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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Learning in the Time of Coronavirus: Vermont Venues Keep Trails Open, Offer Online Resources

Posted By on Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 9:43 AM

click to enlarge Billings Farm and Museum is offering crafts and activities "to go" - BILLINGS FARM AND MUSEUM
  • Billings Farm and Museum
  • Billings Farm and Museum is offering crafts and activities "to go"

Vermont museums, educational centers and libraries have met the current social-distancing reality with free online classes, story times and learning resources. Although buildings are temporarily closed, many trail systems remain open. Remember to take breaks from screen time, and keep your family healthy with fresh air. Here are some Vermont venues offering online services:

• Burlington City Arts has created an online Home Studio featuring art and activities. For the next few weeks, new material will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

• On Facebook, ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, is sharing suggestions for at-home science experiments and videos of animal feedings. Watch a Science & Stories story time here. Find simple science experiments created by ECHO in partnership with WCAX here.

• Beginning on Thursday, March 19, Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock will offer a “drive through” distribution of free craft and activity kits for families. Find details on the website. Art projects, book readings and virtual farm tours can be found on its Facebook page.

Shelburne Farms’ scenic walking trails are open to the public.

• In Montpelier, North Branch Nature Center’s trails and wildlife preserve are open. All buildings, including bathrooms, are closed. "Getting outside in nature is one of the very best ways we can all be caring for ourselves and our loved ones right now," the center explains.

click to enlarge The trails are open at the Audubon in Huntington - BENJAMIN ROESCH
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  • The trails are open at the Audubon in Huntington
• Families may enjoy the trails and outdoor areas at Audubon Vermont in Huntington. The center's education team is also creating and sharing online content that can be done at home or outside with common household materials. Find mini nature lessons here.
With the return of migratory birds, now is also a good time to brush up on or begin birdwatching while practicing social distancing.

click to enlarge Fairbanks museum is offering online learning materials - COURTESY OF FAIRBANKS MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM
  • Courtesy of Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
  • Fairbanks museum is offering online learning materials
• St. Johnsbury’s Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium offers free online learning options, including astronomy materials from meteorologist Mark Breen. Daily, the museum posts "Moments of Zen" on its Facebook page — a snapshot of the Museum’s eclectic gallery and collections through the eyes of various visitors.

• Teaching your kids at home? The Vermont School Librarians’ Association compiled Learning at Home: Resources for Teachers. This resource compiles free programming and resources for preschoolers to teens.

• The Vermont Institute of Natural Science (VINS) is offering  educational videos and resources on Facebook, including a Facebook Live owl encounter on Wednesday, March 25 at 12:30 p.m.

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