The zoos and aquariums may be closed for the time being, but that doesn’t mean your kids can’t get their daily dose of animals! Many of these organizations are offering online sessions, videos and activities through their websites and social media channels. Check out our handy guide of virtual learning and fun!
Turtle Back Zoo (West Orange, NJ) is posting Animal Anecdotes: Zoo Scenes to Remedy Your Day on their Facebook and Instagram. Check in daily for a new video and catch a glimpse of your favorite animals.
Bergen County Zoo (Paramus, NJ) will host Facebook Live videos every Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 AM. You can find recent and older videos on the Zoo’s Facebook page.
Jenkinson’s Aquarium (Point Pleasant, NJ) posts plenty of videos and pictures on their social media channels. On their website, check out the live Penguin Cam to see real-time updates from the penguin area. They also have an online resource page with activities for kids from preschool to high school age.
Cohanzick Zoo (Bridgeton, NJ) will be going live on Facebook periodically with Zoobrary, featuring stories and animals. You can view their previous videos, including one with an absolutely adorable baby wallaby named Phoenix, on their Facebook page!
Cape May County Park and Zoo (Cape May Courthouse, NJ) is offering a Virtual Zoo School weekdays at 11:30 AM. Enjoy a virtual tour, a short video, and a lesson each day. Daily at-home challenges will also be given, and kids can show what they’ve done on social media. You can also view any videos you may have missed on the website.
Adventure Aquarium (Camden, NJ) is offering kids activities such as downloadable worksheets and videos, including penguin and shark feedings. There are plenty of pictures from around the aquarium to almost make it feel like you’re there. Their social media also features fun craft ideas.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge (Medford, NJ) will be livestreaming on Facebook with Tales each weekday at 2:00 PM. You can also view their many older videos as well.
If you want to venture out of New Jersey, virtually that is, check out this New York Times piece featuring other zoos and aquariums from around the country that are also offering webcams and more.