Investigating Endangered Species in the Classroom

This page includes starting points for teachers and classrooms to use in investigating endangered species issues. Curricula and lesson plans, information about ongoing projects students can participate in, and current conservation efforts by various organizations will help involve classrooms in learning why species become endangered and will help students participate in reversing those processes.

EE-Link is interested in gathering more information on lesson plans and curricula that could be formatted for WWW. Please contact our EE Administrator if you know of curricula or lesson plans we could add here.


Birds: Our Environmental Indicators
An entire hypertext curriculum plan for middle school students from Earth Generation. This also provides ideas for using the Internet in "extension" activities. Formatted for the WWW by EE-Link.

Vanishing Species Curriculum
created by the Texas Memorial Museum. From Armadillo, the Texas Studies gopher, this is an entire EE curriculum plan for grades 5-8 (K-4 and 9-12 are coming) emphasizing cooperative learning and stories as instructional aids. "The student is encouraged to see himself or herself as an integral part of nature, to accept responsibility for personal actions, and to understand there is no conflict between environmental concern and personal good--they are all one."

"A thematic Web Unit" with a bibliography, homework ideas, book reviews, project ideas,and student activities in social studies, research, math, language arts, etc. and more. They say "This Web document provides a thematic unit for cooperative learning across the K - 5 integrated curriculum which is an interactive resource for teachers, students and parents."

Lesson Plans

The Raptor Center
"Raptors (birds of prey) and other avian species are literally a barometer of how well we are preserving our environment. Poised at the top of the food chain, they represent an early warning system for all of us. As the environment effects them, we too are also effected."

Eastern Timber Wolf Unit
A cooperative venture between institutions: the Minnesota Zoo and the Science Museum of Minnesota. Lesson plans built around a visit to a wolf exhibit at the zoo.


Cargo For Conservation
"Cargo for Conservation" is a program of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. "It is designed to expedite the donation of a representative sampling of wildlife parts and products from the Lab's warehouse directly to the classroom. Shipments are made in zebra striped boxes and include approximately 20 - 25 different items; such things as: elephant ivory (both raw and carved), reptile skins and products, sea turtle shell products, corals and sea shells and a variety of miscellaneous consumer products manufactured from animal parts." Requests are accepted on a first come, first served basis. They say they have a long waiting list.

Endangered Species of Hawaii
A research project created by a school program, featuring original artwork portraying endangered plants and animals of Hawaii.

Save Headwaters Forest
"Headwaters Forest is the largest remaining unprotected old growth redwood forest in the world. This 3000-acre forest is located on the Northern California coast In March 1995, the "owner" of Headwaters Forest, the Pacific Lumber Company, (PL) wants to log the forest. Help Save Headwaters!!"

JASON VII: Adapting to a Changing Sea
"The edge of the sea provides habitats and food for the majority of the world's population and also to many aquatic organisms. It also plays a role in many global cycles, including climate change. During the JASON VII expedition, researchers, students, and teachers will join Dr. Robert Ballard in an investigation of several interconnected shallow-water habitats in Southern Florida-the Everglades, Florida Bay, Florida Keys, the Florida reef tract, and the relic reefs on Pourtals Terrace."

Save the Manatee Club
There are estimated to be only 1800 manatees left in the US and their numbers are dwindling rapidly. Find factsheets and tips on manatees as well as information on how to adopt a manatee at this site.

Monarch Watch
Much information on monarch butterflies and how to participate in tracking their migration. Learn how to raise monarchs from caterpillar kits, how to build a cage for the butterflies, how monarch populations have changed, what monarchs eat, how they migrate, etc.

Project Monarch Butterfly
A collaborative effort between the Nebraska Parks and Game Commission and Fredstrom Elementary School in Lincoln, NE. People are invited to send information about sightings of monarch eggs and/or monarch butterflies to help with the collection of data about monarch migration.

The Journey North on WWW and The Journey North on gopher.
"Announcing Journey North, an Internet-based learning adventure that will engage students in a global study of wildlife migration. Beginning on Groundhog's Day, 1995, students will travel northward with spring as it sweeps across the continent of North America. With global classmates and state-of-the-art computer technology, they will predict the arrival of spring from half a world away."

Sea Turtle Restoration Project
"Through public education, active promotion of citizen participation in policy decisions, litigation and hands-on conservation programs, the Sea Turtle Restoration Project (STRP) is a multi-faceted effort to protect and restore endangered sea turtle populations."

Whale Adoption Project
This site includes information concerning the latest threats to whales and information for individuals and classrooms interested in helping preserve the lives of whales.

Conservation Efforts

The National Audubon Society
Information about the programs, campaigns, educational materials, and sanctuaries of the National Audubon Society.

The Environmental Organization Directory: Wildlife
This directory lists contact information for many organizations working to protect endangered species.

International Fund for Animal Welfare
"To promote and ensure the just and kind treatment of animals as sentient beings. It includes improving the quality of the lives of animals and their environment, preserving animals from extinction, preventing and abolishing animal cruelty, and ensuring that the offshore Canadian and Norwegian hunt for harp and hood seals in the North-West Atlantic is brought to an end."

International Wildlife Education and Conservation
An organization concerned with protecting the future of endangered species through public education and habitat conservation.

The Wilderness Society
"A non-profit conservation group dedicated to the protection of America's wild lands and wildlife. As part of that mission, The Society works to foster a land ethic. We rely on a combination of public education, advocacy, and economic and ecological analysis."

Bat Conservation International
Bear Conservancy Organizations, maintained by The Bear Den
African Wild Dog Conservation Fund
Feline Conservation Center of the Exotic Feline Breeding Compound in Rosamond, CA.
Cat Tales Endangered Species Conservation Park
Save the Manatee Club
International Marine Mammals Project
International Primate Protection League
Protect British Columbia's Rare White Black Bears
Whale Adoption Project
The Whale Watcher Expert System
Whale Watching Web
Desert Moon's Wolf Page
Wolf Haven

Photographs of Birds
International Crane Foundation
The Eagle Page from Rocky Mountain High.
Kakapo Parrot from New Zealand.
The Raptor Center

Turtle Trax
Sea Turtle Restoration Project

Great Lakes Declining Amphibians Working Group

The Salmon Page, a page maintained by Riverdale School in Portland OR, includes links to a dozen sites concerned with conservation.
Instititue for Fisheries Resources, also concerned with anadromous fish.




Modified May 29 1997