Life Science and Ecosystems

  • Staff at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources have been busy creating videos dedicated to teaching students and their families about Michigan’s rich natural resources. This website also gives families a wide range of resources to explore while at home during this time. Check out age-specific resources to learn more about the natural world that surrounds us.
  • Learn more about wildlife rehabilitation (popular topic during springtime!) through the Lake Erie Nature + Science Center’s virtual learning website.
  • Ever wondered what type of bird always hangs out in your backyard tree? The National Audubon Society has an online Guide to North American Birds for visitors to peruse. Learn about migration patterns, habitats, nesting behaviors, and more, of birds all over the North American continent.
  • Browse the many phyla in the animal kingdom on Animal Diversity Web. Read all about worms, sponges, birds, mammals, and more on this interactive website.
  • HHMI BioInteractive provides teachers and students alike with a space to investigate peer-reviewed science. Explore activities, case studies, videos, virtual labs, and interactive media to connect with the big ideas in biology today.

External Resources We Like

  • Have a question about butterflies? Want to learn more about how they grow, move, and live? Check out the Children’s Butterfly Site!
  • Check out the Shedd Aquarium’s YouTube channel playlist Sea Curious to learn more about aquatic life. Get answers to your most pressing marine biology questions!
  • Build a DIY moth observation station.
  • The Cornell Lab put together the BirdSleuth Explorer’s Guidebook. It’s available for download in English and Spanish.
  • Resources for the study of Human Evolution.
  • This website is an excellent website for the purchase and care of bugs used for exhibition. See also the Bugs in Cyberspace YouTube channel.
  • This website features an identification guide for insects, centipedes, millipedes, and spiders.
  • Another good resource is knowyourinsects.org, a Michigan-centered identification guide suitable for older children and adults (note: covers adult insects only)
  • Want to see more bugs in person? In addition to the Institute’s collection, the Saint Louis Zoo has an Insectarium and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History has an Insect Zoo.
  • The National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian, has good information on a variety of bug topics here.
  • Professional Development opportunity for April 15, 2020.
  • BioEd Online has free videos, slides, lessons and teacher guides in Biology.
  • The Science Bank has a wide variety of online dissection resources.
  • Find a great 3D human body interactive program hosted on healthline.com.
  • You can still make an impact while socially distancing yourself.
  • iNaturalist allows anyone, anywhere to contribute to a global record of biodiversity by uploading pictures of plants and animals with their smartphone or computer.
  • The National Environmental Education Foundation has activities for at-home learners.