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Animals/Habitats .  Astronomy .  Biology/Chemistry .  Chemistry/Physics .  Dinosaurs .  Earth Sciences .  Energy .  Environment/Ecology .  Geography/Environment .  Inventors/Inventions .  Mathematics .  Outer Space .  Paranormal .  Plants .  Science Experiments .  Technology 

Animals & Habitats
eBird:
This joint project between the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon provides a simple way for you to keep track of the birds you see anywhere in North America.
eNature.com:
This nature and wildlife online field guide is filled with facts and photos from the National Wildlife Federation.
Endangered Species Information:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offers a list of endangered plants and animals. Searchable by specific name or animal type.
Extreme Science:
Ever wondered about the world's biggest living creature or the coldest place on earth? Find these answers and much more on this very cool web site.
Monterey Bay Aquarium:
Pick a sea creature habitat and then a specific animal. It includes pictures, facts and other fun stuff.
National Aquarium in Baltimore:
Find information on popular sea animals.
New York Times Bestseller List:
Discover popular adult fiction and nonfiction hardcover books and paperbacks. This site also includes a list for children's books.
Sea World:
Search a sea and land animal information database and find some endangered species information.

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Astronomy
Astronomy Today:
This site provides a monthly sky guide, tips for amateur astronomists, planetary descriptions, and astronomy-related articles and links.
HubbleSite:
The Space Telescope Science Institute of Baltimore Maryland offers news, educational articles, and images of stars, planets, galaxies, nebulae, and more taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.
NASA:
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration provides FAQs, hot topics, NASA for kids, and more.
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum:
View online exhibits and learn about the history, science, and technology of aviation, space flight, and planetary science on this site presented by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.
Stephen Hawking's Universe:
British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking and PBS present this educational companion site to Hawking's television show, "Stephen Hawkings Universe." Read about antimatter, black holes, cosmic rays, quarks, quasars, and much more.
Sun or Moon Rise/Set Table for One Year:
The U.S. Naval Observatory has an application that computes the rising and setting times for the sun and moon for a year's time based on geographic location.
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Biology & Chemistry
Anatomy of the Human Body:
This online version of the classic Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body provides illustrated and textual information on the systems and parts of the human body.
Integrated Taxonomic Information System:
This government site provides a searchable database for the genus, species, family, and taxonomy hierarchy for plant, animal, and other kingdoms.
National Biological Information Infrastructure:
This collaborative program provides data and information on the nation's biological resources including current biological issues.
Periodic Table of the Elements:
The Los Alamos National Laboratory's Chemistry Division presents the periodic table of the elements. Designed for elementary, middle school, and high school students, this site includes instructions on how to use the periodic table, as well as information on the history, properties, and uses of each element.
University of California Museum of Paleontology:
The University of California, Berkeley has information and virtual exhibits on plant and animal taxonomy, evolution, geologic time, K-12 resources and more.
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Chemistry & Physics
Chem 4 Kids:
Learn about atoms, elements, reactions and matter. Also visit the activities section for study tools.
Chemical Elements:
This is an interactive periodic table with information on the basic properties of each element.
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Dinosaurs
Bone Yard:
Pick your difficulty level and then try to piece the dinosaur bones back together.
Dinosaur Floor:
Explains the time periods when dinosaurs lived and gives information on different kinds of dinosaurs.
Dinosauria:
Lots of interesting info on dinosaurs.
Walking with Dinosaurs:
Learn about types of dinosaurs, fossils and how dinosaurs became extinct.
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Earth Sciences
Earth & Ocean Sciences:
This clearinghouse of links from Science.gov provides information on climate, natural disasters, geology, oceanography, soil, snow and hydrology.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS):
Learn about Volcanoes, Landslides, Earthquakes, Geomagnetism, Energy and more from this U.S. Geological Survey Web site.
World Meteorological Organization:
This United Nations Specialized Agency coordinates global scientific activity from weather prediction to air pollution research; their site has a technical library, hot topics, and links to related sites.
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Energy
Energy Information Administration:
This is the site for official energy statistics from the U.S. government.
Home Energy Saver:
This site sponsored by the U.S. EPA and U.S. Department of Energy shows how to save money on home heating and cooling, provides links to energy conservation resources and a glossary of energy terminology.
Michigan Public Service Commission:
This department of state government provides information for consumers on utility and energy issues and other services.
Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy:
This U.S. Department of Energy site provides information on solar, wind, hydropower, geothermal, and fuel cell energy technologies as well as information for consumers and a special section just for kids.
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Environment & Ecology
Earth Trends:
This is an environmental information portal from the World Resources Institute covering global issues such as water resources, climate, biodiversity, and more.
Earthjustice:
Formerly known as Sierra Club Legal Defense Club, this nonprofit organization enforces and strengthens environmental laws on behalf of communities and organizations.
Earthwatch Institute:
This organization for sustainable conservation of natural resources partners with the public, scientists, educators, and businesses; their site offers news, grant links, and opportunies to get involved in expeditions across the globe.
The Encyclopedia of Earth:
An electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. The Encyclopedia is a free, expert-reviewed collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other's work.
Endangered Species Program:
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides species information, legislation, news bulletins, and links to partners in conservation.
Envirolink:
This nonprofit grassroots online community is a clearinghouse for environmental information.
The Great Lakes:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provides current events, information on areas of environmental concern, and facts about the Great Lakes.
Michigan Environmental Council:
This organization focuses on the principles of land stewardship, children's health, sustainable environment and economy, and open government.
Michigan Sea Grant:
Know your native plants , birds, and wetlands, find out about exotic species, and gain a better understanding of the Great Lakes ecosystems.
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Geography & Environment
Atlapedia:
Atlapedia Online contains full color physical maps, political maps as well as key facts and statistics on countries of the world.
Denali for Kids:
Read all about the highest mountain in North America and find information about mountain climber survival skills.
Environmental Health:
Learn about water, chemicals, climate, and more. Aimed at middle school students, this site gives basic information and explores the interrelationship between human health and the environment.
Extreme Science:
Ever wondered about the world's biggest living creature or the coldest place on earth? Find these answers and much more on this very cool web site.
Ology:
What is an ology? Visit this site to find out.
Why Files:
Find out the scientific facts behind current news stories.
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Inventors & Inventions
American Experience:
Find out what technology was like in the year 1900.
Invention Dimension:
Search the inventor-of-the-week archive to find a short biography and list of an inventor's accomplishments.
National Inventors Hall of Fame:
This multimedia site profiles numerous inventors and their inventions as well as providing resources and links to other invention-related sites.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office - Inventor Resources:
Frequently asked questions about patents and trademarks are explained on this site, sponsored by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as well as information on where to find assistance, financing, and marketing for new inventions.
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Mathematics
The Math Forum:
This site is a clearinghouse of math resources for students, parents, teachers, and researchers.
Math in Daily Life:
Learn how numbers affect your everyday life. Topics include common home design, savings and banking, and cooking calculations.
Web Math:
This site provides an interactive opportunity to learn math basics such as addition and subtraction as well as advanced topics like calculus.
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Outer Space
NASA Kids:
The National Air and Space Administration presents a cool site with info on space, earth, rockets and airplanes.
Nine Planets:
Find historical, mythological and current scientific knowledge about the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system.
Solar Learning Activities:
This site has lots of solar based projects including instructions on how to make a sundial.
Space Weather:
Learn how sun spots and flares in outer space can affect humans on Earth.
Star Child:
This site has information on astronomy, planets, stars and the sun.
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Paranormal
Exceptional Human Experience Network:
This educational, research and information resource organization studies all types of anomalous experiences.
Museum of Unnatural Mystery:
This site calls itself a slightly bizarre, cyberspace science museum. Read articles about UFOs, dinosaurs, and other scientific mysteries.
SETI Institute:
This organization conducts scientific and educational projects that explore the nature of life in the universe including scientific evidence of extraterrestrial intelligence.
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Plants
American Field Guide:
This educational multimedia site produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting and supported by PBS contains sights and sounds, teacher resources, and searchable content on plants, animals, and environments throughout America.
Earth's Forests:
Learn forest types, their life and importance and threats to their existence.
Great Lakes Native Flora:
The Great Lakes Information Network provides this educational resource on plants and trees of the Great Lakes region. Learn about native species of plants and how to start your own native plant garden.
Michigan Nature Association:
The Michigan Nature Association aims to protect rare native plants and animals through sanctuaries, land and habitat preservation and management, and education.
Michigan State University Extension:
Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) helps people improve their lives through an educational process that applies knowledge to critical issues, needs and opportunities. Topics discussed on this site include agriculture, environment, health & wellness, and home & garden.
National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association:
This organization provides documents and brochures on wildlife, information on a career in wildlife rehabilitation, and links to other wildlife projects and associations.
Nature & Wildlife Field Guides:
Identify plants, trees, animals and insects with the help of these picture guides.
Plants Database:
This site from the U.S. Department of Agriculture allows searching for plants by common or scientific name, provides plant guides and fact sheets, and links to the National Plant Data Center.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map:
The United States National Arboretum presents this USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map showing the average minimum temperature range for all areas of North America. This site also lists what types of plants are suited to each zone.
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Science Experiments
Edible/Inedible Experiments:
Yum! Find experiments with ingredients you can eat and some that you can't eat.
Greenspan:
Find science project ideas and help on how to do them, write a paper, make a display, and prepare a presentation.
Reeko's Mad Scientist Lab:
Look at science and chemistry experiments for kids of all ages.
Science Project Ideas:
This site is full of amazing information and cool ideas for science projects using easily available ingredients in biology, chemistry, physics, math, and environment & meteorology.
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Technology
CNN.com: Technology:
Get the latest technology news from CNN.com.
Engineering Achievements of the 20th Century:
Discover historical information and timelines for the 20 greatest technical achievements of the 20th century including the Internet.
National Institute of Standards and Technology:
This federal agency of the U.S. Commerce Department works with industry, universities and other organizations to build the nation's technology infrastructure.
New York Times: Technology:
The New York Times provides the latest technology headlines, as well as information on consumer electronics, product reviews, and technology "how to's."
Seven Wonders of the Modern World:
Find images, history, and descriptions of each structure at this self-published site; these selections were corroborated with the list from the National Geographic Society.
Technology Review:
Owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Technologyreview.com provides the latest news on information technology, biotechnology, nanotechnology, business technology, and more.
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