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Educational Resources

The Smithsonian Institution is the world's largest museum, education, and research complex. We invite you to take advantage of Smithsonian's vast educational resources.

Earth Optimism Educational Television Series
This ten-part series is the result of a partnership between the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism Initiative, the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia and the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta.

Earth Optimism: Conservation Success Stories

Celebrate Earth Optimism with some of the incredible conservation success stories at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. The interactive features of this online tour introduce six amazing species and their stories of hope that will make you an Earth Optimist! Get started on the tour here.

Stories of Smithsonian Ocean Optimism

Journey around the globe with the National Museum of Natural History's Ocean Portal as they explore stories of ocean conservation success throughout the Smithsonian. This interactive map highlights over 40 stories, including ones about saving coral reefs, new sustainable fishing projects, and the discovery of new species.

Urban Waterways

Urban Waterways is a research and educational initiative, from the Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum, which seeks to better understand the ongoing relationships between urban communities and their waterways. As residents contend with the impacts of the transformation of their communities on multiple levels, such issues require creative and inclusive advocacy, as stakeholders strive to establish and maintain healthy, equitable communities.

Smithsonian Science Education Center

The Smithsonian Science Education Center transforms the teaching and learning of K-12 science throughout the nation and world. Learn more here. Some featured resources are:

Native Knowledge 360°

The National Museum of the American Indian's Native Knowledge 360° provides educators and students with new perspectives on Native American history, cultures, and contemporary lives. Learn more about

Smithsonian Learning Lab

The Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access created the Smithsonian Learning Lab to inspire the discovery and creative use of its rich digital materials—more than a million images, recordings, and texts. By encouraging users to create and share personalized collections of Smithsonian assets and user-generated resources, the Learning Lab aspires to build a global community of learners who are passionate about adding to and bringing to light new knowledge, ideas, and insight. Start exploring the Smithsonian Learning Lab.

Conservation Comics

Smithsonian Exhibits created Conservation Comics to help inspire others by making a comic strip about successful conservation in your home, your school, your community, or anywhere on the planet. Or, maybe you have a creative idea to share about how to help the environment and wildlife. Maybe you want to express your concerns and hopes for the future. Whatever your message, share it by creating a fun comic! Visit Conservation Comics for instructions and templates.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center

The North American Orchid Center (NAOCC) at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center offers the Orchid-Gami project, where you can download, print, and create 3D models of native orchids while learning about their conservation and ecology. You can also download the Plankton Coloring Book.

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