I am surprised that I have not run across ARKive before. I recently learned about this Website through my librarian listserv. I am so glad that this information was shared with me so I can in turn share it with you.
ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative from the charity Wildscreen. Its purpose is to use information contributed by the world’s best wildlife filmmakers, photographers, conservationists and scientists and present the material in a fun and interesting manner. You do not need to create an account and the site is free. Material is presented across age groupings from 5 through 18. Of course adults can find plenty on the site to stimulate their interest as well.
You can search for information by species, places or topic designation. Each category has multiple sub-categories so you can broaden or narrow your search as much as you need. Photographs, news articles and videos are available to all users.
In addition to the prior methods of presentation, ARKive endeavors to make learning fun as well. There is a blog where readers can read about and view quick facts with up-to-date news about wildlife from around the world. You can sign up to have the blog sent to your e-mail whenever there is a new post. The blog can be searched by recent posts or by category if there is something specific you are looking for.
ARKive also presents Team Wild. You can join this “squadron of superheroes” as they work to protect and conserve the plant and animal species on our planet. There are four teams you can join: 6 or under; 7-10; 11-13 and 14+. Information is presented in an interesting and interactive manner.
Users can also choose to play Survival – an endangered species game. Players race against the clock as they go through a number of mini-games to discover the identity of our most endangered animals. The game has beautiful color photographs and users will have to use all their skills in order to become a top survivor.
For those of you who are “arts and crafty” there are even activities that you can download for fun. Be able to create origami of different plant and animal species, go on treasure hunts, create a shoe-box habitat and find links to other safe hands-on adventures.
So whether you are looking to learn about science, have a fun interactive for your students or child or just having some fun while viewing spectacular images from around our planet, ARKive may be just the site for you.