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.
These links are from the Bush Center Institute Spotlight
Distance Learning from the Smithsonian Museum: Games, activities, and resources for parents and students via the Smithsonian Museum.
National Geographic for Kids: Explore reptiles, mammals, and amphibians!
Every week, a new animal is featured. The videos are usually 5 minutes or less.
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!
Visit the Houston Zoo Facebook Page for daily livestreams.
We're here to connect communities with animals to inspire action to save wildlife!
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?
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?
Niagara Falls: Explore PBS Station WNED’s documentary highlighting Niagara Falls. (Intro up to minute 1:30)
Resource: WNED PBS Documentaries | Niagara Falls
A Visit to Virtual Disneyland
Experience Big Thunder Mountain, Jungle Cruise, and Haunted Mansion from your couch.
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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.