A HUGE list of Zoo and Aquarium Trips- all virtual and free!

Greetings PS 101 parents!

Friday Fun is here and it’s a great day to take a virtual trip to the Aquarium or Zoo 😎

Here’s a list of sites you can visit:

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Access ten live cams displaying different Monterey Bay exhibits including sea otters, jellyfish, the open ocean, and more. Streaming from 10am-10pm ET.

Charles Paddock Zoo 

Every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, tune into Virtual Zookeeper Talks on Facebook that highlight species at the Charles Paddock Zoo.

Long Island Aquarium

Live stream the Coral Cam, the Long Island Aquarium’s 15-year-old reef exhibit.

Georgia Aquarium

The Georgia Aquarium offers nine live, underwater live streams, including the Ocean Voyager cam where you’ll get to see the magestic Whale Shark in action.

Virginia Living Museum

  • 8am: Diet of the Day (Facebook)
  • 10am: Awesome Animal Ambassadors – Daily encounters with a VLM ambassador animal presented by expert staff (Facebook)
  • 11am and 2:30pm: VLM Live Facebook– Watch exhibits live and have your questions answered by keepers/ aquarists
  • 12pm: Nature at Noon- Learn about something you can find in your backyard (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram)
  • 2pm: Social Picks (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Youtube. Platform subject to change daily)
    • Mondays: Bo Knows Mammals
    • Tuesdays: Twitter Chat
    • Wednesdays: Weird & Wild
    • Thursdays: Outdoor Adventure
    • Friday: Science Friday
    • Saturday: Living Sustainably
    • Sunday: Starry Stories
  • VLM Mysteries: Identify the photo on Instagram
  • 6pm: Virginia Skies- Discover the night sky and learn tips on what to look for (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter)
  • 8pm: Night Night Nature- Bedtime stories for ages 5 and younger

Buttonwood Park Zoo

  • Virtual Keeper Chats: Daily, 11am; Facebook Live
  • Nature Connection: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter activities
  • Virtual Field Trips: Interactive, multimedia live exhibit footage or science demonstrations

The Florida Aquarium

SeaSpan: Weekdays, 10am; Facebook Live take you on a virtual tour of galleries, animal exhibits throughout the aquarium, storytimes, and more

South Carolina 

Virtual Aquarium Visit: Daily; Interpretive opportunity with an animal exhibit or animal ambassador. 10am STEM-based lesson, 1pm family nature challenge

Uti-kaZoo: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; Utica Zoo Kid’s Academy: Learn about alligators, crocodiles, Waylon, and more via videos and activities

North Carolina Zoo

Edventures Facebook Live: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 10am; Educational, live presentation about animals and nature. Topic varies each day.

Phoenix Zoo

Digital Safari Live: Daily, 1pm; Facebook Live educational programming, virtual safaris, and behind-the-scenes animal caretaking

Virginia Zoo

Virtual Voyage: Daily, 2pm; Behind the scenes animals and education on social media platforms

Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk

Live Q&A’s: Daily, 3pm; Animal husbandry team will accept animal questions daily from 10am-3pm and then you can watch your answers via webcast watch party on Facebookat 3pm

Birmingham Zoo

  • Meet the Neighbors: Daily, 12:15pm; Meet animals and staff
  • Virtual Zoo Camp: Engaging activities for the whole family

New England Aquarium

Video Presentation: Daily, 11am; Facebook videos featuring videos with aquarists, animal feedings, and behind-the-scenes animal care

Seneca Park Zoo

Zoo projects for kids and adults to do together

Brookfield Zoo

Bring the Zoo to You: Weekdays, daily 12pm ET; Facebooklive. Educational insight from animal care specialists

Zoo New England

Zoo to You daily videos and fun print-outs, games, quizzes, and more

Greenville Zoo

  • Facebook Live Educational Encounters: Tuesday-Thursday, 10:30am
  • Facebook Live Keeper Check-in: Monday-Friday, 2:30pm

Toledo Zoo

  • Facebook Live: Daily; Animals and staff highlights, behind the scenes
  • Video presentations: Facebook videos including interviews, animal feedings, and behind the scenes looks at animals

Oregon Zoo

Go behind the scenes with animals and connect with animal care staff on Facebook Live. Access at-home activity ideas to coincide with the videos on the Oregon Zoo website.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Explore various Ripley’s exhibits including the Ray Bay, Reef Shark tank, and sea turtles on Facebook Live.

For updates on live streams and animal events, visit the Association of Zoos and Aquariums website.

Have fun!!!


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FREE Virtual Trips and events at Home with Your Child…

Greetings parents-

I’ve been doing some research on virtual trips and other activities you can do with your child. See below for educational links and videos:

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The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has partnered with nine public television stations to offer “Learn-at-Home” educational programming on-air for students from prekindergarten through grade 12, every weekday.
  • “Learn-at-Home” programming is available to students through their local public television station starting Monday, March 23.
  • Programming will be available for young children (PreK through grade 4) and older children (grade 5 through grade 12) on different digital channels. Material can be viewed for free over-the-air with a television antenna or on cable.
  • Parents and educators should check local listings for information about their public television stations’ schedules and channel lineup. As this program continues, stations are planning to offer more specific educational information and resources developed in conjunction with local school districts, BOCES, parents and teachers.
  • New special collections of learning materials have also been created for parents atPBSLearningMedia.org.
  • For more information, visit your local PBS station