Online Resilience Education Database

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NOAA : Weather Ready Nation

NOAAs hub for all educational and informative material relating to weather and a changing climate.

NOAA: National Weather Service

NOAA’s Weather ready nationn initiative is about building community resilience in the face of increasing vulnerability to extreme weather and water events.

In People of Weather, Nation Ready, we sit down with some of the people responsible for building a Weather­Ready Nation. We recently talked to Garry Harris, the Managing Director for the Center for Sustainable Communities–Atlanta and President of the Sustainability Solutions Group.

UCAR : Globe Weather

Explore weather phenomena with GLOBE Weather! Developed to directly address Next Generation Science Standards, this FREE five-week curriculum unit is designed to help middle school students understand weather at local, regional, and global scales.

By using a storyline instructional approach, students progressively move through the lessons while exploring questions and discovering answers that lead to more questions and opportunities to learn more.

Ocean Exploration : Learn About Marine Animals

This resource provides detailed background information on different marine animals.  You’ll find animals with shells, animals that look like plants, and even animals that are mammals. 

  • Shellfish
  • Corals
  • Marine Mammals
  • Sea Turtles
  • Fish
  • Sea Birds
  • Sharks & Rays
PLT School Site Investigation

In the School Site Investigation you will: Observe and record the plant and wildlife species around the school, as well as natural habitats, assess gardening and composting possibilities on the school grounds, investigate the presence, health, value, and benefits of trees, learn how the school grounds are maintained and if sustainable practices are being used, assess the percentage of pervious and impervious areas on the school site, determine whether changes to the school site would encourage the use of outdoor spaces for classes, lunch time, studying, and physical activity, develop an understanding of how individual and collective student actions can improve the school site, develop plans for improving the school site, implement one or more school site improvement strategies.

Hurricane & Sea Level Rise Resilience Lesson Plan

Hurricane & Sea Level Rise Resilience is a high school environmental science curriculum for use in coastal locations where hurricanes are common. Through 20 days of instruction, students make connections between the science of hurricanes, how they affect their community and region, and how we can plan for a more resilient future. Making local connections, students develop an understanding of 1) the risks that their community faces now and in the future due to hurricanes and tropical storms, 2) how sea level rise increases the risk, and 3) how our actions can help us be less vulnerable and more resilient. The curriculum unit aims to empower high school students to have a voice in resilience planning and understand the relationship between the science of hurricanes and the local impacts these storms have on people and places.

NOAA Resilient Community Coloring Sheet

NOAA’s Community Resilience Education Theory of Change strives to provide a framework for how K-12 formal and informal education projects are critical to building community resilience against extreme weather, climate change, and other environmental hazards. With this new coloring page, you can explore some of the ways communities can become more resilient.

Elizabeth River Project Girl Scout Badge

Discover, connect and take action as you explore and learn about the Elizabeth River, a tidal estuary of the Chesapeake Bay. Discover the river’s history and how it has changed over time and YOUR role in helping make the river’s restoration a reality. From Daisy to Ambassador – all can earn this badge. Badge requirements include virtual online education and visiting Paradise Creek Nature Park, the Dominion Energy Learning Barge or a Virtual Visit with Princess Elizabeth.

Greening STEM Educator Toolkit
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The educator toolkit includes free lesson plans, activities, and resources for teaching STEM using environmental education.  The environment is a compelling context for teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as it provides teachers with a diverse range of real-world challenges that engage students in hands-on opportunities to apply and reinforce STEM concepts across multiple subject areas.   From calculating planting area and productivity in the school garden, to designing model wind turbines, to tracking invasive species with GPS technology, environmental projects inspire students to apply STEM by empowering them to develop innovative solutions to local problems meaningful to them.

Virginia Aquarium Science Suitcase Kits

Rent science suitcase kits in Life Cycle, Properties, of Water, Animal Adaptations, Food Webs, Sea Turtle Science and Conservation, and Climate Science in direct correlation with Science SOLs! Each suitcase kit from the Virginia Aquarium will be specially adapted for your grade level.

Science Museum of Virginia – Climate Connections

Online resources include videos, radio podcasts, background information, and interactive activities on how we connect to our climate and what you can do to make a positive impact.  

Take Action Around the Chesapeake Bay

Learn how to get connected and take positive action in your community!  Includes simple changes to take to help in restoration, groups to join, upcoming events, newsletters, public access points for swimming, boating hiking etc. around the Chesapeake Bay

Girl Scouts Sun Patch Program and Boy Scouts Sun Patch Program

Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts can learn about how solar works, discover solar energy at work around them, and become solar ambassadors to help grow solar in their communities.

WWF Cool School Challenge

The Cool School Challenge engages students and teachers in practical strategies to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas emissions school-wide.​  Students challenge individual classrooms to reduce their carbon emissions over a set period of time, and utilize a carbon calculator to evaluate progress.  Includes carbon reduction classroom resources!

Girl Scout’s VA Zoo Explorers badge, and Scout Zoo Snoozes

Scout programs include educational activities, interactions with animal ambassadors, themed hikes and more!

VIMS BRIDGE Ocean Science Teacher Center

Includes Professional Organizations, Summer Opportunities, Courses & Workshops, and Grants & Awards. 

Environmental Education Mini Grants

HRgreen offers environmental education mini grants of up to $500. The mini grant program is intended to provide funding for environmentally-themed projects and may be used to fund a portion of or an entire project. All Hampton Roads school teachers (K-12), youth leaders, or organizations working with youth are eligible to apply.

VA Aquarium Scout Program

Involves multiple programs for Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts for all ages. Programs include overnight under the sea, exploring coastal ocean waters aboard their ocean collection vessel, explore VA Aquarium patch, Ocean Merit badge, and several self-guided activity sheets for patch and badge completion.

Not So Merry Mummichog Curriculum – Elizabeth River Project

An inquiry-based curriculum to increase geographic literacy, foster Elizabeth River and Chesapeake Bay stewardship and empower youth leaders to create a resilient Norfolk from the Elizabeth River Project.

Nauticus Youth Programs

Come explore Nauticus and their different science SOL based youth programs!  Nauticus offers table top versions of these educational programs as well! 

Youth Water Monitoring Results

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