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Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trips

Gather up the family and buckle up for a virtual field trip without having to leave your home!

As we enter our third month (fourth for some) in quarantine, we find ourselves looking for more and more creative ways to keep our kids and families engaged. Virtual field trips have gained popularity across classrooms in the past few years, as they do not require permission slips or travel and provide insight into amazing places and exciting journeys. This idea can be adapted to help families embark on their own virtual journeys from the safety of their homes.

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These links are from the Bush Center Institute Spotlight

Educational Fun!

  • San Diego Zoo: Watch live video footage of animals including pandas, penguins, polar bears, giraffes, and more! Don't forget to take a tour of the zoo as well.

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ECO Land

Early Learning Center

SeaQuest: Petting Zoo Aquarium

Every week, a new animal is featured. The videos are usually 5 minutes or less.

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Parks @ Home Jr.

Our experts are bringing all the secrets of the outdoors right to your doorstep! With Parks@Home Jr., your parents, teachers, and guardians can make online learning exciting and fun. Draw and paint, play games, meet animals and nature, ask a Ranger questions, and so much more!

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Houston Zoo

Visit the Houston Zoo Facebook Page for daily livestreams.

We're here to connect communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife!


Children's Museum of Houston

Join the Houston Children’s Museum for Daily Virtual Learning.

Children’s Museum of Houston, Houston, TX. A Playground for Your Mind!™ Children’s Museum Houston is packed with 90,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. Can your mind come out to play?

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Take a Virtual Visit to a National Park

Got a bit of downtime? Take a trip to a national park from wherever you are! Many national park sites across the country offer digital tours and experiences that you can access anytime, anywhere. From digitally diving under the sea to watching the cherry blossom trees bloom.

  • Grand Canyon: The theory of how the Grand Canyon was formed is shown in this animation from NOVA, and features rare footage of a phenomenon known as debris flow.
    Resource: The Grand Canyon: How It Formed

  • Old Faithful: Geothermal features, which include geysers, hot springs, steam vents called fumaroles, and boiling mud pots, are found on nearly every continent. Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming contains the world's largest collection: nearly 10,000 such features lie within its 2.25 million acres. In this video segment adapted from ZOOM, a young guide offers viewers a tour of the park and explains how Earth's internal heat fuels geothermal formations. The tour makes it clear why millions of people visit Yellowstone each year to witness the park's explosive displays and colorful deposits.
    Resource: A Visit to Yellowstone

  • Great Salt Lake: Watch this Smithsonian video clip that explores the Great Salt Lake. Covering 1,700 square miles, Utah's Great Salt Lake is the biggest saltwater lake in the western hemisphere.
    Resource: What Makes Great Salt Lake So Great?




A Visit to Virtual Disneyland

Experience Big Thunder Mountain, Jungle Cruise, and Haunted Mansion from your couch.

Explore | Live Cams

Explore’s mission is to bring people closer to nature and to champion the selfless acts of others - and so we’d love to thank our wonderful community of live cam viewers, commenters, and camera operators for your contributions, taking part in our online neighborhood, learning alongside us, and for sharing so many kinds words about explore. You are the heart and soul of our organization!

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Virtual Field Trips Around the World | TechNotes Blog

Virtual field trips are a phenomenal way to show students new places, all from the comfort of home. Come explore some global museums, zoos, and more.

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Virtual Field Trip: Explore the Outdoors with Nature Cat | PBS Education

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Virtual Field Trips from PBS teacher lounge/blog