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    Academy Educators connecting students around the world, virtually!
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    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.
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    Students participating in the Spooktacular Science livestream series. ©@baughamjennee
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    From our Waddle Like a Penguin livestream ©@rockets150
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    Academy Educator teaching outside among the Redwoods

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.


Registration now for upcoming livestreams!

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

April 21, 2023 | Coral Reef Communities: Making Earth Day Every Day (Grades 3-6)
9:45am PT for English-only presentation
11am PT for bilingual Spanish/English presentation

  • Planet Earth is the only planet that supports a diverse system of life: plants, animals, and us! So how can we support Earth by understanding, protecting and caring for Earth's amazing ecosystems? What can we learn from young people as they connect with nature in their own communities? This Earth Day join us as we explore these questions through the lens of the coral reef. Students will discover the interconnection of life throughout this ecosystem. Students will meet local communities across the globe that are taking action to protect coral reefs. At the end of the program, we will reflect on how we can all collaborate to celebrate Earth Day Every Day.

To get word in your inbox when registration opens for any programs, consider signing up for our Educator Enews.


Registration is now closed for the following programs

Don't fret, you can still access the recordings! We'll post them within 48 hours of the live broadcast.

September 15, 2022 | Claude’s Hatchday (Grades 2-4)

October 13, 2022 | Mission to the Moon (Grades K-2)

October 28, 2022 | Spooktacular Skulls (Grades 3-5)

November 17, 2022 | Live Q&A with an Astronomy Expert (Grades 3-8)

December 13, 2022 | 'Tis the Season: Fit for Cold (Grades 3-5)


February 14, 2023 | Penguins: Will You Be My Valentine?


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!


Select recordings from the 2021-2022 school year

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

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

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

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.

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