Sometimes the best place for students to learn is outside of the classroom and in the real world. Unfortunately, not every school has the ability to bring their students on as many field trips as they’d like. But thanks to online resources, teachers can take their class “virtually” to zoos, art museums, ancient landmarks, or even outer space!
Check out our nine favorite virtual field trips for elementary school students so you can plan all sorts of exciting activities from the comfort of your classroom.
San Diego Zoo: With this interactive website, you can take your kids to the San Diego Zoo no matter where you live! Students can learn exciting animal facts, explore exhibits in real time, and play fun games and activities.
Virtual Tour of the Great Wall of China: Your school might not quite have the budget for a trip to the Great Wall of China, but that doesn’t mean your students can’t see it for themselves. This panoramic tour allows you to walk through one of the oldest and most historically significant wonders of the world.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: This virtual tour allows students to go on a deep-sea adventure through exhibit webcams that allow students to watch sea creatures in real time. Once you’ve studied the animals up close, the Monterey Bay Aquarium also provides this classroom resource page with activities, fact sheets, and games to play with your students.
Virtual Farm Tours: Learn more about the wonders of agriculture with your students through this panoramic tour of farms in Ontario. Your students can learn how dairy products are made, see farmers harvest fruit or eggs, and even explore specialty farms like an emu or deer ranch.
Discovery Education Field Trips: Discovery Education offers a variety of free, interactive tours designed for elementary school students. From a behind-the-scenes look at the Library of Congress to a climbing expedition of Mt. Kilimanjaro, you can find plenty of tours to tie-in with your school curriculum.
“The Secrets of Easter Island” Tour: What were the people who made the moai head megaliths like, why did they create them, and where did this lost civilization go? Uncover the answer to these and many more exciting questions through the virtual tour of Easter Island.
Yellowstone National Park Virtual Field Trip: Yellowstone is one of the most popular and breathtaking national parks in the United States. With this virtual tour, you and your students can view landmarks like Old Faithful, the Mammoth Hot Springs, and the Fountain Paint Pot.
Online Tour of the Louvre: The Louvre in Paris, France is one of the most renowned art galleries in the world and, by visiting their website, you can explore some of their exhibits in class. Take your students on a cultural tour of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, nineteenth-century Romanticism paintings, and other breathtaking exhibits.
Take a Virtual Walk on Mars: With virtual tours, even the sky isn’t your limit. Thanks to NASA’s Curiosity rover, you and your students can explore the surface of Mars in a 360-degree view while learning about space exploration.