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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
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    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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    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 is now open for the following broadcasts!

Programs are designed for particular grades levels, but all are welcome to attend these free broadcasts.

    Thursday, October 12, 2023 | Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse (Grades 5-8) 

    9:45 am PT for English-only presentation

    • Join Academy Astronomers to get ready for viewing the solar eclipse on Saturday, October 14, 2023! In the U.S., the path of annularity will cross over Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

    Friday, October 27, 2023 | Spooktacular Skulls (Grades 3-5)
    9:45 am PT for English-only presentation
    11 am PT for Cantonese-English bilingual presentation

    • Come face-to-face with a diversity of spooktacular skulls! Watch a live colony of flesh-eating beetles in action as they devour and clean flesh from bones. Examine eye sockets, teeth, and other features to find out if mystery skulls were predator or prey.

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


    Registration has closed for the following programs

    Recordings will become available on the program website the afternoon after the morning broadcast.

    Friday, September 15, 2023 | Claude’s Hatchday (Grades 2-4) 


    Who participates in Distance Learning from the Academy?

    Map of the schools in the United States who participated in Distance Learning programs from 2014-2023.

    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 2022-2023 school year

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

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

    April 21, 2023 | Coral Reef Communities: Making Earth Day Every Day (Grades 3-6)

    We Thank Our Donors

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

    Connecting Since 2014
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