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Around the world, educators are using EOL's free resources in creative ways to structure lessons and plan activities. Harness EOL's features to support your teaching activities in formal or informal settings. Below are some of EOL's most popular resources for educators. Take a look and let us hear your ideas for how to make EOL a trusted, reliable and user-friendly resource for educators.

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Top EOL Resources for Educators

EOL Taxon Pages

EOL Taxon Pages

Research a species, find images for use in a class project or contribute to EOL. Taxon pages are organized around a standard Table of Contents and have text descriptions, images, maps, names, classifications, video and more that can be re-used for your project.
Overview of an EOL page
How to cite EOL

Google Earth Tour Videos

Podcasts and Google Earth Tours

Lend an ear and discover the wonders of nature around the world and right outside your back door with EOL's One Species at a Time Podcasts, Google Earth Tours and podcasts from our content partners.
Google Earth Tours

Collections and Communities

Collections & Communities

Make your own online EOL Collections. Collect anything on EOL that interests you: species information, images, video, sound, maps, and people. Organize, annotate and share your collections with anyone.  Use them to make EOL field guides, checklists for real-time observations and more. Start or join an EOL Community.
Discover Collections & Communities
Collections Help
Collections for Educators

EOL Field Guides

Field Guides

Create customized field guides by selecting the information you want from the Encyclopedia of Life. You can edit them for your needs. Use them online or print out your guides in a variety of formats.
Introduction to Field Guides 
Field Guide Tool

Student Contributions

Student Contributions

Under the direction of their instructors, undergraduate and graduate students can research and write brief summaries or comprehensive descriptions for species on EOL.
Student Contributions to EOL

What Educators Have to Say About EOL:

I love the fact that teachers can create collections relevant to their curriculum. I love the idea of students being able to participate as citizen scientists and see science as part of the world around them, not just an abstraction they study in school."

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Additional EOL Resources for Educators 

Topics in Biodiversity
Looking for a place to get started with EOL? Start with these introductory articles to learn more about life on Earth.

Tools and Resources
Learn about tools and resources that can help enhance educational activities.

Model Projects
See examples of how EOL is being used for educational purposes.

Join a Mission
Missions are timely projects and activities where EOL needs help.