Estuary Resources

Note that this list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor are the sites listed specifically endorsed by Sea Grant.  These are mostly sites that I have used to obtain information or activities and that I felt might be useful to marine educators.

Information about estuaries

  • www.estuaries.org
  • estuaries.gov
    Website for the National Estuarine Research Reserve system.  Includes new (2008) Estuaries 101 curriculum designed for high school (grades 9-12).
  • www.estuarylive.org
    Register to take your class on a virtual field trip to an estuary; view and print activities and lesson plans
  • www.gtmnerr.org
    Website for Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (NE Florida)
  • http://nerrs.noaa.gov   
    National Estuarine Research Reserves homepage

Curriculum/activities information

  • http://www.enchantedlearning.com
    Geared towards lower grade levels, this website contains many activities and coloring pages, but also some useful information sheets about (among others) sharks and other types of marine life
  • http://www.sjrwmd.com
    Website for St. Johns River Water Management District—free materials can be ordered online and arrive usually within a week (posters, coloring books, videos, etc)
  • http://www.accessexcellence.com/AE/
    Website with classroom activities developed and contributed by teachers—usually using everyday materials
  • http://www.seaworld.org
    Contains educational modules that can be printed and used; includes supporting materials (fact sheets, etc.).  Note that this is a different site from www.seaworld.COM.
  • http://www.epa.gov/OWOW
    Information and activities on a number of topics relating to water
  • http://www.jasonproject.org/
    Official website for the Jason Project to link classrooms and scientists
  • http://www.vims.edu/bridge/
    Website for educators, maintained by Sea Grant

Other sources of information

Educator Organizations

  • http://www.marine-ed.org/
    National Marine Educators’ Association website
  • http://www.fmsea.org
    Florida marine science educators’ association website
  • www.leef-florida.org
    League of Environmental Educators of Florida website
  • http://www.myfwc.com
    Website for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission—rules and regulations as well as information about local species can be found through this website.  Many of the FWC publications are available here in .pdf format.
  • http://www.fastscience.org
    Website for the Florida Association of Science Teachers.

Other Resources

  • Living In Water - an aquatic science curriculum for grades 5-7, National Aquarium in Baltimore, www.aqua.or (pdf available)
  • What is Ecology? - An Introduction to Ecology Through Estuaries, produced by Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, www.wellsreserve.org, 342 Laudholm Farm Road, Wells, Maine 04090, (207) 646-1555, What is Ecology? is available for $9.50 through the Laudholm gift shop at the Wells Reserve Visitor Center, or can be mailed for $12 ($9.50 + $2.50 shipping and handling).
  • Sapelo Island: Georgia's Coastal Treasure - an aquatic science curriculum (28.9 MB PDF)
  • For more information or for lists of websites for other topics, please contact Maia McGuire at 386-437-7464 or mpmcg@ufl.edu.