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Avalonia Animal Booklet

A 38-page guide to animals that inhabit Avalonia preserves, loaded with photos, habitat/diet information and fun facts!

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Created by 4 students of the Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment (GNCE) class of 2021
Joanna Rucker
Lily Hacket
Naveen Gooneratne
Morgan Maccione




Audubon Bird Guide: North America iTunes | Google Play

Merlin Bird ID by Cornell Lab iTunes | Google Play


Online Resources

Amazing Bees – Bees for Kids –  and parents, students and teachers

Teaching Kids About the Importance of Honeybees

Buzz About Bees – the wonderful world of bees…

A Guide to Bringing Up Bees in Your Own Backyard


Aphid Eater – feed the ladybugs and save the rose in this quick game  


Online Resources

Go Botany New England Plant ID Trees with Don Leopold – youtube video series

Where Do Plants Grow?  


Leafsnap (iOS only) – submit your photo for identification

New England Plant ID (iOS only) – over 3,300 searchable species of plants found in the New England area  


Online Resources

A Walk in the Woods – Nice virtual tour through the woods (requires Flash – click the Next button at bottom of page to advance).

Discover the Forest – Find forests and parks near you  



Field Guide To the Animals of Vernal Pools 2001 by Leo Kenney (Author), Matthew R. Burne (Author) This guide provides an introductory reference to the specialized creatures that depend upon vernal pools. Dozens of close-up color photos of bugs, salamanders, frogs, toads, turtles and snakes of New England.

Frog Heaven: Ecology of a Vernal Pool 2006 by Doug Wechsler (Author) With facts and stunning photographs, Doug Wechsler takes young readers to a vernal pool in a forest to show how wood frogs, tree frogs, salamanders, and other creatures survive and thrive.

The Secret Pool 2013 by Rebekah Raye (Author), Kimberley Ridley (Author) The voice of a vernal pool shares its secrets through the seasons, and sidebars provide fun facts on its inhabitants and the crucial role these small, often overlooked wetlands play in maintaining a healthy environment.

Salamander Dance 2016 by David FitzSimmons (Author) This book follows the annual life cycle of spotted salamanders. From shimmering eggs and wriggling larvae to metamorphosis and hibernation, these ephemeral wetlands are alive year-round.



The Secret Bay 2015 by Kimberley Ridley (Author), Rebekah Raye (Illustrator) Narrated in the poetic voice of the estuary itself, and accompanied by natural-history sidebars about estuary plants, animals, and cycles, this nature book is from the author and illustrator of The Secret Pool.



Icebergs and Glaciers (May 25, 1999) by Seymour Simon

Ice: Portraits of Vanishing Glaciers (Sep 11, 2012) by James Balog and Terry Tempest Williams

Glaciers (Big Buddy Books: Planet Earth (Library)) (Sep 1, 2010) by Marcia Zappa

Glaciers 101: Alaska to Antarctica an ice field guide (Apr 11, 2013) by Spencer Brown

Cecil the Pet Glacier (Aug 14, 2012) by Matthea Harvey and Giselle Potter


Online Resources

Think Garden – a video collection

My First Garden – A guide to the world of fun and clever gardening  


Online Resources

Children & Nature Network

Bumblebee Conservation Trust

Kids Gardening – Helping young minds grow  


Online Resources

EcoKids Get Outside – Click the bubbles on the landscape for activity ideas that will help kids connect with nature.

Maggie’s Earth Adventures

Nature Sound Map – Explore our world for interesting sounds!

Oil Spill – Which material do you find cleans up an oil spill the best?

Web Rangers – from the National Park Service

Where Do Plants Grow?

Comprehensive Learning



Natural Resources – See how good you are organizing resources by category.

For Parents


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