With events canceled, try going virtual

With events canceled, try going virtual

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many organizations and communities to put a pause on local activities as people practice social distancing.

With that in mind, here’s some online activities to enjoy in the void:

  • Tune in to the Houston Zoo webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home. See the herd of Asian elephants wander through their enormous habitat. Watch as giraffes nibble lettuce fed to them by guests at the feeding platform. See the rhinos roll in their mud puddle or the flamingos float next to a waterfall.
  • The Texas Wildlife Association’s Conservation Legacy program has an array of online activities for kids to enjoy.  Incorporate the lessons in with the schoolwork or just take a look for fun. Learn about adaptable armadillos, the frog life cycle, prairie dogs, bats, food chains and so much more. Click here for these webinars.
  • While it heats up outside, check out these videos all about polar bears. The Discovery Education has teamed up with Polar Bears International to host a series of shared learning experiences to engage students and inspire their interest in studying the science of polar bears and their Arctic habitat.
  • The U.S. Geological Survey has learning activities divided by grade level. The new USGS Learning from Home webpage will be updated weekly throughout the spring of 2020. They focus on all of the earth sciences including geology, ecology, hydrology, atmospheric sciences, and planetary sciences. Teachers can search by grade level, topic, or type. Click here to access the activities.
  • Watch full episodes from the Texas Parks & Wildlife TV program here. Witness the best of the best hunting dogs in action as they compete at the Master National retriever competition or follow along as biologists struggle to save one of the most endangered birds in all of Texas, the Attwater's prairie chicken.
  • Skype a scientist! Skype a Scientist connects real scientists with families and allows children to ask questions about science. Sign up on the website to be "matched" to a scientist.
  • Check out these online cameras showing what the beluga whales of the Georgia Aquarium are up too. Or maybe you’re more interested in watching the aquarium’s jellyfish or piranhas in action.
  • Have an actor or celebrity read you a book here.
  • Interested in a little sight-seeing? Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China here.
  • Visit the San Diego Zoo without leaving your couch. Check out these live cams of baboons, elephants, koalas, tigers and more.
  • Explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover by clicking here.
  • If museums are your thing, take a virtual tour of the Boston Children’s Museum by clicking here or the Mayborn Museum in Waco by clicking here.
  • Be delighted by the antics of the Monterey Bay Aquarium sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies via online cameras. With 10 live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are. View them here.
  • The Texas Historical Commission has provided free instructive resources about Texas history, preservation, and heritage tourism here.

Do your part to slow the spread of the coronavirus. For information, go to https://www.coronavirus.gov.