The Beagle.
Artwork by Max-Karl Winkler.
Galápagos: Education was developed by the National Science Teachers Association for teachers and parents who are interested in educational activities about the Galápagos Islands. Developed in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution and the Imax film Galapagos, this Web site supports teaching and learning about biology, ecology, geology, and the unifying concepts of science. One of those unifying concepts is evolution—that series of changes, some gradual, some sporadic, that accounts for the present form and function of objects, organisms, and systems.

NSTA Position Statement: The Teaching of Evolution
NSTA supports the position that evolution is a major unifying concept of science and should be included as part of K-College science frameworks and curricula. NSTA recognizes that evolution has not been emphasized in science curricula in a manner commensurate to its importance because of official policies, intimidation of science teachers, the general public's misunderstanding of evolutionary theory, and a century of controversy.

The Creation Controversy & The Science Classroom
The Creation Controversy & The Science Classroom features the article "Effective Strategies for Teaching Controversial Topics" by Craig E. Nelson, Ph.D. and a revision of our popular publication Modern Science and the Book of Genesis by James W. Skehan, S.J., Ph.D.

Ecology and Evolution: Islands of Change
Several of the activities featured in this website are adaptations from NSTA's full-length book Ecology and Evolution: Islands of Change. Focusing on island biogeography, ecology, and evolution, the activities use the Galápagos as a theme throughout, but also make connections to students' local environments.

Science, Evolution, and Creationism
Both this book and a brochure explaining the position of the National Academies regarding this topic are available to download at no charge from this site. This web page also features a downloadable audio book and a podcast of the book, both of which are free. There is also a link to "Tools for Understanding Evolution," a set that includes Science, Evolution, and Creationism, Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science, and Evolution in Hawaii: A Supplement to Teaching About Evolution and the Nature of Science.

Voices for Evolution
Brought to you by the National Center for Science Education and the American Association for the Advancement for Science, as part of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion, Voices for Evolution provides extensive links to the legal background behind the evolution controversy, as well as information provided by scientific, educational, religious, and civil libertarian organizations.

Theory and History of Evolutionary Thought
This online exhibit at the Museum of Paleontology at the University of California, Berkeley provides detailed information on the major players in the history of evolutionary theory.

Online Resources
Galápagos film
In 1998-99 the Smithsonian and Imax Ltd. led expeditions to the Galápagos Islands to make the 3D film Galápagos. Visit the Imax Galápagos Web site to learn about the making of the film and where it is currently playing.

Virtual Galápagos
Take a virtual expedition to the Galápagos with TerraQuest. Learn about the islands' history, wildlife, geology, and contemporary social issues.

Galápagos is the home site to the Charles Darwin Research Station, Charles Darwin Foundation, and Galápagos Conservation Trust Web sites.

Voyage of the Beagle
Richard Benz, author of Ecology and Evolution: Islands of Change, also authored this Access Excellence/Biology Place sponsored Web site about Charles Darwin and his famous Voyage of the Beagle. This site is designed for teachers to use directly with their students.

Explore Galápagos
Explore Galápagos is the Discovery Channel School's site with images, facts, and games about the islands.

Galápagos Geology
The Department of Geological Sciences at Cornell University hosts this site on the Web, featuring the geology, climate, oceanography, and history of the islands.

Galápagos Volcano Tour
Volcano World provides a virtual tour of the hot spot volcanoes that caused the Galápagos Islands.

Galápagos: Pressures on Paradise
The World Wildlife Fund's Web site on Galápagos conservation, as well as background information on the islands.

Adventures in the Galápagos
Written by Dr. Carole Baldwin, marine biologist from the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, after her multiple trips to the Galápagos Islands during the course of filming the Imax movie Galápagos, this article can be downloaded in PDF format.

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