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Patty Bennett Brooks‎ of Leawood Drive posted a photo of E.T. in her window on Frankfort’s Drive-by Zoo's Facebook page. (Photo submitted)

With local students being schooled from home and many parents and adults working remotely, The State Journal has compiled a list of free virtual offerings of field trips and lessons.

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Frankfort’s Drive-by Zoo. Many local folks are putting stuffed animals in the windows of their residences and posting the street name or neighborhood on the group’s Facebook page.

• GURU Fitness is posting free workouts with and without weights on its YouTube channel. You don’t have to be a member of the gym for the daily workouts and motivational talks.

Frankfort Faces

Frankfort Faces flags line Broadway on Tuesday afternoon. Check out the many free online lessons, activities and virtual field trips The State Journal has compiled. (Chanda Veno | State Journal)

• Take a walk downtown and learn about each of the people behind the Frankfort Faces flags. There are 25 historic and current flags of famous folks with Frankfort connections.

• The Kentucky Historical Society offers an impressive array of online resources and activities. KHS offers live virtual tours on its Facebook page every Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. The KHS website also contains videos, links, activities, catalogs and research tools.

• The Salato Wildlife Education Center is currently closed but information about its indoor exhibits can be found on its website.

• KET is offering an online toolkit for families and educators with free high-quality educational resources for children of all ages. Visit for students from PreK through grade 12.

Student learning

• Scholastic is offering free daily learning activities for children. To get started, view the video. For more information, visit the Scholastic website.

• Learn about how the 2020 U.S. Census data is collected and used at the Census website. The site contains a interviews with experts and an interactive challenge.

• Discovery Education hosts a variety of virtual events with companion guides and hands-on learning.

• Kids can virtually walk through all three floors of the Boston Children’s Museum, which contains a Japanese and dinosaur exhibits.

Virtual field trips

• Visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in a self-guided, room-by-room tour of permanent, current and past exhibits. The second floor Bone Hall is a student favorite.

• The Metropolitan Museum of Art contains 26 online galleries including Christian Dior, ball gowns and The Art of Music Through Time.

• Several zoos have popular animal exhibits. Visit the panda cam at Zoo Atlanta and check out the San Diego Zoo’s behind-the-scenes videos, stories, printable activities and games.

• Aquariums are also offering free online activities. The Georgia Aquarium has an ocean voyage webcam. Watch jellyfish on Monterey Bay Aquarium’s jellycam or take a virtual tour of the National Aquarium.

• Head down to the farm. Farm Fresh 360 allows users to immerse in farm life. The American Egg Board also offers a virtual egg farm field trip.

• View the night sky from a new perspective. Star Atlas allows users to enter their location and see which constellations will be visible in the night sky.

• Want to see the Northern Lights? live streams from the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Manitoba, Canada. The webcam is situated directly under the aurora oval.

• Head out of this world to the red planet. Access Mars shows the surface of the planet as recorded by NASA’s Curosity rover.

• The U.S. Geological Society website contains an interactive map that monitors the country’s volcanoes. Users can click on any volcano to find out more information.

Nature Works Everywhere offers 73 free virtual field trips at a variety of stops across the globe.

• Take a trip to Yellowstone National Park without leaving your home. The park’s website contains interactive maps and a livestream of Old Faithful geyser.

• The Great Lakes Now allows users to view videos about coastal wetlands, algae and lake sturgeon.

• Check out the Museum of We The People at the National Constitution Center. It contains an interactive section and virtual tour.

• Visit the living history museum in Colonial Williamsburg. It’s eight webcams provide a look into life in an early American community.

• Take a virtual field trip to Ellis Island — home of the Statue of Liberty — to view a former immigration inspection station.

360 Cities provides the world’s largest collection of 360-degree images and videos of cities across the globe.

• You don’t need a passport to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris; the Great Wall of China; Easter Island, Son Doong Cave; and ancient Egypt.

Google Arts & Culture has collaborated with more than 1,200 museums and archives to feature monumental works of art.

• Take a trip down music lane with an interactive virtual field trip to the birthplaces of music — Vienna, Austria; New Orleans; Cleveland; and Britstol, Tennessee.

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