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Conservation and Research Center School Outreach Programs Website
Hands-on science programs for classes in the Virginia area where educators from the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center visit to educate and inspire students about fundamental science, conservation and environmental issues. Registration and payment is required. Programs are organized by grade level and aligned to state standards.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Coral Reefs: Impacts of Climate Change and Ocean Acidification on Aquatic Ecosystems
Webinar in which marine scientist Nancy Knowlton explores the effects of climate change underwater—in the coral reefs, home to one-quarter of the earth’s species. Drawing on her work in Jamaica and Panama, she describes changes in temperature and ocean chemistry and the impact of these changes on both biodiversity and the ability of reefs to support people.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Department of Botany References and Tools
Webpage for the Department of Botany. Includes botanical links, news, nomenclatural tools, taxonomic groups, imaging by geographic area, and more.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Design a CSA Food Market
Teacher-created lesson in which students design a system of community-supported agriculture (CSA). Includes such math applications as measurement and geometry.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Designing a Real Life Ecosystem
Lesson examines ecosystems and the niche organisms play within them by having students research the niche, habitat, competitors and other means of survival for a chosen animal. Then, using a 20-gallon aquarium, they build a model ecosystem for their animal and track its progress for one week.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Designing the Small Farm of the Future
Teacher-created lesson in which students consider means of “sustainable farming.” Complements social studies lessons on the role of agriculture in the development of civilizations through history.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Dig It!
This online exhibition explores the amazing world of soils. Includes background information, videos, classroom and exhibit activities, and information on soil scientists.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Dinosaur Designs
Lesson has students do research on a dinosaur species while exploring the challenges of dealing with form and balance in sculpture. . They make 3-D models of their dinosaur with attention paid to correct proportions based on their research.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Dinosaurs in Our Backyard
Companion website of an exhibition of Early Cretaceous fossils discovered in the Washington, D.C., area. The site includes video presentations by professional and amateur paleontologists on such matters as "Finding Fossils," "Reconstructing Extinct Animals," and "How Did Dinosaurs Behave?" In an interactive feature, students can address their dino questions to the Smithsonian. 
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Elephants Bibliography
List of resources on elephants. Most available at school and local libraries or through interlibrary loan.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Endangered, Threatened, and Recently Extinct Vertebrates Bibliography
References and additional resources on endangered, threatened, and recently extinct vertebrates. Divided into general information, specific types of animals, and animals by region.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Enrichment for Great Apes and Other Primates
Webpage describing how the Zoo designs environments and activities to stimulate the primates and encourage them to exercise behaviors typical to their lives in the wild. Focuses especially on gorillas and orangutans
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Facts About Great Apes and Other Primates
Webpage providing a general description of apes, primates, monkeys. Includes maps of natural primate habitats, links to fact sheets on specific primate species, and an explanation of the differences between primates.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Fancy Heads, Fancy Tails Outreach Program, Grade 1
Class program for schools in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia area, learners discover how some animals are uniquely equipped with special adaptations on their heads and tails. Pre-registration required.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3
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Farmers, Warriors, Builders: The Hidden Life of Ants
Online exhibition where students learn about the social nature of ants and how they cooperate with each other to meet their basic needs of food, shelter, and defense. Includes photo gallery, web links, and videos.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Farming in Nature’s Image
Uses a case study of a farmer using practices that work with nature. Focuses on profitable agricultural practices that also are beneficial to the environment. Includes option for homework assignment.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Catalogue of flora from the Hawaiian Islands. Image gallery and specimen search searchable by family, genus, species, and common name. Includes bibliography,, additional links, and more.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Flora of the Marquesas
Catalogue of flora from the Marquesas Islands. Image gallery and specimen search searchable by family, genus, species, and common name. Includes background on the Islands, bibliography, a additional links, and more.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): 9–12
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Flora of the Washington-Baltimore Area
Catalogue of flora from the Washington DC – Baltimore area. Sections include interesting finds, flora search, gallery of images, links to suggested references, modern and historic maps of the area, checklists for flora in the Washington, DC- Baltimore area, and a kid's page.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): All grades
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Food Mapping
Teacher-created lesson in which students analyze the “food system” in their community. They look for solutions to any ecological or social problems inherent in the system.
Provider: Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Grade(s): 4–8
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Fossil Sharks in Panama
Website for kids exploring fossils and how scientists understand animals that lived long before human existence. Sections include: interactive on geological time, what is a fossil, fossil teeth, video clips with experts, facts on sharks (interactive maps on their habitats, videos, etc.) Also discusses the Megaladon, “the biggest shark that ever lived,” the history of sharks, and current challenges and threats to shark survival.
Provider: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
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Grade(s): General audience
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From Impact to Action: Wildlife Experts Share Data, Stories, and Responses from Young People
Webinar in which the audience joined a panel of experts from the National Zoo to discuss climate change, wildlife, and what some young people are doing to make a difference. The Zoo team gives an overview of the issue while delving deeply into the specific impact of global warming on one specific population — Arctic polar bears. On a positive note, they discuss the work of youth taking steps to protect wildlife.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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Giant Panda Bibliography
Bibliography/introductory guide to the subject of pandas. Books available at most large public libraries or through interlibrary loan.
Provider: National Museum of Natural History
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Grade(s): General audience
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Giant Panda Challenge
Trivia quiz for kids on the giant pandas at the National Zoo.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Giant Panda Crossword Puzzle
Computer crossword for children on the giant pandas at the National Zoo.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Giant Pandas at the National Smithsonian Zoo
Webpage providing information about the pandas at the National Zoo. Includes live camera views, still images, bibliography, panda facts, panda updates, archived videos, and links to children’s sites.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Giant Pandas for Kids
Webpage providing information about giant pandas just for kids. Includes fact sheets, activities, and additional links.
Provider: National Zoological Park
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Grade(s): PreK–3, 4–8
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Great Cats
Webpage about the great cats of the National Zoo at this webpage. Includes information on cat conservation and science, fact sheets, tiger and lion cams, a photo gallery, and a kid&@29;s section.
Provider: National Zoological Park
Grade(s): General audience
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Grow Your Own Victory Garden!
Handout describes World War II Victory Gardens. Students explore practical applications of area and perimeter as they design their own vegetable gardens using plants that were grown during World War II. They research local geography to access climate and soil quality.
Provider: Smithsonian Gardens
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Grade(s): 4–8, 9–12
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How (and why) do we count living things?
How many species of beetles and trees are in the Amazon rainforest? And why should we care? In this webinar, entomologist C. J. Geraci and colleague Michael Biondi explain the importance of this information and demonstrate a new way of precisely measuring biodiversity — a web-based application for mapping the distribution of beetles and canopy trees in two rainforest plots. They then show how to use basic spatial statistics to examine distribution patterns of species.
Provider: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access
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Grade(s): 9–12
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