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Do you have a love of nature? Are you interested in learning more about the world around you? EOL is a great, free resource for enthusiasts everywhere. You'll find podcasts, videos, species sounds, an extensive image library of species from around the world, tools for organizing species collections and much more. You can also share your observations, create customized field guides and join an EOL Community that shares your specific interests. Explore below to learn more about how to use EOL's free resources

Join EOL: EOL is a free resource! Browse EOL to learn about life on earth. To access EOL's tools such as Collections, you will need to create a free login.

Top EOL Resources for Enthusiasts

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

Collections and Communities

Collections & Communities

Make your own online species collection and invite friends and colleagues to join your community with the EOL Collections and Community features. Put in your collection anything on EOL that interests you: species information, images, video, sound, maps, etc. Organize, annotate and share your collection with anyone!  
Discover Collections & Communities
Collections Help
Communities Help



Become an observer of nature with iNaturalist! Use the tools and community to get you started uploading photos and descriptions of species you have found.

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

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

How Do You Use EOL?

Let us know how you are using EOL! Visit our Contact Us page and select "Learning and Education".

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.