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Links to Ecology Resources

Links to amazing resources that will help you get your K-12 research projects off the ground.


The websites for the University of Montana’s Division of Biological Sciences ( and College of Forestry and Conservation ( highlight resources in biological research and education.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 "to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; to secure the national defense…"



The National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) Earth Portal is a comprehensive resource for timely, objective, science-based information about the environment. It is a means for the global scientific community to come together to produce the first free, expert-driven, massively scaleable information resource on the environment, and to engage civil society in a public dialogue on the role of environmental issues in human affairs. It contains no commercial advertising and reaches a large global audience.

ECOS Northern Rockies Natural History Guide. This website is being developed to provide an online field guide to the plants and animals of the Northern Rockies of western Montana with a particular focus on schoolyards and surrounding local natural areas in Ravalli and Missoula Counties.

I Was Wondering. A curious look at women's adventures in science

Earth & Sky. A look at the human footprint on our planet. Carol Brewer discusses the ways it can change in the 21st century.

The National Science Foundation provides a diverse collection of lessons and web resources for classroom teachers, their students, and students’ families. Materials are arranged by subject area to help you quickly find resources in your interest area, and then use them to create lesson plans or at-home activities.

EMTRIX A Globally Accessible Electron Microscopy Facility. 
EMTRIX is a multi-user and service facility located within the Division of Biological Sciences at The University of Montana. The user-friendly facility performs numerous aspects of research and teaching that requires the use of transmission or scanning electron microscopy (TEM, SEM).

The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF) is a private non-profit organization dedicated to advancing environmental education in its many forms. This web site provides teacher and parents with a wide range of environmental education resources.

Ecological Society of America web site offers resources for teachers, a “What do Ecologists Do?” section, and information on professional development opportunities.

Kids Do Ecology web site provides exciting resources for school and backyard ecology activities for teachers and students.

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization of over 8000 individuals dedicated to promoting the scientific study of the phenomena that affect the maintenance, loss, and restoration of biological diversity. The Society's membership comprises a wide range of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, educators, government and private conservation workers, and students. This web site features special conservation biology resources for K-12.

The United States has established the goal that all students should achieve scientific literacy. The National Science Education Standards are designed to enable the nation to achieve that goal. They spell out a vision of science education that will make scientific literacy for all a reality in the 21st century. They point toward a destination and provide a roadmap for how to get there. This web site provides the national Science Education Standards in a full-length document.

The Missoula County Public Schools web site provides statistical information on schools, school calendars, staff and faculty listings and curriculum guidelines for all grade levels, as well as additional educational resources.

Montana Ecology of Infectious Disease
The ecology of endemic, epidemic and emergent infectious diseases is a topic of local and global importance with considerable scientific, societal, ethical and policy aspects. The M-EID Program unites faculty researchers from multiple disciplines in an integrative enterprise to train Ph.D. students to lead the collaborative, cross-disciplinary efforts needed to address complex real-world problems as exemplified by the ecology of infectious diseases





Office of Public Instruction Indian Education for All website. The Office of Public Instruction Indian Education Division works, with these goals in mind, in two primary areas:  (1) implementing Indian Education for All and (2) closing the American Indian achievement gap.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society
The AISES mission is "To substantially increase the representation of American Indian and Alaskan Natives in engineering, science and other related technology disciplines."
American Indian Science and Engineering Society





Teach evolution and make it relevant! This site includes resources and materials for teaching evolution at the pre-college level. Topics include nature of science, evidence for evolution, pathways of evolution, human evolution, heredity and variation, causes of evolution and speciation.




American Association for the Advancement of Science provides a list of what students should know and be able to do by the end of grades 2,5,8, and 12 regarding the nature of science. Includes the following topics: the scientific world view, scientific inquiry and the scientific enterprise.

Evolution and Nature of Science Institute website provides lesson plans for middle and high school students.

This website provides an opportunity to see some presentations from the Symposium on the Nature of Science. Written abstracts of each talk and a list of classroom resources are also provided.

The Public Broadcasting System website includes “What is Science” videos, activities and links to other resources.




This is a pdf document with photos and information on the plants found in the Lewis and Clark Schoolyard.
Lewis and Clark Outdoor Discovery Core Flora

Montana Native Plant Society web site provides local chapter information, native plant resources, educational materials and conference and meeting information.

The INVADERS database lists information on the geographic range and distribution of exotic, and invasive plant species (weeds) in the northern Rockies and Pacific Northwest (UT, WY, MT, OR, WA) on a county by county basis beginning at the turn of the century.

This website contains the Kartez and Kartez classic reference on plant nomenclature. It gives current name plus most synonyms (old names). This is a very nicely organized site, easy to use, and is part of the BONAP or biological survey of North America project.

This site contains many nice digital photos, close-ups, an online key, and good general info on how to identify species. About 700 species are described for plants that occur in Montana.





The Xerces Society is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biological diversity through invertebrate conservation. Their web site offers information on invertebrate monitoring and pollinator conservation.





NSF GK-12 Program
The Graduate Teaching Fellowships in K-12 Education (GK-12) Program supports fellowships and training for graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through interactions with teachers and students in K-12 schools, graduate fellows can improve communication and teaching skills while enriching STEM content and instruction for their K-12 partners.

The first link goes to the homepage, the second link is for the curriculum page.

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The ECOS program is sponsored by the University of Montana's Division of Biological Sciences, and the College of Forestry and Conservation.

Carol Brewer Program Director, Division of Biological Sciences Paul Alaback Program Co-Director, College of Forestry and Conservation

Funded by the National Science Foundation
ECOS is supported by the GK-12 Program of the National Science Foundation. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.