ESRI Conservation Program Resources:

Environmental Education 

(ECP and CTSP members, sites of interest for mapping/GIS, scholarly papers and ESRI Conference Proceedings, and sites with public conservation and GIS data for downloading) (Under Construction)

Sites of interest for mapping/GIS

(Legend: CTSP sites are coded "c" plus the year of the grant, (cs=software, cm=mac), ECP grantees are coded "e". Many groups, especially newer grantees, do not yet have their own sites and are colored green. Other new groups may be described or supported by other sites)

Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, Milford CT c95 . Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center is a a new environmental education facility at Milford Point, located on an 8-acre barrier beach on Long Island Sound at the mouth of the Housatonic River.

EE-Link, (Main Partner: North American Assn. for Environmental Education, 1825 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 800, Washington, DC 20009-5708 USA, Phone: (202) 884-8912 Fax: (202) 884-8455. web contact: Paul Nowak, "a gopher and World Wide Web site for environmental education. Consistent with the key principles of environmental education, our mission is to spread information and ideas that will help educators explore the environment and investigate current issues with students. We are building this resource both for teachers and for people who support K-12 environmental education, such as media specialists, inservice providers, nature center staff and curriculum developers." Searchable Web Directories: Environmental Education Organizations and Projects . Environmental Information- General . Classroom Resources-Directories . Professional Resources .

The Glacier Institute, Mt . (137 Main Street, P.O. Box 7457, Kalispell, MT 59904 tel:(406) 755-1211 fax:(406) 755-7154 GIS contact: Chris Barth ) "The Glacier Institute is a leader in environmental education programs for both youth and adults in Northwest Montana. We have been providing high quality education programs in the Crown of the Continent Ecosystem for 15 years. We are based out of two facilities, the Big Creek Outdoor Education Center in the Flathead National Forest and the Glacier Park Field Camp located inside Glacier National Park....The Glacier Institute has a history of 15 years of successful conservation programs, because of the commitment and dedication of several individuals, who saw the importance of bringing conservation education to the public. "

Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) (The GLOBE Program, 744 Jackson Place, Washington, DC 20503, Tel:. 1-800-858-9947 or e-mail ) "is a worldwide network of students, teachers, and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. GLOBE students make a core set of environmental observations at or near their schools and report their data via the Internet. Scientists use GLOBE data in their research and provide feedback to the students to enrich their science education. Each day, images created from the GLOBE student data sets are posted on the World Wide Web, allowing students and visitors to the GLOBE web site to visualize the student environmental observations." Information areas include: Training - Visualizations - Science Protocols - Data Entry - Technical & Internet - Remote Sensing. ESRI has been providing software, training and special programs to GLOBE and it's partners, see the ESRI GLOBE Program.

Good Shepherd Regional School, Minersville PA cm96 . (Voice: (717) 544-4360 | or: (717) 544-3766 E Mail- ) Good Shepherd Regional School is a Middle States Accredited educational institution for Pre-Kindergarten to Grade Eight.

NatureMapping Program, Seattle WA e96 . (Karen M. Dvornich, University of Washington School of Fisheries, Box 357980, Seattle, WA 98195 tel:(206) 543-6475 e-mail: "The NatureMapping Program's vision is to create a national network that links natural resource agencies, academia and land planners with local communities primarily through schools. ..The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) in partnership with the Washington Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Gap Analysis Project at the University of Washington, initiated a pilot project in September, 1993. Teachers were asked to collect "real" data for a statewide biological database. The pilot has grown from 23 teachers to over 200 in two years!" Don't miss the MAPS page, with over 30,000 wildlife observations mapped out for the state.

Project WILD (National Office, 707 Conservation Lane, Suite 305, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 Tel: (301) 527-8900 Fax: (301) 527-8912) . "Project WILD is one of the most widely used conservation and environmental education programs among educators of students in kindergarten through high school. Project WILD is based on the premise that young people and educators have a vital interest in learning about our natural world. The program emphasizes wildlife--because of its intrinsic and ecological values, as well as its importance as a basis for teaching how ecosystems function. In the face of competing needs and pressures affecting the quality and sustainability of life on earth, Project WILD addresses the need for human beings to develop as responsible citizens of our planet.

Rain Web TV (Regional Alliance for Information Networking, 1129 State, Santa Barbara, CA 93101, 1-800-889-2823, ) -" Internet Video Streaming - Live Internet Video via Cu-See-me - We're moving on into the next stage of our Global Community Networking and that is what this web is all about." Includes: "Video clips from the Channel Islands, Whales, NASA Shuttle flights, local Storytellers, deer in the National Forest and special clips of Community Events sponsored by the RAIN Network, all that and a software archive to give you the tools needed to view it all. Read the help web if you are new to Internet video or move onto the software or image archives. Spanish Language Internet Video, local Film Makers exploring through Internet Video and Audio, their craft and more. "
Rainshadow Natural Science Foundation, Wa, c99 . (P O Box 3007, Sequim, WA, 98382, tel:360-683-1087 fax:360-683-1413 ) "The River Center is intended to enable residents, students and visitors to enjoy and understand the unique natural character of the Olympic Peninsula, with special focus on the Dungeness River and watershed."
Sacramento River Discovery Center, Inc., Ca c99 . (1000 Sale Lane, Red Bluff, CA 96080 tel: 530-527-1196 fax:530-527-1312 ) "The mission of the Sacramento River Discovery Center includes: School Programs-by training teachers and students the SRDC helps build understanding, appreciation and stewardship for the river and its resources; Public Programs-we are connecting the larger community to the wonder of discovery through monthly evening programs, spring watershed celebrations, volunteer opportunities, and displays which are constantly added to our visitor's center; Expanded Research-students and volunteers gather information about natural resources and water conservation practices incorporating research into student and volunteer programs....In the case of ArcView and GIS, we hope to be a place where GIS can be modified to a point and click display to demonstrate its power and uses for the general public. We also hope to be a place where interns in our high school/college Natural Resource Academy and members of the general public can be trained to understand and use GIS as a tool in their projects. "

The School For Field Studies, Beverly, MA cm96 . (16 Broadway, Beverly, MA 01915. Tel: (508) 927-7777 E-Mail "The School for Field Studies (SFS) is the nations largest private educational institution exclusively devoted to undergraduate programs in environmental sciences, conservation biology and resource management." GIS STATUS: "Overall, we are happy with the way we have integrated GIS into our academic program. Students are able to work on the system in small groups after receiving a half-day of GIS history, theory and application. This is facilitated through the use of the ArcView tutorial and more appropriately, with the Conservation GIS Starter Kit that we received from Kari Gardey at Interrain Pacific. Michael Collyer, GIS Technician with the Long Beach Model Forest (Ucluelet, B.C.) guided the first of these sessions in the Fall term of 1996, bringing an ArcInfo system and a Trimble GPS with him. We had used the GPS to gather data on the location of permanent vegetation plots in the Hot Springs Cove (Ah'tap'q) watershed and this was downloaded as a demonstration. The second session, given Spring term of 1997, was facilitated by SFS intern Maria Keating. During our short one month summer sessions we are mostly camped out in the field and do not have much opportunity to work GIS into the academic program. "

Teton Science School, Wy c97 . (P.O. Box 68, Kelly, WY 83011 307-733-4765 Fax 307-739-9388 E-mail "Teton Science School is an independent, non-profit center, whose mission is to teach experiential natural science in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to people of all ages. We serve over 5,000 individuals each year."


Scholarly papers and ESRI Conference Proceedings

(Legend: ESRI User Conference Papers list the title, then in parentheses "paper" or "abstract" plus the year. Other web-located papers list title, author if known, and excerpt.)

A Needs Analysis for Project WILD's WILD in the CITY Initiative (by M. Jean Young, Bruce S. Thompson, and Pamela K. Thompson October 1995, Project Wild, 707 Conservation Lane, Suite 305, Gaithersburg, Maryland 20878 Tel: (301) 527-8900 Fax: (301) 527-8912 "This report is an analysis of what is required by urban educators to more frequently and successfully use Project WILD materials. It reveals how well Project WILD currently meets the needs of urban educators, and what needs must be addressed for the program to become more effective with an urban audience. "

NatureMapping: Improving Management of Natural Resources through Public Education and Participation (Karen M. Dvornich, Margaret Tudor and Christian E. Grue, Wildlife Society Bulletin 1995, 23(4):609-614) "The long-term success of any natural resource conservation effort will depend on public education and public support. It is our job as researchers and natural resource managers to increase the public's appreciation for natural resources and publicize our increasing needs for research and data while administering these tasks with reduced budgets and personnel. NatureMapping is comprised of partners who have this vision. The goal of NatureMapping is to facilitate the exchange of information between natural resource agencies, academia, land use planners, local communities, and schools through public education and participation in data acquision. "

All text by the respective organizations/authors, January 2, 1997

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