The page is under construction, so while this is not a complete list of all of the resources that MEEA recommends, the below tables represent some of the most useful ones we have found recently. In the coming months we will be developing a comprehensive, searchable database that we hope will meet the needs of educators at home and in school. If you would like to contribute a lesson or suggest a resource please contact us.
In addition to the resources sampled here, MEEA has developed a few of its own lessons and activities, check them out on our EE Top Fives page that lists five of our favorite resources across six different categories.
- Turtle Road
Report turtle sightings in St. Louis region
- Project Budburst
Observe and track lifecycle timing of plants to help scientists understand how climate change is impacting plant phenology
Every observation can contribute to biodiversity science, from the rarest butterfly to the most common backyard weed. They share your findings with scientific data repositories like the Global Biodiversity Information Facility to help scientists find and use your data. All you have to do is observe.
Kid-friendly version of inaturalist; no location data collected, no account necessary.
- Falling Fruit
Find where to food forage; Editable maps of edible plants on public land.
e-Bird https://ebird.org/home From Cornell’s Ornithology Lab. Log your bird sightings. Can download a Missouri Pack of common and rare birds to log. Your sightings contribute to hundreds of conservation decisions and peer-reviewed papers, thousands of student projects, and help inform bird research worldwide.
- Merlin Bird ID
An app that leverages the power of eBird observations to help beginners identify common birds. Merlin uses eBird data to create a short list of birds that match the user’s description and are likely to be found at the location and time of the sighting. If you find yourself trying to figure out birds in your area, leading bird walks, doing public outreach, or sharing your love of birds with friends and family, please check out Merlin and help spread the word.
- Nature’s Notebook
Track seasonal changes in plants and animals. Join a campaign that interests you–they range from tracking bloom times of monarch nectar sources to noticing less-than-beneficial plants and animals.
FrogWatch USA is AZA’s citizen science program and provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads.
Beespotter https://beespotter.org/ It is a web-based portal at the University of Illinois for learning about honey bees and bumble bees and for contributing data to a nationwide effort to collect baseline information on population status of these insects.
- Auburn Squirrel Project
Observe the eastern gray squirrel for 10-minutes per week and submit your observations!
- Collection of Citizen Science Ideas from Columbia Public Schools
There’s a link for young kids and one for teens.
- City of Springfield
12 days of Earth Day challenge–variety of family friendly activities and challenges that could be used any time–available on both website and Environmental Services Facebook page (@SGFEnvironmentalServices)
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