Here are resources that will be useful background for developing iSWOOP programs. They are grouped by central ideas.

Getting Started

Considering adding iSWOOP to what you do? Here are some ideas for how to begin.

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Developing an iSWOOP program

Ranger Melinda McFarland reflects on her process developing a program to highlight park-based research on landscape succession. With some trepidation, she takes on geology and the challenge to make her evening program interactive.

iSWOOP Questions

iSWOOP Questions

Searching for the Primeval Forest (Outline)

Searching for the Primeval Forest (Slides)

Visual literacy

Science literacy

Visitor interaction

Science Content


A library of frog calls

Please credit Dr. Robert (Bob) Brodman

Not only can wood frogs survive freezing temperatures, but they benefit from cold weather. Check out this video on wood frogs(

Annotated _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_June2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm  (keynote)   &  _INDU-iSWOOP-VisualLibrary_Julu2017-TEMPLATE1-mm_annotated_LAmm (pdf) of the visual library (June 2016 version).

This lesson plan includes information on wetlands: how they form, who lives there, things affecting them (like pollution). Ranger Shelby Hoyert says, “You could easily talk about wetlands and then bring in Dr. Bob’s research. This could be used in conjunction with the iPad visuals as well!”


Jug-o-Rum, an article discussing the purpose behind frog songs and vocalizations.  Written by Susan Shea as featured in The Outside Story, a weekly ecology essay series published by Northern Woodlands magazine.




Joshua Tree

Bringing Together Art and Science to Save Joshua Trees, essay by Juniper Harrower

Juniper’s slides on moths and fungal interactions:

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  • Jacquelyn’s recommendations for reading on paleoecology:
    • After the Ice Age
    • Forests in Time
    • Twilight of the Mammoth
    • How to Clone a Wooly Mammoth
    • Ice Ages and Solving the Mystery
    • Once and Future Giants
    • Changing Nature of the Maine Woods






The Mystery of Why This Dangerous Sand dune Swallowed a Boy

Prothonotary Warblers

Researcher Katie Percy’s Annual Report for 2017 

Researcher Katie Percy’s Annual Report 2016

Why Care About Birds?

Fall Birding in Louisiana

Read more on the Birds of Louisiana’s Coast: A Landscape of Virtual Habitats

To learn more about nano-tags and bird identification, Katie recommends the following links:






The Salamanders that refuse to grow up




Sea Level Rise


  • Interactive Maps


Sea level rise analysis


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association


Climate Odyssey Interactive Map