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Nature Lab

Check out these great videos and other resources covering how dirt works, the role of pollinators, how nature filters water, and more!

The Largest Coastal Temperate Rainforest

Take a virtual field trip to an immense rainforest stretching from Washington to British Columbia with Tsimka Martin of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation.

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360-Degree Video Virtual Farms

Help kids learn where food comes from with these farm tours. Reflect on and discuss what you saw. Note: Fur and pig farms are featured.

China's Great Forests

Travel to China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, home to majestic forests and creatures (like the giant panda), towering mountains, and other iconic landscapes.

Space + Slime = Science

Watch as astronauts play with slime in space, then recreate their messy science experiments at home.

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Butterfly World Tour

Learn about the life cycle of a butterfly in this lively virtual tour.

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Virtual Farm Tour

Observe sheep, cows, alpacas, and more as they graze, play, and sleep.

Journey of Water

Explore Colombia by way of its fascinating páramo ecosystem, featuring awe-inspiring and water-generating mountain landscapes.

Tour a Fire Station

Get up close (virtually!) with some fire trucks, and learn all about how a fire station works, on this excellent video tour.

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Mount Rushmore Virtual Tour

Bring little ones (and bigger kids!) on a virtual tour of this iconic landmark. Afterward, look up some info about the nearby Crazy Horse monument.

Coastal Peru

Journey to the Humboldt Current ecosystem off Peru's coast. Find out how the current pushes nutrients from the deep ocean to the surface.

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Hidden Worlds in Our National Parks

Explore five equally impressive and varied national parks in these interactive, ranger-led virtual tours.

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Ellis Island Virtual Visit

Follow an immigrant's footsteps in this virtual tour, and read firsthand stories about what it was like to emigrate through Ellis Island.

The Symphony of the Rainforest

Learn about the rainforest of Borneo, the world's third largest island. Find out how scientists use sound to study and protect the island's biodiversity.

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Air and Space History

Explore the iconic Washington, D.C., museum with a host of virtual exhibits and tours, games, and even a 3D exploration of the Apollo 11 command module.

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Yosemite Virtual Tour

Discover Yosemite Valley's mountains, meadows, and waterfalls in this virtual tour that's as close to breathtaking as one can get without being there.

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Nature Mandalas

Look for objects in nature—leaves, rocks, etc.—and place them in pretty circles. Inside, you can use objects like bottle caps or pennies.

Go to the Galapagos

Virtually visit the beautiful island home to many amazing animals.

Wild Biomes

Bounce between two extreme American environments when it comes to water and rainfall—the Pacific Northwest and the Southwest—with water scientist Kari Vigerstol.

M&M's Factory Tour

Take a trip to the M&M factory and learn how this popular candy is made.

How Toilet Paper Is Made

Visit a huge factory that makes toilet paper, tissue, and paper towels. You'll get to see how something so simple is actually complex to manufacture.

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Visiting a Recycling Plant

See the recycling process for paper, from pickup to sorting and baling up the final product.

Powering the Planet

Visit the Mojave Desert and Palmyra Atoll to see how renewable energy sources can be—and are—harnessed to power cities.

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Museum of the American Revolution Tour

Explore Beyond the Battlefield and take notes on what you see and learn along the way.

Dinosaur Tour

Gawk in awe at the Smithsonian's stunning collection of dinosaur skeletons. But that's not it: there's tons more from our Earth's eventful past.

360º Videos

Pick a video, click, and rotate to get a 360-degree view of stuff people don't often get to see.

A Day in the Life Aboard the International Space Station

Follow astronauts on the International Space Station in a series of videos where they explain their fascinating daily routines.

How Do You Go to the Bathroom In Space?

Try not to giggle. This video answers the space question every kid (and maybe every adult) wants to know the answer to.

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An In-Your-House Adventure

Imagine places you'd like to go. Choose areas outside or inside that will "become" those places. Then use drawings, dress-up, and imagination to go on an adventure!

Wildlife Around the World

Peek into your favorite animals' world through a livecam, or explore the highlight videos and talk about what you see and hear.

Hey, Batter Batter!

Visit the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, and examine vintage photos, signed baseballs, programs, posters, videos and more.

Launch into Space

Visit Mars and see photos from NASA's Curiosity Rover.

National Parks

Exlpore some of the most beautiful places in the USA, guided by National Park Rangers.

The Secret Life of Corals

Explore the breathtaking coastlines and coral reefs of the Dominican Republic with scientist Joe Pollock.

Live Animal Cams

See the jellyfish swimming through the water. What do you notice about them?

Doodles with Mo Willems

Visit with author and illustrator Mo Willems as he invites you to doodle with him in his home studio.

Live Zoo Cams

There is nothing more fun that watching animals be animals. Check out these zoo cams and let your kids choose their favorite animal to watch.

San Diego Zoo: Live Cams

Tune in to three or more of the zoo's livestreams and write down your observations for each animal to share later.

Collection Stories, National Museum of African American History & Culture

Read one of the many thought-provoking stories on the NMAAHC website, and then dig into the associated collection of artifacts.

Field Museum

Take a virtual trip to Chicago to visit the Field Museum, and explore their animal exhibits using Street View.

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Backyard Field Trip

Use some of these ideas to get outside and use found items to make simple crafts.

American Museum of Natural History

Explore the American Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational, and cultural institutions.

Nature's Amazing Underwater Cities

Dive into the coral reefs of Palau with marine biologist Stephanie Wear and see how this unique environment depends on symbiosis among diverse organisms.