National Wildlife Week

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Celebrate the 80th anniversary of National Wildlife Week March 12-16 by learning about the wide array of fascinating wildlife in our world. This year, learn about some of the wild animals native to North America.

Science NetLinks has developed and compiled the following resources we hope you'll find useful when teaching your students about various aspects of the wilderness around them — from squirrels and trees in the schoolyard and local bird populations to more exotic animals and plants that might require traveling further afield.
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  • Animal Diversity

    Animal Diversity

    K-2  |  Interactive
    This lesson about animal diversity will help students understand the difference between actual physical attributes of animals and fictional ones.
  • Investigating Local Ecosystems

    Investigating Local Ecosystems

    K-2  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson students explore the habitats of local plants and animals to learn about how living things depend on one another.
  • Pond 1: Pond Life

    Pond 1: Pond Life

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson explores how organisms satisfy their needs within their environments and the relationships that exist between organisms within an environment.
  • A Seabird in the Forest

    A Seabird in the Forest

    3-5  |  Video
    Students learn about the interdependent relationship between the Marbled Murrelet bird and the environment of old growth forests, such as redwood trees.
  • Ecosystem Services - Water Purification

    Ecosystem Services - Water Purification

    In this interdisciplinary lesson, students explore the concept of ecosystem services by investigating natural water purification in their home watershed.
  • The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    The Case of the Vanishing Golden Frogs

    6-8  |  Video
    Students develop an understanding of scientific research and environmental conservation by examining the work of scientists involved in studying and trying to save the Panamanian golden frogs.
  • The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs

    6-8  |  Audio
    This lesson introduces students to Dr. Tyrone Hayes, a biologist who is using a combination of scientific fieldwork and lab experimentation to understand how a commonly used pesticide is damaging both frogs and their habitats.
  • The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    The Frog Scientist 2: Schoolyard Field Investigation

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    This lesson allows students to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the first lesson to developing a hypothesis, conducting their own scientific inquiry, and reporting their results just as working scientists do.
  • Yellowstone Wolves

    Yellowstone Wolves

    This lesson uses the conflict between ranchers and wolves to explore the relationships between living things and their environments, and the effects of physical and human forces on the natural world.
  • Marine Sanctuaries

    Marine Sanctuaries

    In this lesson, students will learn about the national marine sanctuaries found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans and off the coast of American Samoa.
  • Bird Populations

    Bird Populations

    In this lesson, students learn how scientists discern patterns and changes in bird populations.
  • Green Roof Design

    Green Roof Design

    In this student-centered learning model, students work collaboratively in small teams to design a heat- and water-conserving “green roof” of plant material for an urban apartment building.
  • The Odyssey of KP2

    The Odyssey of KP2

    9-12  |  Video
    This lesson is about the scientist, Terrie M. Williams, and her research with the Hawaiian monk seal, KP2.
  • Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    Tigerland and Other Unintended Destinations

    9-12  |  Audio
    This lesson provides an introduction to conservation biology via the memoirs of a scientist who has traveled throughout the world to study and defend endangered species.
  • The Wild Trees

    The Wild Trees

    9-12  |  Audio
    This lesson addresses the diversity of scientific research in the context of the story of how researchers learned about the giant redwoods in Northwestern California.
  • Introducing Biodiversity

    Introducing Biodiversity

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    This lesson introduces students to the amazing variety of life around them.
  • Using Field Notebooks for Biodiversity Study

    Using Field Notebooks for Biodiversity Study

    9-12  |  Hands-On
    Students create field notebooks for observations, drawings, classifications, and questions about the plants and ecosystems encountered in an outdoor field study.
  • Hopping Ahead of Climate Change

    Hopping Ahead of Climate Change

    3-5  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson, students explore how living things are affected by changes in the environment by studying the case of the snowshoe hare and how it’s impacted by climate change.
  • Because of an Acorn

    Because of an Acorn

    In this lesson, students learn about the forest habitat, food chains, food webs, and the relationships between various organisms in a habitat.
  • Crow Smarts

    Crow Smarts

    6-8  |  Audio
    This lesson helps students explore what a tool is and if people are the only tool makers.
  • Fish Tricks

    Fish Tricks

    6-8  |  Hands-On
    In this lesson, students compare and contrast the lives of fish, including the adaptations to their environments, to discover the diversity of life.
  • The Great Monkey Rescue

    The Great Monkey Rescue

    This lesson teaches students about the scientific process by taking them through the study of the golden lion tamarins in their natural and artificial environments.
  • The Octopus Scientists

    The Octopus Scientists

    6-8  |  Website
    In this lesson, students refine basic to mid-level concepts of scientific research and critical thinking skills using The Octopus Scientists for examples.


  • The BioDaVersity Code

    The BioDaVersity Code

    6-12  |  Video
    The BioDaVersity Code is a film about biodiversity written as a take off of The Da Vinci Code.
  • Biodiversity: Life in the City

    Biodiversity: Life in the City

    K-5  |  Interactive
    In this simple resource, students scroll over a drawing of an urban, park-like setting and find ten examples of hidden "critters." Each critter is then magnified and described.
  • Biomes of the World

    Biomes of the World

    K-8  |  Website
    The Biomes of the World resource provides information on rainforest, tundra, taiga, desert, temperate, and grassland biomes.
  • Project Noah App

    Project Noah App

    K-12  |  Interactive
    Project Noah is a global study that encourages nature lovers to document the wildlife they encounter.
  • A Touch of Class

    A Touch of Class

    3-8  |  Interactive
    This is an interactive activity in which students classify various plants and animals, including organisms such as a frog, jellyfish, venus flytrap, bat, human, and seaweed.
  • The Amateur Naturalist

    The Amateur Naturalist

    3-12  |  Website
    This resource discusses The Amateur Naturalist, by Nick Baker, which is full of information to enhance any outdoor learning experience.
  • iNaturalist App

    iNaturalist App

    3-12  |  Interactive
    This app lets you record observations from nature and share them with the iNaturalist online community.
  • Leafsnap App

    Leafsnap App

    3-12  |  Interactive
    Leafsnap is a terrific app for anyone with an iPhone or iPad in the great outdoors.
  • Classify It! App

    Classify It! App

    3-8  |  Interactive
    Think you know what poison ivy and a firefly have in common? How about some of the ways a dolphin and a goldfish are different? Download Classify It!, an app from Science NetLinks, to test your knowledge of how various organisms can be sorted and grouped.
  • YardMap


    K-12  |  Interactive
    YardMap is a free, interactive, citizen science mapping project about habitat creation and low-impact land use.

Science Updates

  • Everglades Pythons

    Everglades Pythons

    6-12  |  Audio
    A study of the stomach contents of non native Burmese pythons living in the Everglades shows how many different species the pythons have been poaching.
  • Fish & Flowers

    Fish & Flowers

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update reveals a surprising connection between fish and flowers.
  • Marine Reserves

    Marine Reserves

    6-12  |  Audio
    This Science Update looks at the unexpected impact marine reserves have on their surroundings.
  • Impostor Caterpillars

    Impostor Caterpillars

    6-12  |  Audio
    A species of caterpillar tricks ants into treating it better than their own young.
  • Salamander Streambeds

    Salamander Streambeds

    6-12  |  Audio
    In this Science Update, learn how streambeds can shape a species.
  • Ships to Reefs

    Ships to Reefs

    6-12  |  Audio
    Sinking old warships creates new habitats for marine species.
  • Squirrel Hoarding

    Squirrel Hoarding

    6-12  |  Audio
    Many grays squirrels used to be forest dwellers but have been forced into urban areas due to loss of land. Hear how that loss is affecting the forests.
  • Urban Greening

    Urban Greening

    6-12  |  Audio
    Strategically placed grass, ivy, and other greenery can significantly improve air quality in urban centers.
  • Vegetarian Spiders

    Vegetarian Spiders

    6-12  |  Audio
    In this Science Update, hear about a population of spiders in Mexico that subsists almost entirely on plants.
  • Fairy Circles

    Fairy Circles

    6-12  |  Audio
    Mysterious “fairy circles” on African plains are caused by termites, which destroy patches of grass but help the surrounding grass thrive.
  • High Flying Geese

    High Flying Geese

    6-12  |  Audio
    The world’s champion high-altitude migratory bird uses a unique “roller-coaster” flight strategy to save energy.
  • Fish on Acid

    Fish on Acid

    6-12  |  Audio
    Fish in acidified waters exhibit strange and often reckless behaviors.
  • Giant Snail Invasion

    Giant Snail Invasion

    6-12  |  Audio
    Giant East African land snails are wreaking havoc in South Florida.
  • Ancient Cat History

    Ancient Cat History

    6-12  |  Audio
    Humans and cats kept close company in a Chinese village 5,300 years ago.
  • Apple Snails & Tiger Mosquitoes

    Apple Snails & Tiger Mosquitoes

    6-12  |  Audio
    In Florida, invasive, disease-carrying tiger mosquitoes are breeding in the shells of an invasive snail.
  • Raven Planning

    Raven Planning

    6-12  |  Audio
    Ravens, like some great apes, plan ahead.
  • Female Songbirds

    Female Songbirds

    6-12  |  Audio
    Female house wrens sing to defend their nest sites from intruders.
  • Counting Crows

    Counting Crows

    6-12  |  Audio
    In this Science Update, students will learn how crows display impressive math prowess, using brain regions entirely different from those of mammals.


  • BioBlitz


    K-12  |  Audio
    This collection spotlights BioBlitz, a 24-hour natural census of a region conducted by citizens and scientists.
  • Celebrating Our National Parks

    Celebrating Our National Parks

    These resources provide a variety of rich media learning experiences to help students find out more about our national parks and conservation.

Other Resources

Garden for Wildlife
Grade Band: K-12
Description: This site focuses on creating more wildlife habitats in populated areas — backyards, school grounds, and public areas.

National Wildlife Week
Grade Band: K-12
Description: Sponsored by NWF, National Wildlife Week encourages kids to unleash their wild child to learn, explore, discover and imagine, surrounded by a world of green.

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