Though we may all be confined to our homes, backyards and front porches for the time being, we (and our students) can still travel to a surprising number of places around the world virtually. Many (if not most) zoos and museums are offering free virtual tours for anyone seeking to escape the confines of their living rooms for a few minutes and imagine themselves exploring exciting destinations, meeting fascinating creatures, and viewing priceless pieces of art.

As you know, schools across the country are scrambling to figure out a game plan for students going forward. Virtual tours and “class trips” are a great way to mix things up and leverage distance-learning resources. If you are looking for some fun, virtual field trips, check out these 12 free virtual tours for remote learning in 2020 below.

  1. Museum Virtual Tours
  2. Yellowstone Virtual Tour
  3. Yosemite Virtual Tour
  4. ZooAmerica Facebook Live
  5. San Diego Zoo Live Cams
  6. Cape May Zoo Facebook Live Tour
  7. Adventure Aquarium Videos & Activities
  8. Georgia Aquarium Webcams
  9. Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams
  10. Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
  11. Mars Recording from NASA
  12. Explore Earth’s Surface

Museum Virtual Tours
Google has compiled a list of museums from all over the world and indexed them with links to their virtual tours. Visit the National Gallery in London, Anne Frank’s House in Amsterdam, or tour the Acropolis Museum in Greece. With so many options, you could tie this in with nearly any art or history lesson you are working on right now.

Yellowstone Virtual Tour
Yellowstone provides visitors and online viewers with quite a unique experience. Tour any one of their attractions including: Fort Yellowstone, Fountain Paint Pot, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Mud Volcano, Norris Geyser Basin, Yellowstone in 3D, and Upper Geyser Basin.

Yosemite Virtual Tour
Explore Yosemite National Park without ever leaving your home. View their main attractions, including: Diving Board, Tuolumne Meadows, Nevada Fall, Ahwahnee Hotel, Swinging Bridge, and Hetch Hetchy.

ZooAmerica Facebook Live
Each day at 11:0am ZooAmerica in Hershey, PA is going live on Facebook. Viewers can ask questions and visit with the animals.

San Diego Zoo Live Cams
If you love adorable animals, this is the live cam you must see! Animals include baboons, penguins, pandas, polar bears, apes, koalas, giraffes, butterflies, elephants, burrowing owls, tigers, and condors.

Cape May Zoo Facebook Live Tour
Visit the Cape May Zoo on Facebook each day between 11:30am – 12:00pm to ask questions and explore the different exhibits. The zoo is always free to enter, but since you cannot physically visit any time soon, this is a great way to support the zoo and give your students a fun learning opportunity.

Adventure Aquarium Videos & Activities
The Camden aquarium website not only has videos of their many different exhibits, but they also have online games and activities. That includes printables your students can do at home and videos they can watch and explore.

Georgia Aquarium Webcams
The Georgia Aquarium has awesome creatures your students will love to watch any time of day. With their webcams you can tune in to watch them play, eat, sleep, or whatever else these awesome creatures do. Webcams include piranha, jellyfish, beluga whale, puffin, sea lion, ocean voyager, and sea otter cams.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Webcams
The Monterey Bay Aquarium also has exciting webcams you can watch any time of day. Students can explore the many marine exhibits and underwater tours. Online webcams include aviary, coral reef, jellyfish, kelp forest, Monterey Bay, moon jelly, open sea, penguin, sea otter, and shark cams.

Great Wall of China Virtual Tour
International travel is impossible at the moment. However, if visiting the Great Wall of China is on your bucket list, you can tour it from the comfort of your own home. Students can direct the cam whichever way they want to go to take a virtual walk along the ancient wall.

Mars Recording from NASA
For an out of this world experience, have your students visit Mars today. They can access NASA’s recordings to see exactly what the surface of Mars looks like. It is a pre-recorded virtual tour, but a fun virtual resource to add to your remote learning arsenal.

Explore Earth’s Surface
Google Earth allows you to explore anywhere in the world, simply by clicking a button. Students can find their homes, take a trip to Hawaii, checkout Germany, or anywhere on the planet that you may be studying.

Your job may have drastically changed over the last few weeks, but you are not alone. Many businesses are working hard to create free virtual resources for teachers and students during this unprecedented time. Take advantage of those free resources as much as you can (while they last). For more great ideas, read our post, 19 Online Educational Resources for Home Instruction.

 

-Jenna Garvin

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