• Outreach

    National Center for Science Education (NCSE)

    The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) is a not-for-profit membership organization that defends and promotes the teaching of evolution and climate science in the public schools. NCSE provides information, resources, and advice to schools, teachers, parents, and concerned citizens defending science education. We educate the press and public about the scientific, educational, and legal aspects of these issues at local, state, and national levels.



  • Shape of Life

    Shape of Life is a series of free, short classroom videos that beautifully depict the evolution of the animal kingdom on Earth. Shape of Life is especially designed for students and teachers who want a firsthand account of how animals adapt and thrive. The series is NGSS aligned with an engaging focus on diversity, biodiversity, adaptability, body structure, design, behaviors, and the innovative scientists who explore these creatures. Shape of Life includes videos, lesson plans, readings aligned to the Common Core, illustrations, and other relevant resources.



  • The Cornell Lab of Ornithology BirdSleuth K-12

    The Cornell Lab interprets and conserves the earth's biological diversity through research, education, and citizen science focused on birds. BirdSleuth K-12 creates innovative resources that build science skills while inspiring young people to connect to local habitats, explore biodiversity, and engage in citizen science projects.

    Through engaging, hands-on activities and authentic scientific research opportunities, BirdSleuth is an ideal way to teach science content and the scientific process. Your students will be at the center of the action, making first-hand observations, collecting data, and sharing what they’ve found with real scientists.



  • The Leakey Foundation

    The Leakey Foundation is a nonprofit organization with a mission to increase scientific knowledge, education, and public understanding of human origins, evolution, behavior, and survival. The Leakey Foundation awards grants to scientists investigating the big questions about what makes us human. We share the research through public and educational outreach projects such as our national lecture series, our free program that brings scientists to visit schools, and our "Origin Stories" podcast.



  • Understanding Evolution (University of California Museum of Paleontology)

    Understanding Evolution is your one-stop shop for teaching and learning about evolution—from kindergarten through college. Get friendly, clear background information as well as animations, comics, interactive investigations, news briefs, research profiles, and a database of free, vetted lessons for your classroom.


  • Content

    Life on Earth

    Life on Earth is a multi-institutional project for the advancement of science learning that is funded by the National Science Foundation. Led by the SDR Lab at Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, the project team includes computer scientists, biologists, museum curators, and learning sciences researchers. The DeepTree and Build-A-Tree activities have been created as part of this project. The multi-touch Life on Earth exhibit has been installed in the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, the Field Museum in Chicago, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the University of Nebraska State Museum. The content in the Life on Earth exhibit, including scientific and common names, phylogenetic trees, and divergence times, are derived from information contained in the Encyclopedia of Life (eol.org), Tree of Life Web Project (tolweb.org), National Center for Biotechnology Information (ncbi.nlm.nih.gov), and TimeTree (timetree.org).