Biomonitoring with Benthic Macroinvertebrates

Biomonitoring uses aquatic organisms as biological indicators of water quality. These organisms, called benthic macroinvertebrates, only thrive under certain water quality conditions, so their abundance, distribution, and overall presence can indicate watershed health.

Read more to gain a greater understanding and appreciation of these important organisms!

Understanding Different Water Quality Tests

Water exists in every ecosystem, as it is vital to life. All organisms rely on water for their survival, and in aquatic ecosystems, plants and animals have adapted to live in water with specific conditions. We can monitor these conditions to ensure the health of ecosystems so that they can continue to serve as habitat to wildlife and provide us with valued ecosystem services. Read about some of the common water quality indicators, why they are important, and how we measure them!

Climate Superstars: Educator Guide

Download the Educator Guide by clicking the PDF link below.

The overarching goal of this guide is to present educators with a collection of learning activities that can be used individually or as a series to complete the contest or supplement approved curricula.  This collection of learning activities is designed for middle level grades. It can also be adapted for use with upper elementary or secondary grade levels. Some activities include extension resources beyond middle school grade levels as examples.

2020 National Public Lands Day Department of Defense Awards Grantees

In commemoration of 2020’s National Public Lands Day (NPLD), the Department of Defense, through the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment and the Natural Resources Program, has awarded 15 NPLD projects on military lands that are open for recreation. The 2020 NPLD DoD awardees include installations that will implement natural and cultural resources management, restoration, and/or enhancement projects on or around NPLD.

Spanish Language SunWise Tool Kit Samples

Interested in the Spanish language SunWise Tool Kit but not sure what to expect? Check out the sample activities below. Activities include educator and student pages that guide both the leader and the participant through the material--no prior knowledge necessary!