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! 

We All Live in a Watershed Infographic

Check out the infographic in the link below to learn about watersheds and their importance to our everyday lives. 

Click the link below to download and view the full infographic.

Engaging Hourly Employees in Sustainability and Community Service Increases Job Satisfaction

Promising Strategies and Lessons Learned from International Paper Pilot Project

International Paper and NEEF partnered to design and pilot hourly employee engagement strategies with the goal of building a model for sustainability and community engagement in International Paper’s US manufacturing operations. This paper shares promising strategies, lessons learned, and recommendations that may benefit other companies looking to engage their hourly workforce in sustainability and community-focused initiatives.

2020 Department of Defense Legacy Park Rx Awards

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations, and Environment and the Natural Resources Program, will fund Park Rx projects on military lands that are open to the public for recreation. The 2020 DoD Legacy Park Rx Awards will provide up to $2,000 for participation in the National Park Service’s Park Rx Day on or around Saturday, April 25, 2020. DoD Legacy Park Rx Day hosts will curate events to engage service members, their f

Infographic: Invasive Aquatic Species and Recreation

Invasive aquatic species are cropping up in and around waterways outside of their native habitat, and their presence has the ability to disrupt and negatively impact the ecosystems where they make their new homes. These are aquatic organisms that have been introduced to areas outside of their native habitat, whether that introduction is on the other side of the world, or on the other side of a continent.