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Life Science & Ecology

Bring our inquiry-based, environmental education into your classroom. Explore our Classroom Resources and gain lesson plans, recommended reading, and online links to increase your content knowledge.

Life Science & Ecology

Explore resources related to flora, fauna, and the relationship of species to their natural environment.

Lesson Plans

Oh Deer: Students will become different components of an ecosystem and learn about habitat interactions in this kinesthetic learning activity. By graphing the results of this game, students can discuss topics in population dynamics, limiting factors, and carrying capacity. Download lesson plan PDF.

Bugs - Clues to the Environment: Students participate in a biomonitoring project in a local pond or stream. By studying and identifying macroinvertebrates that live in that particular habitat, students can determine the health of the ecosystem. This interactive activity is fun for everyone. Download lesson plan PDF.

Vocabulary: Download Ecology Terms

Online Resources

NOVA’s Online Classroom: Resources on animals, botany, classification, ecology, entomology, evolution, genetics, and microbiology.

Biology4Kids: Not just for kids, this site provides the basics on biology, including information on cell structure, cell function, scientific studies, plants, vertebrates, invertebrates, and more.

Discover the Forest: Awesome website on forest ecology, including a map of a forest near you!

Virtual Pond Dip: Take a dip in the jar to learn about some common types of pond life.

BirdNote in the Classroom: Resources to learn about birds and their habitats while using NGSS standards to conduct science inquiry projects.

Recommended Reading

Marine Science & Coastal Ecology

Audubon Society Nature Guide to the Pacific Coast, by Bayard H. & Evelyn McConnaughey.
Comprehensive field guide with color plates to the birds, plants, seashore creatures, fishes, and whales of the Pacific Coast from Alaska to southern California.

The Intertidal Wilderness, by Anne Wertheim.
An authoritative photographic journey through tide pools, including a section on tidepool etiquette.

Sea Life at the Ocean's Edge, by Julia Corbett.
A young person's guide to Pacific Northwest beaches.

Pacific Intertidal Life, by Ron Russo and Pam Olhausen.
A pocket guide to organisms of rocky reefs and tide pools of the Pacific coast.

Seashore Life of Pacific Northwest, by Eugene Kozloff
Illustrated guide to the coastal natural history.

Terrestrial Ecology

Buzz Into Action: The Insect Curriculum Guide for Grades K-4, by David Alexander
This cross-disciplinary guide introduces children to the joy of insects through investigations that involve scientific inquiry and knowledge building rather than memorization. You can put the 20 hands-on lessons to work individually or as a curriculum, in the field or in the classroom.

Northwest Trees, by Stephen Arno.
A guide for discovering and identifying the remarkable trees of the northwest. Outstanding illustrations.

Plants and Animals of the Pacific Northwest, by Eugene Kozloff.
Illustrated guide to natural history of Western Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Colored photos.

Timberline, by Stephen Arno & Ramona Hammerly.
Describes timberlines and why they exist; human uses of timberline environment; surveys tree species, mountain, and arctic.

Pacific Coast Tree Finder, by Tom Watts. 
A pocket manual for identifying coastal trees.

The New Wild & Savory Mushroom, by Margaret McKinney, David Stuntz, and Joseph Ammirati.
A general introduction to common fungi of the area accompanied by beautiful photographs.

Trees: Earth's Lungs, by Barbara L. Webb.
Young readers will discover why trees are so important to a healthy Earth.

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