One of the Endangered Species Coalition’s primary objectives is to provide endangered species conservation and related information/resource material to public and private school teachers, as well as educators with after-school programs, nature centers and other organizations. This Educator Resource Center is updated on a regular basis, so check back for new content and other support.
Missing Species Report Project
The Missing Species Report project is a socially engaged arts and science program designed to help raise awareness of 10 species of animals, plants, and insects that are severely endangered. It features a downloadable curriculum (that fits into national common core standards for literacy and art as well as next generation standards) for four different age groups, along with templates for the special species reports and flyers that students can develop, and with additional resources.
Additional Lesson Plans
Two additional lesson plans can also be adapted to complement various science and art subjects and your class schedules.
Top 10 Report Teaching Guidelines
The Endangered Species Coalition produces an annual Top 10 report that focuses on critical animal species and habitat issues. Examples include Removing the Walls to Recovery, No Room to Roam, Vanishing and Back from the Brink. These teacher guidelines include suggestions on how you can incorporate the reports in your classroom instruction.
Endangered Species Day
The annual Endangered Species Day (third Friday in May) provides numerous opportunities to coordinate student discussions on endangered species conservation and to initiate specific in-class and outdoor actions that can help protect plant and animal species.
Find information about the annual Endangered Species Youth Art contest.
Toolkit (includes: posters, activity book, masks, passports, bookmarks, letters to the editor, Endangered Species Day stickers, etc.)
The Endangered Species Youth Activists (ESYA) Network is a group of young people ages 13-18 (and 9-13 with parent’ permission) who are interested in helping to support/promote endangered species conservation and the everyday actions that people can take. Learn more about ESYA membership for your students.
Educators are encouraged to share their teaching experiences, ask questions and suggest resources in this teacher forum. For example, several teachers have shared specific classroom activities that have been especially effective for them.