This site offers several ways to explore the importance of estuaries. Virtual tours of the Barataria-Terrebone Estuarine Complex and the Long Island Sound offer photos and text of each area explain their importance to humans, wildlife, and larger ecosystems. Additional resources for kids and adults are linked. A glossary page offers a list of vocabulary associated with estuaries. The site also offers a games and activities section for kids that has coloring sheets for young children, and inquiry-based interactive games for older kids. The games include a "Who Am I" animal identification game, and a game called "Solve a Mystery" where players must follow and investigation into what's wrong with an estuary, and make a decision on the cause of the problem. There are several possible mysteries to solve, each with a different solution.
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DLESE Catalog ID: DWEL-000-000-000-124
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Publisher: Environmental Protection Agency - Office of Wetlands, Oceans, and Watersheds