Explore Biodiversity is a 501-C3 non-profit company started in 2003 by a small group of graduate science students. Everyone who works with Explore Biodiversity is both a trained scientist and an educator. As educators in science we saw the need for good, fun videos that can be utilized directly in the classroom by teachers. The only videos we found were both expensive and too long to show effectively in the classroom. We believe that useful videos should be short, engaging, and fun.
Since the creation of the company, the core team members, Rob Nelson, Jonas Stenstrom, and Hazen Audel have expanded the company to reach more than just their home schools. It's now an international program that can be used by anyone with an internet connection.
To date we have 8,000 web pages covering birds, plants, snakes, wildlife filmmaking, and the world's biomes. We're starting an educators portal for teachers to post and share lesson plans. We have a science podcast (EcoGeeks), and we're creating new, free, online videos for everyone to use.
We feel that Explore Biodiversity, and the new video podcasting outreach site, The Wild Classroom (EcoGeeks), is a site for everyone. We're making as many videos and lesson plans as we can with the help of educators across the globe. But we can't do it alone. Do you have time to help us out? Can you create a lesson plan for one of our upcoming videos, work on the science content for new pages, or donate video material for our outreach films. Whether you have spare time and energy to donate or some ideas of your own, we'd be happy to hear your thoughts and discuss your possible contributions. Visit the Contact Us page and drop us a line.