Useful Links

Check out our past live electronic field trips!  The web sites from our distance learning adventures contain lesson plans, short videos, and lists of other resources.

The USDA Forest Service, Prince William Network and partners bring nature learning to you through our series of webcasts, webinars, and online education resources. No matter where you are in the world, visit our LIVE programs for exciting, on-site learning about bats, butterflies, climate change, wetlands, and more!

FreshWaterLIVE: A Distance Learning Adventure is an online exploration of the origins, travels and perils of fresh water from green forests to household faucets. FreshWaterLIVE brings learning about fresh water to students, teachers, non-formal learners, and all who have an interest in this important resource.

The ClimateChangeLIVE web site and electronic field trips are engaging ways to learn about climate change science directly from climate experts, educators, and students. This distance learning adventure provides an amazing collection of science-based, climate education resources and programs, aligned to national science education standards.

The WetlandsLIVE website provides a wealth of resources on wetlands including webcasts, videos, lesson plans and more. Wetlands provide a vital link between water and land and important benefits to people and the environment.  Wetlands help regulate water levels within watersheds; improve water quality; reduce flood and storm damage; provide important fish and wildlife habitat; support fishing and other recreational activities; and provide inspiration.

The BatsLIVE website supports a series of programs about the important role bats play in keeping ecosystems and human economies healthy. As primary predators of night-flying insects, bats consume enormous quantities of agricultural pests and reduce the need for chemical pesticides. Find a wealth of resources on this web site, including webcasts, videos, lesson plans and more.

While pollinators may come in small sizes, they play a large and often undervalued role in the production of the food we eat, the health of flowering plants, and the future of wildlife.

The annual migration of the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) is one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in the world.  Every year, millions of monarchs migrate thousands of miles from Canada and the United States to overwinter in the mountain peaks in the states of Mexico and Michoacan in Mexico.

Ice Age Discoveries
The Ice Age Discoveries showcases recent archaeological digs in Virginia that are providing compelling evidence that humans inhabited this state at least 18,000 years ago, well before the Clovis culture and thousands of years before previously thought.

Migration Science and Mystery
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 webcasts, videos, lesson plans, and more.

America’s Rain Forests
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. 

Winging Northward: A Shorebird’s Journey
Learn all about the incredible world of shorebird migration at Winging Northward. Check out the Teacher Resource Center. Lead your class through dynamic classroom activities about shorebirds, wetlands, and migration. Discover Maya's original migration story and explore Maya's world!

Our Changing Continent: An Introduction to Plate Tectonics
Check out the web site for resources to explore the most fundamental concept in earth science: the theory of plate tectonics. Less than 100 years ago, most people thought that the continents were fixed and unmovable. Scientists now know that the continental crust is breaking apart, grinding together, and colliding creating earthquakes, volcanoes, and mountain ranges. Learn more about the cause of these events.

The Chesapeake Meteorite:  Message From the Past
Approximately 35 million years ago, a rock from space, more than a mile wide, and traveling at nearly 70,000 miles a hour, crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off North America.   Moving at this supersonic speed, the asteroid or comet splashed through hundreds of feet of water and thousands of feet of mud and rock. For millions of years, the 6th largest crater on Earth lay buried in the southern part of what is now the Chesapeake Bay. Today we have begun to understand not only the science, but also the consequences of such a cataclysmic event, thanks to the ongoing scientific investigative research by scientists of the United States Geological Survey. This website offers more insight into the earth-changing event.

Happenin’ Habitats
Welcome to Happenin' Habitats! Explore this web site to learn about habitat and for a wealth of information how to create an accessible wildlife habitat site, or outdoor classroom, right in your own schoolyard!