Virtual Getaway

for adults, children, and families
virtual getaway

We have compiled a list of educational, cultural, and interesting links to expand your mind during our time apart.  We will update daily as some resources will only be available for a limited time.

Enjoy, and we hope to see you soon.

Outdoors

Maine Wildlife Park Virtual Field Trips
Join Maine Wildlife Park for the month of May for a series of virtual field trips.  These special presentations are ideal for elementary and middle school students, but students of all ages can enjoy it. To participate live, just register for the program of your choice. Recordings of each presentation will be available for future viewing after they're completed.

National Park Foundations
Take a virtual tour of a National Park.

Arts and Humanities

Live with Carnegie Hall
Music has the undeniable power to comfort, uplift, connect, and inspire. In response to this unprecedented time, we invite you to join us for an entirely new original online series: Live with Carnegie Hall. Tune in for unforgettable episodes that feature some of the world’s finest artists as they share behind-the-scenes stories, excerpts from past performances, and live musical moments.

National Theater Broadcast 
Full length plays every Thursday

New York Philharmonic
NY Philharmonic has released over 150 hours of performances, interviews with its musicians, its award-winning radio programs and videos of its Young People’s Concerts, complemented by lessons and games. Welcome to NY Phil Plays On, a new portal for free digital content to provide comfort and connection to millions of classical music fans worldwide.

The Metropolitan Opera
Each day, a different encore presentation from the company’s Live in HD series is being made available for free streaming on the Met website, with each performance available for a period of 23 hours, from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day. 

The streams are also available through the Met Opera on Demand apps for Apple, Amazon, and Roku devices and Samsung Smart TV. To access them without logging in, click “Browse and Preview” in the apps for connected TV, and “Explore the App” on tablets and mobile devices.

Museum Tours
A comprehensive list of world-class museums compiled by The Robb Report.  Sit down, relax, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy a tour of a museum that you wish to explore.

The Radio City Rockettes Workout
Do you need to change up your workout now that your gym is closed?  Now you can have fun and learn dance moves.  Join the Radio City Rockettes Thursdays, 12:00 on their Instagram page.

Open Culture 
The best free cultural and educational media on the web.  Films, books, courses, and much more.

Education

Clear + Vivid
Alan Alda interviews area local and naturalist Sy Mongomery. 

Computer Help
For almost 20 years, the GCFLearnFree.org program has helped millions around the world learn the essential skills they need to live and work in the 21st century. From Microsoft Office and email to reading, math, and more—GCFLearnFree.org offers more than 200 topics, including more than 7,000 lessons, more than 1,000 videos, and more than 50 interactives and games, completely free.

Cousera
One of my favorites!  Take a class for FREE from some of the world's best institutions.

Federal Depository Lib Guides
The Federal Depository Library Program is a government program created to make US federal government publications available to the public at no cost. Organized by Group, Subject, or Type.

Khan Academy
Khan Academy is here for you with free resources to keep everyone learning.

NH PBS Education 
Resources to help you learn and teach at home.

Storytime and Books

Goodnight with Dolly 
Join Dolly Parton as she reads a bedtime story each week she is starting with the 90-year-old story The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.  Trivia: Dolly Parton's Imagination Library has given away 130 million books.

LUNCH DOODLES with Mo Willems!
Need an art break?  Take one!  All episodes have been archived by The Kennedy Center.

There's a Dragon in Your Book
Read by Michelle Obama

Storyline Online
The SAG-AFTRA Foundation’s award-winning children’s literacy website, Storyline Online, streams videos featuring celebrated actors reading children’s books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Readers include Viola Davis, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Kevin Costner, Annette Bening, James Earl Jones, Betty White and dozens more.

Levar Burton Reads
In every episode, host LeVar Burton (Roots, Reading Rainbow, Star Trek) invites you to take a break from your daily life, and dive into a great story. LeVar’s narration blends with gorgeous soundscapes to bring stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more to life. So, if you’re ready, let’s take a deep breath...

Audible 
Audible is allowing free access to many books as long as schools are closed.