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Kids are curious about Gulf oil spill – NWF supplies answers

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is shown in these two images from instruments onboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft. The left image is from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer; the right, higher resolution inset image is from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer. (Photo courtesy NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team)


Parents, teachers and care givers might be stumped when their kids ask questions about the oil spill. How do you answer those questions in terms children will understand without unduly scaring them? Are there things kids can do so they don’t feel so helpless?

The National Wildlife Federation has developed a website with lots of information for kids which includes resources for adults too so they can be better equipped when being asked for answers.

The site includes:
* Kids ask Ranger Rick about the oil spill – (Ranger Rick from the National Wildlife Federation’s award-winning children’s magazine)
* Helping wildlife in trouble – See how experts and volunteers are helping wetlands and wildlife survive the oil spill?
* What is a wetland and why are they important?
* Wet Bits – Facts about wetlands
* What can kids do to help?
* Books to read – Children’s books about wetlands and the impact oil spills can have on them.
* Guide for parents and teachers on how to talk with kids about the oil spill
* Lesson plans on wetlands and the oil spill

Visit the web site at

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