Education Resources
Links to a variety of informational Websites:
Natural Resources/General
EPA Environmental Kids Club - The EPA’s  Web site for kids.  Full of games, pictures, and stories.
Illinois EPA: Kids and the Environment - An interactive learning atmosphere, and offer information for kids and educators.
Illinois Department of Natural Resources Education site- The Division of Education is responsible for the development and dissemination of educational programs and materials and for training in their use.
National Arbor Day Foundation for Kids- Packed with interactive fun for kids
National Association of Conservation Districts  - Environmental Education page
National Geographic Kids University of Illinois Extension: Just for Kids  
USDA Forest Service: Just for Kids US Fish and Wildlife Especially for Kids
National Wildlife Federation Education  - Exploring, understanding and appreciating the natural world. 
World Wildlife Foundation - Fun and Games- play one of our interactive games and learn about endangered species, wild places and global challenges along the way.
 
Agriculture
Ag In The Classroom--Program that helps students acquire knowledge to function effectively as agriculturally literate citizens.  Teaches students the role of agriculture in the total economy.
Farm Service Agency for Kids--Teaches kids about FSA and agriculture.  Links to other kids pages, games, trivia, etc.
The kids Ag page Illinois Corn Growers Education page
4-H virtual Farm - Visit 4-H virtual farm and discover why farming is part of your live even if you don’t live on a farm.
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA)--FSA stabilizes farm income, helps farmers conserve land and water resources, and helps farm operations recover from the effects of disaster.
USDA for Kids--This site teaches kids about agriculture, conservation, and natural resources.
 
Animals
Animal Inn--An information and education program that focuses on the value of dead, dying, and hollow trees for wildlife.
Bat Conservation International--Learn more about bats and what we can do to preserve them.
Bugguide.net - community site with user-submitted images for identification, information on insect groups.
Cats Indoors --Information about how to keep birds and other wildlife safe with cats around.
Defenders of Wildlife--Dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities.
Endangered Species - Learn all about endangered species and what you can do to help them from the Fish and Wildlife Service.
How to Know the Earth's Plants and Animals--Discover nature first by identifying plants and animals in your backyard.
International Migratory Bird Day - Celebrates the incredible journey of migratory birds.
Kids' Planet--Kids can learn about the Web of Life and how to defend our wildlife by reading or playing games.
Leopold Education Project - (LEP) is conservation and environmental education curriculum based on the classic writings of the renowned conservationist, Aldo Leopold.
National Biological Information Infrastructure - Your home for biological information on the web
National Wildlife Federation--Unites individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places and the environment.
Natureserve - Providing scientific basis for effective conservation. A Pictorial Guide to Illinois Birds
Birds of Prey
Common Birds of Illinois Project Wild - A wildlife focused conservation education program for k-12 students and their educators.  
 
Environmental Education Resources
Ecokids - Earth Day Canada's environmental education program for youth who care about the planet.
EEAI -Environmental Education Association of Illinois.   A group of concerned citizens who are interested in educating people about the environment.  Hosts exciting conferences and programs about saving the environment.                                                                                          EEK! Environmental Education for Kids - Information about plants animals and the world around us.
EE Link - Environmental Education.  Lists upcoming events and programs that might be of interest to members of NAAEE.
ETAP - Electronic Teaching Assistance Program.  A consortium of leading education organizations and institutions working to build high quality, sustainable, coordinated and comprehensive EE programs across the United States.
Green Teacher - A magazine by and for educators to enhance environmental and global education across the curriculum at all grade levels.
Illinois EE - A searchable database of environmental education programs and facilities in Illinois.
The Learning Web - Dedicated to K-12 education and lifelong learning.  Here you can explore things about the Earth, such as land, water, plants, animals, and maps.
Mighty Acorns - Fostering a connection to nature through stewardship.
NAAEE - North American Association for Environmental Education.  Professionals, students, and volunteers trying to promote education about environmental issues.
National Environmental Education Training Foundation - Supports a wide variety of environmental education efforts including research, conferences and trainings.
The National Project for Excellence in the Environmental Education - A program designed to identify and provide examples of high quality environmental education.  
 
Plants & Gardening
American Forests - Resources for kids 
Backyard Conservation - bringing Conservation to your backyard.
Gardening with kids - Tips about gardening projects with kids.
Kids Gardening - helping young minds to grow
Project Learning Tree - Project Learning Tree® (PLT) is a multi-disciplinary environmental education program for educators and students in PreK-grade 12.
Rain Garden Initiative - An environmental initiative of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office to help prevent flooding and improve storm water management.
 
Recycling
America Recycles Day -
A national grassroots campaign dedicated to increasing the purchase of recycled content products.
The Illinois Sustainable Education Project (ISTEP) -
Materials incorporate energy efficiency and recycling into a variety of subjects.
Illinois Recycling
Earth 911 kids -
Help make Earth Day every day with information, fun games and activities, great environmental links, and more
 
Soils
The Dirt on Soil - A link to the Discovery Channel.
Dr. Dirt- (K-8)  - Links to teaching resources and activities
The Field Museum Underground Adventure - Find out what life would be like if you lived underground.
SK worm - The official annelid, or worm, of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service answers students questions about soil.
Soil Education
Soil Science Education Website - Helps people understand soils.  Links for kids, students, and teachers.
 
Sustainable Development
Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development - Provides information on how communities can use resources efficiently, protect and enhance quality of life, and create healthy communities that can sustain our generation, as well as those that follow ours.
Redefining Progress - This organization gives information about consuming too many natural resources and how we can use less land to support our lifestyle.
Sierra Club-Stop Sprawl - Find out what suburban sprawl is doing to our natural resources and open space, and find out how we can keep our neighborhoods safe.
 
Water/Wetlands
Groundwater Primer - This computer program presents the basic concepts of ground water.
IL State Water Survey - Primary agency in Illinois concerned with water and atmospheric resources.  Data, maps, and surveys available.
Prairie Rivers Network -Protecting rivers and streams of Illinois.
Project WET - Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is a nonprofit water education program and publisher for educators and young people ages 5-18.
River Network - Helping people understand, protect and restore rivers and their watersheds.
Water On The Web -Teaches students how to solve real-world environmental problems having to do with water quality and conservation.
Water Science for Schools
Wetlands Education -Activities, Curriculum, Education Programs, Teaching Tools, and Links about wetlands, in and out of your area.
World Water Monitoring Day - Educates students and citizens how the actions of individuals in a watershed can impact environmental quality and human health.
 
 
 
Kane-DuPage Soil & Water Conservation District
2315 Dean Street, Suite 100, St. Charles, Illinois 60175
630/584-7961, Ext. 3