Ten of the best virtual field trips

By Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, @eSN_Meris
April 7th, 2013

The benefits of virtual field trips are well known: They’re inexpensive—often free—and are less time-consuming than a real trip. But researching which virtual field trips are best can prove labor-intensive, and many resources are out-of-date.

To help educators save time, we’ve chosen these 10 virtual field trips based on their relevancy, depth and quality of resources, and potential for student excitement.

Know of any other great virtual field trips that didn’t make the list? Be sure to leave your suggestion in the comments section below.

(Next page: The field trips)

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June 13, 2013

With funding from the National Science Foundation, we have been leading professional development to engage teachers in creating Virtual Fieldwork Experiences (VFEs) and have produced resources for others to create them as well. Some examples include the overview found here:; replicating the Eames Power of Ten film using Google Earth here: and the larger website found at
Don Duggan-Haas, Ph.D.
Senior Education Research Associate
The Paleontological Research Institution and its Museum of the Earth
Chair, Geoscience Education Division, Geological Society of America