Life in the Rain Forest
Explore online resources about rain forests.
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Before we venture into a rain forest, let's learn important facts about the Rain Forest Biome. This section, part of the Virtual Biomes series, explains what rain forests are like and where they're located around the world. Then let's jump over to the Kids Corner created by Rainforest Action Network. You'll find answers to kids' most frequently asked questions, like "What is a rain forest?" and "Why are they so important?" You just might be inspired to learn the steps kids can take to help save rain forests.
If you're legs aren't too tired, let's take another Journey Through a Rain Forest — this time in Costa Rica. The first-person journal entries and colorful photos make you feel like you're right there on the trail — encountering boa constrictors and hearing the shrill buzz of cicadas!
Finally, let's visit Rara Avis, a rain forest reserve in Costa Rica. Take time to explore the Rain Forest Photo Gallery, where you'll get a close-up look at the horned rhinoceros beetle, the owl butterfly with its 13 centimeter wingspan, and the passion flowers that attract insects and hummingbirds with their vibrant color.
Now that we've encountered the beauty and biodiversity of life in the rain forest, read Rain Forest Facts to learn about the frightening reality — that rain forests are being destroyed every day. For example, did you know that at the current rate of destruction, rain forests will be gone in 37 years?