Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information

Curriculum Resources

Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Website for Educators (BTNEP)
Main website for educators (All products are FREE to the public). Offers a host of comprehensive information and activities for educators. Videos, DVDs, Field Trip guide, Workbooks, Educational Resource Guides, Maps, Workshops, etc. To obtain materials, call 800-259-0869. Grades K-12. Free upon request.

Educator’s Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary (BTNEP)
The BTNEP Educator’s Guide to the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary is a comprehensive, downloadble source of information and activities for formal and nonformal educators. Grades K-12.

Lafourche Parish: From the Beginning (BTNEP)
A comprehensive guide to Lafourche Parish, its history, culture, and resources. Activities will help students better understand this important Louisiana parish. All files are in Adobe format and are downloadable from this site. Grades 6-12.

Spirit of the Estuary: Using Art to Understand Ecology (BTNEP)
A multi-disciplinary curriculum that addresses wetland environmental issues through the integration of fine art, language art, science, and social studies.

Project WET
The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is a collection of over 90 science-based, interdisciplinary activities and lesson plans. In the United States The Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide is only available through workshops. Grades K-12.

Project WILD
Only available to teachers by attending a workshop. To sign up for a workshop send an email to

Aquatic Project WILD
Activity Guides and workshops emphasize aquatic wildlife and aquatic ecosystems. Activity guides are free of charge to teachers who participate in three to six hour workshop. To sign up for a workshop contact Cheryl Fischer (<>, 985/ 882-9601).

Flying WILD
You can receive a copy of Flying WILD: An Educator’s Guide to Celebrating Birds by attending and successfully completing a Flying WILD Educator Training. For workshop information contact Ed McCrea, Flying WILD Outreach (<>, 814/ 260-9138).

WOW! The Wonders of Wetlands
More than 50 fun and effective learning-activities for both indoor and outdoor use. These activities focus on the three definitive wetland parameters: water, soil, and plants; and there are animaloriented exercises as well.

Healthy Water Healthy People: Water Quality Educators Guide
Available through the Project WET website. You can order the book without having to take a class. Cost is $24.95.

POW! The Planning of Wetlands, An Educator’s Guide
Based on over thirty years’ experience in wetlands construction, horticulture and education, “POW!: The Planning of Wetlands” is a curriculum and two-day workshop that guides educators through the creation, restoration and/or enhancement of a wetland on school grounds or within the community. Unlike other schoolyard habitat programs where the design is manufactured by experts and the students are brought in solely for labor, POW!’s 25 hands-on activities are designed to engage the class in all project phases. The class will survey their school grounds, calculate drainage area, create a water budget, design the wetland based on desired functions, choose appropriate native wetland vegetation, construct and plant the wetland, and monitor biological and chemical parameters of the finished habitat. The 300+ page guide also contains a wealth of wetlands information as well as a native wetland vegetation guide. Activities are correlated to National Science Standards and are presented in an educator friendly lesson plan format with Student Activity Pages ready for copying. You must take the course to get a copy of this resource.

Write On! Wetlands Challenge Books
Build your wetland library and the next generation of wetland stewards at the same time. To celebrate American Wetlands Month each year in May, Environmental Concern sponsors the national Write On! Wetlands Challenge, a literary and arts competition that challenges youth to write and illustrate a children’s book about wetlands. The competition begins in February with a Call for Authors, followed by a Call for Artists in May. The winning words and art combine to create a book whose quality, emotion and enthusiasm is truly inspiring. So far three books have been published: Sammy's Wetland Adventure, Wetlands Make Sense, and Wetlands A to Z. Each sells for $7 plus shipping and handling.

Wetlands 101
Designed to give a basic understanding of wetland ecology, types, functions and management, this is the perfect first step for anybody interested in learning more about wetlands. The course is divided into wetland characteristics, wetland functions, and wetland management. A quiz for the general public is free upon request at The quiz covers material appropriate for advanced middle school and high school students.

National Marine Sanctuaries Education (NOAA)
Standards-based lesson plans, professional development opportunities, field studies, multicultural programs, online resources and more. The National Marine Sanctuary Program provides teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy.

Resource Guide for Teachers of Marine Science (NOAA)
This resource guide was prepared by staff of the National Marine Fisheries Service to provide information on Coastal Awareness in Science for elementary, junior high and high school science teachers. Its purpose is to promote the exploration of ecology and coastal awareness. The guide is divided into a reference to books at the elementary, middle, and high school levels; as well as a section on teacher resources with curriculum guides, lesson plans, bibliographic collections, etc. and audiovisual materials for all age levels, includes CD-ROM, Film and Video.

COAST Resource Guide
This guide is divided into elementary/middle school and high school activities. Lessons fall within the following topic areas: physical parameters, plate tectonics, marine and aquatic habitats, marine and aquatic pollution, marine and aquatic resources, and deep sea technology.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin’s Lessons on the Lake (LPBF/SLU/NOAA)
Activities that teach about watersheds, in particular the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, which is part of the much larger Mississippi River watershed that covers more than half of the United States.

Coastal Louisiana Activity Book (NOAA)
Provides information on Coastal Louisiana and gives young children the opportunity to color, connect the dots, solve mazes, try word searches and more.

A Beautiful World Starts With You
Five pages of coloring and energy conservation activities from Energy Star.

Case of the Broken Loop (EPA)
Follow the detective through each of these activities to learn more about reducing waste and conserving resources.

Earth Day Activity Book (EPA)
An 11-page coloring book full of tips for making the Earth a better place.

Follow That Trail! (EPA)
Students look for clues to solve puzzles related to pollution and conserving resources.

Keep Away (NOAA)
Students discuss the meaning of biological diversity and compare and contrast the concepts of variety and relative abundance as they relate to biological diversity. Given information on the number of individuals, number of species, and biological diversity at a series of sites, students make inferences about the possible effects of oil drilling operations on benthic communities.

Marine Debris Coloring Book (NOAA)
This coloring book helps kids understand how to recognize the hazards of throwing junk into the ocean and overboard from boats.

Ocean Pollution
This unit includes 15 lessons with hands-on activities to educate students about ocean pollution. Grades 5-6.

Emergency Response and Restoration (NOAA)
Shows how NOAA and other agencies respond to oil spills and hazardous chemical accidents. It also contains some experiments to try.

EARTH Lesson Plans
Lesson plans from the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Research Institute on ocean observations, ocean animals and predators, marine animal classification, and coastal processes.

Pollution (NOAA)
Teaches about non-point source pollution, the history and types of non-point source pollution, methods used to detect pollutants, and assess and reduce their damaging effects on the environment. The Roadmap to Resources complements the information in the tutorial by directing you to additional information and data resources from NOAA and other reliable sources.

Teens for Planet Earth
Surf these pages for incredible facts about the natural world, for the latest conservation news, and to discover how teens can – and do – make a difference by carrying out environmental service-learning projects in their communities.

Sammy Soil Coloring Book (EPA)
The Sammy Soil Online Coloring Book was developed by the Mississippi Soil and Water Conservation Commission by means of a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Program to help children understand the importance of conserving natural resources -- our soil and water.

ACES Curriculum (NOAA)
An expansion of “Signals of Spring,” an award-winning, classroom-based curriculum-program in its 10th year, where in addition to learning formal science concepts, students use Earth imagery to explain the movement of animals that are tracked by satellites. The ACES curriculum also introduces the environmental issues the animals face, and the environments of the NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries. Students learn science within the context of the ocean, with high-quality curriculumbased activities, as they use NOAA remote sensing data to develop authentic inquiry skills. Must register for full access.

COAST Resource Guide
This guide, intended to be used by teachers to structure classroom activities, is divided into two sections to reflect the different emphases and requirements of elementary/middle school programs and high school programs. Click on either “elementary and middle school activities” or “high school activities” to access lesson plans on ocean related topics.

Cold One Day, Warm Another?
Learn how upwelling influences beach water temperatures in this Data Tip, a collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Field Research Facility.

Lesson Plan Library (NOAA)
Collection of 50 guided inquiry based activities based on the research, technology, and activities conducted by NOAA's Ocean Service in the areas of oceans, coasts, and charting and navigation. All of the lessons emphasize hands-on activities using on-line data resources, and are correlated to National Science Education Standards. Each lesson includes: Focus Questions, Learning Objectives, Teaching Times, Background Information, Learning Procedures, a “Me” Connection, Evaluations, Extensions, as well as Resources and Student Handouts. The lessons in the Discovery Classroom have been developed for students at the high school level, but are easily adapted for students at the middle school or undergraduate level.

Making Waves
University of South Florida scientists have teamed with teachers to design lesson plans based on current ocean research. Topics include: coral reefs, sea level rise and shoreline erosion, harmful algal blooms, El Niño , natural disasters, using real-time data to study ocean conditions, and studying the ocean from space. Each unit contains a student-friendly background article, one or more classroom activities, satellite images, web links, recommendations for grade level application and evaluation.

Project Learning Tree
Curriculum resources focusing on forestry, tree life, and forest wildlife. Includes teacher workshop details and comprehensive lesson and activity book correlated by subject, standard, grades, and activity. Teachers must participate in daylong workshop to receive materials, but website includes some lessons and activities.

Climate and Marine Fisheries (NOAA)
Examines how changes in the earth's climate affect marine ecosystems and fisheries. Includes summary information on climate as it relates to fisheries and provides examples of the impact on fisheries from short-term changes (El Niño scale), from intermediate to decadal scale changes, and from long-term climate variability. It also provides examples of the potential impact of global change on marine fisheries, links to research on climate and fisheries, and data sources for analysis.

Properties of the Ocean
Five ocean related activities on SONAR, waves, salinity, water density, and underwater topography.

Wyland Clean Water Challenge
Teaches about the waters of the world and the life within them. Students create a representation of their newfound knowledge through the arts.

Louisiana Project Learning Tree
Louisiana branch of Project Learning Tree including details on upcoming workshops.

Project Webfoot
Curriculum resources focusing on marine and freshwater wildlife. Includes lessons and activities.

Audubon Nature Institute Education Outreach Program
Describes Audubon’s mobile education program, camps for Pre-K through 7th-graders, teacher workshops and outreach programs.

South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center
The South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center offers educational opportunities about this region's very fragile unique wetland environment and offers ways locals and tourists can help to conserve and preserve the wetlands. The educational opportunities materialize in the unique pairing of two educational models, an interpretive program component for grades K-12 and a science-focused educational component or “research laboratory” for grades 4-16, each focusing on the South Louisiana coastal environment while serving different audiences.