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A virtual trip around rural Georgia

Updated: Sep 22, 2020

By Loren Lindler

Though many of us are ready to get out of the house, many businesses and tourist destinations across the state are finding ways to bring their business to us. We've created a list of virtual experiences that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. Many are great resources for students, parents, and teachers.

North Georgia Zoo in Cleveland hosts a Wildlife Wonders program every weekday at 1 p.m. Visit their Facebook page for an up-close look at some of the zoo’s animals. With the educational lessons, kids can learn about their habitats, diets, funny behaviors, and more.

Paradise Garden Foundation in Summerville launched an online education project for third graders through college-aged students. The art education lesson plans are great for homeschoolers, parents, and teachers.

You're Maker Studios in Thomasville is posting creative projects on Instagram and Facebook. Each day features a new activity. The studio is also selling cloth masks on their website.

Andersonville National Historic Site offers a virtual field trip that allows visitors to explore the conditions at Andersonville Prison during the Civil War. With a 360-degree virtual experience, you’ll feel like you’re standing on the grounds.

Thomasville History Center is sharing free digital programming on their website. They have a variety of activities, including coloring pages, craft ideas, and a scavenger hunt, which call all be done at home.

Georgia State Parks is sharing videos and other self-guided resources that they cover in interpretive and educational programs. You can check out their eRanger page for lessons on plants, wildlife, and more.

Hardman Farm State Historic Site and Smithgall Woods State Park are offering virtual tours and demonstrations on Facebook. Some of the topics include a virtual tour of the dairy barn, mansion, and a “Ask Our Naturalist: Video Series” covering knot tying, compass reading, tree identification, and more.

Alpine Helen, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, has its webcams set up so you don’t miss a thing. You can get a live look at the roads and start planning your next vacation.

Georgia Forestry Foundation has partnered with Georgia Public Broadcasting to bring a Virtual Learning Journey to a computer near you. Did you know 2/3 of the state is covered in working forests? Georgia’s 22 million acres of working forests are full of learning opportunities.

Georgia Farm Bureau has released a series of Ag-Tivities with Lauren. The latest lesson features spring activities with Playdough, bingo cards, and a writing project. You can see all of the articles, lessons, recipes, and more featured in the Georgia Neighbors Magazine.

Georgia Grown has brought out all of the stops on kids' activities. With a wide variety for kids of all ages, they have coloring pages, matching games, and recipes to enjoy. These activities can be found on their Facebook page or on the Feed My School Georgia Grown website.


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