Breathtaking catalog of living things inspires conservation.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

ARKive inspires kids and families to love and protect nature.

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Sexy stuff
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Users are encouraged to donate to ARKive and fund the digital documentation of all the living things on the planet.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that ARKive is a digital library that contains over 100,000 high-quality videos and photographs of the word's animals, plants, and fungi. Their goal is to create a durable record of our planet's biodiversity and they're currently focusing on endangered species. ARKive is jam-packed with interesting information and activities to help kids learn more. Games on the site are fun but don't promote learning as well as the lesson resources.

What kids can learn



  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • animals


Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • honoring the community

Engagement, Approach, Support


Vivid images and fun activities and games will draw kids in; 100,000 videos and photos will keep them coming back. 

Learning Approach

Activities in each lesson build on each other and give kids a way to develop their own understanding. Games on the site are fun but don't promote learning as well as the lesson resources.


Lesson plans have extensions for advanced kids or links to additional activities. Unfortunately, games, quizzes, and activities are heavily text-based, making them less accessible to kids with varying learning needs.

What kids can learn



  • biology
  • ecosystems
  • animals


Responsibility & Ethics

  • learning from consequences
  • honoring the community

Kids can learn about over 15,000 of the world's endangered species with this site that focuses on the amazing diversity of living things on our earth. Videos show close-up, rare footage like birds courting or whales feeding on krill. In-depth learning activities are available on topics like evolution, conservation, classification, and ecology. ARKive uses powerful images and videos to capture kids' attention and make them want to learn more.

This Learning Rating review was written by Emily Pohlonski

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What's it about?

ARKIVE is a free online resource that gathers the best virtual documentation of endangered animals, plants, and fungi. Gripping videos, photographs, and information catalog 15,000 of the world's endangered species. Additional activities are organized into age categories for kids 5-18 years old with the most materials in the 7-11 and 11-14 age groups. Topics focus on biodiversity, human impact, and evolution.

Is it any good?


ARKive videos and pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Lovers of the natural world will be tempted to spend hours exploring these rare glimpses into life on the planet. The learning resources and activities are top notch with lots of opportunities for kids to expand on what they already know. Kids will think the games are fun and want to play again and again. Keep in mind that in games like Team Wild, kids may learn nuggets of information, like about captive breeding programs, but the game itself is simply based on eye hand coordination. ARKive is digitally preserving living things and giving kids a chance to marvel at our planet's resources.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about choices we make and how they affect the living things around us.

  • Families can also get involved in conservation efforts for an endangered species.

  • For families interested in social responsibility and global awareness check out our list of Sites That Help Kids Do Good.

Website details

Topics:Science and nature
Award:Webby Award
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 10 years old August 17, 2013

Pretty good.

This website has a couple of fun games. No big OMG THIS WEBSITE IS SOOO COOL!!!!!
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