CILC Calendar of Events

Embark on a journey of knowledge and exploration with our live virtual events for kids and adults! Join experts in engaging conversations, guided activities, and live demonstrations as you are transported to museums, zoos, historic sites, science centers, National Parks and beyond!

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February 21, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Endangered Species

by Toledo Zoo

Learn about endangered and rare species from around the world with a tour of the Toledo Zoo

For Grades K-6

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February 22, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Floating Freedom School

by Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site

In 1846 Missouri outlawed teaching reading and writing to African Americans. John Meachum believed education was critical and empowered indiviuals. He began teaching young black students secretively on steamboats floating on the Mississippi River. Learn about African American resistance during slavery and their emphasis on education, especially literacy.

For Grades K-6

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February 23, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

The Archaeology of Music

by Penn Museum

Music is an important form of personal and cultural expression shared by communities around the world and across human history. Students will learn about the importance of music in human civilization by studying musical instruments from around the world, using this virtual journey as inspiration to design their own instruments.

For Grades K-6

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February 27, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

African American Artists

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

The lives of African American artists lend insight into the context of their works. Learn about the diverse body of artwork created by African American artists and the historical, social, and cultural events, as well as the life experiences, that inspired their work.

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February 28, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

STEAM: Science of Sound at Historic RCA Studio B

by Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Historic RCA Studio B, Nashville’s oldest operating recording studio, exists at the intersection of science, technology, history, and music. In this interactive videoconference program, students evaluate how reflection, refraction, and other properties of sound waves shape the studio space. Students also learn about the rise of Music Row and hear the songs recorded by artists like Elvis Presley, Dolly Parton, and Waylon Jennings that defined this studio as the “Home of 1,000 Hits.”

For Grades K-6

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February 29, 2024

1:00 PM ET

CILC's 30th Anniversary

Read Around the Planet Kick Off Event

by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Help us celebrate reading and the start of our 23rd year of hosting this global virtual exchange program dedicated to literacy. With sign-up, you get a free seat to Read Around the Planet!

For Grades K-12

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February 29, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Read Around the Planet Kick-Off Event with Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

by Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Dive into the true tale of Otto the Otter, a captivating North American River Otter, who inspires a family's imagination while visiting their small pond. Delight in seasonal observations of the otter's playful antics as captured through the author's brightly textured watercolors. And get ready for a big surprise when the otter brings the family something unexpected! Engage your students with an SEL-supportive and fact-based narrative. After reading aloud together, we reflect on the marvelous creatures that live in freshwater habitats and the important role watersheds play for wildlife and people. Additionally, get ready for an extraordinary virtual encounter with the North American river otters living at Mote Aquarium. This immersive experience aims to cultivate critical thinking skills, enhance oral language proficiency, foster fluency and pronunciation, spark STEM engagement, and bolster reading comprehension.

For K-12

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March 1, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Archaeological Artist Mary Louise Baker

by Penn Museum

In honor of the start of Women’s History Month, join us as we learn about Mary Louise Baker (1872-1962), one of the most influential archaeological illustrators of her time. During her 28-year career at the Penn Museum, Baker created incredibly detailed illustrations of artifacts in the Museum’s collection. Students will learn her story and try their hand at drawing artifacts in the collection.

For Grades K-6

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March 5, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Illustrating Poe

by The Poe Museum

Students will listen to a reading of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s many poems (including "To Helen," "Alone," and "Annabel Lee," "Eldorado,"). Throughout the reading, students will pay attention to the imagery in the poems. Then, students will create their own artwork inspired by the poems. After they have created their illustrations, students will showcase their creations to their fellow classmates.

For Grades K-6

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March 6, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Marine Mammal Rescue, Rehabilitation, and Release

by Pacific Marine Mammal Center

Get an introduction to the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. Learn how we rescue marine mammals and nurse them back to health in order to give them a second chance at life.

For Grades K-6

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March 7, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote

by National Archives

Guiding Question: How can people influence the government? During this program, students will use the records of the National Archives to determine how and why women fought for the right to vote. Students will explore the challenges suffragists faced and discover why the fight for women’s voting rights persisted even after the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

For Grades K-6

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March 8, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

The History of Agriculture: Design Your Own Garden

by Penn Museum

The first day of spring is just around the corner, and we’re celebrating the new season by looking at the history of agriculture. One of the most important achievements to shape human society has been the ability to grow and raise crops. Students will learn about the early history of agriculture and study the tools and techniques ancient Mesopotamian peoples used to develop stable, renewable food sources. They will then apply their knowledge to design their own gardens.

For Grades K-6

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March 12, 2024

4:00 pm ET

Roam from Home

Chat with a Ranger

by Zion National Park

Learn about Zion National Park, the park service, and the ranger themselves as you interact in live time with a uniformed ranger! After an introduction to the National Park Service emblem and meaning, the ranger will address questions from the group, using props to share the ecology, wildlife, and history of Zion National Park.

For Lifelong Learners

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March 13, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Light Spectacular: OPTICS

by Liberty Science Center

The wonders of optics and the scientific contribution by Dr. Ellen Ochoa.

For Grades K-6

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March 14, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Women's History: Dirt on Their Skirts

by National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum

Rich with the history of women who broke barriers to play the National Pastime, this thematic unit covers 150 years of striving for equity and diversity on the diamond. Meet the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League of the World War II era, as well as the young ladies of the 19th century who played the game long before they even had the right to vote. What do skirts and strawberries, charm school and chaperones have to do with baseball? Each teaches an important lesson in the story of gals who gave their all so that boys and girls can play side-by-side today.

For Grades K-6

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March 14, 2024

Member Meetups

CULTIVATING ENGAGED DIGITAL CITIZENS

Investigate different ways to prepare students to actively engage in virtual field trips with outside experts.

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March 15, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Make Your Own Roman Mosaic

by Penn Museum

A mosaic is a picture or pattern produced by arranging together small colored pieces. People have been making mosaics for thousands of years. Students will explore the history of this ancient art form by studying Roman artifacts and learn how to make their own.

For Grades K-6

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March 19, 2024

1:00 PM ET

CILC's 30th Anniversary

Lens Ladies

by Central Michigan University Museum of Cultural & Natural History

Celebrate Women’s History Month by exploring the female figures who made a lasting impact on the art of photography at this special episode of the Community of Learning livestream series!

For Grades K-6

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March 19, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Lens Ladies

by Central Michigan University Museum of Cultural & Natural History

Join us as we celebrate Women's History Month! Explore the work of several female photographers such as ​pioneers Imogen Cunningham, Sonya Noskowiak, Margrethe Mather, and Tina Moditti. Fast forward to the work of Sally Mann and her large format black and white photographs of the world that surrounds her. In the digital age, we will talk about Loretta Lux who is known for her surreal portraits of children. The program will be led by Kristi Richards, an active photographer within the Mid-Michigan area who specializes in digital composites.

For Grades K-6

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March 19, 2024

12:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Monarchs Connections: Monarchs and Habitats

by Royal Botanical Gardens Canada

In the second session of the Monarch Connections series, join Royal Botanical Gardens Canada to learn how you can support Monarchs in your school or home garden. Discover the two types of plants and other habitat elements needed to meet the needs of this magnificent species. This session is perfect for preparing to see Monarchs on their migration path. Participation in the first session is not required to join this session.

For Grades K-6

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March 20, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Women in STEM

by Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Learn about the women who work around the zoo and all the cool things they do!

For Grades K-6

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March 21, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

A Journey Through the life of Helen Keller

by The Helen Keller Foundation

Can you imagine what it would be like to live in a world of darkness and silence? Keller Johnson Thompson, great grand niece of Helen Keller, takes you on a journey through the life of Helen Keller and her teacher, Anne Sullivan Macy using pictures, videos and unique family stories of one of the most remarkable women of the ages.

For Grades K-6

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March 22, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Ancient Author Enheduanna

by Penn Museum

Developed by the Sumerians around 3400 BCE, cuneiform is the oldest known form of writing. Originally developed for business records, ancient scribes developed many uses for writing, including telling stories and making music. The earliest known named writer was an ancient Akkadian priestess named Enheduanna. In honor of Women’s History Month, join the Penn Museum as we look back at Enheduanna and early Mesopotamian writing. Students will then learn some simple letters and words in cuneiform they can write themselves.

For Grades K-6

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March 26, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

RMSC Jr. Astronaut Training Program

by Roper Mountain Science Center

During this program, students will join Roper Mountain Space Agency’s Junior Astronaut Team where they will learn about our Sun and how technology enhances our knowledge about the Earth, moon, planets, and stars. Students will learn how satellites, telescopes, and the International Space Station help us observe patterns in the sky. This program is designed to get students excited about Space and the possibilities for the future.

For Grades K-6

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March 27, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

R7: Swimming With Sharks

by Mote Marine Laboratory - SEA Trek

In the 1930s few people dared to explore the depths of the sea, and none were women. But Genie wasn’t afraid. Follow “the Shark Lady” as she uncovers the mysteries of the world’s most feared fish!

For Grades K-6

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March 28, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Spy School 101

by International Spy Museum

Can your students use their observation skills to spot threats and opportunities, work as a team to reveal secrets and think like a gadget-maker to solve problems? In this skill-based program, interactive challenges with real-world stories will be woven together as students explore the shadow-world of espionage and answer the age-old question…Do you have what it takes to be a spy? In honor of Women's History Month, the workshop will highlight exciting female spies throughout history!

For Grades K-6

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April 2, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Music, Melody, and Me

by Manhattan School of Music

Students develop an understanding of the basic building blocks of music, melody and motive throughout the videoconference lesson, which is the centerpiece of the unit. Guided by the teaching artist, students learn how instrumental sounds are fashioned into musical compositions, generating skills to examine the components of themes in music. These concepts are dynamically illustrated through live performance and with the aid of pre-recorded video musical examples performed by talented Manhattan School of Music students. Your students come away from the videoconference as more discerning listeners, with a heightened appreciation and awareness of how music is made, and facing the challenge of creating melodies of their own during the post-videoconference lesson.

For Grades K-6

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April 3, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Wolf 101

by International Wolf Center

In this program, we cover the basics of gray wolf biology and behavior. Join us as we address a variety of topics including where wolves live, what they eat, and how they have adapted to different environments.

For Grades K-6

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April 4, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Which Side Are You On? Patriots and Loyalists in the American Revolution

by Connecticut Museum of Culture and History

Introduce your class to the opposing perspectives of the American Revolution as they explore the question “Was every colonist a Patriot during the American Revolution?” Uncover the many reasons individuals supported different sides of this conflict by examining documents, images, and music from the time period. Students will weigh the arguments and choose a side themselves, wrapping up by signing an Oath of Allegiance.

For Grades K-6

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April 5, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Senet: Make and Play and Ancient Egyptian Board Game

by Penn Museum

Dating back over 5000 years, senet, a popular ancient Egyptian game. is one of the oldest board games in the world. In addition to a fun game, senet also played an important religious role for ancient Egyptians, who viewed the game as a symbol of the journey through the afterlife. Students will learn about its history and significance to ancient Egyptian people. They will then make their own senet boards and learn how to play.

For Grades K-6

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April 9, 2024

4:00 PM ET

CILC's 30th Anniversary

Tar Heels?

by Moores Creek National Battlefield

Discover why North Carolinians are known as Tar Heels in a special episode of the National Parks Happy Trails series on the CILC Roam from Home streaming channel.

For Adult Learners

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April 9, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Animal Art and Enrichment

by South Carolina Aquarium

Get out your art supplies! Spend a virtual field trip with a turtle from the South Carolina Aquarium and watch as they create a painting as you create alongside them! Learn all about their adaptations and how the Aquarium uses enrichment to keep their resident animals happy and healthy. You are welcome to also create art or just sit back and watch and enjoy. This program is great for both science and art classes!

For Grades K-6

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April 9, 2024

4:00 pm ET

Roam from Home

Tar Heels?

by Moores Creek National Battlefield

Discover why North Carolinians are known as Tar Heels!

For Lifelong Learners

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April 10, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Walking Up a Food Chain

by Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum and Leslie Science and Nature Center

Together with the Leslie Science and Nature Center, we will create a food chain using LIVE animals (such as hawk/owl, snake, frog, spider and roach). Starting with a roach as our decomposer, we will take a close look at 5 live animals on a guided tour up a food chain. On our journey we will discuss how these animals are all connected and learn about the delicate balance that allows them to survive both individually and as wildlife sharing a habitat. *Materials for this event will be emailed

For Grades K-6

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April 11, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

WWII Cartoons as Wartime Propaganda

by National WWII Museum

Join The National WWII Museum for this Virtual Field Trip on how cartoons played a role in propaganda on the Home Front. A Museum educator will examine different pieces of wartime propaganda that were aimed at students during the war, including artworks by Disney. Students will be able to understand the purpose of propaganda and see how propaganda would have impacted their lives if they had grown up during World War II.

For Grades K-6

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April 11, 2024

Member Meetups

PREPARING FOR NEXT SCHOOL YEAR

Review resources and receive tools to help thoughtfully integrate virtual field trips into your curricular units.

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April 12, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Pets in Archaeology

by Penn Museum

April 11 is National Pet Day! Humans have been keeping pets for thousands of years, be they furry, feathered, scaly, or anything else in between. Students will track the history of pets across different ancient cultures by studying artifacts in the Penn Museum collection. They will then design their own paper pet collar.

For Grades K-6

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April 16, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Westward Ho

by Booth Museum

Students become explorers in this highly interactive program! Inspired by art and artifacts, each will create their very own Lewis and Clark inspired journal as they journey westward! Guided movement, discussion and simple journal drawings bring to life the stories of Lewis & Clark, Sacagawea, mountain men, trade, pioneers (Oregon Trail), bison and Plains Indians, the stagecoach and diversity of people who settled the West.

For Grades K-6

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April 17, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Beaks, Bubbles & Burrows

by Alaska SeaLife Center

See how Alaska's seabirds stay warm in the cold ocean, and find out what other adaptations allow them to dive underwater, catch fish, and dig burrows. Featured birds: tufted & horned puffins, common murres, rhinoceros auklets, pigeon guillemots, eiders, smews, and harlequin ducks.

For Grades K-6

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April 19, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Weaving with Recycled Materials

by Penn Museum

The process of weaving allows people to take thin pieces of thread, yarn, or plant material and turn it into strong cloth and baskets. It is a simple yet sophisticated technology that developed independently in cultures all over the world. In honor of Earth Day, students will join Penn Museum educators to learn more about weaving techniques from around the world and then try some paper weaving of their own.

For Grades K-6

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April 23, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Draw with Us: Hooray for Habitats

by Aquarium of the Pacific

Join us to for an Earth celebration! We will dive into the vast Pacific ocean and explore different habitats and see what amazing animals we can find. Don't forget to bring your coloring tools and paper to create your own habitat masterpiece.

For Grades K-6

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April 24, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Weather Wow! Up in the Air

by UCAR Center for Science Education

Did you know a typical cumulonimbus cloud can weigh 105.8 MILLION pounds?! How does it stay up in the sky?! Explore how the sun affects our Earth’s weather with an interactive experiment comparing hot and cold air. Transform your students into science sleuths and cloud detectives as we explore this mystery together and learn how air behaves when it changes temperature.

For Grades K-6

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April 25, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Anishinaabe: Past and Present

by Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

The name "Sleeping Bear Dunes" comes from an oral tradition of the Anishinaabe people. Find out more about the Anishinaabe's connection to Sleeping Bear Dunes and their traditional seasonal activities some still practice to this day. Participants will craft and decorate their own birchbark basket paper model during the program.

For Grades K-6

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April 26, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Indigenous Games

by Penn Museum

April 25 marks the start of the Penn Relays, America’s largest track-and-field competition. This year, we’re celebrating this University of Pennsylvania tradition by taking a closer look at Indigenous American sports. Using collection artifacts, students will learn the rules and significance of games played by Indigenous peoples from North, Central, and South America and how many of those games are still played today.

For Grades K-6

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April 29, 2024

10:00 am ET

Community of Learning

Creative Movement

by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Through interdisciplinary arts activities and structured improvisation, we will build movement skills–coordination, balance, flexibility, strength, and vocabulary–while exploring our 5 senses and imaginations. Students gain mastery in critical problem-solving built on the Elements of Dance. All the while joyfully connecting with others through playful curiosity.

For K-5 (Open to all)

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April 29, 2024

11:00 am ET

Community of Learning

Interdisciplinary Improvisation (Dance & Visual Art/Photography)

by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Dancers will experience the pleasure of moving, while learning elements of photography and how our vision can inspire choreography and creativity! We will play games/scores that involve scavenger hunts, memory and dancing/drawing. Dancers will develop and hone their visual acuity, looking for light, shadows, shapes, details and more. Students will engage in movement exercises to create visual images and foster an appreciation of movement and visual art.

For 6th-12th (Open to all)

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April 29, 2024

12:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

American Social Dance

by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

American Social Dance Come enjoy a sampler of various American social dance styles from across the decades

For K-12 / All Ages

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April 29, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Latin Social Dances

by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Students will be introduced to the fundamentals of Latin Social Dances including Merengue, Salsa, and Bachata. The emphasis of this class will be on learning patterns, footwork, and rhythms specific to each dance style.

For K-12 / All Ages

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April 29, 2024

2:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Musical Theater Jazz

by The Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts

Focusing on rhythm, musicality, and storytelling, this Musical Theater Jazz dance class starts with a jazz warm up and then takes off into an exciting tour of musical theater history. This class introduces choreography from multiple popular musicals both old and new. The dance combinations will be inspired by the original Broadway choreography as well as catered to a more beginning dance level experience. By the end of the class, students will have learned a short combination which can be shared with family or a small audience if applicable.

For 2nd-12th (Open to all)

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April 30, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Draw Joshua Tree

by Joshua Tree National Park

A ranger led directed drawing program. Explore the Mojave Desert through art by drawing a Joshua tree and the animals that also call the desert home.

For Grades K-6

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May 1, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Be a Brain Builder

by McMillen Health

Youth learn about the brain and nervous system. Students study various learning styles and are encouraged to identify their own personal style while exploring activities that boost brain performance. They better understand the importance of staying mentally and physically fit upon completion of this program.

For Grades K-6

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May 3, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Hanafuda: Japanese Flower Cards

by Penn Museum

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Join Penn Museum educators as we learn about hanafuda, a style of traditional Japanese playing cards dating to the 1600s. The cards are intricately designed with different flower patterns connected to the months of the year and used to play different games. Students will learn about hanafuda cards, design their own card, and watch a brief play session of koi koi, a popular hanafuda game.

For Grades K-6

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May 7, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Chinese Folktales

by Author Marty Chan

Marty brings Chinese folktales to life with humour and tech magic. Learn how the rainbow was created in an interactive session that is sure to delight kids.

For Grades K-6

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May 8, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Swimming With Sharks, the Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark

by Mote Marine Laboratory

In the 1930s few people dared to explore the depths of the sea, and none were women. But Genie wasn’t afraid. Follow “the Shark Lady” as she uncovers the mysteries of the world’s most feared fish! Swimming With Sharks, the Daring Discoveries of Eugenie Clark We read this biographical story aloud with your students and then engage in a learning segment to help build critical thinking skills, promote oral language skills, fluency, pronunciation, STEM engagement, and reading comprehension.

For Grades K-6

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May 9, 2024

5:30 PM ET

CILC's 30th Anniversary

Member Meetup

by CILC

CILC wants to celebrate Members by coming together as a Community of Practice to discuss success, challenges, and to provide special giveaway to support their daily practice!

For Adult Learners

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May 9, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Mighty Melanin! The Science of Human Skin Color

by Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Museum research dives into the very beginnings of the human species in Africa, and exploring differences in skin color and other genetic variations helps us to track original migratory routes of our ancient ancestors. Investigate the concept of variation in other animals, and celebrate variation within our own species!

For Grades K-6

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May 9, 2024

Member Meetups

A LOOK BACK: GOLDEN MOMENTS

Come together as a community to share most memorable teaching experiences from the year.

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May 10, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

The Ziggurat at Ur: Design Your Own City

by Penn Museum

Mesopotamia was the site for the earliest human cities, and the ziggurat was an important religious building in ancient Mesopotamian cities such as Ur. Students will learn about the lives of people in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur. They will also get the chance to play city planner and design their own cities.

For Grades K-6

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May 14, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Art with Chrystal Phan

by Royal BC Museum

Between 1979 and 1982 more than 60,000 refugees from South East Asia resettled in Canada. Almost 75% were from Vietnam. Artist Chrystal Phan’s family arrived from Vietnam in the fall of 1980. Join Chrystal for a virtual visit where we’ll look at her family’s story, examine some of her paintings and do a drawing activity together. Bring paper and pencil. Complement this program with resources on the Learning Portal pathway Vietnamese Canadian Experiences in BC: https://learning.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/pathways/vietnamese-canadian-experiences-in-bc/

For Grades K-6

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May 14, 2024

12:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Monarchs Connections: Monarchs and You

by Butterfly Pavilion

In the final session of the Monarch Connections series, Butterfly Pavilion will discover the ways you can connect with Monarchs throughout their incredible life cycle. We’ll explore different community science projects, empowering participants to actively support Monarch conservation and to understand the significance of their contributions. As the finale to the Monarch Connection series, this session prepares learners to continue their journey as active contributors to Monarch conservation. Participation in the previous sessions is not required to join this session.

For Grades K-6

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May 14, 2024

4:00 pm ET

Roam from Home

What is Freedom

by Fort Monroe Authority

What is freedom? Is there a single definition that fits everyone throughout history? Discover the narratives of individuals in the history of Fort Monroe and Old Point Comfort, from the first landing of Africans in 1619, the Contraband Decision of 1861, formation of the United States Colored Troops, and their unique experiences with the word freedom.

For Lifelong Learners

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May 15, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

The Deep Sea

by Ocean Wise

How deep is deep? Venture down through the different oceanic zones and into the deepest parts of the ocean with an ROV and explore the mysteries of the deep! Collect data and learn about the unique adaptations that allow animals in the deep to hunt, withstand pressure and create their own source of light! Who do YOU think is lurking in the dark?

For Grades K-6

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May 16, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Wolf 101

by International Wolf Center

In this program, we cover the basics of gray wolf biology and behavior. Join us as we address a variety of topics including where wolves live, what they eat, and how they have adapted to different environments. This interactive program is a great introduction to the world of gray wolves!

For All Ages

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May 17, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Maya Masks

by Penn Museum

Masks play important spiritual, political, and cultural roles for communities around the world. In mask dances, Maya performers wore masks of different animals in dance performances to honor their heritage and tradition, commemorate their history, and make political and social statements. Students will learn about the importance of masks for Maya communities, past and present, and then design their own animal masks.

For Grades K-6

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May 21, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Asian American Artists

by Smithsonian American Art Museum

Asian Americans artists are integral to the multifaceted story of American art. Explore the work of Asian American artists and discuss the life experiences, historic events, and cultural connections that inspire their artistic practice.

For Grades K-6

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May 22, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Digital Citizenship: Footprings Are Forever

by Banyan Global Learning

What you put online can last forever! Learn safe digital citizenship habits with a live Banyan teacher and one of our puppets from the Banyan buddies and help them be better digital citizens!

For Grades K-6

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May 23, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Wolf Pup 101

by International Wolf Center

Ever wondered what it’s like to grow up as a wolf? Step into the shoes of our wolf care staff and follow our ambassador wolves through their first year of life. You will learn all about the stages of pup development and what it takes to raise wolves here at the International Wolf Center!

For All Ages

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May 24, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Ancient Superheroes

by Penn Museum

Did you know that the earliest written superhero stories date back over 4,000 years? Join us as we virtually travel the globe and learn about some heroes who went on exciting adventures and overcame incredible challenges. Students will then use these tales as inspiration to design their own superheroes.

For Grades K-6

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May 28, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Art with Nature

by Royal Botanical Gardens

Using nature as both muse and medium, students unleash their creativity in this nature arts program. We'll explore patterns, symmetry and colour with two different activities. A drawing activity and then a hands-on, collaborative activity that encourages social emotional learning to build personal connections to the natural world. Make some time before the program to collect your natural materials.

For Grades K-6

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May 29, 2024

1:00 pm ET

Community of Learning

Mystery on the Reef

by Ocean Wise

Something isn’t quite right on the reef. Work as a class and talk to local animals, complete mini challenges, and use body movements to get closer to solving the mystery, all while learning how reducing plastic pollution can turn you into a superhero too!

For Grades K-6

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May 30, 2024

1:00 pm ET

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Wolf Research

by International Wolf Center

Discover how wolf researchers have learned to study wolves! This program explores a brief history of wolf research in the United States, the methods scientists use to research wolves, and what we’ve learned from years of studying these amazing animals.

For Grades 4 and up

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May 31, 2024

1:00 pm ET

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Where in the World?

by Penn Museum

Did you know that the Penn Museum used to host its own TV show? What in the World first aired in 1951 and ran for 14 years. In each episode, Penn Museum archaeologists looked at different artifacts in the Museum’s collection and tried to guess what each piece was, where it came from, how old it was, and how it was used. Join Penn Museum educators as we take on our spin on the classic TV show and challenge students to look closely at artifacts from around the world and try to figure out where they came from in an exciting online game show.

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