Keep Learning at Home with These National Resources

By: Michael Fossbakk | March 18, 2020

Fiona the Hippo pictured at the Cincinnati Zoo. Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Zoo.

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the State of Michigan has ordered the temporary closure of all public schools in the state. With many kids now home from school and adults working from home, we thought we’d share some great interactive educational resources you can take advantage of right from your computer. From livestreams about zoo animals to virtual tours from the surface of Mars, learn something new about the world around you right from your home!

Virtual Tour of Historic Fort Wayne

Named after General Anthony Wayne and located on Jefferson Ave. in Detroit, Fort Wayne is an historic landmark in Detroit’s history. Fort Wayne was constructed in the 1800s after the United States took Detroit from the British army. If you are unable to visit the Fort in person, you can take a virtual tour on their website. Simply click on the different landmarks, such as the barracks and the officer’s quarters, and a small sidebar will appear to tell you about it.

Cincinnati Zoo Livestreams

Our friends to the south at the Cincinnati Zoo will be doing Facebook Live events every day at 3 p.m. ET to show viewers a different animal at the zoo every day. The first livestream was about hippos, specifically the Cincinnati Zoo’s hippo Fiona, who was born six weeks premature and is the smallest hippo ever to survive. You can follow along every day via their Facebook page or visit their website to see an archive of all of their livestreams for this event.

Virtual Tour of Yellowstone National Park

It’s probably the United States’ most famous National Park, but you don’t have to be in Wyoming to visit this national gem. On the National Park Service website, you can take a virtual tour of Yellowstone in detail. There’s Fort Yellowstone, Fountain Paint Pot, Mammoth Hot Springs and more to explore.

Explore the Surface of Mars with the Curiosity Rover

Thanks to the folks at NASA and Google, you can take a look at the surface of Mars right from your computer! The program works by compiling images and data from the Curiosity Rover, which was sent to Mars in 2011. As the intro video points out, it traveled 352 million miles and is sending images all the way back to us on Earth. Pretty cool!

Virtual Exhibits at the Louvre in Paris

While the world-renowned Louvre in Paris, France is closed to the public due to health and safety precautions, you can still take virtual tours of some of its exhibits from your computer. Learn about Egyptian antiquities, what remains of the Louvre’s moat, and the gallery of d’Apollon, which was reconstructed by Le Vau after it was destroyed in a 1661 fire.

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