A Summer On Golden Pond
The 1981 film "On Golden Pond" shows us a place of sublime beauty and tranquility. But where is this - or is it simply another creation of Hollywood magic? Our film looks at the real Golden Pond and its wildlife -loons, deer, beavers, porcupines, and more- and our story is told through the eyes of an avid hiker and biologist who has been summering here on Squam Lake for the past 35 years...
Back To The Wild... In Florida
The Busch Wildlife Sanctuary in Jupiter, Florida gets all the action: hospital calls when a bobcat is hit by a truck and needs stitches, and then panicky airport employees dialing to say someone's trying to ship threatened Florida panthers. It's all in a day's work for David Hitzig, animal caregiver with a heart of gold and a sanctuary to run...
Against the Current
"Against the Current" tells the story of competing water interests between agriculture and wildlife, and how one group finds a sustainable solution for all. Set on the Ox Yoke Ranch in Paradise Valley, Montana, this 19-minute film highlights a successful collaboration between the Murphy Family, Trout Unlimited, the Gallatin Valley Land Trust, and the State of Montana, to restore the connection of Fridley Creek. As students learn about the restoration of this small creek, they will develop a broader understanding of connections between land, water, fish, and humans. As Montana biologist Pat Byorth eloquently states, "Our fate is tied to the fate of the rivers....
Florida's Wild Side
There's more to Florida than just theme parks and Miami Beach. "Florida's Wild Side" takes a look at this southern state's iconic wildlife, told through the eyes of local residents - artists, scientists, and laypeople- all of whom share one thing in common: a passion for Florida's wildlife...
Bat Women of Panama
There are more types of bats living on one tiny island in Panama than can be found in all the USA. How can this be? An international team of women scientists brave the tick-infested night forest to find out just how 72 bat species coexist in such a small place...
A Day on the River
In Central Florida a springfed river spills millions of gallons of fresh water every day towards the sea. The Rainbow River is a haven for wildlife, and a turtle paradise. We follow two turtle scientists who study these ancient creatures and use their status as indicators of the river's health...
A Dolphin's Return
In a captivating account of rescue and rehabilitation, "A Dolphin's Return" introduces Cutter, a young Atlantic spotted dolphin found in a busy harbor in Key West, FL -alone, dehydrated, and malnourished. Join us as we follow Cutter's journey from the ocean to captivity -and back to the ocean again. You will get a glimpse into the world of wildlife conservation and the role of science, partnerships, and technology in the everyday work of scientists and conservationists...
Climate Reconstruction using Foraminifera in Deep Sea Sediments
In this activity, students explore how deep sea sediments are collected and analyzed to identify various foraminifera species that are used to interpret global paleotemperature/climate change. Students use a hands-on model using pasta that represents foraminifera, which are collected and analyzed in order to develop a paleotemperature/climate change record. Video clips are incorporated that help students connect their work with the research of scientists at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, MA...
This activity introduces students to different forms of energy, energy transformations, energy storage, and the flow of energy through systems. Students learn that most energy can be traced back to nuclear fusion on the sun...
Arctic Animals and a Changing Climate
An activity based on a short video in which students learn about the effects of climate change, specifically changes in Arctic ice retreat, on four animal populations of the Arctic (the polar bear, the walrus, the Arctic fox and the beluga whale). Students are asked to record information about the populations on a given worksheet during the video and critically think about climate change after the video...