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    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.
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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.

September 15, 2022 | Claude’s Hatchday (Grades 2-4)
9:45 am PT for English-only presentation
11 am PT for Spanish-English bilingual presentation

  • It's Claude’s Hatchday! Come celebrate the Academy's iconic alligator with albinism as he turns 27. We will explore swamps as we learn about Claude’s history and the ecosystem that alligators call home.

October 13, 2022 | Mission to the Moon (Grades K-2)
10:30 am PT for English-only presentation

  • Join a planetarium presenter to explore how the Moon changes shape in the sky, then imagine that we’re astronauts and take off to go visit it ourselves.

October 28, 2022 | Spooktacular Skulls (Grades 3-5)
10 am PT for English-only 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.

We will share more details about newly launched programs on a rolling basis. To get word in your inbox when registration opens for any programs, consider signing up for our Educator Enews.


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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