Educator Resources

  Education Applications and Tools

This mobile app takes users through an interactive journey of our planet’s terrestrial landscapes, oceans and seas, frozen ice caps, atmosphere and clouds, geologic terrains, topography, nautical charts, natural hazards, human impacts, and many other earth and environmental science topics. Download from the Apple App Store.
GeoMapApp is an Earth science exploration and visualization application that is part of the Marine Geoscience Data System.  GeoMapApp  provides direct access to the global high resolution (~100 m node spacing) bathymetry from multibeam data for ocean areas and Shuttle Radar Topography Mission elevations over land.  User tutorials provided. 
Marine Geoscience Data System   
Marine Geoscience Data System provides access to data portals for multiple NSF science research programs. These portals were developed and are maintained as a single integrated system with free public access to a wide variety of primarily marine geoscience data collected during expeditions throughout the global oceans.
This web-based app explores changing sea level and the various factors that control the location of the shoreline. Through question-based exploration, users examine why sea level changes, where it is changing currently, what it has been like in the past, and who is vulnerable. Supporting activities are available on the polar education page.
Integrates the  GeoMapApp  tool suite with the  NASA World Wind  3-D Earth browser to create a powerful new platform for interdisciplinary research and education.  
Teacher Materials by Grade Level
Activities designed for younger students focused on topics of climate, including the role of ocean circulation.
Using sound to illustrate, explore and reveal the structure and dynamics of the Earth. 
The MARGINS program is a large collaborative research program focused on the interdisciplinary investigation of the Earth’s Continental margins the principal loci for producing hydrocarbon and metal resources, for earthquake, landslide, volcanic and climatic hazards, and for the greatest population density. A series of undergraduate/high school level Mini-Lessons has been developed covering topics in oceanography, marine geology, tectonics, geophysics, structural geology, petrology. 
High School Environmental Science, Participation in Government, and Public Policy classes participate in this unique program on sustainable land use planning, exploring land use planning decisions and consequences through a collaborative, hands-on project that culminates in working with local professionals.
All grades
Antarctica’s Gamburtsev Province – An expedition to locate subglacial mountains under several miles of glacial ice in East Antarctica. 
These activities have been developed through a series of research and outreach initiatives that are ongoing. Each activity has been tested through teacher workshops, classroom work or community events. 
Professional Development / Volunteer Opportunities
Laboratory for Ocean Drilling, Observation, and Sampling (LODOS) –Teachers @ Sea
LODOS facilitates drilling-related science and education connected to the International Oceanographic Drilling Program. There is a Teachers at Sea Program for teachers to participate in cruises, as well as a series of curriculum called School of Rock.
Earth2Class is a series of Saturday and summer workshops paired with a website with extensive curriculum materials that are offered as a unique partnership between scientists, education technology specialists, and classroom teachers. The workshops are centered on the theme of Earth Sciences and are aligned with state-wide learning standards and educational outcomes. Educators will not only receive scientific talks and training on specific topics but will also have immediate access to a range of online resources that will allow them to extend classroom learning.

Cool Projects & Places

Hudson River Field Station (200 Ferry Road, Piermont Pier, Piermont, NY)
Our Field Station is a hub for both education and research. Situated about 1 mile into the Hudson River at the end of Piermont Pier, the station is used for class visits, workshops, weekend science events, citizen science projects, and student research. Ongoing monitoring of the Hudson River occurs through instrumentation on the pier and is networked into the Hudson River Environmental Observing System. The station is fully stocked with equipment and sampling supplies for field visits by schools, and includes a set of interactive exhibits and teaching tools.

Day in the LIfe of the Hudson River

In partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the Observatory has worked with researchers and educators to sample, learn, and engage with the Hudson River through hands-on experiments for the past 11 years. The interactive program has seen over 23,000 participants, including students and educators, to collect data along different sites by the river regarding currents, salinity levels, and vegetation.
The County's water supply faces both quantity and quality issues. Despite the county's moderate population and fairly high annual rain and snowfall, there have been periodic droughts; reservoirs are relatively small compared to annual demand, and groundwater contamination is a problem in some areas. 
Educational information on shipboard coring, what to look at in a core, and what is the core repository. 
This program is focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – the STEM disciplines – and effectively links advanced graduate students and their research to middle and high school teachers and their students in Title I/III schools throughout New York City. 
A research observation program made up of a  network of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) monitoring stations, providing real time and archived CO2 and meteorological data for researchers, students, the general public, and policy makers.
Lamont scientists have worked with teachers to create activities in which students interpret carefully selected snippets of authentic science data to extract insights about the workings of the Earth and environment. Currently, a suite of 6 puzzles has been developed that allows students to experience the “aha moment” at the heart of scientific discovery while strengthening quantitative reasoning and knowledge integration skills.
International Polar Year research scientists provide polar activities and resources on polar science initiatives.


Data, Data, and More Data!

Lamont researchers in partnership with Queens College and Hudson River Riverkeeper have collected data that are available to the public on sewage indicating microbes.
HRECOS is an environmental observing program established on the Hudson River Estuary from Troy south to the New York/New Jersey Harbor to provide geographically distributed high frequency real-time data on six different locations on the Hudson River. Includes curriculum and ‘stories’ integrated with data.