Virtual Connection for
Children's Program Volunteers
To our volunteers - we are here for you
As we navigate these uncertain times together, our connections with you and the relationships you’ve built with your Littles are more important than ever. Our team is here to answer your calls, texts, emails and video chat requests. We encourage you to reach out so we can answer questions, provide resources or even just say hello during this time that so many of us are at home.
Tools for Staying Connected
Have intentional communication
Virtual Activity Ideas
Virtual Field Trips
Hundreds of zoos, museums, National Parks and art galleries are now offering free live webcams and virtual field trips to keep kids at home entertained and educated.
Schedule a “meetup” time with your Friend or Little (or their guardian), then share the links below to start your virtual field trip!
Click here for more virtual trips you can take with your match.
Hop into a time machine with your Little and explore the world by time period, idea, or location. Uncover hidden objects and artworks from the museum's rooms
San Diego Zoo
You and your match can tune into the live cams and watch baboons, koalas, elephants, and more
Share a recipe with your little ahead time so they can gather the ingredients ahead of time, Then cook/bake the recipe together during your virtual meeting.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt with the Wildlife Conservation Society. This activity can be done in your own backyard! Draw pictures or take photos if you wish, but most importantly, later share your findings with your Littles and Friends. (options also to share with the world wide web) Find activity by clicking here Scavenger Hunt.
Get Your Game On!Play some games with your Littles and Friends virtually. Many games often offer a chat component so you can chat while you play! Words With Friends App! (Calling all Scrabble lovers.) Draw Something App! (Do you like Pictionary?) Six games to play over Zoom! 10 Best Smartphone Games to Play With Family and Friends! (Scroll down to “games for multiple phones”. Terraria is recommended for Minecraft lovers and five more games follow.)
Virtual Art GalleriesVisit some of the best art galleries in the world virtually. From Paris to New York to Amsterdam, you and your match can see priceless works of art from the world’s most famous artists. Option: you and your match can draw or create a piece of art at home inspired by something you saw and show each other virtually or mail it to each other! Tell each other what it is you liked about your inspiration art piece or the piece you made.
Attend a Seminar, Learn Something New
- Learn about Asian small-clawed Otters with the Houston Zoo. (click here: Live with Zookeeper Pricilla) If Otters are not your thing, check out Facebook pages such as the Houston Zoo and the San Diego Zoo for Facebook Live discussions. Watch with your Friend or Little, re-cap together afterward to reinforce what things you bother learned! Here are two more suggestions.
- History of the American Robin, click here Mass. Audubon. If you wait through the final pause, you’ll see a very funny ending!
- Learn about seals and desensitization training, click here New England Aquarium. Covid 19, is affecting how our animals learn as well. Seals need to understand why their trainers are wearing strange masks! Watch to see how captive seals learn about important medical procedures.