Back to School: Ramp Up Your Learning in these 15 Virtual Classrooms

April 7, 2020

Supplement your at-home learning or restructured routines, with educational snippets from local attractions and museums.

The following provide fun, thought-triggering materials for you and your family to enjoy while at home. Below, are a few ideas to occupy your time, a friend’s or your family’s, when a mental break is needed. 

Learning Through Art

Armory Arts Center
Each week, the Armory brings art to your home with their “Armory Art at Home” video series. The series shows audiences how to paint still life arrangements and more, using their talented instructor base. In addition to video demonstrations, the Center also provides prompts to followers and art fans to keep them feeling inspired. Interested participants can sign up for their newsletter or tune in to their Facebook page, or YouTube channel for weekly updates. 

Boca Raton Museum of Art
Encouraging the ongoing participation in art-at-home, the Museum has stressed that though their doors are temporarily closed, creativity continues, especially through their newly created series “Keep Kids Smart with Art”. Here, you can find approachable and enjoyable activities and programs for all ages. On their site, they also share helpful tips for students and parents looking to bring art into their home. You can show off your works of art by using #BocaMuseumAtHome. 

Lighthouse Art Center Gallery & School of Arts

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Partake in distanced learning with the team at Lighthouse art Center, through free virtual art exhibits and at-cost interactive classes.  The virtual exhibit , titled “ Best of the Clubs Art Exhibition” helps to bring focus to community
artists based in Palm Beach to Stuart, and can be viewed by visiting their website. The at-home, virtual classes range from drawing and painting to jewelry making and ceramics. Classes can be found by visiting their website as well. If you sign up for art classes or projects, the Center asks that you share your work vis social media by tagging @lighthousearts and using the hashtags #LighthouseArtCenter and #LACbettertogether on social media. 
 
Schoolhouse Children’s Museum & Learning Center
The Schoolhouse helps make learning a bit more fun with live Story time every Tuesday and Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Parents are encouraged to have tape, glue sticks, crayons, and markers on hand. A supply list will be posted on Mondays to help parents prepare for their little ones ahead of time. Tune in to their Facebook page to keep up with the offerings and supply lists.  

The Norton Museum of Art
Just because the Museum is closed, doesn’t mean you can’t continue learning about art. Participating in painting, yarn, poetic or drawing activities are all available options to you. You can also explore downloadable coloring sheets, teacher resources, or watch virtual gallery tours, collection highlights and videos, too! Simply visit the #NortonFromHome page for more details.

Learning Through Science & Nature

Busch Wildlife Sanctuary

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Teaching others about wildlife conservation and native Florida animal species are just two of the things this Center is known for. Tune in to see and learn about the Center’s resident and temporary residents through a growing series of educational offerings. These include up-an-close wildlife encounters, story times with adorable animal guests and craft time with animal encounters via Instagram and Facebook. Worksheets to learn about animal tracks, and native birds can also be used as additional resources, located conveniently on their Instagram page. 
 
Lion Country Safari
This unique Safari Park is bringing its safari residents and on-site learning opportunities to your home, through STEM-based virtual field trips in partnership with the School District of Palm Beach County. Topics thus far have included ‘reptiles’ and ‘exploring grasslands.’ Educational worksheets, based by class grade (Grades 1-3, and 4-6) are also shared with each field trip, facilitating interactive learning beyond the traditional classroom. You can follow these virtual trip dates by visiting their Facebook page. 

Loggerhead Marinelife Center
Though the staff at Loggerhead Marinelife Center is still at work caring for our sea turtle friends, they’ve launched a virtual Coastal Classroom to keep avid turtle fans informed and involved. All you have to do is visit their website for more details or their Facebook page. Live learnings will be posted on Facebook weekdays at 2 p.m. and 11 a.m. on weekends. 

Manatee Lagoon – An FPL ECO-Discovery Center

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Follow along with the crew at Manatee Lagoon by visiting their website for insightful videos from the team, and a Virtual Field Trip on “The Bond Between Manatees and Power Plants”. And don’t forget to view the Manatee Cam for possible, manatee sightings!
 
Mounts Botanical Garden
Gardening from home? Check out the resources available at Palm Beach County’s largest, long-standing garden. From garden-inspiration, to plant education and exhibits, the Garden is offering a variety of programming for adults and children from grades K-12, such as a Nature Quest – a monthly educational garden-focused interactive quest, full of fun factoids and thought-provoking questions; virtual learning through live streams and activity packs are also available on the site, as are instructions on how to create your own Frog Bog. And there’s more! You can now visit virtually, and view garden photography from both staff and guests. 

Palm Beach Zoo

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Recently launched, Palm Beach County’s only Zoo has created PBZ-TV, allowing fans around the world to tune in. This new week-day series, brings many of the Zoo’s resident animals to you with special mini series such a #TigerTuesday, which highlights the majestic Malayan tigers who are part of the Palm Beach Zoo family . Supplemental materials, and short quizzes are also made available with each daily episode, and can be found on the Zoo’s activity page.  The weekday series is shared Monday through Fridays at 10 a.m. via the Zoo’s Facebook and Instagram pages.

The South Florida Science Center
Taking its mission virtual, the Science Center has created a series of offerings to keep families in search of informative, learning opportunities excited and engaged. Current offerings include Marine science lessons daily at 10 a.m. every Monday through Thursday, DIY-from-home science experiments every Thursday at 2 p.m., Aquarium programs every Friday at noon, Future Scientist Story time every Tuesday at 9 a.m., and virtual exhibit tours. To stay informed, make sure to visit the Center’s Facebook page for scheduled offerings and updates, or their website for recommendations on additional learning resources. Be sure to share your science experiments with them by tagging @SFScienceCenter and using #ShareYourScience. 

The River Center

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Join the River Center team as they teach us about the marine, and reptilian life that resides at the Center.  Throughout the week, you can enjoy live feeding-time educational videos with their educated staff, science lessons and story times as well – all available on their Facebook page.  

Learning Through History

The Flagler Museum
Take a stroll through the treasured history of The Palm Beaches, and learn about the man who helped turn it into America’s First Resort Destination, Henry Morrison Flagler, by virtually exploring his famed estate, and treasured Railcar 91

Morikami Museum & Japanese Gardens

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Learn about Japanese culture, origami making and anime architecture by exploring the Museum’s Facebook page as well as their website. 

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