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Podcasts, streaming video, multimedia -- explore these Web resources to find the newest materials and media about out National Forests and Grasslands!

Click here to jump to a clearing house of education and technology, Forest Service distance learning projects, Forest Service podcastsother Forest Service resources and partner multi-media resources.  

Why Use Technology to Reach Children?

Effective teaching in this century will depend more and more on the use of the vast resources of the Web and other digital media coupled with the individual creativity of educators to equip students with the methods of understanding and negotiating the information that now is available to all. Click here to learn how technology can enhance the deliver of conservation education.

Clearinghouse for Technology & Education

Edutopia is a program of the George Lucas Educational Foundation. Its vision is of "a new world of learning. A place where kids and parents, teachers and administrators, policy makers and the people they serve, all are empowered to change education for the better. A place where schools have access to the same invaluable technology as businesses and universities -- where innovation is the rule, not the exception. A place where children become lifelong learners and develop the technical, cultural, and interpersonal skills to succeed in the twenty-first century. A place of inspiration, aspiration, and an urgent belief that improving education improves the world we live in." The program provides best-practices in the use of leading-edge interactive tools and resources to help make it a reality.

Forest Service Distance Learning Resources

MonarchLIVE! A Distance Learning Adventure
The annual migration cycle of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most spectacular events in the insect world. Every year, millions of delicate but hardy monarchs migrate thousands of miles from Canada and the United States to over-winter in just 12 mountain peaks in Michoacán, Mexico.

In 2009, MonarchLIVE! A Distance Learning Adventure brought the magic of monarchs and their migration to school children throughout the Western Hemisphere. Through a series of live, interactive, web-based broadcasts and a rich website, the program reached more than 400,000 students, and helped them learn about monarch life history, citizen science and what students can do to help monarchs. Click here for more information about this exciting distance learning project.

Migration Science & Mystery - A Distance Learning Adventure
Join in a journey of over 6,500 miles from Panama to Alaska alongside millions of migrating shorebirds to learn about the science and mystery of migration. You'll find a wealth of resources on this Web site, including webcass, videos, lesson plans, and more. This project was conducted live in 2007. All program materials are archived and available through the website.

America's Rain Forests - A Distance Learning Adventure
Rain forests provide a haven for the largest diversity of plants and animals on Earth. Join US Forest Service experts, scientists, researchers, and students and explore the tropical rain forest in the Caribbean National Forest in Puerto Rico and the temperate rain forest in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. 

This Web site features great information about America's rain forests, and downloadable videos of the year-long web-based project. This project was conducted live in 2005. All program materials are archived and available through the website.  

Winging Northward - A Shorebird's Journey
Get ready to take flight alongside migrating shorebirds for an exciting trip to the Copper River Delta in Alaska. How can you be part of the  shorebird excitement ? Check out this Web site for the story of Maya's migration -- and learn about her remarkable journey. This project was conducted live in 2003. All program materials are archived and available through the website. 

Forest Service Podcasts

Natural Inquirer Podcasts
Welcome to the Technology Learning Partnership web page! This project is a joint endeavor between the USDA Forest Service, the Cradle of Forestry in America Interpretive Association, and a local middle school educator and his students.

On this web page, you will be able to listen to student podcasts and videocasts based on Natural Inquirer articles that the students have read. You will also be able to access the lesson plans and activities that the educator used to help his students create their podcasts and videocasts. Finally, examples of student work are also available.

Black Hills National Forest Podcasts
The Black Hills National Forest in South Dakota offers a great selection of audio podcasts and video downloads that highlight the many resources and management challenges of this special place.

Shasta-Trinity National Forest Podcasts
The Shasta-Trinity National Forest in California provides a range of natural resource management focused podcasts through their excellent website. Topics range from wildfires to quagga mussels.

Other Forest Service Multimedia Resources

NatureWatch Live Critter Cams!
The NatureWatch program of the Forest Service maintains two different live video cameras -- one on a bald eagle nest, and one on spawning salmon. Although both of these videocams highlight animals during different seasons, the Web site provides edited videos of the cameras. 

NatureWatch Find-A-Viewing Site Database
This interactive, GoogleEarth map will help you find wildlife viewing sites across the country. The site helps you locate sites, and then provides a wealth of information about each Forest Service viewing site.

Portable Electronic Presentations (PEPs) Pacific Northwest and Southwest Research Stations --
A portable electronic presentation is an online \ offline interactive learning resource representing key scientific talks in an on-demand rich media format. The PNW  Web site features a diversity of PEPs that bring their important research to you.

Kid's Virtual Field Trip - Boise National Forest, Idaho
It's a field trip to the Boise National Forest that you can take through your computer. You'll see a little bit of everything. Mountains. Trees. Streams. Lakes. Wildlife. Flowers. You'll be able to explore the forest through "Quick Time VR Panorama pages." A panorama page looks like a photograph ... except you can turn and see in every direction!

The panorama pages aren't the same as hiking through the forest. You won't feel the wind against your cheeks, smell the scent of pine trees, or hear the water rushing down a mountain stream. So, we hope you might want to visit the forest for real. You can print out a map with directions to give you an idea of where these places are. We'll give you addresses of where you can get an official forest map to help you find all the right roads to visit these areas.

Partner Multimeda Resources

Hands on the Land
Hands on the Land (HOL) is a network of field classrooms stretching across America from Alaska to Florida. HOL is sponsored by Partners in Resource Education, a collaboration of five Federal agencies, a non-profit foundation, schools, and other private sector partners. This Web site provides a wide range of electronic resources for many of the network sites.

Cave and Karst Biota
Learn about cave biota and bats in this Cave and karst online video clips adventure documentary.  Sponsored by Hoosier National Forest and Indiana Karst Conservancy. 

US Fish & Wildlife Service -- Distance Learning
The US Fish & Wildlife Service hosts a wide range of distance learning programs throughout the year. Go to their broadcast schedule website to see if any are of interest. Broadcasts can be accessed through downlink sites throughout the US (often located at USFWS sites or at National Parks); you can also order DVDs of their broadcasts through the National Conservation and Training Center.

Windows Into Wonderland - Yellowstone National Park
Explore Yellowstone National Park's award winning electronic field trips! Since 2001, Yellowstone has been offering eTrips to share the resources and treasures of the world’s first national park. Embark on these exciting adventures and look through new Windows Into Wonderland.

Yellowstone NP also provides a wide range of excellent multimedia resources. Go to their webpage to access content and perhaps pick up some good ideas.

Bureau of Land Management Electronic Field Trips
Since 2001, BLM has produced hour-long satellite broadcasts on a variety of topics.

Happening Habitats
This online project, completed in partnership with the National Wildlife Federation and the Prince William Network, will help you learn how to create and use a schoolyard habitat.

This free, online resource provides a great range of "eFieldtrips" that let you explore many environmental topics. Many of the eFieldtrips were developed in partnership with Federal or State land management agencies.  Some projects will have a live interaction component, while other projects are archived for later use. Topics include,   Bats and Caves, Fire, Underwater Ecosystems,  Butterfly Metamorphosis, Invasive Species, Renewable Energy, Desert Animals, and other topics.

Earth & Sky for Kids
EarthSky Communications Inc. is a digital media company whose mission is advocating science as a vital tool for the 21st century. With Earth & Sky Inc, its non-profit associate, EarthSky has brought the voice of science to people around the world since 1991, while enjoying the support and partnership of thousands of scientists and scientific institutions. EarthSky Communications creates science content that is seen or heard 12 million times daily via a variety of media platforms.

The Potomac Highlands Watershed School
The Potomac Highlands Watershed School is a place where students in the Potomac Highlands and the rest of the Chesapeake Bay region can learn about the watershed issues, and teachers can come for educational support with lesson plans and ties to curriculum standards.  Just click on any door and make yourself at "home."