Bullfrog on land
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Nature

Nature is the phenomena of the physical world collectively, including plants, animals, the landscape, and other features and products of the earth, as opposed to humans or human creations. From the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat, nature safeguards our health and ensures our survival. The better we understand our relationship with the ecosystems and environments we live in, the more effectively we can take steps to protect them.

Education
Expedition Toolkit

Learning Expedition Toolkit

The toolkit proceeds step-by-step from planning, to conducting, to presenting place-based projects. Additional resources and tips are included.
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Father and son looking at frozen waterfall in a cave

Hands on the Land Educator Toolkit

This toolkit features activity guides, lesson plans, and curriculum for all ages incorporating public lands from wetlands to urban forests to caves.
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Nautilus shell spiral

Rooted in Math Educator Toolkit

This educator toolkit has lesson plans, activity ideas, and informational resources to help bridge the gap between mathematics and the natural world.
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Monarch migration

Animal Migration Activity Guide

Designed for elementary age kids, this activity guide can be used in a classroom or at home for fun and easy ways to learn about animal migration.
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Pollinator Activity Guide

Pollinator Backyard Activity Guide

Young explorers! Print out a copy of this activity worksheet, grab a pencil, and head outside to start your pollinator investigation!
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Conservation
Male greater sage-grouse in courtship display

Birds are Late for a Very Important Date

Migratory birds rely on their internal biological clocks to tell them when to arrive to and depart from breeding grounds.
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Ringed seal

US Wildlife on the Move

Changes in fish/wildlife populations and their habitats in response to a changing climate have been observed on multiple levels in the United States.
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Burrowing owl

A Message from Birds

Did you know? Over 50% of North American bird species are considered to be ‘seriously threatened’ by climate change.
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Hummingbird hawk-moth

Protecting Pollinators

Have you thanked a pollinator today? Globally, about 1,000 plants we depend on for food and products need to be pollinated by animals.
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Bumblebee on a purple flower

The Buzz on Climate Change

Honey bee populations in the United States add more than $15 billion in value to agricultural crops each year through pollination.
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Yellow legged tree frog

The Unique Lives of Frogs

Globally, about 30% of amphibian species, including frogs, salamanders, and newts, are at risk of extinction.
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A dangerous parasite and infection carrier mite sitting on a green leaf

Increased Distributions of Mosquitoes and Ticks

A vector-borne disease is one that is transmitted by a living organism (fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes) between humans or from animals to humans.
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Biodiversity
Deer among mountain snowpack

Don't Feed the Deer!

When humans provide food, deer numbers decline.
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American Bullfrog coming out of water

Freezing Frogs

Without fur or feathers, how do cold-blooded animals survive the winter?
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A groundhog

Four Faunal Forecasters

Here are four animals that are known for their weather wisdom.  Some of these proverbs are true, while others are not.  Can you guess which are real?
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Cherry blossoms blooming near the Jefferson Memorial

The Early Blooms of Spring

Early bloom times affect entire ecosystems through disrupting plant-pollinator relationships, increasing pest outbreaks, & worsening human allergies.
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Sprouted spring flowers

Spring Gardening

Grasses are growing, flowers are blooming: whether you’re new to gardening or your thumb has long been green, you’re invited to join this season.
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Sequoia trees

The Many Benefits of Trees

Forests and trees provide many benefits and services to society, including clean water, wildlife habitat, and improved human health.
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Take Action

Project Noah

A tool that allows anyone to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere.
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Pollinator Gardens

Join the Million Pollinator Gardens Challenge

NEEF is a member of the campaign to register a million public and private gardens and landscapes to support pollinators.
Take Care of Our Bees
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