solve everyday environmental issues, and informing and educating the public on local environmental trends and their benefits.

Environmental Education Curriculum Resources

The mission of the Education and Environment Initiative is to develop a unified strategy to bring education about the environment into school districts using the Model Curriculum Plan and California’s Environmental Principles and Concepts.  This website provides a list of resources available from California Environmental Education Interagency Network (CEEIN)

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Environmental Literacy Council

The Environmental Literacy Council is an independent, non-profit made up of scientists, economists, and educators striving to connect teachers and students to science-based information on environmental issues. Our website offers over 1000 pages of background information and resources on environmental topics, along with curricular materials, and textbook reviews. In their area just for teachers, are lesson plans and labs; tips and handouts from experienced teachers; and expert reviews of the textbooks you use everyday.  Students can get homework help and learn more about environmental topics like energy use, climate change, and recycling. The site includes Special Features describing cool creatures, neat places, and environmental topics in the news.

Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence

The attached workbook of Environmental Education Materials: Guidelines for Excellence was developed to provide recommendations for selecting, evaluating, and producing quality environmental education lesson plans, curricula, and other instructional materials. Through workshops, conferences, and presentations, National Project for Excellence in Environmental Education staff have trained environmental educators across the country in the use of these guidelines. These workshops have been received well by both formal and nonformal educators. However, scheduling conflicts, trainer and audience availability, funding, and other logistical challenges limit the number of presentations we can give. This, in turn, limits the number of educators prepared to use these materials. To overcome this obstacle, we have developed this Workbook to lead educators, step by step, through the process of using the Workbook on Environmental Education.

Environmental Inquiry

Environmental Inquiry (EI) is a collection of ideas and resources to support student projects on a wide range of topics in the environmental sciences. EI includes two levels of inquiry, modeled after professional scientific research. First, students learn specific research protocols. Using these protocols, they conduct interactive research projects. Downloadable forms help students design feasible experiments and then analyze, interpret, and present the results.  Rather than learning science as a static body of facts, EI students experience the research process through which scientific understandings are formed and continually revised. Instead of memorizing a “scientific method,” they discover for themselves the multifaceted nature of scientific research. By studying problems relevant to their communities, they discover interconnections between science and society

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Environmental Issues Forums

Environmental Issues Forums (EIF) provides tools, training, and support for engaging adults and students in meaningful, productive discussions about sticky issues that affect the environment and communities.  EIF is building a nationwide network of locally sponsored public forums for the consideration of public policy issues. EIF is rooted in the simple notion that people need to come together to reason and talk–to deliberate about common problems.

Globe Program

The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment.  Announced by the U.S. Government on Earth Day in 1994, GLOBE launched its worldwide implementation in 1995. Vision: A worldwide community of students, teachers, scientists, and citizens working together to better understand, sustain, and improve Earth’s environment at local, regional, and global scales.  Mission: To promote the teaching and learning of science, enhance environmental literacy and stewardship, and promote scientific discovery.

Let’s Talk About Water

Does your community, region, or state need to talk about water? If you are facing contentious, difficult water issues, and want to help people come together to set directions, provide guidance, or decide how to work together, deliberative public forums could help you move forward. Let’s Talk About Water is designed to help you create a framework and simple materials to guide these discussions and assist people in engaging deeply and productively with each other. Are you interested in groundwater, springs, reservoirs, urban stormwater, or water quantity? If you are, see how educators in four states framed these issues to inpire deliberative discussions. Although each framing is specific to a state, these issue guides provide models that might help you build a water issue framework designed for your own community.

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Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences

Since 2003, DOEE’s Watershed Protection Division has led the effort to provide District students with Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) are multi-day programs that teach students about their local watersheds and the Chesapeake Bay through classroom lessons, field experiences, action projects, and reflection activities.  Recognizing the value of hands-on watershed education, the Mayor of the District and the governors of the Chesapeake Bay states signed the Chesapeake Bay 2000 Agreement to provide meaningful watershed experiences for every student in the Chesapeake Bay watershed before graduation from high school.  This site includes a variety of videos and other material.

My Environmental Education Evaluation Resource Assistant

What difference are environmental education programs making? How can environmental education programs be improved to better meet their educational, environmental, and human health goals? These are some of the key questions environmental educators and their supporters seek to answer.  Environmental educators recognize that evaluation provides one way through which these questions can be answered, and are therefore interested in conducting evaluations of their programs. Many environmental educators, however, also feel they lack the experience, information, and resources they need to conduct evaluations. My Environmental Education Resource Assistant (MEERA) was created because of this growing interest in evaluation, and to help meet environmental educators’ evaluation needs.

Minnesota’s Curriculum Resource Guide

This Environmental Education Curriculum Resource Guide was compiled for use by educators in a coastal zone.  Representatives from each of the partner organizations provided input regarding quality environmental education curricular resources that are recommended and frequently used by their staff members.  This Curriculum Resource Guide is by no means intended to represent a comprehensive list of environmental education resources.  However, it does serve as a listing of the curricular resources that several of environmental education organizations in Minnesota use to guide their programs.  It is intended to provide educators with a source of information on what it available and how to acquire these resources.

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National Education Association

NEA is dedicated to helping educators at every stage of their career. The new SchoolMe series is made specifically with new and early educators in mind. We know those first few years can be extremely challenging, so we’re sitting down with accomplished educators to discuss their unique techniques and best practices, and to get their invaluable advice in the form of blogs, podcasts, and tip videos.

New York Times on Water

This website features extensive news about Water, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.  Their particular focus  is on water policy issues and case studies of a wide variety of water issues.

North American Association of Environmental Education

Need a lesson plan for your classroom, a journal article for a writing assignment, or a how-to video for a project? Tap into our resource bank!  Search using the tool bar on this website to narrow your results.  Have new curricula, an insightful article, or a website to share? Post it here—you might see it in the next edition of eeNEWS!  Vision is a sustainable future for all where environmental and social responsibility drive individual and institutional choices.  Mission is to bring the brightest minds together to accelerate environmental literacy and civic engagement through the power of education.  Strategies are based on more than five decades of research about what motivates individuals, organizations, and communities to learn, take action, and create positive societal change. Strategies are also based on the latest thinking about what makes associations and nongovernmental organizations more effective, and how to collaboratively and effectively scale up our collective impact.

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Program Development and Evaluation

Logic Models are a popular tool that can be used to help conceptualize your change effort. It does this by inviting the author(s) to articulate their understanding of the current situation, the changes they hope to bring about through their program effort, with and/for whom, the activities planned to contribute toward this change, the resources needed to put into the effort, assumptions they are making, and external factors that could influence results.  It is a great tool for collaboration and there are many diverse ways to create them!

Project Learning Tree Curriculum

Every month we carefully select new tools and resources that support and enhance Project Learning Tree’s (PLT) lessons. You can review our latest collection of “EE Resources.” Educators subscribe to their newsletter to get regular updates.  It is also possible to access resources, including student pages, for each PLT activity.  Project Learning Tree advances environmental literacy and promotes stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development, and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as windows on the world.  Project Learning Tree is committed to creating a future where the next generation values the natural world and has the knowledge and skills necessary to make informed decisions and take responsible actions to sustain forests and the broader environment. The founders of PLT developed an effective environmental education program based on three goals. The first goal was to design an environmental education program that would gain the confidence of the education community. . The second goal was to develop partnerships between public and private sectors that ensured the curriculum was balanced, fair, and accurate.  The third goal was to design a system of implementation for the program.   Educators participate in workshops to learn how to use the materials effectively with their students and make them locally relevant.

Project Learning Tree Recommended Reading

Project Learning Tree Resources

Project Wet

From our headquarters in Montana, we develop and deliver the world’s best water education resources, organize special water events, manage a worldwide network of local implementing partners and advocate for the role of water education in solving the world’s most pressing water issues.  From our headquarters in Montana, we develop and deliver the world’s best water education resources, organize special water events, manage a worldwide network of local implementing partners and advocate for the role of water education in solving the world’s most pressing water issues.  They have a wide variety of educational materials. The success of this educators’ guide was followed by the development of several region- and topic-specific series: Conserve Water; Discover a Watershed; Healthy Water, Healthy People; Water and Education and Wonders of Wetlands.

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RiverSmart Program

DOEE’s RiverSmart programs help to reduce stormwater runoff that harms the District’s waterways and the Chesapeake Bay. RiverSmart programs provide financial incentives to help District property owners install green infrastructure such as rain barrels, green roofs, rain gardens, permeable pavers, shade trees, and more. These practices allow rainwater to stay on site and soak into the ground, where natural processes help remove pollutants.  No matter how large or small your green infrastructure project is, there is a RiverSmart program for you.  The website describes the wide variety of programs that can serve as models for other rivers and communities.

Sprawl in the Lehigh River Watershed

This activity uses Web-based GIS maps to explore sprawl in the Lehigh River watershed. Learners are introduced to sprawl and its effects on human and environmental health. GIS maps are used to study patterns of land use and population centers. Learners form their own opinions and decide on best practice solutions to land use problems and explore some of the options that land owners have today as a result of changing practices.

Think Earth Curriculum

The complete Think Earth Curriculum—nine units from preschool to middle-school—has been used since the 1990s to teach students about the importance of a clean, healthy environment and about what they can do to: conserve natural resources; reduce waste; and minimize pollution.  These comprehensive, award—winning environmental science lesson plans have been printed for many years and distributed to more than 60,000 teachers and environmental educators nationwide. Unlike many environmental programs, Think Earth is behavior-based, teaching students not only why taking care of the environment is important but also what they can do, personally, every day to “Think Earth.”

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Think Watershed

Think Watershed is a collaborative partnership whose mission is to educate students about the watershed’s impact on the marine environment and to inspire them to become stewards of the environment.  As a project of the nonprofit Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation, Think Watershed brings together environmental stakeholders in Southern California whose vision is to restore and improve the watershed by creating awareness, instilling responsibility, and promoting stewardship. Project activities are focused on:  funding field trips for upper-elementary students; providing pre- and post-trip curriculum to maximize students’ Floating Lab experience; and   establishing a website where students can post and compare results of data collected from on-board experiments

Video on Watershed 101

It is vital to understand the concept of a watershed.  This video was produced by the Surfrider Foundation.  The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 50,000 members and 90 chapters worldwide.

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Water.Org Lesson Plans

This is an excellent collection of K-12 cross-curricular lesson plans, activities, and mini-units aligned with National Standards. Elementary, middle school, and high school curricula can be downloaded as a whole or in part. A lesson plan page sidebar supplies facts, resource links, and references on water, sanitation, women & children and water, disease, and economics.

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Water on the Web

Water on the Web (WOW) helps college and high school students understand and solve real-world environmental problems using advanced technology.  WOW is a complete package containing two sets of curricula, data from many lakes and rivers nationwide, extensive online primers, data interpretation and Geographic Information System Tools, and additional supporting materials. Basic Science consists of individual lessons for infusion into a wide range of existing science sources. Water Resource Science is a two-semester water resource management curriculum for second year technical students and undergraduates in water or environmental management disciplines.  Water on the Web was funded by the National Science Foundation from 1997 to 2005, Water on the Web linked University of Minnesota institutions with private industry, community and tribal groups, as well as high schools, community colleges, technical colleges, and natural resource and regulatory agencies across the nation.

World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP)

Hosted and led by UNESCO, the United Nations World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP) coordinates the work of 31 UN-Water members and partners in the World Water Development Report (WWDR). This key UN Water report is an annual review providing an authoritative picture of the state, use and management of the world’s freshwater resources. In addition to coordinating this significant UN report, WWAP monitors freshwater issues in order to provide recommendations, develop case studies, enhance assessment capacity at a national level and inform the decision-making process. WWAP seeks to equip water managers and key decision-makers with the information, data, tools and skills necessary to enable them to effectively participate in the development of policies.

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