• Educator with stuffed penguin
    Academy Educators connecting students around the world, virtually!
  • Teachers sharing their livestream in their virtual classroom.
    Teachers can share our livestreams in their own virtual classrooms.    ©@aweblossm88
  • Classroom view of Earth Day program
    Classroom view of our Earth Day program.
  • Educator with Crocodile skull
    Academy educators can bring real skulls into your virtual classroom.
  • Teacher sharing virtual livestream
    Students participating in the Spooktacular Science livestream series. ©@baughamjennee
  • Webinar on Teacher whiteboard
    From our Waddle Like a Penguin livestream ©@rockets150
  • Educator teaching outside
    Academy Educator teaching outside among the Redwoods
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Connect virtually with Academy educators from your home or classroom! Distance Learning livestreams bring our experts, animals, and collections to students over the internet—and all programs remain free of charge during the pandemic.

Free livestreams for K-8 students nationwide

Academy educators holding puppets used in Distance Learning programs.

Our programs are open to all K-8 students wherever they are set up to engage in learning during the school day.

Each livestream is a lesson taught by professional educators, which is broadcast for free to YouTube. Events feature hands-on activities or kinesthetic movement that students can do while tuning in. Teachers or adult guardians must register in advance for their student(s) to participate.

Programs are designed to serve specific grade levels, yet are welcome to all who register.

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Recordings from the 2021-2022 school year

September 15, 2021 | Claude’s Hatchday (Grades 2-4)

October 5, 2021 | Live Q&A with Astronomy Experts (Grades 5-8)

October 12, 2021 | Mission to the Moon (Grades K-2)

October 28, 2021 | Spooktacular Skulls (Grades 3-5)

November 2, 2021 | Impacts in the Solar System (Grades 4-6)

November 10 & 17, 2021 | 2-part series: Sharks! (Grades K-2)

December 2, 2021 | Tour of the Night Sky (Grades K-2)

December 8 & 15 or 9 & 16, 2021 | 2-part series: Coral Reefs (Grades 3-5)

February 2022 | 3-part series - African Penguins: Science, Stories, Special Friends (Grades K-2)

April 7, 2022 | Live Q&A with an Astronomy Expert (Grades 3-5) 

April 22, 2022 | Make Earth Day Every Day (Grades 3-5)

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Who participates in Distance Learning from the Academy?

Map of the schools in the United States who participated in Distance Learning programs from 2014-2020.

Classrooms, libraries, and homeschool families have connected with our educators. We've served groups from around the county, and have even delivered programs to students abroad!

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We Thank Our Donors

Student Education programs and activities are generously supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education; Barbara Bakar; and Wendy W. Kwok.

Connecting Since 2014
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