Virtual Field Trips

Field trips have always been a way to get students exposed to and engaged in science in tangible ways. Distance learning holds new opportunities for educators and students to be able to take field trips and learning outside of the classroom. Virtual field trips now allow educators to go beyond geographic limitations and develop high-quality education opportunities for students.

Explore this page for Virtual Field Trip options. More information will be added as new content is received.

California Department of Parks and Recreation
Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) program provides FREE live interactive videoconference programs, also known as virtual field trips. K-12 students from California and around the world are connecting with live State Park Interpreters and learning academic content standards within the context of California’s dynamic state park system.

Discovery Education - Learn to Conserve
Conservation Station: Creating a More Resourceful World aims to create a nationwide dialogue on the importance of students’ understanding of current and future energy needs, resource utilization and conservation. The program materials dive into the relationship between energy and water and how innovative technologies are working to conserve both resources through the core pillars of resourcefulness: effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability.

  • Internet of Things
    Students will get an exciting look at how the internet they use in their everyday lives can be used to conserve natural resources, protect ecosystems, and create safer, more sustainable communities. Inspire your students with a 20-30 minute video which they can enjoy from the comfort of their homes.
  • Smart Cities Virtual Field Trips
    The road to conservation begins with people who live in smart cities. Join us as we delve into what exactly makes a city “smart” and how innovative urban technologies are solving today’s challenges related to the conservation of water and energy.

Eduscapes.com - Tips for Creating Virtual Adventures
Often there's not a virtual field trip on a topic of interest. Why not create your own? In some cases you can take your own live field trip and record the event on web pages. For example, you might work with a local historic site to develop a virtual tour.

PBS Learning Media
Science -- Explore natural phenomena and scientific practices with videos, lesson plans, and interactive tools. FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans that can be filtered by grade level, subject, or standards.