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A Service for Teachers: Virtual Field Trip Resources

Written by Jacob C. Herman

A virtual field trip is a field trip which is conducted in a classroom or a lecture hall. Organizing a real field trip involves a lot of planning and expenditure. A virtual field trip or an interactive tour can be presented to a class with the use of a computer and the required accessories. Teachers can use virtual field trips to complement a certain lesson. There are lots of great virtual trips available on the Internet. Here's a list of virtual field trip resources for teachers.

  1. Teachers Guide: A great collection of many interesting field trips like the American Museum of Natural History, Tour of Ancient Roman Villa, and more.
  2. Geology: Provides field trips on the Big Bend National Park, Coastal Erosion, Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, and more.
  3. The White House: Take a tour of the White House here.
  4. LDS Homeschooling: Come here to find virtual field trips to Sutter's Ford, Alcatraz Island, Westville, and so on.
  5. Geological Explorations: NASA offers two virtual field trips entitled "What's the Difference" and "Moon Math".
  6. In Old Pompeii: The lesson plan includes a virtual field trip to the ruins of Pompeii.
  7. Fortune City: Virtual field trips to the Antartica, Galapagos Islands, Louvre Museum, and more.
  8. Simple K12: Covers ancient Egyptian art, Brazil, Civil War, and much more.
  9. The California Geotour: Visit the Basin and Range, Cascade Range, Coast Range, Colorado Desert, and more.
  10. US Government: Come here to find interesting field trips to the Acadia National Park, US Capitol, CIA Museum, Gettysburg National Military Park, and more.
  11. Nova Scotia: Enjoy the fascinating landscapes of Nova Scotia in this virtual field trip.
  12. Death Valley: The USGS provides a virtual field trip to the Death Valley.
  13. Fly Me to the Moon: A virtual field trip to the moon.
  14. Beavton: Virtual field trips to the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, zoos, and more.
  15. HUD: Come here to find interactive tours to the park, library, and city hall.
  16. North Cascades National Park: Take this journey starting from the town of Concrete to Lake Ann Trail.
  17. The Learning Place: A library of virtual field trips by the Queensland government.
  18. Benefits: Michael S. Nelson highlights the benefits of virtual field trips.
  19. Denver Public Schools: Covers African American history, American Revolution, WWI, puppets, and more.
  20. Estuaries: A good collection of virtual field trips on estuaries.
  21. Resources: Provides resources for virtual field trips and tours.
  22. Midge Frazel: Offers field trips to Old Sturbridge Village, Plimoth Plantation, museums, zoos, and more.
  23. Santa Rosa: Take virtual trips to the National Gallery of Art, Michael Carlos Museum, American Museum of Photography, Asian Arts, and lots more.
  24. Utah: From a 3-D geologic map and a virtual tour of various points of interest in St. George.
  25. Smith Town: Provides interactive tours to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Buffalo Zoo, GEM Global, Library of Congress, Mote Marine Laboratory, and more.
  26. Virtual Field Trips: Discusses virtual field trips and how to create your own trip.
  27. Utah Education Network: Offers virtual trips to Easter Island, the Nine Planets, Virtual Cave, Nigerian Naming Ceremony, and so on.
  28. Taxes: The IRS provides a virtual field trip to help students understand taxes.
  29. NOAA: The "EstuaryLive" webcast of the NOAA.
  30. WWLEARN: Virtual field trips to the Center for Puppetry Arts, Children's Museum of Indianapolis, Cumberland Science Museum, Johnson Space Center, and more.

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