Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Virtually Visit the Zoo!

January 13th, 2022

San Diego Zoo Videos and Webcams


All grades, with parental supervision

Visit some of the animals in the San Diego Zoo in California with the videos and webcams found at this website.

When you get to the site, you can see beautiful pictures of the animals in the zoo:

  • Leopard
  • Arctic Fox
  • Camel
  • Elephant
  • Giraffe
  • Hippo
  • Koala
  • Lion
  • Monkey
  • Penguin
  • Reindeer
  • Zebra
  • And so many more!

You can click on each picture to read more about the animal.

Then under “Wildlife” in the top menu bar, you’ll find a link to the Live Cams and Videos. You’ll see many behind-the-scenes activities including a koala joey exam, penguins at the beach, and more.

Animal lovers of all kinds will enjoy visiting this website.

Explore Nature with Wildlife Films

November 2nd, 2021

Schoolyard Films, Inc.: Wildlife Films


Thank you Letty R. for making us aware of this interesting and engaging website offering Wildlife films. Included are accompanying study guides, that are offered to the public, free of charge.

Schoolyard Films, Inc., is completely funded by grants and donations. Although the nonprofit organization is still young, one of the films has already won an award at a film festival in Montana. Movies and study guides are free of charge!

When you get to the site you will find short films and study guides for download.

Subjects include:

  • Florida’s Wild Side
  • Bat Women of Panama
  • A Summer On Golden Pond
  • Back To The Wild…In Florida
  • and more!

Also, Full-Length Interviews are available for your viewing with behind the scene content.

The site is expanding so keep checking back for more short films!

Learn All About Fish

October 26th, 2021

Wildlife Forever: Fish-On!


Grades 4-12, with parental supervision

This site from Wildlife Forever offers a Fish On! Lesson Plan for Grades 4-12, but it can be tweaked for the younger grades. Learn all about fish!

When you get to the site, you can read the introduction. The art contest has ended for this year, but you can still use the lesson plan and have your kids draw. Scroll down through the lesson:

  • Objectives
  • Vocabulary
  • Background

There are also student worksheets with quizzes, puzzles, and math facts. Keep scrolling down for a glossary of terms, a list of each fish by state, and then to the fish! Each fish is on its own page – there’s a colorful illustration, details about each one, and ends with “Did You Know?” And you can see some of the art contest winners’ entries from previous years throughout.

Tools for Young Biologist to Explore the World Around Them!

August 31st, 2021

BioKids: Kids’ Inquiry of Diverse Species


Grades 4-8, with parental supervision

This website is part of a research project developed by the University of Michigan with resources and activities to improve learning science with a focus on biology and biodiversity. It’s designed for classroom use, but it’s a terrific resource for homeschoolers as well!

When you get to the site use the horizontal menu near the top of the screen to explore:

  • Critter Catalog – Discover an array of vertebrates such as mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, and fish. Then check out the invertebrates that include mollusks, insects, arachnids, myriapods, and crustaceans. Information here includes pictures, specimens, sounds the critters make, and scientific classification.
  • Field Guides – While there is a focus here on the wildlife habitat of Michigan, you’ll find terrific all-around information under “Tracks and Sign” that includes keys to animal tracks, marks left by animals chewing, biting, and rubbing, things animals build, eggs, and things animals leave behind.
  • Resources – You’ll find a terrific archive of links to websites about animals and biodiversity. Don’t miss the “Multimedia Resources” in the “Links for Teachers” section that include links to sites with ideas for curricula.

Take a Virtual Online Safari to Africa

July 23rd, 2021

Bwana Mitch’s Virtual Safari


All grades; with parental supervision

This commercial website specializes in travel to Africa and includes a terrific, free virtual safari of East Africa and southern Africa using photos and interactive 360° panoramas of wildlife and landscapes.

When you get to the website you’ll see a picture of a lion. Click on the words, “To The Gallery” located below the lion. A new page opens with a menu of the photo gallery that you will use to take this virtual safari that includes:

  • Wildlife – See pictures and read descriptions of African mammals, reptiles, and birds including:

  • Elephant
  • Rhinoceros
  • Cheetah
  • Leopard
  • Lion
  • Mongoose
  • Hippopotamus
  • Warthog
  • Nile Crocodile
  • Ostrich
  • and many more!

  • Landscapes – Explore national parks in Botswana, Tanzania, and Kenya.

If you click on any item on the menu a new page opens to photographs with descriptions in GERMAN. If you don’t read German – don’t worry. You can easily translate each page into English with a Google translation service located in very small print at the bottom of each page. Just click on the words “Translate this page into English” and the Google application works its magic so that you get the full benefit of the picture and the descriptive text.

If you enjoy the virtual field trip, you can also virtually explore the lodges and camps that are available to those who go on a real safari using the travel services of Bwana Mitch.

Tour Yellowstone Virtually

April 30th, 2021

Yellowstone Net


All grades, with parental supervision


Visit Yellowstone National Park! See and hear the geysers and wildlife! This high-tech site has video clips and pictures of every area of the park!

Use the upper navigation to: 

  • View Yellowstone webcams
  • Discover the geysers
  • Browse Yellowstone maps
  • See wildlife
  • Learn about the park geology and history
  • And so much more.

There is so much to explore on this website. Bookmark this one, and take an armchair tour of Yellowstone!