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We love taking fieldtrips and consider them to be a necessity for our homeschool family. We try to take at least 3-4 fieldtrips per month (often it's more). We visit local museums, attractions, nature centers, festivals and events. If I had my way though we would be fieldtripping across the USA or the World right now in an RV. But since we only have one car (and it's not an RV) and are tight on money right now fieldtripping around USA or World is not possible. And that is where traveling adventures from the sofa come in.
I know many homeschool families are in a similar position when it comes to fieldtrip funds. But who says you actually have to leave the house to experience a fieldtrip? You can have just as much fun and learn some pretty amazing things too from the comfort of your sofa. No money, car, plane ticket or passport required!!!
Here is a small list of some great virtual fieldtrip resources. I even broke them down by continent for you! So grab your laptop (or other mobile device), have a seat on the sofa and take and adventure!
-Jimmy Carter's Childhood Farm
-Presidential History Tours
-Smithsonian Virtual Tour
-Thomas Jefferson Monticello
-1850's Historic Westville
-The Whitehouse tour option 1 and The Whitehouse tour option 2 (interactive)
-Washington Monument Tour and Photos
-Ellis Island Interactive Tour
-Outer Banks - Wright Brothers, Lighthouses and more
-Virtual Vietnam Memorial Wall
-Hershey's Chocolate Factory
-Explore Plimoth Plantation
-Betsy Ross House
-Atlanta Zoo Tour and Photos
-The seven wonders of the State of Georgia
-Little White House Virtual Tour
-Tour of Canada
-Vancouver, Canada Tour
-Visit the Louvre
-Tower of London
-Anne Frank House 3D Tour
-Great Wall of China
-Japanese House Interactive Tour
-Samurai Asian Museum
-Explore Ancient Egypt - walk around the Sphinx, enter the Great Pyramid, visit tombs and temples and more
-Virtual South Africa
-Ancient Americas tour
-Explore several South American destinations
-Great Barrier Reef
-Several Australian Virtual Tours
-Trip to the Moon
Other great resources:
-Global Trek on Scholastic is tons of fun, you can even keep a virtual journal of your adventures.
-Mosques Around The World
-LDS Homeschooling has another huge list of virtual tours including factories, nature an science tours and more.
-Virtual agriculture tours. Learn about milk, apples and farms.
-Virtual Free Sites has compiled a great list.
-I listed a few of the National Park Service virtual tours above, but be sure to visit their website for even more.
-Ustream has lots of great live feed videos from around the World.
Also check into educational webinars. These can be tons of fun and most of the time they are free. Google Doodlers has an upcoming one on March 5th at 1 pm ET called "From Sketches to the Google Homepage," register here. Also we have thoroughly enjoyed the National Wildlife Federation webinars. Right now they are running a series on Climate change and you can watch past webinars here.
What fun virtual fieldtrips have you taken lately?
Also be sure to head over to Schoolhouse Review Crew Blog to find more virtual fieldtrip resources!