Following is a list of freeware that provides resources related to nature, wildlife, and ecology. Before you access any software or apps, please read our disclaimer and permissions page if you haven't already done so.

Animal Planet Panda Cams
By Discovery Channel Online. Watch Giant Pandas at the National Zoo.

Animal Sounds Library
By Busch Entertainment Corporation. Listen to a variety of animal sounds.

Animals Abound Teacher's Guide
By Busch Entertainment Corporation. The Animals Abound Teacher's Guide for grades P-5 was developed to help you teach your students - in an active, hands-on way - about the world around them and how animals adapt to survive in different habitats.

ARS Image Gallery
By US Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. Want a picture of a fruit fly? How about a picture of a riparian buffer zone? This site provides high-quality images available for direct download in three sizes: thumbnail, in-line size, and full screen. Image categories include crops, insects, plants, animals, education, fruits/veggies, illustrations, lab research, and field research (soil/water).

Beach Recreation Areas (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . Beaches and shoreline recreation areas in the US with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

Bob Atkins Photography Nature and Wildlife Images
By Bob Atkins Photography. Awesome nature and wildlife images (copyright Bob Atkins). Permission to use normally granted by Bob Atkins for non-commercial use without charge in exchange for a photo credit and a link back to his info page.

Common Game Fish of the Mountain-Prairie Region
By US Fish and Wildlife Service. Photos of common game fish of the mountain-prairie region of the US

By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. An advisory tool to help managers evaluate effects of forest conditions and existing or proposed management activities on organisms that use snags and down wood. DecAID also can help managers decide on snag and down wood sizes and levels needed to help meet wildlife management objectives of forests in Washington and Oregon.

By World Wildlife Fund. E-Cards are the "postcards of the Internet". You may send an E-Card to anyone with Web access and an e-mail account. Every E-Card you send enables us to contribute to the World Wildlife Fund.

By The Global Education Project. Earth is a graphic look at the state of the world. This online resource presents data and commentaries on the condition of the world's environment - both natural and human - using 15 maps and 99 charts and graphs to create one big picture.

EarthTrends:The Environmental Information Portal
By World Resources Institute. An online collection of information regarding the environmental, social, and economic trends that shape our world. EarthTrends offers the public a large breadth of statistical, graphic, and analytical data in easily accessible formats.

Eco Index
By The Outdoor Industry Association & European Outdoor Group. The Eco Index is an environmental assessment tool designed to advance sustainability practices within the outdoor industry. It provides companies throughout the supply chain a way to benchmark and measure their environmental footprint, allowing them to identify areas for improvement and make informed sourcing and product life cycle decisions.

Ecological Art Galleries
By Nohra Corredor. Art with an ecological theme.

eNature Contests and Quizzes
By Test your knowledge with quizzes like: "Do You Know Your Scat" or "How Wild is Your Garden"

eNature Field Guides
By Guide to over 5,500 North American plants and animals, with detailed descriptions and photographs. Includes amphibians, birds, butterflies, fishes, insects, mammals, reptiles, seashells, seashore creatures, spiders, trees, and wildflowers. Also includes a habitat gallery and create your own backyard wildlife habitat.

eNature Screensavers
By Add screensavers to your computer (for PCs and Macs).

Encyclopedia of Life
By Encyclopedia of Life Partners. The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites—one for each of the approximately 1.8 million known species. Each site is constantly evolving and features dynamically synthesized content ranging from historical literature and biological descriptions to stunning images, videos and distribution maps.

Endangered Means There Is Still Time
By US Fish and Wildlife Service. Educational slides and quiz about endangered species.

Endangered Means There's Still Time Slide Show Images
By US Fish and Wildlife Service. Slide program with cool photos on endangered species in their natural surroundings.

Endangered Species Picture Book
By US Environmental Protection Agency. This picture book will introduce you to 21 endangered and threatened plants and animals found in the United States. Print the pages and use your crayons to bring to life oceans, swamps, deserts, islands and a variety of plants and animals.

Ensembl Genome Browser
By EMBL-EBI and the Sanger Institute. Ensembl provides access to state-of-the-art, automatic annotation of human genomic data, as well as genomic data for chimps, rats, mosquitoes, zebra fish, fruitflies, mice, and more.

Exploring Our Parks
By National Parks Conservation Association. Tour US national parks. Intended to inspire you to visit the park and to join in protecting them for today and tomorrow.

Fish Collection
By Natural History Museum of Los Angeles (NHM). An interactive, online database of information from the NHM fish collection. The collection contains an estimated five million specimens, of which roughly three million are catalogued.

Fisheries Learning on the Web (FLOW)
By Michigan Sea Grant College Program. A comprehensive curriculum about the Great Lakes ecosystem. Lessons are geared toward educators who teach upper elementary and middle school students. Each lesson is aligned with national and state curriculum standards for science and social studies and features a hands-on classroom activity. Topics include Food Web, Water, and Fish.

Flora of Europe
By A. Voswinkel. A photographic herbarium. More than 600 photos of flora in Europe (photos are copyrighted).

Green TV
By United Nations Environment Programme. is the broadband TV channel for environmental films. is the first website to bring together films from a whole range of environmental organisations and independent filmmakers and make them available to anyone anywhere.

By INaturalist LLC. Record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. If enough people recorded their observations, it would be like a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity, and that anyone could use to learn more about nature. Available for iPhone, Android and on the web.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Download
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Download information on species names and their hierarchical classification. Includes taxonomic information of flora and fauna from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Query
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Query information on species names and their hierarchical classification. Includes taxonomic information of flora and fauna from both aquatic and terrestrial habitats.

Interactive Tide Charts
By Roy McMorran. Generates tide charts for various locations in the US and Canada.

International Parks
By Orbitz Away LLC . Parks around the world arranged by country, with brief descriptions and links to more information

Journey North App
By Annenberg Learner. Journey North engages students in a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change. K-12 students share their own field observations with classmates across North America. They track the coming of spring through the migration patterns of monarch butterflies, robins, hummingbirds, whooping cranes, gray whales, bald eagles— and other birds and mammals; the budding of plants; changing sunlight; and other natural events. The Journey North app allows teachers and students to record and submit their observations while they are in the field.

Journey North Online
By Annenberg Learner. Journey North is an Internet-based program that explores the interrelated aspects of seasonal change. Through interrelated investigations, students discover that sunlight drives all living systems and they learn about the dynamic ecosystem that surrounds and connects them. Find migration maps, images, standards-based lesson plans, activities and information to help students make local observations and fit them into a global context.

Man and the Bioshere (MAB) Species Databases
By US Man and the Biosphere. Database of plants and animals reported from the world's biosphere reserves and other protected areas

MyEnvironment App
By Australian Government, Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. Anyone with an Apple iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can download MyEnvironment and use it to search for information about heritage sites, wetlands, national parks and protected plants and animals in any Australian location.

National Forests
By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Information on national forests and national grasslands by name, by state, or via an interactive map.

National Forests (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . National forests with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

National Historic Sites (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . National historic sites in the US with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

National Listing of Fish and Wildlife Advisories
By US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water. Information describing fish consumption advisories in the United States.

National Scenic Byways and Drives (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . National scenic drives in the US with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

National Scenic Trails (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . National scenic trails with brief descriptions and mileage.

National Wild and Scenic Rivers (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . Information on more than 150 rivers in the US.

National Wild and Scenic Rivers System
By US National Park Service. A list of wild and scenic rivers, listed by state, with links to more information

Nature Near You App
By The Nature Conservancy. Interact with the world around you by exploring photos and nature preserves near you. Photograph your experience and share it with your social networks. Enjoy the Photo of the Day, Nature News and downloadable wallpaper.

Nature's Notebook
By Douglas Meredith/National Phenology Network. Nature's Notebook is a citizen science program for observing and recording plant and animal life cycle events, like flowering and bird migration (also known as phenology). Available for Android, iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Register at to share observations with researchers.

Nature's Notebook Online
By USA National Phenology Network. A national plant and animal phenology observation program. You can join thousands of other individuals who are providing valuable observations that scientists, educators, policy makers, and resource managers are using to understand how plants and animals are responding to climate change and other environmental changes. Search for photos and other information on plants and animals.

NatureFind App
By NatureFind. Helps you find nature nearby with thousands of nature places and events. For iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

NatureFind Online
By NatureFind. Provides information on great nature places and events.

NOAA Photo Collection
By US National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). More than 10,000 downloadable photos and images of oceans, the atmosphere, and the history of the pioneers who began the study of the environment in the United States.

Ocean Discovery Teacher's Guide
By Sea World, Inc.. Students will learn about the ocean by exploring marine animal adaptations and diversity. They will begin to develop a sense of stewardship for the oceans and the animals that live there.

Outdoor Arts and Crafts
By Disney. Arts and crafts using things you find outdoors

Pangea Safari App
By Tembo. The Pangea Safari iPhone app is an ecosystem sim game about food webs and the fragility, resilience and interdependence of species. Players create and protect thriving ecosystems, striving to prevent extinction.

Planet Ark Environmental News Pictures
By Planet Ark. Nothing beats the power of a good photograph. Reading about rainforest deforestation doesn't have the same impact as a picture of native indians walking through recently burnt rainforest. Thanks to sponsorship from Reuter's News Agency, Planet Ark is very proud to bring you the latest environmental news pictures.

Planet Ark Environmental News Videos
By Planet Ark. Planet Ark is very proud to bring you the latest environmental news videos.

Plants Data
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Allows you to search the PLANTS database by the state you select.

Plants Image Gallery
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Lots and lots of great photos of plants

Plants National Database
By US Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service. Search lots of information on plants by scientific or common name or plant ID. Select "Query Database" button. Can also search by Wetlands, Endangered, Phylogenetic, Economic Important, or Noxious Plants.

Project Noah
By Networked Organisms. Project Noah is a tool to explore and document wildlife and a platform to harness the power of citizen scientists everywhere. Download the iPhone app and help build an active community where users can view submissions, help identify species, choose their favorite photos, follow their favorite contributors and discuss their encounters. Users can also make submissions directly from the web.
By National Park Foundation. Information about recreation on US federal lands

Red List of Threatened Species
By International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction. The main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those taxa that are facing a higher risk of global extinction.

Seafood Selector
By Environmental Defense. An interactive web tool for consumers concerned about their diet, their health, and their environment. A team of scientists, programmers, and editors reportedly worked for more than a year to build the database tool, which is filled with delicious recipes and important safety and health facts for over 150 species of fish.

Seafood Watch App
By Monterey Bay Aquarium Foundation. Brings you up-to-date recommendations for ocean-friendly seafood and sushi and lets you share the locations of restaurants and markets where you’ve found sustainable seafood. Available for iPhone and Android.

Smokey Bear Games
By US Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. Games that relate to fire fighting.

Snap-Shot Wallpaper
By Snap-Shot Wallpaper. Enhance your computer's desktop with a photo from a gallery of more than 3,000 images. Images include travel and city landscapes, animals and wildlife, landscapes and scenic, flowers and plants, sharks and ocean animals, transportation and aviation, and other images.

US National Campground Guide
By Fred and Suzi Dow. Find a campground by state and activity.

US National Monuments (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . National monuments in the US with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

US National Parks Guide (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . National parks with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

US Wilderness Areas (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . Wilderness areas in the US with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

US Wildlife Areas (GORP)
By Orbitz Away LLC . Wildlife areas in the US with brief descriptions and information on facilities.

USDA Photography Services
By US Department of Agriculture. View or download more than 20,000 images. Photo tags include beef, conservation, food safety, forestry, farms, and many more.

USFWS National Digital Library
By US Fish and Wildlife Service. A searchable collection of selected images, historical artifacts, audio clips, publications, and video and that are in the public domain. Includes cool photos of wildlife, fish, plants, refuges, hatcheries and habitats (and even some shots of Fish and Wildlife personnel for your scrapbook)

Virtual Herb Garden
By Aetna InteliHealth, Inc.. Learn how various herbs can help with relieve headache, stomach ache, depression, mental alertness and more.

Virtual Parks
By Erik Goetze. View over 700+ panoramic photos and see what it's like to be at the superlative parks of California (and Utah). Uses Quick Time by Apple (available free via download).

By Percevia. Identify birds of North America with a few clicks using our parametric search engine.

WWF Together App
By World Wildlife Fund. This interactive experience in this iPhone/iPad app brings you closer to the stories of elephants, whales, rhinos and other fascinating species. Discover their lives and the work of WWF in a way you’ve never seen before. Try out “tiger vision,” stay as still as the polar bear during a hunt, and chop the panda’s bamboo. New species stories — which you can fold and share with the world — are added regularly.

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