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EOL has free, easy-to-use resources and tools to help you learn and to support your projects. Whether you are a middle school or university student or participating in a museum or nature center activity, EOL has something for you. You can browse and use images, video, podcasts and text from EOL in your projects. Students of all ages are invited to help build EOL by adding images to the EOL Flickr image Group, create Collections on EOL and share observations. Explore below to see some of EOL's most popular features for students and life-long learners.

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 Students

podcasts and google earth

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 Collection of information, images, videos and more. Organize, annotate and share your collection with anyone! Make or join an EOL Community.
Discover Collections & Communities
Collections Help
Communities Help

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

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 Students Have to Say About EOL:

EOL is easy to use and has tons of information about living things. It's really helpful for school projects."

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 Students

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

Become an observer of nature with iNaturalist! Use the tools and community to start uploading observations of species that you have found and get help with identification.

Make a Field Guide
Create customized field guides by selecting the information you want from the Encyclopedia of Life. Use them online or print out your guides in a variety of formats.

Contribute Content
Share your species images and video through EOL.