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Stay engaged with new virtual events

Stay engaged with new virtual events

Feeling the need to travel? Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to visit iconic natural locations around the world from the comfort of your own home. Whether you are an animal lover or avid explorer, we’ve curated a list of fun, virtual trips and activities that your whole family will enjoy.

  • Experience the African Plains habitat at the San Diego Zoo from your own living room! With the Giraffe Cam, you can watch giraffes, rhinos and other animals anytime you want. From 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Pacific Time, you’ll get live coverage of these fascinating animals. From 7:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m., the zoo will rebroadcast that morning's stream.
  • Become a young naturalist with the Mammen Family Public Library in Bulverde, Texas. On June 5 at 3:30 p.m., join Ranger Holly from Guadalupe River State Park for a Zoom meeting where you can learn about nature, listen to a story and make a craft. Pre-register here
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  • Take a self-guided virtual tour of the National United States Air Force Museum. Located near Dayton, Ohio, the museum offers a free virtual tour, images of different cockpits located throughout the museum and more. 
  • Travel the world with Google Earth! You can tour any country on the planet while learning about different cultures and environments. From the stunning beaches of Hawaii to the intricate architecture of France, you can see it all. They even offer guided tours of the Appalachian Trail, different museums from around the world and more.
  • Need an educational activity for your kids? Nickelodeon has teamed up with two astronauts on the International Space Station to demonstrate how slime reacts to microgravity and has kids reproduce those same demonstrations back here on Earth.
  • The stars at night are big and bright deep in the heart of Texas! Through Star Atlas, explore over 60,000 stars, locate planets and watch sunrises and solar eclipses. If you enter your location, you can see all the constellations that are visible in the night sky in our corner of the world. 
  • The Nature Conservancy offers 11 virtual field trips for students. From exploring a coastal rainforest while in a canoe to unlocking the secrets of coral reefs in the Dominican Republic, each 45-minute video offers an exciting new adventure for students and parents alike.
  • Yellowstone National Park is now accessible to virtual travelers. With interactive maps, you can experience the Mammoth Hot Springs and Mud Volcano yourself.  You can also live stream the Old Faithful Geyser and make your own predictions for its next eruption!  Please go to https://nps.gov/yell/learn
  • Have you ever wondered about the mystery of Easter Island and the story behind the giant stone statues?  NOVA’s online adventure “Secrets of Easter Island” delves into the mystery with a virtual tour directed by a team of archaeologists and a 75-person crew. 
  • Are you interested in seeing the world’s largest cave? National Geographic lets you explore the Son Doong Cave in Vietnam with an interactive map to enjoy the fully immersive experience!
  • Learn how to conserve water with fun, interactive games that the whole family will enjoy!  Water—Use It Wisely has collected games and quizzes that will help teach the importance of water conservation.  
  • Are you an animal lover? Explore.org streams live videos of hundreds of different animals from all over the world. From senior dogs to manatees, you can watch your favorite animals play all day long!
  • If you are planning a backyard camping adventure, view an assortment of adaptable outdoor games and crafts curated by SeriousFun Children’s Network. From sponge water tag to making campfires in a jar, there are plenty of great ideas to create a fun outdoor experience in your own backyard.
  • Explore the sights and sounds of New Orleans with a Cajun Encounters Swamp Tour. See some river raccoons approach the tour boat and witness the bayous that surround New Orleans.
  • Have you ever been to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum? This virtual tour offers an in-depth look at the 43rd President’s life and service. Explore photo and video galleries, flipbooks, artifact images and more.
  • Explore the pyramids at Galveston’s Moody Gardens to learn about the animals and plants that live in rainforests across the globe by touring the Rainforest Pyramid.
  • Join science writer Justine Hausheer on a virtual field trip to Borneo, the third-largest island in the world. Learn how scientists and experts are using technology to determine how healthy rainforests and how to help them recover.

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