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The Nature Conservancy


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Engineering

Resource Type

  • Ebooks

Regional Focus

North America, United States

Naturally Resilient Communities

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  • This collection of articles from The Nature Conservancy features 30 solutions and 23 case studies that focus on protecting communities from natural hazards. 
  • The solutions and case studies can be organized by hazard type, region, community type, scale, and cost. 
  • Students can click on specific solutions and case studies to read more about each one. 

Teaching Tips


  • Students can find solutions tailored to their community's challenges.
  • Many of the solutions proposed are nature-based solutions.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The regions listed are specific to the continental United States, but many of the solutions can be applied globally.
  • Students can download a PDF of the specific strategies that align with each natural hazard.


  • Teachers could assign communities and students could find solutions for them.
  • Students could debate the best solution for their community.
  • Students could read a case study and present the solution to the class.
  • Other resources related to these topics include this video on using natural solutions to combat climate change, this data set on urban water risks and solutions, and Project Drawdown's Table of Solutions.
Scientist Notes
The resource spotlights local strategies deployed to control natural hazards such as storm surges and coastal flooding in communities. It is suitable for students to learn these strategies and replicate them in their environment. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-2. Analyze and interpret data on natural hazards to forecast future catastrophic events and inform the development of technologies to mitigate their effects.
      • MS-ESS3-3. Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment.
      • HS-ESS3-4. Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
    • ETS1: Engineering Design
      • HS-ETS1-2. Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
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