Below are USGS educational resources for learners of all ages that focus on ecological sciences!

Learning From Home

Learning From Home

Your first stop for learning resources from USGS!  This will be updated weekly throughout the spring of 2020.


Ecosystems Podcasts

Ecosystems Podcasts

Outstanding in the Field is an original podcast series that tells stories about our science, our adventures, and our efforts to better understand fish and wildlife and the ecosystems that support them.  

Filter Total Items: 14
Date published: July 1, 2020
Status: Active

Ecosystems A to Z

Did you know that the USGS Ecosystems Mission Area is the biological research arm of the U.S. Department of the Interior?    

USGS Ecosystems Mission Area scientists are leading research and monitoring efforts across the country and in some cases around the globe. Studying topics from amphibians to zoonotic...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: March 26, 2020
Status: Active

Educational Resources

Whether you’re interested in ways to make neighborhood nature walks more engaging, or on the hunt for science material to help your students stay focused, we’re here to help. USGS WARC scientists conduct research on aquatic and wetland ecosystems, the plants and animals that rely on those habitats, and the stressors threatening these systems and species. To help home-based students learn more...

Contacts: Kaitlin Kovacs
Date published: October 7, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 5 - Fish in Grand Canyon

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, you will learn about the one-of-a-kind native fish species that call the Grand Canyon segment of the Colorado River home and the USGS science that is...

Date published: August 23, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 4 - Amphibian Surveys

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, you will learn about the USGS’s efforts to track frog populations and identify invasive frog species in the southeast United States by listening to the...

Date published: July 3, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 3 - Chronic Wasting Disease

In this episode of Outstanding in the Field, we’ll be talking about chronic wasting disease, or CWD, a fatal and contagious wildlife disease that affects animals in the deer family and is of great...

Date published: April 12, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 2 - Citizen Science

This episode of Outstanding in the Field is our first to highlight USGS science along the Colorado River as we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Powell Expedition, an exploration of the Green and...

Date published: February 8, 2019
Status: Active

Episode 1 - Pollinators

This episode's buzz is all about pollinators, the birds, bees, bats, beetles, and other animals that feed on pollen from plants and help bring about one in three bites of food to our plates. Pollinators are crucial contributors to our environment and society by enhancing plant diversity in wild lands and providing food for humans in agricultural settings. Some three-fourths of all native...

Attribution: Ecosystems
Date published: September 11, 2018
Status: Active

Questions and Answers About Salmon

A list of questions asked by students and answers provided by a USGS-WFRC Scientist.

Date published: July 18, 2018
Status: Active

Teaching Resources - Marrowstone Marine Field Station

Parasite collection and teaching slides

Date published: July 13, 2018
Status: Active

Volunteer Repeat Photography

Documenting the loss of ice among the glaciers of Glacier National Park has become an integral part of the USGS Climate Change in Mountain Ecosystems program.  Repeating historic photographs augments research and provides an effective means of visually communicating climate change.  The USGS encourages volunteer photographers to participate in capturing and submitting repeat photographs of...

Contacts: Lisa McKeon
Date published: August 17, 2016
Status: Active

Negotiation Skills for Natural Resource Professionals: Building a Foundation

The Fort Collins Science Center's Social and Economic Analysis (SEA) Branch has been conducting and publishing research on multi-party natural resource negotiation since the 1980s. This research has led to the development of the basic negotiation training courses. This course is a mix of lecture, hands-on training, and discussion. Please join us and other natural resource professionals facing ...

Date published: July 12, 2016
Status: Active

Strategies and Tactics for the Experienced Natural Resource Negotiator

USGS's Social and Economic Analysis Branch at the Fort Collins Science Center offers an advanced negotiation training course each year. This group has been conducting and publishing research on multi-party natural resource negotiation since the 1980s. This research has led to the development of the "Strategies and Tactics for Experienced Natural Resource Negotiator" course. The course includes...