Virtual Resources

Learn, laugh and explore with zoos and aquariums online

As the world is spending more time inside social distancing, it is now more important than ever to use new ways to stay connected with nature and learning. The following Alliance member organizations have created innovative online field trips and educational resources that allow people to meet animals and virtually explore zoos, aquariums and marine life parks while staying safe at home.

Like everyone else, you and your families are taking precautions and practicing "social distancing". You’re working or studying from home and maybe helping your children with their school work. At this time of year, countless schools would have been visiting their local aquariums, dolphin facilities, and zoos for in person field trips and other experiential education.

While you can't make those trips in person now, Alliance member organizations are bringing the visits to you. Several of our members are offering live presentations via social media platforms, creating innovative, online field trips, presenting great distance learning programs and providing other educational resources.

You can virtually visit and explore zoos, aquariums, and marine life parks while remaining safe at home!

Check out the offerings of these accredited Alliance members:

Aquarium Poema del Mar

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Daily video/photo updates of animal care, Fun Facts, Unique Visitor Experience, LIVE sessions in Stories
  • Links: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Social Media Campaign #AtHomeWithPoemaDelMar

Brookfield Zoo

Coral World Ocean Park

Dolphin Quest (Bermuda, Hawaii’s Big Island, Oahu)

Dolphin Research Center

Georgia Aquarium

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Facebook Live broadcasts, webcams and other distance learning resources
  • Links: At-Home Learning; Animal Guide; Webcams; Georgia Aquarium YouTube ChannelFacebook Live
  • Resources for educators and parents:
    • Field Trip Fridays - Georgia Aquarium teams up with other Atlanta organizations to bring you fun and educational content.
    • Field Guide – Engage your students through exploration and active learning by using the background information and guided learning questions.
    • Aquarium Love Stories Animals are the heart of Georgia Aquarium. Go behind the scenes with the remarkable teams who care for these animals every day. 
    • Deep Sea Learning – The Education team shares real life scenarios that help students learn about the sea and its many creatures. Accompanying study guides reinforce information shared
      in the video as well as provide instructions for the associated activity. New sessions released on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
    • STEAM Forward – Our video series highlights the variety of STEAM careers within our organization, featuring behind-the-scenes experts, and corresponding curricular material.
    • Lesson Plans – Plans and guides for grades K-12.
    • Web Resources – A listing of federal, state and nonprofit organizations with information, lesson plans and activities related to aquatic subjects.

Gulfarium Marine Adventure Park

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Educational Facebook videos and live broadcasts M/W/F each week.
  • Links: Facebook

Lisbon Zoo

Loro Parque – Animal Embassy

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Daily video/photo updates of animal care at Loro Parque – Animal Embassy Enhanced Visitor Experience, Virtual Tours, 360º Immersion Videos, Ambient Videos with Animal Sounds, “Moment for Yourself” Videos, Fun Activities for Children (to do at home)
  • Links: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter
  • Social Media Campaign #AtHomeWithLoroParque (in three languages)

Marineland Dolphin Adventure

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Virtual Tours and Do-At-Home Activities
  • Links: Facebook

Minnesota Zoo

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Learning Corner – educational resources for teachers and families, Virtual Farm Babies – celebrate the springtime tradition of Farm Babies from your very own home (starting April 13)
  • Links: Learning Corner, Virtual Farm Babies 

Mississippi Aquarium

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Education Digital Outreach – Access curriculum, activities, puzzles, recommended reading lists. Also, enjoy story time, Ask the Aquarium, and Minute Mondays. 
  • Links: Education Resources, Facebook, MSAQ YouTube

Mystic Aquarium

Ocean Connection

  • Cost: Free Facebook Live sessions, and Virtual Field Trips
  • Details: Facebook Live broadcasts and Virtual Field Trips
  • Links: Facebook Live,  Virtual Field Trip

Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium

SeaLife Park

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

Theater of the Sea

  • Cost: Free
  • Details: Daily Animal Trainer Videos
  • Links: Facebook

Vancouver Aquarium

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

  • Cost: Free Facebook Live sessions
  • Details: Live cameras set up to monitor animal habitats
  • Links: Facebook Live