Thanks to donations from foundations and other people, the Burpee Museum of Natural History has made a limited number of virtual field trips free for teachers and students in the Rockford area.

Here's how it works, Rockford area teachers can use Zoom, Google Meets or a private Facebook group to get into the "museum."

From there, a 30-45 minute live stream field trip will take place, with interactive exhibits for students, along with a question and answer session.

It appears there are 5 different types of field trips teachers can take their students on, featuring:

  • Biology
  • Paleontology
  • Geology
  • Anthropology
  • Ecology & Environmental Sciences

There is something for everyone starting at three-years-old up to high school students.

There will also be pre-recorded versions of each virtual field trip by request.

If you want to schedule your class for a virtual tour of Burpee, email

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