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The following web sites as excellent resources for teachers, students and others who care about teaching science-related topics to young people.

We work at keeping these selections relevant and current, but we always welcome feedback. If you of a site that should be included or if you have questions or comments about those sites we have selected, please contact us. Thank you.

Acoustics  |  Aeronautics  |  Amphibians  | Anatomy  | Astronomy
Biology  | Birds  | Botany
Chemistry  | Colors  | Computers  | Conservation  | Cosmology
Dinosaurs  | The Earth   | Electricity
Forestry   |  Fungi  | Geology
Hiking  | Industry  | Insects  | Inventing
Marine Life  | Mechanics  | Molluscs
Native Americans  | Nutrition
Ocean Life  | Optics  | Orienteering
Reptiles  | Rodents
Sleuthing  | Space Flight  | Storms  | The Sun
Volcanoes
Water  | Weather  | Weights & Measures  | Wildlife

Other Great Science Sites!

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To learn more about Acoustics
YSI recommends:

The Acoustic Ecology Institute
AcousticEcology.org provides access to news, academic research, public policy advocates, and articles and essays about sound and listening. They work to increase personal and social awareness of our sound environment, through education programs in schools, regional events, and this internationally recognized Website.

Listening to Nature
This site is an exploration of the natural sounds of California. They are from the collection of the Library of Natural Sounds at the Oakland Museum of California. The sounds are organized to represent the differing natural communities encountered as one goes inland from the coast, towards and over the Sierra Nevada to the Great Basin.

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To learn more about Aeronautics
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National Air and Space Museum
The National Air and Space Museum of the Smithsonian offers a variety of free educational programs for school groups and organized youth groups. Here you will find information on educational activities at the Museum as well as resources provided for classroom learning.

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To learn more about Amphibians
YSI recommends:

Dr.Seward.com
This web site is dedicated to disseminating information about the Gila monster. This unique lizard is the source of superstitions, the subject of legends and the object of fables. Even the real facts about this misunderstood creature are nothing short of amazing. Explore these pages to open up the mysterious world of this secretive inhabitant of the Sonora Desert.

Sea Turtle Survival League
This site is run by the Caribbean Conservation Corporation, whose mission is to ensure the survival of sea turtles within the Wider Caribbean basin and Atlantic through research, education, training, advocacy and the protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend.

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To learn more about Anatomy
YSI recommends:

BAM!
Body and Mind (BAM!) is an online destination for kids created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Designed for kids 9-13 years old, BAM! Body and Mind gives them the information they need to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Human Anatomy Online
This site has animations, 100’s of graphics, and thousands of descriptive links related to anatomy of the human body. It’s fun, interactive, and an ideal reference site for students or those who just want to know more about the medical descriptions used by doctors and nurses.

Neuroscience for Kids
This detailed site is maintained by Eric H. Chudler, Ph.D. and was supported by a Science Education Partnership Award from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR).

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To learn more about Astronomy
YSI recommends:

Hubblesite
Reviews of this site call it, "Out of the ordinary ...out of this world." HubbleSite is the home of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, the renowned orbiting telescope whose discoveries have forever altered our knowledge of the universe.

KidsAstronomy.com
Astronomy for children, students, and kids of all ages will enjoy KidsAstronomy.com. As part of the KidsKnowIt Network, this is a free astronomy resource designed to teach children about the exciting world of outer space.

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To learn more about Biology
YSI recommends:

Human Genome Project Information
Completed in 2003, the Human Genome Project (HGP) was a 13-year project coordinated by the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health. This site tells all about the highly successful and important initiative.

Jefferson Lab
Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab) is funded by the Office of Science for the U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) with strong support from the City of Newport News, the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the United States Congress. As a user facility for scientists worldwide, its primary mission is to conduct basic research of the atom's nucleus at the quark level.

Science News for Kids
Science News for Kids is a new Web site devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 14. Its goal is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials.

Bird Graphic
To learn more about Birds
YSI recommends:

Carolina Raptor Center
The Carolina Raptor Center is dedicated to environmental education and the conservation of birds of prey through public education, the rehabilitation of injured, and orphaned raptors and research.

Flying Wild
Flying Wild, is a new program of the Council for Environmental Education that introduces students to bird conservation through standards-based classroom activities and environmental stewardship projects. Flying WILD encourages schools to work closely with conservation organizations, community groups, and businesses involved with birds to implement school bird festivals and bird conservation projects.

Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory
The Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (MBO) was founded in 1988 to address a bird conservation and related public education need in the western United States. It uses numerous research and public education programs which have dual goals: to conserve birds and bird habitat, and to increase people's understanding of such.

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To learn more about Botany
YSI recommends:

KidsGardening.org
The National Gardening Association (NGA) shows how to out how to engage your children in outdoor explorations that cultivate their love of plants, gardening, and the environment. The NGA slogan says it all: "Helping Young Minds Grow."

Living Things
The Franklin Institute
This Web site is part of The Franklin Institute's Center for Innovation in Science Learning (CISL) and serves the mission of the Institute through leadership in science learning research and innovative program development with focus areas in education technology, teacher development, gender and family learning, and youth leadership.

New York Botanical Garden
Children’s Education at the Garden provides innovative, hands-on professional development opportunities for science educators. Our current programs for teachers. Teachers learn how to use the Botanical Garden as an extension of their classroom.

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To learn more about Chemistry
YSI recommends:

Chem4Kids!
Rader's Chem4Kids! has much more than basic chemistry information. It contains a multitude of fun stuff about matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry. From basic facts, to more complex concepts, it's all contained here.

Kitchen Chemistry
This Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) site contains fun activities from Zoom-a show by kids and for kids. Chose between the Virtual Kitchen, where kids perform online experiments to solve a puzzle and get a reward or the Reality Kitchen, where kids use their noggins and their own kitchen to perform experiments.

Nye Labs
Bill Nye, the host of the Emmy Award-winning educational television program from 1992 to 1998, hosts this site aimed at a preteen audience, yet fun for adults as well. The site has the same cool, exciting look, feel and content as the 100 science-related episodes of the popular show.

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To learn more about Colors
YSI recommends:

About Rainbows
This site explains how rainbows are formed and provides experiments that you can perform to make your own beautiful rainbows.

Color Matters
The Color Matters web site also gives you the opportunity to speak up about color. You can visit the Bulletin Board or take the Global Color Survey to get the global results. Visitors can see the "How Color Affects Us" pages for an exploration of color.

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To learn more about Computers
YSI recommends:

Stagecast
Stagecast is a great place for kids to make their own video games. They can in turn. share the games with friends, make and explore simulations, and learn thinking skills. Stagecast Creator gives them the power to create interactive simulations, stories, games, and more.

Teachnology
TeAch-nology – The Art and Science of Teaching with Technology – represents a vision of teaching in a world driven by technology. Its mission is to provide services designed to support educators' in effectively incorporating technology in teaching and learning by providing a reservoir of online resources for educators as well as effective time-and-energy-saving tools for designing instructions.

Triumph of the Nerds
PBS Online present the companion Web site for its television special, "Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires." As on television, this site teaches in vivid detail how youthful amateurs, hippies and self-proclaimed "nerds" accidentally changed the world.

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To learn more about Conservation
YSI recommends:

The Dirt on Soil
Discovery Channel
We know less about life in the earth under our feet than we do about the far side of the moon. Yet every plant and animal you can think of depends on this vast hidden ecosystem. The Dirt on Soil web site is sponsored by the Discovery Channel and leverages the enormous resources and research behind it.

Kids for Forests
Greenpeace is inviting everyone who wants to help save ancient forests to take part in the "Kids for Forests" project. Children, teens, youth groups, teachers and schools from all over the world are joining in, because everyone can do a little to help the forests, and every effort is important!

Woodsy Owl
Caring, friendly, and wise, Woodsy Owl is a whimsical fellow and he's got his heart set on motivating kids to form healthy, lasting relationships with nature. This is an excellent site for young people to learn the basics of conservation.

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To learn more about Cosmology
YSI recommends:

Amazing Space
This breathtaking site uses the Hubble Space Telescope's discoveries to inspire and educate about the wonders of our universe. The photos and accompanying text are stunning.

Earth & Sky
The information in the Earth & Sky web site, and in our daily radio series, is developed from interviews with scientists. These individuals observe the world, create hypotheses, make and test predictions. Their findings are checked before publication by other experts, in a process known as “peer review.”

Planetary Society
The Planetary Society, the world's largest space-interest group, is dedicated to inspiring the public with the adventure and mystery of space exploration. Through projects and publications, it plays a leading role in creating innovative coalitions to engage the public and fuel support for exploring other worlds.

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To learn more about Dinosaurs
YSI recommends:

Dinosauria
The mission of the University of California Museum of Paleontology is to investigate and promote the understanding of the history of life and the diversity of the Earth's biota through research and education. Dinosauria contains everything needed to get an understanding of dinosaurs.

Project Exploration
Project Exploration is a nonprofit science education organization that makes science accessible to the public—especially minority youth and girls—through personalized experiences with scientists and science.

Strange Science
This site discusses the Rocky Road to Modern Paleontology and Biology. The knowledge we take for granted today was slow in coming, and along the way, scientists and scholars had some weird ideas. Strange Science shows some of their mistakes, provides a time-line of events, gives biographies of a few of the people who have gotten us where we are today, and lists resources to learn more.

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To learn more about The Earth
YSI recommends:

Destination Earth
NASA's goal with Destination Earth is to observe, understand, and use scientific models to discover how our world is changing, how to better predict the future, and how to understand the consequences for life on Earth. This is done by characterizing, understanding, and predicting change in major Earth system processes and by linking the pieces together.

Geography
The US Geological Survey (USGS) Geography site confronts some of the most pressing natural resource and environmental issues we face. Observing the Earth with remote sensing satellites, USGS geographers provide society with relevant science information to inform public decisions.

GLOBE
Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based education and science program. GLOBE improves student understanding of science because it involves them in performing real science – taking measurements, analyzing data, and participating in research in collaboration with scientists.

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To learn more about Electricity
YSI recommends:

ActewATGL Education
You'll find the ActewAGL Education site is packed with information about energy, water, sustainability and communications. There's a huge glossary, fun games, lots of quirky facts and a teacher's area.

Department of Energy
The Department of Energy’s (DOE's) education programs help ensure an adequate supply of scientists, engineers and technicians for energy-related research, production activities, and the transfer of technology. The advancement of science, mathematics and technology education is an essential part of DOE's mission.

Franklin Institute
The Franklin Institute Resources for Science Learning site, is part of the Center for Innovation in Science Learning (CISL) which serves through leadership in science learning research and innovative program development with focus areas in education technology, teacher development, gender and family learning, and youth leadership.

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To learn more about Forestry
YSI recommends:

National Arbor Day Foundation
The National Arbor Day Foundation inspires people to plant, nurture, and celebrate trees. They envision a world where trees and forests are abundant, healthy, and sustainable, and highly valued by all people and are committed to providing the best possible service—to their members and to other individuals and organizations who can further their mission.

Rainforest Heroes
Rainforest Action Network (RAN) is made up of 36 staff members in San Francisco and Tokyo plus thousands of volunteer scientists, teachers, parents, students, and other concerned citizens around the world. They believe a sustainable world can be created in our lifetime, and that aggressive action must be taken immediately to leave it safe and secure for our children.

TREE
Since 1995, Teaching Responsible Earth Education (TREE) has provided curriculum based, outdoor earth education programs to over 10,000 children, parents and teachers. TREE's mission is to educate children and adults about the life science processes that govern our planet, to inspire them to appreciate the natural world, and to motivate them to protect it.

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To learn more about Fungi
YSI recommends:

The Mushroom Council
Use this site's guidance to explore the fascinating world of fresh gourmet mushrooms. It supplies in-depth information on several varieties including Criminis and White mushrooms, the ever-popular Portabellas and Shiitakes, and the exotic Morels, Enokis, Maitakes, Oyster and Beech mushrooms.

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To learn more about Geology
YSI recommends:

American Geological Institute
The American Geological Institute (AGI) is a nonprofit federation of 44 geoscientific and professional associations that represents more than 100,000 geologists, geophysicists, and other earth scientists. Founded in 1948, strives to increase public awareness of the vital role the geosciences play in society's use of resources and interaction with the environment.

Mineral Information Institute
The Mineral Information Institute (MII) is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating youth about the science of minerals and other natural resources, and about their importance in our every day lives. It helps classroom teachers develop materials that are directly usable by teachers in a variety of subjects and a multitude of grade levels.

Mineralogical Society of America
The Mineralogical Society of America (MSA) was founded in 1919 for the advancement of mineralogy, crystallography, geochemistry, and petrology, and promotion of their uses in other sciences, industry, and the arts. The Society encourages the general preservation of mineral collections, displays, mineral localities, type minerals and scientific data.

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To learn more about Hiking
YSI recommends:

EEK!
EEK! (Environmental Education for Kids) is sponsored by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and is adapted from the Wisconsin Explorer program. This electronic magazine for kids in grades 4-8, can surf around and learn more about the great outdoors.

LearnNPS
If you are a teacher searching for classroom materials, a student doing research, or a person looking for a place to spend some time, have some fun and learn in the process, LearnNPS is for you. Here you'll find curriculum, fun and games, a guide to park Junior Ranger programs and a host of other fun and educational media created by the National Park Service and our partners.

A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Woods is designed for third through fifth grade students to gain an appreciation of nature. Sometimes students are not able to go to a forest preserve or woods, so this brings the woods to them.

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To learn more about Industry
YSI recommends:

Greatest Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century
How many of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements will you use today? A car? A computer? A telephone? Explore this site's list of the top 20 achievements and learn how engineering shaped a century and changed the world.

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To learn more about Insects
YSI recommends:

BugBios
As Dexter Sear, the producer of this site, says, "Bug Bios is a shameless promotion of insect appreciation." The site aims to help users really see insects for the miniature marvels they represent and to understand how intertwined our cultures have become with these alien creatures.

Children's Butterfly Site
Originally developed by renowned lepidopterist Paul A. Opler in conjunction with the Fort Collins Science Center, the Children's Butterfly Site is now maintained by the Mountain Prairie Information Node of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII) and housed by the Big Sky Institute at Montana State University.

Insects
A no-nonsense resource for anyone who wants to research anything about insects in a fast and efficient manner. The site helps youngsters study and identify insects and related forms of life while providing an opportunity to learn the relationship of insects to man and the environment, and their economic impact on the community.

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To learn more about Inventing
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Exploring Leonardo
Though this site was designed to be most appropriate for students in grades four through eight, many of the activities can be adapted for younger or older students as needed. Leonardo da Vinci may seem an unusual topic to study in science. But the more you learn about this remarkable Renaissance man, the more you will realize that he was a terrific role model for applying the scientific method creatively in every aspect of life including art and music.

Invention-Dimension
Invention Dimension from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a fun-filled and at times wacky approach to making learning about invention exciting for the kid in all of us. They can have some fun with a treasure trove of invention games and resources, including inventor profiles and patent guidelines.

The Revolutionaries
This is a great site that discusses turning inspiration into innovation in Silicon Valley. The Valley's place as a hotbed of innovation is well-documented, but how did its trailblazers take it there? What lessons can they pass on to help today's young tinkerers avoid their mistakes and transform their own inspirations into reality? Find out here.

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To learn more about Marine Life
YSI recommends:

eNature
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF), the nation’s largest conservation group, sponsors this useful and informative site. While it operates independently, the backing by the NWF gives it unparalleled content and a large palette of nature discovery tools.

Monterey Bay Aquarium
The mission of this award-winning web site is to inspire, enrich and extend a visit to the aquarium, while fostering a deeper commitment and connection to the institution and ocean conservation.

National Aquarium in Baltimore
The National Aquarium in Baltimore seeks to stimulate interest in, develop knowledge about, and inspire stewardship of aquatic environments. The ultimate goal is for the exhibits and programs to spark responsible actions in visitors.

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To learn more about Mechanics
YSI recommends:

Robot Constructor
This fun and informative site lets you try your hand at designing your own virtual robot, and then put it to the test in one of several hazard-filled zones! If that's too easy, you can build your own Zone or download one designed by other users.

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To learn more about Molluscs
YSI recommends:

Man and Mollusc
The Resource Site for Students, Educators, and anyone wanting to learn more about the fascinating world of Molluscs.

New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium
In a state whose entire 127-mile eastern border fronts the Atlantic Ocean, the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium (NJMSC) founders foresaw a need for research and education to manage and preserve New Jersey's coastal resources.

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To learn more about Native Americans
YSI recommends:

Cradleboard Teaching Project
The Cradleboard Teaching Project turns on the lights in public education about Native American culture – past, present, and most important for the children – the Future. It comes out of Indian country, and reaches far beyond, into the mainstream classroom and into the future of education.

Indian Reading Series
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) Indian Reading & Language Development Program produced 140 culturally relevant stories written by local Indian authors and illustrated by Indian artists. This site contains a community-based reading and language arts program especially for Indian children, but applicable for kids everywhere.

Project Willow
Three distinct curricula are included on this site: Project Willow, an environmental science curriculum; Washoe Culture, a social sciences curriculum; and Nevada Tribes, which contains samples from the curriculum entitled "Celebrating Nevada Indians."

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To learn more about Nutrition
YSI recommends:

Center for Science in the Public Interest
Publisher of the popular Nutrition Action Healthletter, the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) seeks to promote health through educating the public about nutrition and alcohol; it represents citizens' interests before legislative, regulatory, and judicial bodies, and it works to ensure that advances in science are used for the public's good."

Nutrition.gov
A service of the National Agriculture Library, this site provides easy, online access to a wealth of extensive government information on food and human nutrition for consumers

Oldways Preservation and Exchange Trust
A non-profit organization that promotes healthy eating based on the 'old ways,' the traditional healthy cuisines of cultures from around the world, uses foods grown in environmentally sustainable ways.

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To learn more about Ocean Life
YSI recommends:

Infrared Zoo
Infrared light shows us the heat radiated by the world around us. It also allows us to study how well feathers, fur and blubber insulate animals. The infrared Zoo views animals with a thermal infrared camera, so that students can actually "see" the differences between warm and cold-blooded animals.

NOAA Education
The ocean-related activities and topics on this site are designed especially for children (grades K – 5) and provide fun activities for kids to explore the planet they live on. The extensive expertise and experience of National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) makes this a very credible and current site.

Ocean Institute
The mission of the Ocean Institute is to inspire all generations, through education, to become responsible stewards of our oceans. Their vision is to be the world's best experiential ocean educational organization. And, their slogan says it all: "Experience is the Teacher."

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To learn more about Optics
YSI recommends:

Ask a Microscopist
A Web-based project that allows students and educators at any educational level to ask questions about microscopy or microanalysis through forms on a browser. Answers are provided by expert webmasters at the Microscopy Society of America. In addition, individuals can login to a real laboratory (Argonne National Laboratory) and view microscope operations in near real time.

Optics for Kids
Optics is the science of light, and one of the most important fields of physics. This site explores the science and engineering behind optics and is filled with fun and interesting information. Elementary school children will enjoy this quick look at some optical basics from Optical Research Associates.

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To learn more about Orienteering
YSI recommends:

The Mountaineers
Conceived over one hundred years ago by Seattle area climbers, and dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of outdoor and wilderness areas, this site contains excellent information in a very easy-to-navigate format.

Orienteering
This site aims to inform you about the sport of orienteering. It contains a multitude of information on learning how to read maps and perform land navigation using such tools as a compass, all based on U.S. Army training and what is needed to be an orienteer.

Orienteering for Kids
The site is a lesson module developed by Elisa Webb for San Jose State University. Fifth and sixth grade students learn and practice: how to use a compass, how to follow a map to a specific location, how to follow written directions to a specific location, and how to recognize a topographical map and explain its function.

Tracking the Buffalo
The site features an interesting section entitled, "Stories from a Buffalo Hide Painting." This activity explores the role of the buffalo in the lives of the American Indians of the northern plains.

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To learn more about Reptiles
YSI recommends:

Amazon Interactive
This site is based on field research into indigenous ecotourism in the Ecuadorian Amazon. It is designed to illustrate some basic physical and human geography of the Amazon as well as the risks and benefits of ecotourism as a development strategy.

Reptile:Lizards
From PBS, the Nature Series: "The Reptiles: Lizards" explores the world of the great escape artists of the wild, and looks at their remarkable bag of tricks. This site reflects the depth and expertise that was a hallmark of the series.

Smithsonian National Zoological Park
The National Zoo has a long history of innovation and leadership in the care and exhibition of wild animals. Its exhibits are more than just places within the Zoo; they include educational and scientific programs both on-site and around the world.

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To learn more about Rodents
YSI recommends:

Prairie Dog Coalition
The Prairie Dog Coalition is grateful to the following foundations and Corporations who have provided significant financial support to our efforts to protect the prairie dog and their ecosystem.

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To learn more about Sleuthing
YSI recommends:

Cryptokids
On this site, you can learn all about codes and ciphers, play lots of games and activities. You can also learn about the National Security Agency (NSA)/Central Security Service (CSS) – they’re America’s real codemakers and codebreakers.

Meet Me at Midnight
“Meet Me at Midnight” is an interactive online adventure that takes place in an animated Smithsonian American Art Museum. Intended for children age 8 to 10 years, the site presents a perplexing scenario. An artwork—the dreaded Root Monster—comes alive and wreaks havoc in the galleries overnight. Visitors choose a friend—a character that has been separated from its artwork—to help aright the mixed-up museum and find its way back home.

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To learn more about Space Flight
YSI recommends:

Quest
NASA Quest offers a wide range of FREE online tools and resources for teachers, students, parents and others including Web and print lesson plans, educator guides and workbooks. Its interactive explorations are designed to engage students in authentic scientific and engineering processes.

Space.com
Anything and everything about space from science and technology to spaceflight and observation. This highly informative sight has it all.

Space Camp
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is home to Space Camp, Aviation Challenge and NASA's Official Visitor Information Center for Marshall Space Flight Center. The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is recognized as one of the most comprehensive U.S. manned space flight hardware museums in the world; including Spacedome Theater, Rocket Park, Shuttle Park and NASA's Educator Resource Center.

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To learn more about Storms
YSI recommends:

KidStorm
Sky Diary's KidStorm has pages devoted to tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes, and storm chasing. It is focused toward older kids and teenagers, but interesting for all ages. The site is a great place for young people to gather information for school reports!

The Storm
This site contains an interactive Java applet from WCM Solutions which allows kids to make and manipulate lightning and thunder in their own thunderstorm.

TornadoChasers
This is another favorite site of the professional Tornado chasers with a great history and photos section. Tornado Tim is representative of a new breed of chaser, giving you the heartbeat of the new chasing subculture. If you haven’t listened to Tornado Tim, you may only be hearing the “Old School” philosophy of storm chasing.

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To learn more about The Sun
YSI recommends:

Sun-Earth Connection
This site shares the exciting discoveries and knowledge from NASA Sun-Earth Connection (SEC) missions and research programs with educators, students, and the general public. It strives to improve science literacy and spark an interest in careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The SunWise Program
The SunWise Program is an environmental and health education initiative that aims to teach children and their caregivers how to protect themselves from overexposure to the sun. Through the use of classroom, school, and community-based components, SunWise seeks to develop sustained sun-safe behaviors in schoolchildren.

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To learn more about Volcanoes
YSI recommends:

Volcano World
A Collaborative Higher Education, K-12, and Public Outreach project of the North Dakota and Oregon Space Grant Consortia, the site is administered by the Department of Geosciences at Oregon State University. It shows current eruptions, volcano facts and history, interviews with experts, and contains multiple teaching and learning tools.

Volcanoes
Annenberg Media uses media and telecommunications to advance excellent teaching in American schools. This mandate is carried out chiefly by the funding and broad distribution of educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers.

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To learn more about Water
YSI recommends:

Oceanic Research Group
Ocean Research Group is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to ocean conservation. Its principal mission is the production of educational films and products for use in the classroom and a marine scholarship program that gives tuition money to students pursuing degrees in ocean-related studies.

Sea and Sky
Sea and Sky is a personal Web site dedicated to sharing the Splendors of the Sea and the Wonders of the Universe. Here you can take a virtual journey to the darkest depths of the ocean or the farthest reaches of outer space.

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To learn more about Weather
YSI recommends:

NOAA's National Weather Service
The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Climate, Water, and Weather Services Site for Kids. The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas, for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy.

Weather Wiz Kids
Meteorologist, Crystal Wicker designed Weather Wiz Kids to allow students to learn about the fascinating world of weather. It’s also an educational tool for teachers and parents giving them all they need to explain all facets of meteorology

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To learn more about Weights and Measures
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Bureau International des Poids et Measures
The task of the Bureau International des Poids ets Measures (BIPM) is to ensure world-wide uniformity of measurements and their traceability to the International System of Units (SI) using the authority of the Convention of the Metre, a diplomatic treaty between fifty-one nations.

Your Weight on Other Worlds
Ever wonder what you might weigh on Mars or The Moon? Here's your chance to find out. In addition to discussing the subject of gravity and how it acts, this informative site also illustrates the difference between weight and mass, and much more.

Fun Facts About Weather!
Fun facts about Temperature, Precipitation, Wind, Lightning, Tornadoes, Hurricanes, and more!

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To learn more about Wildlife
YSI recommends:

National Wildlife Federation
Conceived by President Franklin Roosevelt, the National Wildlife Federation is considered to be America's conservation organization–protecting wildlife for our children's future by teaching families and concerned citizens how to help protect wildlife and by inspiring millions to speak and act on behalf of the animals.

The Wildlife Society
An international, non-profit scientific and educational association dedicated to excellence in wildlife stewardship by enhancing the ability of outdoor professionals to conserve diversity, sustain productivity, and ensure responsible use of resources for the benefit of society.

World Wildlife Fund
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) leads international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats. Now in its fifth decade, it works in more than 100 countries around the globe to conserve the diversity of life on earth. Using the best available scientific knowledge and advancing that knowledge it works to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth and the health of ecological systems.


To learn more about Other Great Science Sites
YSI recommends:

Exploratorium
Online since 1993, the Exploratorium was one of the first science museums to build a site on the World Wide Web. The site now contains over 18 thousand award-winning Web pages exploring hundreds of different topics. It currently serve 20 million visitors a year, making it one of the most visited museum Web sites in the world.

Fun Brain On the Rocks
Play to learn! Kids can now play FunBrain games offline, download the newest edition of "Math Baseball", or soar with "Planet Zug," the popular grade-by-grade vocabulary builder. All can be done offline – no advertising and no distractions!

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute
This site invites curious kids to explore biology... on screen, off screen, and in between. The goal of this project is simple: to help your child appreciate science. The developers looked at some of the best science projects from some of the best museums in the country and then we adapted them for the Web. This is, "Cool Science for Curious Kids."

Science Made Simple
This is a great site to get home & school science project ideas & experiments, find science fair projects and instructions, and get answers to all your science questions.

Acoustics  | Aeronautics  | Amphibians  | Anatomy  | Astronomy
Biology  | Birds  | Botany
Chemistry  | Colors  | Computers  | Conservation  | Cosmology
Dinosaurs  | The Earth  | Electricity
Forestry  | Fungi  | Geology   |   Hiking
Industry  | Insects  | Inventing
Marine Life  | Mechanics  | Molluscs
Native Americans  | Nutrition
Ocean Life  | Optics  | Orienteering
Reptiles  | Rodents
Sleuthing  | Space Flight  | Storms  | The Sun  | Volcanoes
Water  | Weather  | Weights & Measures  | Wildlife

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