Friday, April 20, 2012

Celebrate Earth Day, Arbor Day With These Eco-Friendly Websites

During the month of April, we celebrate two holidays that focus on Earth and the environment.

April 22
is Earth Day, a day to inspire awareness and appreciation for the Earth and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency's Earth Day site features in-person and virtual opportunities for getting involved in protecting the environment. Earth Day TV and mother nature network allow you to watch online videos related to environmental topics.

On a related note, April 27, 2012 is Arbor Day, a nationally-celebrated observance encourages tree planting and care. Learn about trees, access educational activities, suggested activities for the classroom, and even give trees as a gift.

Websites for Children
The Lorax Project challenges children of all ages to "do their part to conserve the places and species that are critical to the future of our planet." Kids will meet the friends of the Lorax (there's the movie, of course, as well as the Dr. Seuss book that espoused the dangers of ecological destruction well before it was fashionable), including Gibbons, Lemurs and Red Pandas. They can also check out activities, games and even send a letter to the Lorax, describing what they are doing to help the planet.

Switcheroo Zoo's Hoot Endangered Species Map allows you to click on your state to learn about its endangered species. This interactive map also shows the locations of the different biomes in the country. The site also includes loads of educational games and activities.

Kaboose.com has lots of cool eco-friendly craft projects, coloring pages, games and activities. Watch out for the ads on this site, though (lots of them).

Websites and e-Resources for Teens/Students
Check out our online databases for full-text articles and research reports:
Planet Connect is an online social network where high school students can learn about current environmental issues, funding opportunities, green colleges and environmental careers. Students can also share and exchange ideas about how they are playing a critical role in solving today’s environmental issues..

Go Green @ the Library - Be sure to set up your online account and include your e-mail address so that we can e-mail your notices instead of printing/mailing.

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