5 Web Resources for Environmental Educators

February 23, 2011 at 1:24 pm Leave a comment

Environmental education resources on the Net

Many schools in the UK now have Smartboard technology in the classrooms, which has opened up a whole new world of opportunities for the learning experience.

Making use of this technology for environmental education thus seems like a logical step, but unfortunately the myriad websites offering “environmental” information and resources can prove time-consuming and often confusing for teachers and educators who are already pressed for time.

Below are links to five websites that provide some great resources for environmental education and nature-based topics, and for other curriculum subjects too (not forgetting that environmental education is, of course, cross-curricular).

British Natural History Consortium
The BNHC is a charity that has the support of some heavyweight organisations.  The site has a range of downloadable resources for teachers, as well as access to some great events.  You can also follow the links through the supporters’ sites, which also have a wealth of materials and resources.

Caro & Co
Although Australian-based, this website is wonderfully refreshing, and fosters a sense of awe and wonders for the natural world in all its activities.  The whole ethos is to encourage children outdoors to explore nature in all her glory and to marvel at even the most seemingly insignificant of things and imbue them with a sense of the magical.

This website has the most amazing collection of photographs and videos.  Ideal if you need to identify a particular species and learn about its habitat.

Wild About Britain
A good repository of information about wildlife and environmental organisations throughout the UK.  If you’re a classroom teacher, this would make a great starting place for inviting speakers and experts into your class to talk about their work.   And like Arkive, there is a comprehensive library of Britain’s wildlife.  You’ll be amazed at how much wildlife this tiny island actually does have.

Project Wild
This American website takes a conceptual approach to nature and environmental education, and provides lots of information and activities for teachers.  Although aimed at the American Key Stage 12 age group, the materials and activities can be adapted to use with younger learners.

We are continuing to develop the content for EnvELOP, our Environmental Education & Learning Online Platform.  This will provide a comprehensive range of resources in one place.  EnvELOP will take advantage of all the technologies available, both traditional and new, to enhance the experience of learning, and make it fun, dynamic and interactive.

Get Involved
If you would like to get involved with EnvELOP, please contact us.  We are looking for writers, graphic designers, artists, games developers, researchers, web-masters.   Email Denise Taylor at denise.taylor@btinternet.com.

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