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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Breathtaking catalog of living things inspires conservation.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

ARKive inspires kids and families to love and protect nature.

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

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What 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.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bybenjaminwaner May 13, 2017


Excellent resource for learning about threatened species, although overall EOL has more content.
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!!!!!

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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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For kids who love science and animals

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