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Can’t get enough information about beachcombing? marine invertebrates?
Interested in seeing photographs of marine invertebrates in their natural habitats?
Hoping to include marine invertebrates in your lesson plans?

If so, check out these links:

The Bridge: Marine Invertebrates
This website, supported by the National Sea Grant College Program, the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, and the National Marine Educators Association, links to several websites featuring information about marine invertebrates. Another section of the site features lesson plans, by grade level, on a variety of topics, including marine invertebrates and habitats. All links from The Bridge have been reviewed.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuary Program's Online Marine Life Field Guide
In this online guide, you will find photos, streaming video and important biological information for over 100 marine species from each of the Marine Sanctuaries in the United States.

Online Picture Guide to Invertebrates
This web-based guide to shelf invertebrates of the Northern Gulf of Mexico was developed to assist NOAA/NMFS personnel in identification of invertebrates taken during resource trawl surveys in the northern Gulf of Mexico. It is updated and maintained by scientists at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory, part of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Marine Invertebrates Lesson Plans

This site features many resources, including lesson plans, as part of a curriculum in marine sciences for students in middle school and high school. It was developed by UCLA’s OceanGLOBE program, a marine research and outdoor environmental education program supported by the university and funded, in part, through NSF. Additional information and resources are available at OceanGLOBE’s main website, www.msc.ucla.edu/oceanglobe/about.htm

American Field Guide’s Ocean Habitats Teacher Resources
Produced by Oregon Public Broadcasting, American Field Guide recasts outdoors programming content from nearly 30 public television stations across the country in a convenient, on-demand format. The activities contained in this unit for teachers, Ocean Habitats: The Intertidal Zone, are designed to enable students to investigate the creatures of intertidal zones and how they've adapted to the conditions that they live in.

Beach-Net’s Beachcomber’s Checklist
Beach-Net is geared for visitors to the Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia coasts, but this checklist for beachcombers is appropriate for beachgoers of any coast.

New Jersey Scuba Diver’s Marine Biology Page
This site is maintained and designed for scuba divers who dive in New Jersey waters. In addition to its diving-related information, it includes a section on marine invertebrate classification and a marine life slideshow that includes many Atlantic marine invertebrates and fish. Use of the information by educators is encouraged.

Maine’s Ocean Habitats
This site, maintained by the Oceanside Meadows Institute for the Arts and Sciences (Prosect Harbor, Maine) features introductory information about Maine’s coastal habitats and their inhabitants.

Marine Bioinvasives of New England Shores
This website features information about (and lists of) invasive marine species in Massachusetts.

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