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The “Web of Life” and “Trees” issues both have information about the rainforest which will help kids understand how the rainforest works a little better.

The Indonesian Tropical Rain Forest
On line tours of the flora, fauna, and birds of the Indonesian Rain Forest are provided at this site. The site is nicely done with good illustrations. (A little heavy on music.)

The Tropical Rainforest in Suriname
Information about the people, plants, animals and rainforest environment. Numerous links to high quality photographs.

Carrowong’s Fauna Sanctuary’s Tropical Rainforest
This is a “commercial site” promoting the Robert Mortimer and Carmel Lacy sanctuary that they started in 1987 with their life savings. They provide walks in the Australian Rainforest. The site contains interesting information as well as links to other Rainforest and Conservation Web Site

Good Green Fun! Tropical Rainforest Songs and Activities
The site contains activity ideas for students and teachers. Music in file format as well as the lyrics is available on this site. Better suited for elementary age students, although middle school students will want to view many of the pictures.

The Rainforest Workshop
Developed by Virginia Reid and the students at Thurgood Marshall Middle School, the Olympia School District, in Olympia, Washington. Science in the Rain Forests.

This site contains a wealth of information on the Rainforest. Several of the links are detailed.

Biodiversity Program
This page contains links to several Earthwatch programs. This is but one example:

Amazon Katydids - Virtual Field Trip Feature

Katydids, a close relative of the grasshopper form a major element in the food web of the Amazonian Rain Forest, but surprisingly little is known about their behavior. Earthwatch teams collect katydids for observation, and help record their calls.

Project Summary | Maps | Photos | Sounds | Field Notes | Lessons | Ask the Scientist | Passport Stamp

Earth Watch: Howler Monkeys Project
Background information on Howler Monkeys and their adaptability to Rainforest depletion.

Ask the Scientist
Read questions and responses to the questions posed to Dusty Becker about the Rainforest.

If you would like to address a question about the Ecuador Cloud Forest to Dusty Becker and/or the Earthwatch Global Classroom, please be sure to leave your name, a complete e-mail address, and your position (student or teacher), including grade level. We get many excellent questions, but often are unable to reply, because the return address is inaccurate.

Construction Crane Aids Jungle Canopy Study Photos from a crane in the canopy of the Panamanian Rain Forest. Photos are limited in number, but provide excellent shots of birds living in the canopy. This is part of the Smithsonian Institutes Collection.

While you are there visit:
Costa Rica’s Tropical Rainforest
In a personal account, Smithsonian photographer Laurie Minor-Penland describes her trip to photograph nesting endangered Green Sea Turtles and the nearby tropical rainforest. Great photo’s, average descriptions.

This is a searchable data base of photographs available on-line. Type in the name of the animal, flower, country of bird you are interested in and you may just find an excellent photograph. You may use these photographs if you follow the rules.

An Amazon Adventure
Includes information on the Amazon Rainforest including maps, plants, animals, images, the river, careers, Katydids, and more. However, some links and/or the server had problems accepting links to it.

Institute for Global Communication
An activist organization concerned with a variety of social issues including Peace, Ecology, Conflict, Labor and Women. Their site includes the Rainforest Action Network. The site should be reviewed by teachers before using it with kids. It may provide information for discussion and/or debate.

The quiz is interesting, but I would want to varify the information. Also the Rainforest Action Network has a Kids Corner. It has a difinite activist slant to the page.

Australian Plants on Line
A truly unique site and worthy of a visit if only for the fun of it. It describes how you can grow your own Rainforest. Although this might be a bit much for a school, it does include a description of the rainforest plants and lots of information. One quote is:

“So, why not try to recreate a little of that rainforest feeling in our own gardens? Even on the smallest suburban block you may achieve that ’feeling’ of rainforest with the correct plantings. After all, you can plant 50 rainforest trees in an average suburban back yard if you space them at 2 to 3 metre intervals.”

Amazon Interactive
A very interesting site on the Amazon. It includes a “ecotourism simulation” in which you make choices about operating a tourist business. The simulation is based on a research report on ecotourism that is included at the site. A great feature of this site is the “How Rainy is the Rainforest.” You can click on your region and it will graph your rainfall in comparison to the Amazon Rainforest. The game and the rainfall area could be adapted to classroom created games or charts.

Learn about four different types of wetlands found in many areas around the world: Emergent, Forested, Scrub and Aquatic.

Rainforest Facts
Information about disappearing rainforests, the wealth of the rainforest, the driving forces of destruction, and more.

Facts About the Rainforest
The Rainforest Action Network's Factsheet about the rainforest.

Rainforest Action Network
Questions most often asked by kids and answers from the Rainforest Action Network.

World Resources Institute
A published paper from the World Resources Institute on why frontier forests matter.

Rainforest Alliance
Tropical Forests in our Daily Lives: our global pharmacy, foods from the rainforest, climate control and other impacts the rainforests have on us.

Amazon Interactive
Explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities.

Ancient Forests Under Seige
Greenpeace interactive map showing the location of forests of the past and today.

Rainforest Action Network
Factsheet on the rate of rainforest destruction.

The World's Forests - What's Left 1998
Facts about how much of the world's forests are left.

Rainforest Action Network
World Rainforest Report published Spring 1999 on the fact that the Amazon Rainforest loss reaches record levels.

National Association of Forest Industries
Information about rainforests in Australia.

Rainforest Alliance
Rainforest resources and facts.