Resilient Planet

Operation: Resilient Planet puts students on a mission to investigate the health of our environment and discover how to protect our planet's ecosystems. Students will visit some of Earth's most diverse ecosystems to uncover the mysteries of our planet.

Through their Missions, students will:

  • Work side by side with host researchers such as Bob Ballard and Sylvia Earle
  • Join the Argonaut Team as they snorkel over a coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico
  • Investigate alien invaders in the Great Lakes
  • Protect whales in the Atlantic Ocean
  • Discover why there are so many sharks on the reefs of Hawaii
Available in print and online editions, Operation: Resilient Planet is designed to fit within school districts' core curriculum. It provides at least five to nine weeks of material with suggested lesson plans, extensions, interdisciplinary connections, and other teacher resources.

The Operation: Resilient Planet curriculum includes...


Student Edition
This 120-page, full-color magazine introduces the host researchers and Argonaut teams, provides the science background knowledge and the tools to help students solve each Mission challenge. It also contains a "getting started" tutorial, reference charts, a glossary, and interdisciplinary connections.


Teacher Edition
This 144-page, two-color manual includes facsimile Student Edition pages, wrap-around teacher notes, lesson plans, extentions, worksheets, and resources.



This 60 minute DVD introduces teachers and students to some of the world's top explorers and key science concepts. Our video content is seamlessly woven throughout the curriculum, offering a gateway into the exciting world of exploration and adventure.


Online Resources
The JASON Mission Center Web site contains online curriculum, Digital Labs and games, teacher classroom management tools, and online community features. Students and teachers can explore the limitless possibilities of the world of JASON with their JASON Mission Center account.


Digital Labs and Games
Available inside the JASON Mission Center, Digital Labs and games allow students to explore the work of Operation: Resilient Planet through an exciting gaming environment. Learn more about The Operation: Resilient Planet Game, JASON's award-winning 3D underwater adventure.


Mission 1: Invaders - A Constant Ecological Battle

Host Researcher:
Dr. Russell Cuhel
Ecologist and Senior Scientist
Great Lakes WATER Institute - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee

Investigate and analyze the critical abiotic and biotic factors that define an ecosystem.


Mission 2: Survivors - Securing a Niche

Host Researcher:
Dr. Robert Ballard
National Geographic Society
JASON Founder & Chief Scientist

Discover the competitive strategies within a resilient ecosystem.

Mission 3: Paradise Lost - A Fragile Environmental Recovery

Host Researcher:
Dr. Sylvia Earle
National Geographic Society

Assess a degraded ecosystem by gathering historical and current evidence.


Mission 4: Paradise Found - Earth's Natural Treasures

Host Researcher:
Dr. Enric Sala
National Geographic Society Fellow

Investigate the value of a diverse biosphere.


Mission 5: The Rescue - Protect the Biosphere

Host Researcher:
Dr. Leila Hatch
Ocean Noise Specialist

Defend Earth's biodiversity through personal action and community involvement.