Nothing can take the place of a real live field trip, but virtual field trips and expeditions come close. We have been able to observe all sorts of wildlife and visit places we never could have imagined previously. We’ve kept our browser open for hours listening for wildlife at sites such as National Geographic’s Africam, a wonderful example of what a virtual expedition can be. Many of these sites seem to be created by those who have a passion for their subject – and it shows.
Here are a few articles and some resources that may help you find virtual field trips around the world. Happy trails!
The Value of Virtual Expeditions , by Judy Aron – There are many web sites which can “take you away” to a particular place, but a virtual expedition is different: it’s more interactive and is added to on a daily basis. These daily unfolding experiences are almost like a real trip.
Good Stuff: New Virtual Field Trips, by Rebecca Rupp – New Virtual Field Trips by Gail Cooper and Garry Cooper (Libraries Unlimited, 2001) is an annotated compendium of field trips that kids can take via the Internet, to Japan, Wales, the Amazon River, the bottom of the ocean, the inside of a cell, or the cockpit of the space shuttle.
Interview: Eve Pranis of Journey North, by Mary Nix – Field observations of the natural world; puzzle out the impact of changing sunlight, conduct local investigations; and analyze real-time interactive maps and data collected by classrooms, scientists, and families.
From Anchorage to Nome: The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, by Lisa Amstutz – After carefully charting the course, we selected a team and prepared to run the world’s most extreme race–vicariously, of course, courtesy of the Internet and the public library.
- American Museum of Natural History – Butterfly Cams
- Ancient Roman Villa
- Andes Expedition and Virtual Autopsy
- Congo Trek 360
- Estuary Live
- Global Online Adventure Learning Site
- Interactive Tour of Ellis Island from Scholastic
- NOAA’s Aquarius
- Sealab Antarctica
- The Jason Project
- The Kennedy Center
- The National Zoo
- The Sistine Chapel
- The United States Mint
- The Virtual Cave
- Van Gogh Tour from the National Gallery of Art
- Virtual Gettysburg
- Virtual Tours of the US Government
- Virtual World – Columbia River