science education

Exploring Nature Educational Resource:

Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science Resources for K-12


Biomes of the World, Habitats, rain forests, deserts, oceans, grasslands, forests, polar region,

A biome's location on Earth depends upon the climate – rainfall amounts and temperature, mostly. Soil type also has an effect. Explore all the different biomes of world below. Discover each biome's location on Earth (range), landforms and vegetation (habitat), and native animals and plants. Each biome also comes with one or more full color mini-poster for display.

National Science Standards

NGSS Life Science Progression Standards K-12

LS2.A Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
K-2 Plants depend on water and light to grow, and also depend on animals for pollination or to move their seeds around.
3-5 The food of almost any animal can be traced back to plants. Organisms are related in food webs in which some animals eat plants for food and other animals eat the animals that eat plants, while decomposers restore some materials back to the soil.
6-8 Organisms and populations are dependent on their environmental interactions both with other living things and with nonliving factors, any of which can limit their growth. Competitive, predatory, and mutually beneficial interactions vary across ecosystems but the patterns are shared.

LS2.C Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

K-2 N/A
3-6 When the environment changes some organisms survive and reproduce, some move to new locations, some move into the transformed environment, and some die.
6-8 Ecosystem characteristics vary over time. Disruptions to any part of an ecosystem can lead to shifts in all of its populations. The completeness or integrity of an ecosystem’s biodiversity is often used as a measure of its health. has more than 2,000 illustrated animals. Read about them, color them, label them, learn to draw them.

cheetah, tiger, panda, fox, bear, cougar