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Kissimmee River Educational Resources



The Kissimmee River Restoration Project is the largest river restoration project in the world! CES has developed many educational resources including videos, plant and animal identification sheets, and lesson plans with student worksheets.

Kissimmee River Lesson Plans  

To accompany our Kissimee River educational videos, CES created lesson plans with student-guided worksheets to assist students in capturing the key points presented. Our lesson plans focus on the following topics:

  • Wading Birds
  • Aquatic Invertebrates
  • Water Quality focusing on Dissolved Oxygen
View Our Kissimmee River Lesson Plans


Plant and Animal Identification Sheets

Birds of KOE Watershed

Birds of the KOE

Plants of KOE Watershed

Plants of the KOE

American Alligator

Snowy Vs Cattle Egret

Native and Exotic Fish

Anginga vs Cormorant


Aquatic Inv

Green Darner Dragonfly

Bats of Florida


Florida Apple Snails

Native & Exotic Apple Snail

FL State Symbols


The Kissimmee River: Food Web  

The Kissimmee River: Food Web video uses the Kissimmee River as a model for students to understand the importance of Florida ‘s wetlands. The video is designed for upper elementary and secondary students to learn about the food web dynamics, processes, flora, fauna and the scientific research being conducted as part of the Kissimmee River Restoration Project.

Kissimmee River Restoration: Then and Now 

Check out our new 12 minute video that provides an overview of the Kissimmee River’s rich history - the flooding, channelization, and ultimately, restoration. The video summarizes the research and engineering involved in completing the Kissimmee River Restoration project, the largest river restoration in the world.

From Dreams to Reality - Kissimmee River Restoration Phase 1

This video tells the history of the Kissimmee River - from the flooding in the 40's and 50's, to the channelization in the 60's and finally to the restoration still underway today. 

Watch the CES-produced video on YouTube or TeacherTube!

Rep. Soto Kayaks Kissimmee River Restoration from SFWMD

With the decades-long project to restore the historic Kissimmee River nearing completion, the South Florida Water Management District recently highlighted this success story for visiting U.S. Rep. Darren Soto.

Rep. Soto Kayaks Kissimmee River Restoration from SFWMD on Vimeo.

 Last Modified 4/3/23