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Producers, such as these trees in Borneo's thick tropical rain forest, use photosynthesis to convert solar energy (sunlight) and carbon dioxide into essential nutrients. Plants and other photosynthesizing organisms support the rest of the food web.

Photograph by James P. Blair, National Geographic

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Can We Feed the Growing Population?
Lesson
EDUCATION

Can We Feed the Growing Population?

In this lesson, students explore the resources that make up our agricultural system. Students examine land uses and soil quality through graphs of land use and crop production and use computational models to compare the effect of different management strategies on the land. At the end of the lesson,...

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
Using the Land
Activity
EDUCATION

Using the Land

Students explore data showing how humans have changed Earth's land. They examine maps showing the distribution of suitable agricultural land and investigate the effect of human development on agricultural lands.

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, development, food, forests, housing, land use
rain forest
Article
EDUCATION

rain forest

A rain forest is an area of tall trees and a high amount of rainfall.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: amazon basin, biodiversity, climate, deforestation, development, ecosystems, habitat, rain forests
China’s Giant Pandas
Article
EDUCATION

China’s Giant Pandas

Giant pandas are one of the rarest species on the planet. Once ranging for thousands of kilometers, fewer than 1,850 wild pandas remain today.

  • Best for: Grades 3-8 (ages 8-14)
  • Concepts: animals, china, destination wild, endangered species, forests, giant pandas
International Day of Forests
Historic Article
EDUCATION

International Day of Forests

On March 21, 2012, the United Nations proclaimed the International Day of Forests, drawing attention to woodlands from the rain forests of the Amazon to the cloud forests of the Pacific Northwest. 

  • Best for: Grades 2-12 (ages 7-18)
  • Concepts: conservation, forests, holidays, sustainability, trees, united nations
Muir Woods
Photo
EDUCATION

Muir Woods

Photo of a path in a redwood forest.

  • Concepts: california, forests, microscopes, national parks
Adirondacks
Photo
EDUCATION

Adirondacks

Photo of beautiful forested mountains.

  • Concepts: adirondacks, autumn, forests, new york, trees
Eurasian Wolf
Photo
EDUCATION

Eurasian Wolf

Profile photo of a wolf in a forest.

  • Concepts: europe, forests, predators, wolves
Flathead River
Photo
EDUCATION

Flathead River

Photo of a river.

  • Concepts: autumn, forests, montana, mountains, north fork flathead river, rivers
1988 Endangered Earth
Image
EDUCATION

1988 Endangered Earth

Burgeoning human populations have placed unprecedented demands on farmland, forests, and other resources, changing the continents' green skins of vegetation, as well as the interactions between atmosphere, land, oceans, and living organisms that sustain life on Earth. This map shows these intera...

  • Best for: Grades 7+ (ages 12+)
  • Concepts: extinction, forests, greenhouse effect, human disturbance, pollution, population explosion, population growth, vegetation
Land Cover
Internal Resource
EDUCATION

Land Cover

An interactive map of land cover across the globe, including croplands, urban areas, and forests.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: agriculture, forests, grasslands, human impacts, land cover, population, urban areas, water
Manhattan Before Development
Photo
EDUCATION

Manhattan Before Development

Photo: Historical illustration of Manhattan Island before 1609.

  • Concepts: atlantic ocean, forests, history, hudson river, manhattan, native americans
Forest Fungus
Photo
EDUCATION

Forest Fungus

  • Concepts: california, forests, fungi, trees
Big Cats and Their Habitats
Activity
EDUCATION

Big Cats and Their Habitats

Students use media resources to identify big cats and map the species ranges of the world's big cats. Then they determine each big cat's corresponding habitat and create a graphic organizer that summarizes the information.

  • Best for: Grades 3-5 (ages 8-11)
  • Concepts: big cats, habitats, species range
Cats and Their Coats
Activity
EDUCATION

Cats and Their Coats

Students explore what lions, tigers, and leopards look like and analyze how the animals' coats help them survive in their different habitats.

  • Best for: Grades K-2 (ages 5-8)
  • Concepts: big cats, camouflage, forests, habitats, leopards, lions, savanna, tigers
conservation
Article
EDUCATION

conservation

The Earth’s natural resources include air, water, soil, minerals, plants, and animals. Conservation is the practice of caring for these resources so all living things can benefit from them now and in the future.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: biodiversity, conservation, endangered species, energy, forests, fossil fuels, natural resources, raw materials, soil, water
Amazon Gold Mine
Article
EDUCATION

Amazon Gold Mine

"Lawless wilderness" becomes a protected national park.

  • Best for: Grades 3+ (ages 8+)
  • Concepts: amazon basin, brazil, conservation, ecosystems, forests, mining, national parks, rain forests, wild chronicles
taiga
Article
EDUCATION

taiga

Encyclopedic entry. The taiga is a forest of the cold, subarctic region. The subarctic is an area of the Northern Hemisphere that lies just south of the Arctic Circle.

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: arctic, ecosystems, forests, landscape, muskegs, northern hemisphere, permafrost, taiga, trees, tundra
White Wonders
Article
EDUCATION

White Wonders

With snow-white needles, albino redwoods are a rare and fascinating sight within California's redwood forests. Physiology professor Jarmila Pittermann and state park docent Dave Kuty locate some specimens and explain what they know about the unique plants.

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: adaptation, albinism, biology, botany, california, coast redwoods, conservation, forests, mutations, plants, trees
woodland
Article
EDUCATION

woodland

"Woodland" is often just another name for a forest

  • Best for: Grades 4+ (ages 9+)
  • Concepts: climate, density, ecosystems, forests, trees, woodlands, zones
vegetation region
Article
EDUCATION

vegetation region

Scientists divide the Earth’s land into what are called vegetation regions

  • Best for: Grades 6+ (ages 11+)
  • Concepts: area, climate, deserts, forests, freshwater, grasslands, ice sheets, plants, soil, temperature, tundra, vegetation regions, zones
Snake Migration
Article
EDUCATION

Snake Migration

Illinois’s Shawnee National Forest is famous for its Snake Road.

  • Best for: Grades 5+ (ages 10+)
  • Concepts: animals, forests, illinois, migration, reptiles, snakes