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
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.
Friday, December 15, 2023 | Helping Baby Corals Thrive (Grades 3-5)
9:45 am PT for English-only presentation
- Corals help animals, plants and people. How can people help baby corals thrive? Join us for an interactive program including stories from an Academy Scientist.
Friday, January 19, 2024 | It's National Penguin Day! (Grades K-2)
9:45 am PT for English presentation
11 am PT for Spanish presentation
- It's National Penguin Day and we are diving into our favorite subject, our beloved African penguins! Come waddle with us and get updates on the Academy's own colony of penguins. We'll also learn what makes penguins such a unique bird and how their body parts make them both cute and well fitted to survive in their ocean habitat.
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Registration has closed for the following programs
Who participates in Distance Learning from the Academy?
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)
Student Education programs and activities are generously supported by the Hearst Endowed Fund for Science Education; Barbara Bakar; and the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.