Virtual Field Trips

virtual field trip

One way to take advantage of remote schooling is to let your students take all of those field trips your school would never approve or be able to afford.

Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Museums:

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History -Among its truly fantastic exhibits, this museum’s presention of the evolution of life on earth is engaging and easy to follow.

Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island via a virtual tour.

Aquariums:

The Seattle Aquarium offers a 30 minute video tour.

The National Aquarium‘s virtual tour is a fun way to see still images of their huge collection. They also offer live webcams of coral reef ecosystems and jellyfish.

Monterey Bay Aquarium offers 10 live web cams of jellyfish, sharks, and penguins, among others.

The Georgia Aquarium has 8 live webcams including sea otters, beluga whales, and jellyfish.

Zoos:

The San Diego Zoo offers 11 live web cams of various animals including babbons, koalas, and giraffes.

Space Science

Learn the night sky with Star Atlas which shows you the stars and the planets in real time and also in the future so you can plan what you want to look for tonight. Take a virtual tour of Mars on the Curiosity rover. The International Space Station recently published a virtual tour here.

Take your students on a virtual tour of the Moon, or Mars, or the Milky Way.

Earth Science

Check in with an assortment of live volcano cams and compare action from one day to the next.

Take a virtual tour of the Son Doong Cave in Vietnam.

Look for aurora on Fairbanks AK’s Aurora cam.

Take a virtual tour through the Grand Canyon, Antarctica, the Galapagos Islands, or a rainforest. Tour Easter Island, the Bermuda Triangle, the Himalayas, or the Hoover Dam.

Ocean Science

The Virtual Archaeology Museum offers fantastic virtual tours of 5 different shipwrecks.

Live webcams:

YouTube offers a panda-cam from the Atlanta Zoo, a Shark-cam produced by Explore.org, and a penguin-cam and giraffe cam by the Kansas City Zoo. Southwest Florida hosts an eagle cam which, as of today, has a nesting pair of eagles. Explore.org also hosts a polar bear cam based in the Scandinavian Wildlife Park in Kolind, Denmark. The African Safari cam overlooks the main beach of the watering hole at Mpala Research Centre in central Kenya’s Laikipia County. We saw giraffes, a herd of elephants, hippos, and a crocodile.

National Parks

Using Google Earth, you can take tours of:

Amusement Parks

What’s your favorite virtual tour?

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