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Discover Life's goal is to help study, conserve, and enjoy nature. Our founding principle is to forge partnerships among scientists, teachers, students, and other citizens to teach and learn while collecting valuable scientific information. Everyone can contribute to the knowledge we need to better understand, manage, and protect the planet's diversity of life and thus improve our environmental health and economic wellbeing.

Our first project, started in 1997, is a comprehensive study of all living things in Great Smoky Mountains National Park--an ATBI of the Great Smokies (see Science & Newsweek articles). As we learn from this geographically focused effort, we'll share our experience and help other studies and educational programs work toward the All Species Foundation's goal of knowing and saving all life-forms on earth.

This website is a gateway to information on living things. It disseminates photographs and knowledge on the identification, natural history, ecology, names, and checklists of species; provides educational material, and helps coordinate associated science, events, and participants. The usefulness of its documents, images, sounds, databases, and links will grow as we all contribute. We ask for your help and invite you to get involved.

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For many years to come, as we study and learn more of life's grandeur, we'll add to this site. Currently, many pages are incomplete, their accuracy unchecked. Please register and help us. Among other things, we seek your help to collect and sort samples, report field observations, contribute photographs, build and illustrate identification guides, write and edit text, develop school curricula and outreach programs, and check the accuracy of the information presented. -- John Pickering

Last modified: 15 December, 2001.