Environmental Education

Welcome to our Distance Learning Resource page. Please note this is a working document and information is subject to change. If you have resources you would like to add to this list, please e-mail Brianna at RosamilB@co.rockland.ny.us.

Below, you will find a list of resources that are grouped based on the type of resource.  The first section will highlight local organizations in Rockland County and their resources.  Then you will find the other resources sorted in these groups: Lesson Plans/Activities, At Home Activities, Interactive Interface, Video Resources/Learning, Virtual Tour/Field Trip, Webinar Series, and Additional Resources.

Under each grouping, you will see the organization that developed the resource, the approximate grade levels the resources are intended for, the topic of the resource, and a brief description of what you can expect to find from the resource.

Understanding the Grade Level: If a specific grade level is not indicated, you may see the following abbreviations: HS (High School), MS (Middle School), ES (Elementary School). A (+) sign after any number or abbreviation indicates the resource can be utilized for those who are older than the grade or abbreviation. For example: 12+ indicates those in 12th grade and those past 12th grade may be able to utilize the resource.

We are here to answer any questions you may have regarding this list and how to use it. If needed, we can also provide you with suggestions for how to adapt resources for use with different age groups that are not indicated for a specific resource. We also welcome you to contact the organization directly if you have specific questions regarding their resource.

We can be reached at the following e-mail addresses:

Nicole Laible, District Manager, LaibleN@co.rockland.ny.us
Brianna Rosamilia, Conservation District Technician, RosamilB@co.rockland.ny.us

Resources From Organizations in Rockland County

Organization:  Strawtown Studio
Grade Level:  K+
Topic(s):  Nature, Art
Description:  Strawtown Studio brings you free videos and downloadable PDF's for at home nature based activities that incorporate art, creative thinking, problem solving and environmental science for all ages. Some topics include botanicals, earth materials, handwork skills, and stream exploration.
Website:  https://strawtownstudio.org/learning-guide


Organization:  Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Grade Level: 
3-12+
Topic(s): 
Hudson River
Description: 
Hudson River - A Day in the Life content
Website: 
https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/k12/snapshotday/LessonPlans.html#all


Organization:  CCE Rockland County
Grade Level:  HS+
Topic(s):  Mapping
Description:  The link for the guide to using the map is just under the interactive map link. Note there are other interactive maps provided on the top right side of the web page under 'Useful Links'. Once in the interactive map, click the 'layers' icon from the top blue bar. The 303-D layers are our most impaired/impacted waters in Rockland according to the NYSDEC, which are mostly impaired from stormwater runoff. If you click on the data layers, pop-ups will provide links to sources, further information, etc. The National Hydrologic Data layer, which shows direction of surface water, is the bottom layer. Sometimes this link takes a minute to load.
Website:  http://rocklandcce.org/stormwater-consortium-water-quality-education/water-quality-stormwater-education-homepage


Organization:  Bridget Childs Cornell University's Water Resources Institute & the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance
Grade Level:  HS+
Topic(s):  Sparkill Creek
Description:  The Sparkill Creek Watershed from Mountains to Marsh- Interactive educational piece
Website:  https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=44d9ed8f90b3439293a4e8002075ef3a


Lesson Plans/Activities

Organization: NOAA
Grade Level: ES-HS
Topic(s): STEM
Description: NOAA provides mixed media (video, PDF's, audio, and more) to teach students STEM with a focus on climate, energy, space, GPS, environmental science, data interpretation and more.
Website: https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/special-topics-education-resources/virtual-booth-noaa-education


Organization: Billion Oyster Project
Grade Level: 
ES-HS
Topic(s): 
New York Harbor
Description: 
Various STEM lessons in multi media focusing on oysters and their environment. NYC landscapes are also highlighted.
Website: 
https://www.billionoysterproject.org/remote-learning?mc_cid=09effebe24&mc_eid=723c2b6b31


Organization:  NYS 4-H
Grade Level:
  K-12
Topic(s): 
Natural Resources
Description: 
Free natural resources curricula: Wildlife Notebook; Trees: Dead or Alive, and Sport Fishing Project, Books 1-8 & Youth Journal
Website:  
https://nys4-h.org/curriculum


Organization: The Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
eBird Lessons
Description: 
Free curricula, interactive games, bird watching tips, bird cams, online courses, and other valuable resources.
Website: 
https://www.birds.cornell.edu/k12/free-ebird-lessons/


Organization: NYS DEC
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
Hudson River
Description: 
A diverse collection of nature and Hudson River based learning activities.
Website: 
https://www.dec.ny.gov/education/119886.html


Organization: NYS 4-H
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
STEM
Description: 
Links to various STEM Projects including Geospatial Science, Renewable Energy, Citizen Science, and more.
Website: 
https://nys4-h.org/projects


Organization: Hudson River Park Trust
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
Varies
Description:
 Estuary, Parks, Compost, Maritime history, terrestrial, plankton, fish, STEM activities from multiple resources/ organizations.
Website: 
https://hudsonriverpark.org/Educator-Resources


Organization: Hudson River Park Trust
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
STEM
Description: 
Weekly STEM lesson series.
Website: 
https://hudsonriverpark.org/Estuary-Lab/STEM-activity


Organization: Cornell University
Grade Level:
K+
Topic(s):
Gardening
Description: 
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the "JUST PLANT IT, NY!" campaign is making free and available to the public resources from the CCE Master Gardener Volunteer program and Cornell Garden-Based Learning program for new vegetable gardeners, with time and access to seeds, soil and a few low-budget tools.
Website: 
http://gardening.cals.cornell.edu/


Organization: Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Grade Level:
2-12
Topic(s): 
Topics related to Brooklyn Bridge Park
Description: 
Various estuary and landscapes lessons that are diverse and relevant to NYC. Could be a great resource for comparison to suburban settings/landscapes in Rockland County. How does NYC utilize their Hudson River access vs. Rockland County.
Website: 
https://www.brooklynbridgepark.org/pages/environmental-education-center-online-resources


Organization: Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory
Grade Level:
3-12+
Topic(s):
Hudson River
Description:
Hudson River - A Day in the Life content
Website: 
https://www.ldeo.columbia.edu/edu/k12/snapshotday/LessonPlans.html#all


Organization: The Goddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
Grade Level: 9-12
Topic(s): Wetlands
Description: Lesson plan to learn about wetlands in the NYC area.
Website: Wetlands


At Home Activities

Organization: Project WET (Water Education Today)
Grade Level: ES
Topic(s): Varies
Description: Water related learning resources
Website: https://www.projectwet.org/distancelearning


Organization: LES Ecology Center
Grade Level: ES-HS
Topic(s): Window Sill Wildlife
Description: At home modules (birding from your windowsill, ID household insects). This is ideal for apartment living and condensed housing communities who cannot venture outside too often.
Website:  https://www.lesecologycenter.org/athome/


Organization: Strawtown Studio
Grade Level:
K+
Topic(s):
Nature, Art
Description: 
Strawtown Studio brings you free videos and downloadable PDF's for at home nature based activities that incorporate art, creative thinking, problem solving and environmental science for all ages. Some topics include botanicals, earth materials, handwork skills, and stream exploration.
Website:
https://strawtownstudio.org/learning-guide


Organization: National Parks Conservation Association
Grade Level:
3-12+
Topic(s):
Varies
Description: 
National Parks Junior Ranger Badge Program- completed activities in a guidebook to earn your badge!
Website:
https://parkit.npca.org/


Interactive Interface

Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Grade Level: K+
Topic(s): Bird Feathers
Description: All about Feathers!
Website: https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/features/all-about-feathers


Organization: Clearwater
Grade Level: Pre-K+
Topic(s): Fish identification
Description: Use a dichotomous key to identify common fish found in the Hudson River.
Website: http://fishkey.clearwater.org/


Organization: National Parks Conservation Association
Grade Level:
ES+
Topic(s):
Writing
Description: 
My Park Story- Share your experience visiting a National Park with images.
Website:
https://www.npca.org/myparkstory


Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
Varies
Description: 
The Cornell Lab of Ornithology K-12 program has organized a Facebook group – Science and Nature for Cooped Up Kids - to share ideas for activities youth can do outside and in nature. In addition to the resources group members share, the Lab of Ornithology team will be sharing a new list of activities each Friday.
Website:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/624203908136101/


Organization: Junior Master Gardener Program
Grade Level:
5-12
Topic(s):
Gardening
Description:
University Cooperative Extension network. JMG engages children in new, hands-on group and individual learning experiences that provide a love of gardening, develop an appreciation for the environment, and cultivate the mind. Due to the cancellation of face to face programming in accordance with current mandates, the national program is hosting a free Virtual National JMG Group for elementary age kids on Facebook Live! Classes have already begun (though feel free to join any session) and will continue every Tuesday and Thursday @ 2:00pm. Students can earn a JMG Certification in Plant Growth and Development by participating in the activities led by our JMG team! We have created a web-page with resources, schedule of lessons, supply lists, downloadable pdfs, and more. 
Website:
http://jmgkids.us/fblive/


Organization: CCE Rockland County
Grade Level:
HS+
Topic(s):
Mapping
Description: 
The link for the guide to using the map is just under the interactive map link. Note there are other interactive maps provided on the top right side of the webpage under 'Useful Links'. Once in the interactive map, click the 'layers' icon from the top blue bar. The 303-D layers are our most impaired/impacted waters in Rockland according to the NYSDEC, which are mostly impaired from stormwater runoff. If you click on the data layers, pop-ups will provide links to sources, further information, etc. The National Hydrologic Data layer, which shows direction of surface water, is the bottom layer. Sometimes this link takes a minute to load.
Website:
http://rocklandcce.org/stormwater-consortium-water-quality-education/water-quality-stormwater-education-homepage


Organization: Bridget Childs Cornell University's Water Institute and the Sparkill Creek Watershed Alliance
Grade Level:
HS+
Topic(s):
Sparkill Creek
Description: 
The Sparkill Creek Watershed from Mountains to Marsh- Interactive educational piece
Website:  
https://www.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=44d9ed8f90b3439293a4e8002075ef3a

Video Resources/Learning

Organization: Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Grade Level: K+
Topic(s): Bird Courtship Displays
Description: Dance Moves for Ducks: How to Recognize Courtship Displays
Website: https://academy.allaboutbirds.org/dance-moves-for-ducks-how-to-recognize-courtship-displays/


Organization: American Museum of Natural History
Grade Level:
K+
Topic(s):
Virtual Earthfest
Description:
 Virtual EarthFest was held on on 4/22 and live events here hosted from 10am-9pm. 
Website: 
https://www.amnh.org/calendar/earthfest-2020


Organization: NYS DEC
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
Varies
Description: 
Virtual vidoes of NYS DEC staff visiting local spots along the Hudson River Estuary, fish ID and more. Lessons plans to accompany videos and readings.
Website: 
https://wri.cals.cornell.edu/hudson-river-estuary/education/virtual-river-students-teachers-and-families/


Organization: The Earth Institute: Columbia University
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
Varies
Description: 
Earth Institute Goes Live: One hour live and recorded experiments and lessons hosted by LDEO and partners.
Website:  
https://www.earth.columbia.edu/videos/channel/k12-education


Organization: Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
Grade Level:
MS-HS
Topic(s):
Enviroscape Model
Description:
Stormwater management
Website: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGx5d250uX8


Organization:  Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District
Grade Level:
MS-HS
Topic(s):
Earthworms
Description: 
Learn about earthworms! You can also search "Hamilton County Soil & Water Conservation District" on youtube to view more environmental, agriculture, and watershed related videos.
Website: 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSgDl1ScEqs


Organization: CCE Marine Program
Grade Level: MS-HS
Topic(s): Marine Sciences
Description: Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program Digital Education Series
Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNmRVVOiJINpLmcoWNF4Iag/videos


Organization: South Fork Natural History Museum
Grade Level: 6+
Topic(s): Varies
Description: YouTube video of last Zoom program on Vernal Ponds & Their Ecosystems
Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du0Ov_ExEBs


Organization:  NYS DEC
Grade Level: HS+
Topic(s): Sustainable Shorelines
Description: Learn about the Sustainable Shoreline initiative hosted through the NYS DEC Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve. This is a good introductory video to learn about local soft, natural shorelines in Rockland.
Website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gDrnbteA4Bg

Virtual Tour/Field Trip

Organization: Clearwater
Grade Level: K+
Topic(s): Clearwater Sloop
Description: Take a vitural panoramic tour of the Hudson River Sloop via a fun interactive game. Learn about the different features of this 18th-19th century replica boat. Students and adults will feel like they are on the Sloop in real life!
Website: http://www.panorambles.com/clearwater/


Organization: The Nature Conservancy
Grade Level:
5-8
Topic(s):
Coastal and Inland habitats
Description: 
Virtual Field Trips of coastal and inland locations throughout the world + Teacher Guide.
Website: 
https://www.nature.org/en-us/about-us/who-we-are/how-we-work/youth-engagement/nature-lab/virtual-field-trips/


Webinar Series

Organization: South Fork Natural History Museum
Grade Level: ES-MS
Topic(s): Animals
Description: South Fork Natural History Museum's Zoom Programming
Website: https://sofo.org/zoom-programming/


Organization: Audubon
Grade Level: HS+
Topic(s): Birds
Description: I Saw a Bird-Audubon's Spring Migration Show
Website: https://www.audubon.org/news/i-saw-bird-audubons-spring-migration-show?fbclid=IwAR0wK6SrE-BNXOOp777SrkwDEwfnu1b_v68YOf1HAphYHMpQaafe12z4fvg


Organization: Fish Guy Photos
Grade Level:
12+
Topic(s):
Photography
Description: 
Currently offering 8 lectures online, a Long Island based initiative. Contact through Facebook to register for the lectures.
Website:
http://www.fishguyphotos.com/


Additional Resources

Organization: NY-NJ Harbor Estuary Program 
Grade Level:
K-12
Topic(s):
Varies
Description: 
NY-NJ Harbor & Estuary Program's Educational Materials Resource Guide seeks to offer parents and teachers a searchable, sortable collection of resources from environmental educators across the Harbor Estuary
Website: 
https://www.hudsonriver.org/article/educational-resource-guide


Organization: NYS 4-H
Grade Level: 5-12
Topic(s): Varies
Description: Links to websites and resources focused on animals and life sciences. Includes links to the Paleontological Research Institute, universities, animal breeders associations, virtual farm field trips, and others.
Website: https://4h.ansci.cornell.edu/virtual-resources/


Organization: Waterfront Alliance
Grade Level:
3-12
Topic(s):
See description
Description: 
Coastal Science in Your Kitchen, Virtual waterfront learning tool kit.
Website:
https://waterfrontalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Coastal-Science-in-Your-Kitchen-Tool-Kit.pdf


Organization: Riverkeeper
Grade Level:
HS+
Topic(s):
Hudson River
Description: 
Hudson Riverkeeper put together an assortment of Hudson River ecology educational resources. These include diverse media options such as vidoes, blogs, interactive quizzes, reading assignments and more. The geographic reach of these lessons spans NYC-Troy and beyond.
Website:
https://www.riverkeeper.org/blogs/ecology/watch-listen-read-explore-ways-to-stay-close-to-the-hudson-each-other/


Organization: Rockland CCE
Grade Level:
HS+
Topic(s):
Flora and fauna of Rockland County; Stormwater
Description: 
Stormwater Education Fact Sheets and various fact sheets relating to flora and fauna of Rockland County
Website:
http://rocklandcce.org/fact-sheets


Organization: NYNJ Trail Conference
Grade Level:
HS+
Topic(s):
Trails
Description: 
A series of virtual events and workshops related to Wilderness Navigation, Designing Trail Maps, Native plants, Invasive species
Website:
https://www.nynjtc.org/events?fbclid=IwAR132JieA0R6YLOeeEOXMlXkjoi6shSibLa2UB5__NQs8vWlKtPfUACqLNI


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