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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Let’s Take a Virtual Field Trip Together #SafeAtHome

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Lisa Ellen Niverhttp://www.wesaidgotravel.com/
Lisa Ellen Niver, M.A. Education, is a science teacher and an award-winning travel expert who has explored 101 countries and six continents. She sailed the seven seas by cruise ship for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. Find her talking travel at KTLA TV and in her We Said Go Travel videos with over one million views on her YouTube channel. She is the founder of We Said Go Travel which is read in 213 countries, named #3 on the top 1000 Travel Blog and the top female travel blogger 3 times in 2019. She has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and has over 160,000 followers across social media. Niver is a judge for the Gracies Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media and also ran fifteen travel competitions publishing over 2500 writers and photographers from 75 countries on her own site, We Said Go Travel. Niver won a 2019 NAEJ (National Arts and Entertainment Journalism) award for one of her KTLA TV segments in December 2019 and was a finalist for articles published in both Ms. Magazine and Wharton Magazine. Niver won a Southern California Journalism Award for her print story for the Jewish Journal and has been nominated as a finalist for five other broadcast television segments, print and digital articles over the last three years. Niver has written for AARP, American Airways, Delta Sky, En Route (Air Canada), Hemispheres (United Airlines), Jewish Journal, Luxury Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Myanmar Times, National Geographic, POPSUGAR, Robb Report, Saturday Evening Post, Scuba Diver Life, Sierra Club, Ski Utah, Smithsonian, TODAY, Trivago, USA Today 10best, Wharton Magazine and Yahoo. She is writing a book, “Brave Rebel: 50 Scary Challenges Before 50,” about her most recent travels and challenges. Look for her underwater SCUBA diving, in her art studio making ceramics or helping people find their next dream trip.

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Thanks to Global CommUnity for this list of Virtual Field Trips! While we are #SafeAtHome, we can explore the world from our computers! I cannot wait to go back traveling when it is safe but for now–I will see you on a Virtual Trip!

Virtual Field Trips Farm Edition Learning about animals is just about every kid’s favorite thing. Their fascination with two- and four-legged creatures is unmatched. No wonder so many schools incorporate a trip to a farm or petting zoo into elementary school. So, why not visit a farm virtually?

Farm Fresh 360 Farm Fresh 360 lets kids immerse themselves in life on a Canadian farm through a variety of tours. In the process, kids will learn about everything from producing milk and cheese to raising pigs.

Virtual Egg Farm Field Trips Another fantastic option is the American Egg Board website, which features Virtual Egg Farm Field Trips. Tours explore the challenges facing the farms that produce the nation’s egg supply. They cover how farmers manage their ecological footprints to operate more sustainably.

Virtual Tour of Aquariums
Fans of marine life will enjoy a virtual tour of one of the nation’s many aquariums.

Aquarium Virtual Field Trip Options Are your kids fans of marine life? Then, take them on a virtual tour of one of the nation’s many impressive aquariums.

Seattle Aquarium One of our favorite options is the Seattle Aquarium’s 30-minute video tour, which teaches kids about Puget Sound’s food web and the marine wildlife found there.

The National Aquarium in Washington, D.C. If you’re after a more traditional aquarium experience, then check out the self-guided virtual tours available through the National Aquarium in Washington, D.C.

Georgia Aquarium Kids also have a wide variety of options when it comes to scoping out the behavior of marine animals on live streaming webcams. Among our favorites? The Georgia Aquarium’s Ocean Voyager webcam offers fascinating glimpses below the surface of the water, including a whale shark!

Monterey Bay Aquarium There’s also the “jellycam” at Monterey Bay Aquarium. It’s sure to pique your children’s interest in learning more about the oceans.

Kids will delight in the National Zoo’s Panda Cam.

Virtual Field Trips Zoo Edition Like aquariums, you’ve got plenty of options when it comes to observing wildlife at zoos. Many across the nation have live webcams in some of their most popular exhibits.

Smithsonian National Zoo For example, Smithsonian National Zoo’s Panda Cam will delight kids interested in knowing more about these gentle mammals.

San Diego Zoo and Safari Park The San Diego Zoo also maintains a variety of live camera feeds highlighting different exhibits. Among our favorites? The Giraffe Cam lets you view giraffes, rhinos, and more at the Safari Park’s African Plains habitat. There are also endless antics on the Penguin Cam.

Lions in the Serengeti by Lisa Niver

See animals in the wild as filmed by Lisa Niver in her videos: Animals Around The World: Zebras, Lions, Polar Bears, Wolves, Elephants, Sea Lions, Flamingos, Giraffes, Baby Animals, Hippos from all over our planet including Tanzania, Galapagos Islands, Canada, Kenya and the United States!

social studies virtual field trips
Explore the US Geological survey’s volcano interactive map.

Biomes Virtual Field Trip Options Are your kids ready to explore biomes all over the planet in search of biodiversity? From the vast coral reefs of Palau to the deserts and grasslands of Africa and the mindboggling biodiversity of Peru’s coastal ecosystems, there are fantastic virtual options.

The Nature Conservancy The Nature Conservancy has created 11 excellent virtual field trips that will change how your kids view the natural world. Each field trip lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Great Lakes Now If you’re looking for an exploration of ecosystems a little closer to home, check out the virtual field trip from Great Lakes Now. This tour explores three topics in brief five-minute-long videos: coastal wetlands, algae, and lake sturgeon.

The US Geological Survey For kids interested in geology and volcanoes, there’s also the US Geological Survey’s interactive volcano map. It allows kids to click on and learn about any volcano located in the US.

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Virtual Travel to Mars by Access Mars.

Science and Discovery Virtual Field Trips Bring science to life for your kids through websites offering virtual tours. From learning about the future of technology to exploring the surface of Mars, you’ll find plenty of options to captivate children of all ages. Let the discovery begin!

Discovery Education Discovery Education offers a variety of fun virtual events that’ll fascinate your kids and open their minds to new experiences. For example, there’s Tech for Tomorrow, which explores four exhibits at The Tech Interactive. Another timely virtual field trip is How Science Powers Us, providing a behind-the-scenes look at pharmaceutical labs at AstraZeneca to explore how scientists are working to create medical breakthroughs.

Stellarium Web Stellarium Web lets kids take astronomy virtual field trips where they get to explore more than 60,000 stars and try their hand at locating planets. They’ll also enjoy the opportunity to watch eclipses and sunrises. What’s more, when you enter your location, your kids will see constellations visible in your area’s night sky.

Access Mars What’s one of the best things about virtual field trips? The chance to explore places where no human has ever set foot. Such is the case with the virtual field trip to Mars by Access Mars. It allows your children to explore the real surface of Mars based on images recorded by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.

virtual museum field trips
Take an online tour through past, permanent, and current exhibits around the world.

Social Studies Virtual Field Trips From the Metropolitan Museum of Art to the Smithsonian and the Louvre, your kids can experience renowned institutions across the nation and around the world through virtual tours.

Google Arts and Culture There are a variety of resources for exploring museums such as Google Arts and Culture. A collaboration with more than 1,200 leading museums and archives, this app represents an amazing storehouse of monumental artwork. Choices include Street View virtual tours and Art Zoom guided tours. You can also explore many institutions through individual links.

Boston Children’s Museum The Boston Children’s Museum’s virtual tours let kids explore all three floors with exhibits ranging from the Japanese House to Explore-a-Saurus.

The Metropolitan Museum New York’s iconic Metropolitan Museum virtual tour showcases 26 online galleries. Exhibits include the Art of Music Through Time and a New Look at Vermeer.

The Smithsonian The Smithsonian’s virtual experiences allow you to take self-guided tours room-by-room through past, permanent, and current exhibits. For the ultimate fossil virtual field trip, have your kids check out the Hall of Fossils and the Fossil Lab.

The Louvre The Louvre in Paris also offers many virtual exhibit tours, including its Egyptian Antiquities collection and the remains of the Louvre’s moat, built in 1190 AD to protect Paris from Viking attacks via the Seine River.

Mount Rushmore virtual field trip
View Mount Rushmore from multiple angles in this virtual tour.

Explore American History With these online field trip options, your kids will step back in time, learning firsthand about American history and the people and ideas that shaped our nation.

Virtual Field Trip of the Mayflower and Plimoth Plantation The Scholastic virtual Mayflower trip allows kids to learn more about the Mayflower’s journey to the New World and the colonists aboard. Through four 20- to 30-minute-long videos, they’ll explore daily life in a pilgrim village, the lifeways of the indigenous Wampanoag tribe, and preparations for the first Thanksgiving.

Virtual Field Trips: Underground Railroad On this trip along the Underground Railroad, children will travel back in time to the year 1860. They’ll witness a young slave’s flight from a Kentucky plantation to freedom in Canada following the Underground Railroad. In the process, they’ll learn more about the lives of slaves, the dangers of the Underground Railroad, and the brave abolitionists who helped runaways achieve freedom.

Gettysburg Battlefield Virtual Tour Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is home to one of the most scenic and historic Civil War sites in the country. This 360-degree Gettysburg virtual field trip lets kids follow in the footsteps of soldiers, exploring famous places such as Little Round Top and Cemetery Ridge.

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty Let your kids go on an Ellis Island virtual field trip to explore the former immigration inspection station in New York Harbor, home to the Statue of Liberty. America’s busiest immigrant inspection station from 1892 to 1954, the station processed approximately 12 million immigrants.

The Statue of Liberty Besides a field trip to Ellis Island, your kids will also enjoy this virtual field trip Statue of Liberty option. They’ll learn more about the statue, dedicated on October 28, 1886 and its role as a universal symbol of freedom and democracy.

Mount Rushmore Virtual Field Trip Amidst South Dakota’s rugged Black Hills sits one of the nation’s most iconic monuments, Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Showcasing four of America’s most prominent presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt—this virtual exploration lets kids view the monument from multiple angles.

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Explore the world’s largest cave, Son Doong Cave in Vietnam.

Uncover Iconic Destinations Around the World Your kids can explore some of the world’s most incredible landscapes and monuments from the comfort of your living room through virtual field trips, too.

Son Doong Cave National Geographic has created an interactive map that lets you explore the world’s largest cave, Son Doong Cave in Vietnam. The map immerses you in the full experience of the cave, so make sure your computer’s sound is on.

Easter Island Your kids can also explore the secrets of Easter Island through Nova’s virtual tour, which provides the inside scoop on the island’s impressive megaliths.

The Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China represents a series of fortifications built across the historical northern borders of China beginning in the 7th century BC. For a closer look at the ancient site, check out this virtual tour with three viewing options: the watchtower, winter, and Jinshanling to Simatai.

Machu Picchu There’s also an incredible Machu Picchu virtual field trip. Quite possibly, one of the most amazing urban creations of the Inca Empire, kids will explore its giant walls, ramps, and terraces cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments. They’ll also enjoy breathtaking views.

Egypt Virtual Field Trip The Discovering Egypt website lets kids dive into an exploration of Ancient Egypt. Kids will explore hieroglyphs, pyramids and temples, kings and queens, gods and mummies, and much more.

Thank you to Global CommUnity for this list of 30 ways to Explore the World and Beyond with Virtual Field Trips

Want to explore the world with BOOKS? “Around the world in 20 books for kids” from Nat Geo

Do you have other great resources for kids? Let me know and I will add them!

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