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Marine Conservation Biology Institute
Stay current with the latest marine conservation issues, plus find information on workshops and job and research opportunities. Access information on the latest research, legislation, and MCBI's latest publications. Learn about marine protected areas, destructive fishing practices, endangered species, and how MCBI is advancing marine science. Features include a photo gallery, links to an abundance of worldwide external resources, and several downloadable videos.
Grade Level: Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division, Graduate or professional

Bridge DATA - Chilean Sea Bass: Off the Menu
Examine trends and effort for the Chilean sea bass using data from the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR).
Grade Level: High school, Undergraduate lower division

Earthwatch Institute International
Earthwatch offers its members the opportunity to work with field scientists in nine areas of sponsored research all over the world: Achaeology, Biodiversity, Conservation Research Initiatives, Cultural Diversity, Endangered Ecosystems, Global Change, Ocean, SCUBA/snorkel, and World Health. Program directed at teachers, but students welcome. Educator, scientist, and student grants and donation opportunities available.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, Graduate or professional, General public

The Ocean Conservancy
Learn about OC's conservation projects, the latest news in marine conservation, how to get involved, and more. Read over the current issues the Ocean Conservancy is working on, such as by catch, invasive species, and overfishing. Explore the "Fish and Wildlife" link for pictures and information on threatened and endangered animals; and read past and current issues of Blue Planet Magazine, OC's quarterly publication.
Grade Level: General public, Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

Environmental Protection Agency's Environmental Education Center
Hundreds of lessons, lab investigations, field activities, games, community service projects, and other resources in environmental education for both formal and non-formal educators. Background information, lesson plans, and activities are available on a variety of topics: conservation, ecosystems, human health, waste and recycling, water and air pollution, etc. Grades K-12 and beyond.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school,High school, General public

Defenders of Wildlife Bilingual Sea Otter Teaching Unit
This unit includes background information, articles on sea otter history, distribution, evolution, social structure, behavior, conservation, and more. Also included is an article on using technology as a research tool. Maps, a glossary, a quiz, and an evaluation measure are also available. The unit has been aligned to California, Oregon, and Washington standards and reviewed by the CA Science Teachers Association.
Grade Level: Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school

The Ocean Project
The Ocean Project helps its global network of zoos, aquariums, and museums (ZAMs) effectively educate their millions of visitors about how they can help protect and conserve our ocean planet. The website has resources for learning about ocean issues, how to effectively communicate ocean conservation messages, and how to take personal action to protect the ocean. Most resources would be helpful for teachers and fun for kids.
Grade Level: Middle school, High school, Undergraduate lower division, General public

Nature's Web Newsletter
Nature's Web is an exciting newsletter for children, featuring interesting and informative news on nature and the environment. Each newsletter includes features on aquatic life, bird life, plant life, useful web sites, and conservation. While more appropriate for younger audiences, older students may find the basic information to be a good refresher or jumping-off point for more complex topics.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, General public

Ocean Guardian
The purpose of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Ocean Guardian Programs are to encourage children to explore their natural surroundings to form a sense of personal connection to the ocean and/or watersheds in which they live. Download a K-3 activity book focused on marine debris, join an action-based program for classrooms, or become a member of the Kids Club for K-8.
Grade Level: Primary elementary,Intermediate elementary,Middle school

Surfrider Foundation
The Surfrider Foundation USA is a non-profit environmental organization working to preserve the oceans, waves & beaches. Website with numerous pages including mission, a blog, news, a bimonthly publication online, the video "Shifting Baselines in the Surf", online store, campaigns, programs, membership information, and chapters. Located in San Onofre State Beach, CA.
Grade Level: Primary elementary, Intermediate elementary, Middle school, High school, General public


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