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Conservation Central

Conservation Central is an award-winning online habitat education program that helps kids learn about the importance of conservation and the challenges faced in preserving temperate-forest habitats through curricula and activities that incorporate actual research conducted by Zoo scientists.

Smithsonian Biodiversity in the Classroom

Teach your upper elementary students (grades 3-6) science and math skills and concepts with outdoor activities and classroom lessons using real-life examples from Smithsonian biodiversity research. Each lesson is an inquiry-based outdoor activity that engages students in meaningful explorations of the natural world. Students build critical thinking skills as they analyze data and draw conclusions from their investigations.

Migratory Bird Activities

The Migratory Bird Center offers a songbird kit for classrooms, fact sheets and articles on bird migration and conservation, publications, and educational games.

Online Resources for Educators and Students

The website has animal fact sheets, live web cams, links to other educations sites, photo galleries, articles from our magazine, and other resources for the classroom.

Songbird Wildlife Explorer Kit(K to 5)

Designed to motivate all types of learners, the kit includes lesson plans and interdisciplinary activities that foster knowledge and appreciation of migratory songbirds and an awareness of the need to conserve and protect birds and their habitats.

Bridging the Americas

This program is a cross-cultural environmental education program that links elementary school classes in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., with classes in Latin America and the Caribbean through an exchange of art work and letters focusing on Neotropical migratory birds.

SCBI Front Royal School Outreach Program

The Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, schedules classroom visits that use hands-on activities to educate and inspire students about science, conservation, and the environment.