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Hacienda Baru is a lodge and ecotourism destination on Costa Rica's southern Pacific coast. In addition to offering free, customized tours to local elementary school students, Hacienda Baru offers zip-line tours of the rain forest canopy.

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Amazonia: The Human Impact
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Amazonia: The Human Impact

Mining, logging, ranching, agriculture, and oil and gas extraction have put unsustainable pressure on the delicate rain forests of the Amazon Basin.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: amazon, amazon basin, deforestation, rain forests, south america
Exploración de los pros y contras entre la explotación de los recursos naturales y la protección de la selva amazónica
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Exploración de los pros y contras entre la explotación de los recursos naturales y la protección de la selva amazónica

Mediante el análisis del mapa Amazonia: El Impacto Humano, los estudiantes exploran los efectos del desarrollo humano para acceder recursos valiosos en la selva amazónica. 

  • Best for: Grades 6-9 (ages 11-15)
  • Concepts: amazon, copper, deforestation, gold, hydroelectric energy, indigenous peoples, mining, natural gas, oil, ore, protected area, rain forests, resources, tin
Efectos locales y globales de la deforestación en la selva amazónica
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Efectos locales y globales de la deforestación en la selva amazónica

Los estudiantes analizan un mapa para identificar los diversos estratos de la selva amazónica, los organismos que habitan en estos estratos y el papel que juega la selva en el ciclo de nutrientes. Luego crean un argumento científico sobre los efectos de la deforestación en el ec...

  • Best for: Grades 6-9 (ages 11-15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Exploración de la relación entre la actividad humana y la pérdida de hábitats en la Amazonia
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Exploración de la relación entre la actividad humana y la pérdida de hábitats en la Amazonia

Los estudiantes analizan un mapa para identificar y describir la relación entre la pérdida de hábitats, cobertura de terreno y territorios indígenas. Después de analizar los efectos de la actividad humana en el mapa actual, los estudiantes hacen una predicció...

  • Best for: Grades 6-9 (ages 11-15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Efeitos locais e globais do desmatamento na Floresta Amazônica
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Efeitos locais e globais do desmatamento na Floresta Amazônica

Os alunos deverão analisar o mapa para identificar e descrever as muitas paisagens da Floresta Amazônica, os organismos que vivem nesta paisagem e o papel da floresta no ciclo da água e dos nutrientes. Em seguida, eles deverão desenvolver um argumento cientifico sobre os e...

  • Best for: Grades 6-9 (ages 11-15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Explorar a relação entre a atividade humana e a perda de habitat na Amazônia
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Explorar a relação entre a atividade humana e a perda de habitat na Amazônia

Os alunos deverão analisar um mapa para identificar e descrever a relação que existe entre perda de habitat, cobertura do solo e territórios indígenas. Depois de analisar os efeitos da atividade humana em um mapa atualizado, os estudantes deverão fazer uma p...

  • Best for: Grades 6-9 (ages 11-15)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Comparar as vantagens e desvantagens entre ter acesso a recursos e proteger a Floresta Amazônica
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Comparar as vantagens e desvantagens entre ter acesso a recursos e proteger a Floresta Amazônica

Os alunos explorarão os efeitos do desenvolvimento humano sobre a Floresta Amazônica a fim de ter acesso a valiosos recursos através da análise do mapa Amazônia: O Impacto humano. Depois de analisar os efeitos da mineração e da construção ...

  • Best for: Grades 6-9 (ages 11-15)
  • Concepts: amazon, copper, deforestation, gold, hydroelectric energy, indigenous groups, mining, natural gas, oil, ore, protected area, rain forests, resources, tin
Amazonia: Vital and Fragile
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Amazonia: Vital and Fragile

The heart of the Amazon is its rivers and forests, home to thousands of plant and animal species. Zoom in to see some of the dazzling wildlife in these dwindling ecosystems.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: amazon basin, amazon river, biodiversity, ecosystems, rain forests
Local and Global Effects of Deforestation in the Amazon Rain Forest
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Local and Global Effects of Deforestation in the Amazon Rain Forest

Students analyze a map to identify and describe multiple landscapes in the Amazon rain forest, the organisms that inhabit those landscapes, and the role of the forest in the water cycle and nutrient cycle. Then they construct a scientific argument for the effects of deforestation on the local ecosys...

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: amazon, argument, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, indigenous territories, rain forests, water cycle
Exploring the Tradeoffs between Accessing Resources and Protecting the Amazon Rain Forest
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Exploring the Tradeoffs between Accessing Resources and Protecting the Amazon Rain Forest

Students explore the effects of human development on the Amazon rain forest in order to access valuable resources by analyzing the map Amazonia: The Human Impact. After analyzing effects due to mining and the construction of hydroelectric dams and oil and gas blocks, students write a proposal to pro...

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: amazon, copper, deforestation, gold, hydroelectric energy, indigenous cultures, iron, mining, natural gas, nutrient cycle, oil, protected area, rain forests, resources, tin
Exploring the Relationship between Human Activity and Habitat Loss in the Amazon
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Exploring the Relationship between Human Activity and Habitat Loss in the Amazon

Students analyze a map to identify and describe the relationship between habitat loss, land cover, and indigenous territories. After analyzing the effects of human activity on the current map, students make a prediction about how railroad development may impact the rain forest ecosystem and distribu...

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, conservation, deforestation, ecosystems, habitat loss, indigenous territories, land cover, maps, predictions, rain forests
Taking a Position on Human Activity in the Amazon Rain Forest
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Taking a Position on Human Activity in the Amazon Rain Forest

Students learn about three scenarios that involve heavy construction in the Amazon rain forest. They read case scenarios that describe what proponents and critics say about each scenario. Students use the MapMaker Interactive to pinpoint the locations of the construction projects and conduct researc...

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: amazon, biodiversity, brazil, climate change, dams, deforestation, ecosystems, indigenous cultures, mapmaker interactive, mining, peru, rain forests, roads
Protecting Biodiversity in the Amazon Rain Forest
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Protecting Biodiversity in the Amazon Rain Forest

Students explore biodiversity in the Amazon rain forest using the MapMaker Interactive and other online resources. Then students construct an argument for protecting biodiversity in the Amazon rain forest.

  • Best for: Grades 6-8 (ages 11-14)
  • Concepts: amazon, amazon basin, argument, biodiversity, climate change, deforestation, evidence, mapmaker interactive, rain forests
Case Study: The Amazonian Road Decision
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Case Study: The Amazonian Road Decision

The proposed Pucallpa – Cruzeiro do Sul will connect the Amazon’s interior to urban centers and export markets in Peru and Brazil. However, critics are worried that the road will also create new opportunities for illegal logging and infringe on the territory of indigenous communities and...

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: amazon, case study, consequences, conservation, decision-making, deforestation, indigenous peoples, mahogany, rain forests, stakeholders
Creating Social Change in the Peruvian Amazon
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Creating Social Change in the Peruvian Amazon

In the Loreto region of Peru's Amazon River basin, the Minga Peru organization empowers women to become community leaders.

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: amazon, amazon basin, indigenous peoples, minga peru, peru, poverty, rural areas, women
Making a Decision about Building a Road in the Amazon
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Making a Decision about Building a Road in the Amazon

Students will analyze a real-world environmental case of building a road through the Amazon rain forest. They will explore the geographical, cultural, and environmental context of building the road, identify the stakeholders and their role and impact, and map out the intended and unintended conseque...

  • Best for: Grades 9-12 (ages 14-18)
  • Concepts: amazon, climate change, consequences, conservation, decision-making, deforestation, indigenous peoples, mahogany, rain forests, stakeholders
Ask an Amazon Expert: Why We Can't Afford to Lose the Rain Forest
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Ask an Amazon Expert: Why We Can't Afford to Lose the Rain Forest

Scientist and National Geographic Fellow Dr. Thomas Lovejoy is leading a charge to combat deforestation and protect the Amazon.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: amazon basin, biodiversity, brazil, conservation, explorers, fellows, rain forests, south america, tom lovejoy
Ask An Amazon Expert: What It Will Take to Stop Wildlife Trafficking
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Ask An Amazon Expert: What It Will Take to Stop Wildlife Trafficking

Juliana Machado Ferreira discusses the damage wildlife trafficking is causing the people, plants, and animals of the Amazon region.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: amazon basin, animals, biodiversity, brazil, conservation, ecosystem, emerging explorers, juliana machado ferreira , wildlife trafficking
rain forest
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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
Biodiversity of the Amazon
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Biodiversity of the Amazon

The Amazon Basin is home to half of the world's tropical forests. These forests are home to an incredible diversity of plant and animal life.

  • Best for: Grades 5-12 (ages 10-18)
  • Concepts: amazon basin, amazon river, animals, biodiversity, geotours, mapmaker interactive, plants, rain forests, south america
Village of Elephants
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Village of Elephants

Elephants along the Sangha River spend time at the Dzanga Bai, or "village of elephants," a huge clearing in the rain forest. The elephants go there for a very specific reason—watch this video to learn why.

  • Best for: Grades 3-9 (ages 8-15)
  • Concepts: central african republic, diet, forest elephants, health, mud, national parks, nutrition, rain forests
Megatransect Protects African Wilderness
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Megatransect Protects African Wilderness

On September 20, 1999, National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Mike Fay began his “Megatransect” of the Congo River Basin between the Republic of Congo and Gabon.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: animals, basins, conservation, environment, explorers-in-residence, field work, gabon, geography, gps, habitats, megatransect, national parks, republic of congo
Brazil Conserves Rainforest
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Brazil Conserves Rainforest

On April 29, 1998, the Brazilian government set aside 25 million hectares (62 million acres) of the Amazon rain forest for conservation.

  • Best for: Grades 6-12 (ages 11-18)
  • Concepts: biodiversity, brazil, conservation, development, rain forests, south america
Christmas Orchids
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Christmas Orchids

Photo of a pink flower.

  • Concepts: cloud forests, colombia, endangered species, flowers, orchids
River Otters
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River Otters

Photo of otters poking their heads out of a river.

  • Concepts: creeks, otters, rain forests, suriname