Compendium of Coastal, Wetland, and Restoration Information


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

  • The Hurricane’s Coming! (Activity 3-3) - Stresses the importance of wetlands being nature’s best filters and protectors. Students build models that show the function and value of wetlands as storm protectors.

Preparing Your House for a Hurricane (CWPPRA/USGS)
Basic information about hurricanes, including definitions of watch and warning. The last slide has the viewer pick up outdoor items and store them in the proper location, as well as boarding up windows and shutting doors.

Getting Hurricane Supplies (CWPPRA/USGS)
Basic information about hurricanes, including definitions of eye and cloud wall. Viewer clicks on portions of the slide to answer questions. The last slide has viewer placing the most important items needed for hurricane preparedness into a supply box.

Willful Winds: Hurricane Andrew and Louisiana's Coast – Booklet (CWPPRA/USGS)
Details the impact of Hurricane Andrew on Louisiana’s coast.

EstuaryLive! – Activities (BTNEP)
Investigates the rich bounty of organisms in the Barataria-Terrebonne ecosystem, the delicate
balance between the natural environment and human impacts, and the estuary’s importance to the

  • Packing it on! The Width of Levees - Students respond to questions about the Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Levee.
  • Keeping up with the Surge! - Students analyze effects produced by the Golden Meadow pump station under various conditions.
  • Standing Up to the Surge! - Students perform calculations and volumetric measurements pertinent to design and building of the Golden Meadow Hurricane Protection Levee.
  • Hurricanes Isidore and Lili: A View from Space - Satellite images are analyzed to answer questions about the forms of hurricanes.
  • Hurricanes Isidore and Lili: Another Look - Students analyze storm track diagrams.
  • Hurricanes Isidore and Lili: East Timbalier Island - Students analyze storm effects on East Timbalier Island.
  • Hurricanes Isidore and Lili: Trinity Island - Students compare photos to look for differences in land area and other qualities after hurricanes.

Weather Information – Booklet (NOAA)
Provides research and investigation experiences using online resources on El Niño , hurricanes, and weather.

Forces of Nature
Created to accompany a National Geographic film, this site offers explorations of the biggest forces our earth can bring us: tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes and hurricanes. Virtual labs let you design your own disaster, and National Geo-quality photos fill in the gaps of your visual imagination.

Hurricane Basics (NOAA)
Offers resources and information about hurricanes, including how they form and grow. It also includes the cycle of Atlantic storm names for the years 2005 through 2010 and a tracking chart for the Atlantic/Caribbean Sea site.

Hurricane Names (NOAA)
Hurricanes have names that are taken from a central list. Is your name there? Take a look at the names for the Worldwide Tropical Cyclone Names that are to be used for storms in the Atlantic and the Pacific as well as the waters around Australia, the Fiji Islands and India.

Hurricane Education Materials – Activities (NOAA)
Hurricane related activities, including a storm surge lesson, a family disaster plan, hurricane awareness, basics, and a fact sheet, posters, booklets and links to further activities. Grades 9-12.

Hurricanes (NOAA)
Basic hurricane information and a web-based activity on graphing hurricane related data.

Hurricane Tracking Chart (NOAA)
Track Atlantic hurricanes using this gif image of the Atlantic Ocean from Nova Scotia to northern South America and the Gulf of Mexico.

National Hurricane Center Home Page (NOAA)
Learn about the history of noteworthy storms, hurricane direct hits on the mainland U.S. coastline and for individual states from 1900-1996.

Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale (NOAA)
A 1-5 rating based on the hurricane's intensity, this scale is used to give an estimate of the potential property damage and flooding expected along the coast from a hurricane landfall. Wind speed is the determining factor in the scale, as storm surge values are highly dependent on the slope of the continental shelf in the landfall region.

Sea State – Activities
Being able to accurately forecast the conditions at sea has been the goal of explorers, sailors, and fishermen for thousands of years. Now, through the use of ocean observing systems, we can not only predict, but pinpoint, exactly what the sea will be like before leaving the dock.

Masters of Disaster – Curriculum
Helps teachers integrate disaster safety concepts into lesson plans.

National Severe Storm Laboratory's Weather Room – Activities (NOAA)
General information about tornadoes, hurricanes, lightning and thunderstorms. Includes weather lessons, a basic introduction to map analysis and interpretation, and information about weather careers. Elementary school coloring books are available for printing and use for weather education.

NCDC S.C.H.O.L.A.R.S. – Activities (NOAA)
Provides a wide range of printable materials for use in teaching about climate changes and various weather phenomena, such as hurricanes and tornadoes.

Forecast Watch – Activities (NOAA)
A roundup of NOAA weather Web sites, including links to the latest weather forecasts around the USA and around the world. Track storms through NOAA weather satellites, get the latest weather maps and learn how to protect yourself and your community from severe weather.

Past Weather – Activities (NOAA)
A roundup of NOAA Web sites that contain archived weather information. Official weather records date back to 1895. Obtain certified weather information for a court case, building project or other purpose.

Play Time for Kids – Activities (NOAA)
Designed to help kids learn about hurricanes, winter storms, thunderstorms, and other hazardous weather.

NOVA ScienceNOW: Hurricanes – Lesson Plan (PBS)
Models how wetlands reduce the intensity of a hurricane.

Kid's Hazards Quiz – Activities (NOAA)
Natural hazards such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes affect both coastal and inland areas. Select your quiz subject from thunderstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, winter storms, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides, and wildfires. You can also set up a family disaster plan from this web site.

Hurricane on the Bayou – Video
Dynamic IMAX movie created during Hurricane Katrina teaching about the impact of hurricanes on the Louisiana coast. Includes resources for teaching lessons about the movie. Movie can be ordered via a link on the site.

Hurricane Force: A Coastal Perspective – Videos
Series of video clips describing the impact of hurricanes on the Gulf Coast.