General Environmental Resources

  • ARKive Wildlife Image Site
    This site promotes the conservation of the natural world through the power of wildlife imagery. Site features photographs of endangered and protected species worldwide. Includes information on habitat, status, descriptions, threats, and biology.
  • Birds of North America Online
    From the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Birds of North America Online is a comprehensive reference for life history information on over 700 different bird species that breed in the U.S. and Canada. This website includes photo galleries, vocalizations, updated text, and video for many species. Subscription required.
  • Building a Pond (pdf)
    DEQ guide to permit procedure for building a pond.
  • Center for Disease Control and Prevention
    This site provides much information on the topic of disease control and prevention, including many facts and figures that educators may find useful.
  • Change a Light, Change the World Campaign
    According to the U.S. government's Energy Star program, by simply replacing a 60-watt incandescent light bulb with an equally bright 13-watt Energy Star qualified light bulb, a household will save more than $30 in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb. Join the Campaign! For more information visit:
  • Crafting the Green Life
    Crafting the Green Life is a website designed to help children learn about recycling by reusing items which often end up in the trash. The website provides many fun and creative step-by-step projects which can be made from items such as shoe boxes, pop bottles, and CDs. The projects are perfect for in the classroom and at home. There are endless possibilities for the ways in which an item can be reused. Please Visit the Crafting the Green Life Website web site.
  • Cure Recycling
    Recycle ink cartridges and cell phones to benefit the environment and help pediatric cancer research. Excellent fundraiser for schools. Free recycling materials and shipping provided.
  • DIRT! The Movie
    There is a new film to enlighten us on the environmental, economic, social and political impacts of the ground beneath our feet. DIRT! The Movie helps further our understanding of soil and our responsibility to take care of it. To check out the trailer and sign up to find DIRT! The Movie in your community, visit the film's Web site.
  • Earth and Sky
    Is the web site of the internationally syndicated Earth &Sky radio series, with hosts Deborah Byrd and Joel Block. Interviews with scientists, commentary, video picks, photo galleries, and night sky charts.
  • Earth Charter in Action
    A variety of resources and material available, including a newsletter! Learn what steps you can take as well as what is needed for a sustainable future from a global consensus.
  • Earth's 911
    Provides information and ideas on reuse, recycling, household hazardous waste and other environmental issues. Citizens can utilize the Recycling Search feature to find out the closest place to take their recyclables or hazardous waste.
  • Electronic Equipment (pdf)
    Technology is changing rapidly causing equipment such as computers, printers, televisions, telephones, audio-visual equipment, fax machines, video game equipment, and other devices that use circuit boards to become obsolete very quickly. Many government agencies and manufacturers are attempting to find solutions for this growing waste stream.
  • Encyclopedia of Life
    Supported by grants from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the "Encyclopedia of Life" is a global effort to document all 1.8 million named species of animals, plants, and other forms of life on Earth. The encyclopedia will be a multimedia Wikipedia-style Web site, providing downloadable information on each species. The Field Museum, Harvard University, the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, the Smithsonian Institution, and the Biodiversity Heritage Library partnered to launch the project.
  • Environmental Racism: An Ecumenical Study Guide
  • Studies show that toxic and hazardous industries establish themselves far more often in communities of color and that these communities face greater health risks due to industrial pollution. In honor of Black History Month, generate conversation about race and the environment with your faith community with this new National Council of Churches (NCC) Eco-Justice adult education resource.
  • Environmental Science
    A website dedicated to promoting environmental science education and employment.
  • EPA Launches ‘Go Green!' Newsletter
    In order to help people become more environmentally responsible, this monthly email newsletter from the U.S. EPA will provide information on activities to use anywhere, including home, workplaces, schools, and communities.
  • Five E's Unlimited
    Five E's Unlimited, a sustainable development consulting firm, helps people and organizations in integrating business decisions with environmental decisions. Some of the projects Five E's Unlimited is involved with include the Sustainability Manifesto, a compilation of sustainability resources and information; assisting communities in sustainable development strategic planning, internationally; forming Sustainable Cascadia, a Seattle, Washington-based organization working to cultivate best practices; and the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), a new organization for sustainability professionals.
  • FLOW - A Documentary on Threat to Fresh Water Supply
    FLOW is Irena Salina's award-winning documentary investigation into the mounting threats to our earth's precious fresh water supplies through unchecked pollution, corporate privatization, and political malfeasance, what some experts label the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st Century - The World Water Crisis. This DVD is great for courses on global studies, environmental policy, environmental/Earth science, agricultural studies, and sustainable development. (Members of NAAEE can receive a 25% discount by entering the code "NAAEE" when ordering online.)
  • Fostering Sustainable Behavior
    This site offers an online guide illustrating social marketing used to design and evaluate programs that foster sustainable behavior; downloadable/searchable articles, reports and case studies; and a listserv for sharing information and asking questions of others.
  • Free Energy Lesson Plans and Activities
    The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy is offering 350 downloadable lessons and activities on energy efficiency and renewable energy. The lessons are organized by grade level and topic. For more information about obtaining the classroom materials, please visit https://www.energy.gov/eere/education/education-homepage.
  • Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home
    Every day households consume and waste more then they could ever realize. In Garbage! The Revolution Starts at Home, filmmaker Andrew Nisker shows what happens when the average family holds on to all the garbage they create in a 3 month span. The McDonalds family is chronicled in this documentary and then taken on a trip to discover where their waste goes after they toss it in the trash. The film website even offers helpful hints for families that want to make changes and just don't know where to start.
  • Google Earth
    Is a virtual globe that brings satellite images and local facts into view with streaming technology and 3D imagery Zoom in on any place on the planet to explore Google Earth is free to use and no registration is required.
  • Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC)
    The GBBC is a free annual event open to bird watchers of all ages. Take part anytime during the four-day event and, in as little as 15 minutes, you will be involved in a continent wide real-time snapshot of birds.
  • How Do I Handle This Waste?
    How to handle numerous wastes from antifreeze to yard waste.
  • How Earthquakes Happen
    BBC- British Broadcasting Company website provides the slideshow "How Earthquakes Happen" with the latest news, eyewitness accounts, and background analysis on the Tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia.
  • iNaturalist: Share your Observations of Nature!
    With iNaturalist, you can record what you have seen in nature and learn about the natural world. This social networking site for nature lovers also has a free app for android phones and the iPhone. These allow you to upload a picture, geo-locate it, and write your own observations. You can even ask the community to fill in any information you may not know. If you do not want to join the community, you can still view members' observations through the site's google map!
  • Interactive Spring Tour
  • Located in the Florida Panhandle near Tallahassee, Wakulla Spring is a colossal spring system. On average, more than 250 million gallons of water flow from Wakulla Spring every day forming an nine-mile river that reaches the Gulf of Mexico. Take a tour of Wakulla Spring in this special, in-depth Interactive Spring Feature. Learn about the history, people and geology that define this amazing spring system located within the Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park.
  • Invasive Plants and Their Harmful Effects
    Invasive plants are a large environmental concern and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service is branching out to help educate and inform individuals of this growing problem. On the new e-learning website there is information and facts about invasive plants as well as interactive learning modules that educates volunteers on how to assist in the prevention of invasive species. This website demonstrates how the refuge managers and volunteers work hand in hand to combat this persistent issue. More information can be found at www.fws.gov/invasives/volunteersTrainingModule.
  • Mercury
    Details what Mercury is and how it affects the environment. Provides contacts for disposing of Mercury.
  • Michigan Water Stewardship Program
    The Michigan Water Stewardship Program is a group of organizations that has joined together to help preserve the beauty and quality of Michigan waters.  Their Web site offers plenty of information about water use, water conservation, and water quality, along with educational courses to be taken online for further learning in water stewardship.  The "How Green Are You?" quiz illustrates to visitors how everyday actions affect the quality of drinking water.  With less than 1% of the world's water available for human use, the Michigan Water Stewardship Program promotes best practices for preserving this small amount for future generations.  With special sections for residents, children, and educators, the Michigan Water Stewardship Program Web site provides useful information for environmental conscious Michiganders.
  • Michigan's Rare Plant and Animal Tool
    Until now, learning about Michigan's more than 600 rare plant and animal species, their habitat needs and management considerations have meant using multiple books, guides and other reference sources. To give Michigan's residents, decision makers and resource managers a one-stop source for rare species information, the Michigan Natural Features Inventory (MNFI) has produced a new online tool called the "Rare Species Explorer." http://mnfi.anr.msu.edu/explorer/search.cfm
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium Web Site Video Library
    Includes over 30 videos about animals, exhibits and conservation research programs at the aquarium. Requires QuickTime or Windows Media Player. Site also offers activities, materials for the classroom materials, and marine science career information
  • NASA has a new Web site!
    This site provides in-depth information about NASA's past, future and current missions. Interactive science material is kid-friendly, easy to navigate and allows access to more resources behind NASA missions.
  • National Geographic Global Population Video Clips
    National Geographic is undergoing a year-long investigation into global population and has posted two short clips to YouTube, "Seven Billion" and "Seven Billion: Are You Typical". These clips serve as a preview to their series and attempt to raise awareness of current population issues across the world.
  • New NASA Global Climate Change Site
  • This new Web site from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is devoted to educating the public about Earth's changing climate, providing easy-to-understand information about climate change and how NASA studies it. Some features include a continuous snapshot of the condition of Earth's ice sheets, global average temperatures, sea level change, and concentrations of greenhouse gases.
  • New Water Stewardship Resource
    Produced by the National Council of Churches Eco-Justice Programs, Water Stewards: A Toolkit for Congregational Care of Local Watersheds can be downloaded from the website. This resource contains an interactive adult education curriculum with ideas for worship and action to promote good water stewardship.
  • NOAA Photo Library Photostream
    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has launched a new social media photo sharing Web site, "NOAA Photo Library Photostream" on Flickr. A selection of over 4,000 photos have been uploaded onto the NOAA Flickr Web site, a subset of the 47,000 public domain images presently on the NOAA Photo Library. The photos can be viewed in collections, sets, in slideshow format, and by using the Flickr search engine to search for imagery thematically.
  • Open Burning Regulations (pdf)
    Michigan open burning regulations.
  • Ozone Action Days/Forecasts
    Hourly updates on current 1 hour and 8 hour ozone values.
  • Pulse of the Planet
    Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.
  • Radon
    DEQ site for local information and sources for test kits.
  • Radon
    The EPA site for sources of information on Indoor Air Quality.
  • Science360
    Science360 is a news service provided by the National Science Foundation and NBC Learn which reports on science-related breaking news. They include stories, videos, and pictures of the latest developments in scientific research and in-depth information about a wide variety of topics all related to the field. To learn more, visit the Science360 website.
  • Science Off the Sphere Video Series
    NASA and the American Physical Society (APS) have entered into a partnership to share unique videos from the International Space Station with students, educators and science fans around the world. NASA astronaut Don Pettit will use everyday objects from Earth to demonstrate physics through the "Science off the Sphere" video series, available on the APS's outreach website, Physics Central. Also featured will be educational content on the physics topics demonstrated in space by Pettit in order to challenge the viewers on a physics issue. The segments of "Science off the Sphere" will end with a question for the viewers. APS will review the responses and identify a winner. Pettit will recognize the winner in a future installment. For more information, visit www.physicscentral.com/sots.
  • Science of Spring
    Sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the Science of Spring website allows children to learn about seeds and plants. Through guided hands-on activity, children learn how to care for their seeds, observe the progress of plant growth, and share the information with others.  Participants can upload photos of their plants, write observation notes, and see a wide variety of plants grown by kids around the country.
  • Simple Steps to Protect the Planet
    From the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Simple Steps Web site is designed to help people who are looking for easy, environmentally friendly actions they can take every day to protect their health, their home, and the planet. Site visitors are invited to share their experiences and additional tips through a blog that also provides an archive of topics and comments.
  • Sustainability Degrees
    Individuals seeking to earn a degree in Sustainability or just increase their knowledge of sustainable learning resources will find that this site offers both information on Sustainability and Degree programs.
  • The Canary Project
    The Canary Project is an organization that uses visual art to communicate the impact of climate change. The organization started in 2006 photographing landscapes that are greatly affected by climate change and have since expanded the project to include other artists and media.
  • The DNA Files III
    National Public Radio (NPR) is broadcasting this documentary series exploring the science of genetics. The ethical, social, and legal implications of genetics are also featured in the series. The website contains more information and podcasts in MP3 format.
  • The Encyclopedia of Earth
    The Encyclopedia of Earth is an electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The goal of the experts who contribute to this Web site is to make it "the largest reliable information resource on the environment in history."
  • The Great Lakes
    Comprehensive DEQ site on many issues surrounding the Great Lakes.
  • Tox Town
    Want to learn about the toxic chemicals and environmental health risks you might encounter in everyday life, in everyday places? Tox Town is an interactive Web site that enables the general public, students, and teachers to learn about the environmental health concerns in various neighborhoods.
  • Watershed Action
    Watershed protection involves everyone in a community. This website is meant to educate all members of this community and let people know what they can do to get involved.
  • Wave that Shook the World
    Nova Web site based on the PBS television program and tells the story of the 2004 tsunami that spread for 3,000 miles around the Indian Ocean basin. Site offers video footage, detailed animation, and scientific analysis.
  • West Michigan Ozone Action!
    West Michigan Clean Air Coalition, with Ozone Action! Updates
  • Where the Other You Lives
    This highly interactive U.S Forest Service website shows where parks are found in every state, the variety of things you can do there, and why it is that we should care about our parks. Visit http://www.discovertheforest.org/ and discover where the other you lives.