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Science, Earth and Space Sciences, Career Skills

Resource Type

  • Podcasts, 7 minutes, 51 seconds

Regional Focus

Global, North America, United States, USA - Northeast, Connecticut

CT National Estuarine Research Reserve Podcast

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  • This podcast introduces listeners to stewards of The Connecticut Research Reserve, an estuary in Southeastern Connecticut that includes unique habitat types not found in other national estuarine research reserves in the Northeast.
  • Students will learn from experts with the Office For Coastal Management who help protect the estuary and work to preserve it to benefit the wildlife and the blue economy of the area.
Teaching Tips


  • This brief podcast easily lends itself to a lesson plan for a substitute teacher since students can listen to it within one class period.
  • Students will hear from two individuals with green careers who discuss the benefits of the "living laboratories" of estuaries and reserves. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need internet access and headphones if the teacher wishes for them to listen individually.
  • There is a transcript included, so students will be able to listen and read along.
  • Teachers and students can share the information via social media or access the podcast on various apps.
  • Students should be familiar with the term estuary.


  • Social studies teachers can have students listen to the podcast and use hard-copy maps to study the locations mentioned in the presentation.
  • English or economics teachers can have students work in small groups to research the phrase "blue economy,\" and then create academic paragraphs with examples of blue economies worldwide.
  • Students can use the transcript to highlight details to include in a summary or vocabulary they are unfamiliar with.
  • This podcast is just one of various topics, videos, articles, and other related links at the top of the webpage, so teachers can access enough information to create an ocean-themed unit.
Scientist Notes
This resource from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration offers an insightful overview of the establishment and significance of the Connecticut National Estuarine Research Reserve, emphasizing its role as a protected area for research, education, and coastal stewardship. Through interviews with NOAA experts, the podcast/text explains the rationale behind choosing the Connecticut location for the Reserve and its contribution to scientific understanding and community engagement. It discusses the ecological importance of the Reserve's habitat, spanning over 52,000 acres of state-owned lands and public trust waters in southeastern Connecticut. Furthermore, it explores the economic benefits of protecting estuarine resources and the Reserve's efforts to engage underrepresented communities and support the blue economy. The podcast/text is a valuable educational resource, showcasing the vital role of estuarine ecosystems and the collaborative efforts of organizations like NOAA in environmental conservation and management.

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

  • Social Studies
    • U.S. History: America in the World - Geography, People, and the Environment
      • 6.1.12.GeoHE.14.a: Evaluate the impact of individual, business, and government decisions and actions on the environment and climate change and assess the efficacy of government policies and agencies in New Jersey and the United States in addressing these decisions.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-3. Create a computational simulation to illustrate the relationships among the management of natural resources, the sustainability of human populations, and biodiversity.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking & Listening (K-12)
      • SL.II.6.2 Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
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