Most of us have a fear and a fascination with spiders. For those growing plants in the Pacific Northwest, spiders are important players in pest management. Learning to live with them and encourage them can be extremely useful.
Spiders by family
Araneidae - garden spiders
Salticidae - Jumping spiders
Garden Safari: Garden spiders
Spider Facts (recommended website from the kid reviewers at the New Orleans Rose Society).
Upon the recommendation of Elliot, a diligent member of his school's Bug Club, I have added the following website which has activities, facts, and photos related to spiders, Spiders in your Playground.
Original publication: 10/22/07
Author: R.L. Rosetta, Extension Nursery Integrated Pest Management, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University