Rainforests are often studied at school particularly the Amazonian Rainforest in Brazil. They are studied for their diversity of wildlife and plants, to show what effect human activity can have on an ecosystem, the need for conservation projects and to discuss the difficulties which can hamper the success of the conservation projects.
Here are several websites with material on rainforests.
Cyber Zoo – gives information on the boa constrictor, the collared peccary, kinkajou, poison arrow frog, red ruffed lemur and whites tree frog.
Rainforest Action Network – a very informative site about the rainforest and also gives advice on how children can help protect the rainforest.
Children's Tropical Forests – fact sheets on the physical environment, plants, animals and indigenous people, their destruction, the consequences and what must be done to save them.
Rainforest Live – a very informative site with a description of a rainforest, and information on animals, plants, people which live there and also how the rainforests are being destroyed.
Amazon Interactive – Explore the geography of the Ecuadorian Amazon through online games and activities. For older children.
Project Rainforest – This web site was created to educate others about the tropical rainforests in an explorative and interactive manner as well as encouraging users to share ideas about conservation of the rainforests. For older children.
Enchanted Learning – Informative site giving a lot of information on rainforests.
Books on the rainforest
Deep in the Rain Forest: Predators in the Rain Forest by Saviour Pirotta and published by Hodder Wayland.
Deep in the Rain Forest: Rivers in the Rain Forest by Saviour Pirotta and published by Hodder Wayland.
DK Eye Wonder: Rainforest by Helen Sharman and published by Dorling Kindersley.
Bloomin' Rainforests by Anita Ganeri, illustrated by Mike Phillips and published by Scholastic Hippo.
In the Rainforest by Barbara Taylor and published by Ticktock Publishing.
Rainforest Explorer by Sue Nicholson and published by Tangerine Press.
Jungle (Eyewitness Guides) by Theresa Greenaway and Geoff Stann (photographer) and published by Dorling Kindersley.
A Walk in the Rainforest by Kristin Joy Pratt and published by Dawn Publications.