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Lake Moraine, Banff National Park, Alberta, CanadaThis week we will be whisked away to hikes and trails all around the world.  While we won't actually be out in nature you can still pretend like you are!  I just did the Positano (number 7 on this list) one and I nearly cried. It's so beautiful. Put your computer on full screen and you take a walking tour just as it would be if you were walking...down awesome narrow walkways and cobblestone streets...or in a national park by a lake!
 
 
Happy Trails!
 
1. Moraine Lake in Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada
Lake Moraine, Banff National Park, Alberta, Canada

If a visit to Banff National Park isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. But why wait for quarantine to lift before witnessing the bright blue waters of Moraine Lake? This glacially fed lake is situated in the Valley of the Ten Peaks in Banff National Park. It’s the sort of place you’ll never forget, and you can experience it virtually right now.

 

 
 
 
 

2. Indian Beach Trail, Oregon

Indian Beach, view through trees

This virtual hike takes you along the rugged Oregon coast on a perfectly sunny day, showing off stunning ocean views, rocky beaches, and plenty of lush, green forest. The popular trail travels through Ecola State Park, delivering jaw-dropping vistas every step of the way.

3. Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

Great Pyramids of Giza

This walking route takes you to another world — one of sandy terrain dotted with looming pyramids. This well-shot walking tour starts at the Mortuary Temple of Khafre, passing by the pyramids of Khafre, Khufu, and Menkaure, before ending at the iconic sphinx.

4. Havasu Falls, Arizona

 

You must have a reservation to enter the Havasupai tribal lands, where the stunning turquoise-green Havasu Falls can be found. Located in the Grand Canyon, this virtual tour winds between mesas, taking you through stunning red-rock desert as you near the powerful falls.

 

5. Tunnel of Love, Ukraine

Spring morning in Tunnel of love. Klevan, Ukraine

If you’re looking for a hearty dose of green, head to Klevan, Ukraine, home of the lush Tunnel of Love. After spending three hours virtually walking on this abandoned train track that’s surrounded on all sides by bright green foliage and chirping birds, it’s near-impossible to feel anything but relaxed.

6. James Irvine Trail in Redwood National Park, California

 

It doesn’t get more relaxing than walking amongst the giant redwoods on a calm summer day. Paired with soothing music, this virtual walking route instills an immediate sense of peace the moment the camera starts rolling.

 

7. Village of Positano, Italy

Positano, a splendid village and seaside resort on the famous Amalfi Coast, behind the Gulf of Naples and close to Amalfi, Sorrento and Pompeii.

If you’re up for experiencing a new culture — in addition to enjoying a virtual hike — this tour of Positano, a cliffside village on the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy, is hard to beat. You’ll pass through steep, narrow streets lined with boutiques and cafes as you head down toward the beaches and waters below.

8. Wailea Beach Path, Hawaii

 

With its year-round tropical climate and never-ending ribbon of beaches, Hawaii is a top destination for many Americans. But thanks to this virtual experience, you don’t have to fly across the ocean to get a feel for the islands. The tour takes you from the Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort to the Fairmont Kea Lani and along the Wailea Beach Path.

9. Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah

Hiking in Bryce Canyon National Park on the Queens Garden Trail.

For a complete change of scenery, head to the red rocks of Utah, where you can virtually slink through narrow canyons and wind along high-desert paths. The view only gets more stunning when you enter into the trail’s wooded areas. Here, the red rock and dirt pop against the greens and browns.

10. Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park, Washington

 

The moss-covered trees and neon green foliage seen along this trail are so vibrant that it feels like you’re walking on another planet. This special bit of nature is arguably just as stunning in this 4K-resolution virtual hiking experience as it is in real life.

 

11. Panorama Trail, Switzerland

Touristic trail in the Swiss Alps

This virtual walking trail starts at Männlichen, then takes you on a beautiful and easy downhill walk to Kleine Scheidegg, a mountain pass between the Eiger and Lauberhorn mountain peaks. Along the way, enjoy meeting (albeit virtually) some Swiss cows before descending amidst stunning mountain views.

 

12. Juan de Fuca Trail in British Columbia, Canada

Link: Juan de Fuca Trail - BC, Canada  

Up north in British Columbia, you can virtually experience the beautiful Juan de Fuca Trail on Vancouver Island. Located within Juan de Fuca Provincial Park, this virtual walking route takes you deep into the forest and along the coastline, with occasional views of the Olympic Mountains.

 

VIRTUAL TRAIN RIDES

Have you ever dreamed of seeing the view of the landscape from a Train Conductor's cab?!  If you want to step into the locomotive these virtual train rides offer you the chance to zone out and calm your mind, while seeing new landscapes. 

Choo Choo!

1. The Flåm Railway, Norway
Link - The Flam Railway  
Widely considered to be one of the most beautiful train journeys in the world, this 12-mile route takes you from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. Along the way, you’ll pass waterfalls, deep ravines, snow-capped mountains, and high-altitude farms, all while watching the weather shift from sun to rain.  
Spectacular view from the famous Norwegian Flåm train speeding uphill on its way to Myrdal station. Said to be one of the most beautiful railway journeys on the planet.
2. Geibi Line to Fukuen Line, Japan
Link - Line to Fukuen  
You can get a taste of the Japanese countryside as you travel virtually from Hiroshima Station to Fuchū Station on the Geibi Line turned Fukuen Line. The route passes through the mountainous area of the Chūgoku region, so expect to see stunning bridges and long, dark tunnels cutting through mountains.

3. Bernina Railway, Switzerland to Italy
Link - Bernina Railway  
The trip starts in St. Moritz, Switzerland on a perfectly sunny day and ends in Tirano, Italy via the high-mountain Bernina Pass. Sit back with an Italian-style caffè and watch as the train cuts through picturesque villages and rumbles alongside dizzying cliffs and sparkling blue waters. Along the way, you’ll break a few records — albeit virtually: It is the highest railway alpine crossing in Europe and the highest adhesion railway on the continent. Not bad for a fully virtual experience.
Swiss Red Train Bernina Express pass on Brusio Viaduct. It is a spectacular helicoidal stone bridge that fits the surrounding landscape and is located on the Bernina railway not far from Brusio railway station in Canton Grisons, Italy.


4. Pikes Peak Cog Railway, Colorado, United States
Link - Pike's Peak Cog Railway  
If you’ve ever dreamed of making it to the top of Colorado’s Pikes Peak, which sits 14,115 feet above sea level, here’s your chance. Hop aboard North America’s highest train and join this fast-motion virtual tour. The trip starts at the station in Manitou Springs and climbs the well-known peak in a matter of minutes, allowing the viewer to sit back and enjoy the dizzying ride.

5. Belgrade–Bar Railway, Montenegro
Link - Belgrade-Bar Railway  
You’ll start your journey in the town of Bar, near the Adriatic Sea, before passing through the line’s longest tunnel (20,246 feet) and over the highest railway bridge in Europe. After zipping through the country’s impressive mountainous region, end the virtual trip in the town of Bijelo Polje — 102 tunnels and 96 bridges later.

6. North Wales Coast Line, England to Wales
Link - North Wales Coast Line  
Travel along the beautiful Wales coast aboard a British Rail Class 175, a type of diesel passenger train used in the United Kingdom. The virtual excursion kicks off in the city of Chester, England and quickly travels over the border into Wales, passing through lush countryside before hitting the coast and continuing west.

7. Nordland Line, Norway
Link - Nordland Line - COLD and SNOW! Brrrrrr!!! #sweaterweather  
The adventure starts on the Trondheim Fjord in Trondheim and only seems to get snowier as you head farther north. Eventually, you virtually pass into the Arctic Circle before ending in the municipality of Fauske. If cold and snow don’t sound appealing, you can experience the trip in one of the other three seasons here.

8. Ferrocarril Central Andino, Peru
The Central Andean Railroad in Peru

Link - Part 1: Puente Carrion Bridge  
Link - Part 2: Matucana to San Mateo
Link - Part 3: Puente Infiernillo Bridge   
Link - Part 4: Travel Through One Of The World's Highest Railroad Tunnels  

Often considered to be one of the world’s most scenic railroads, the Ferrocarril Central Andino links the Pacific port of Callao and the capital city of Lima with Huancayo and Cerro de Pasco. This four-part virtual journey begins in Chosica and ends near the Galera railway station in the Andes. In part one, you’ll traverse the massive Puente Carrión bridge; part two climbs from Matucana to San Mateo, one of the most scenic parts of the line; part three takes travelers over the Puente Infiernillo bridge, which passes through a tight canyon with high rock walls on either side; and finally, part four lets you travel virtually through one of the world’s highest railroad tunnels.

9. 7 Express Line, New York, United States
7 Line Subway train in Queens with Manhattan skyline, New York City

Link - 7 Express Line - Queens to Manhattan  
If you find yourself strangely missing the familiar sounds of your commute, this cab-view video of the New York City subway will scratch the itch. The 7 Express Line (Flushing Express) travels from Queens to Manhattan, providing outside and underground views along the way. And if you’re into trains, keep in mind that this footage was shot on one of the line’s R62A trains, which have since been returned to the 6 train.

10. Sarajevo–Ploče Railway, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Link - Sarajevo-Ploce Railway  
You can explore the Balkan country of Bosnia and Herzegovina by train, thanks to this virtual cab-view video. Starting in Čapljina, you’ll dip into Croatia quickly before crossing the border back into Bosnia and Herzegovina and ending your trip in the country’s capital, Sarajevo. A good portion of the journey follows the Neretva River and passes through tight, mountainous terrain and over the Bradina Pass.

11. South Western Railway, England
Link - South Western Railway  
You’ll start your virtual journey on the London Underground at London Waterloo station and then head west, eventually dropping south toward Southampton and ending at Southampton Central station. Along the way, you’ll see the London skyline before moving into the vibrant, green countryside.

12. Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, Colorado, United States
The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Steam Engine travels along Animas River, Colorado

Link - Part 1: Narrow Ledge Above The Animas River  
Link - Part 2: Go High Into The Colorado Mountains
Link - Part 3: Head Down The Mountain Pass Into Silverton  

This historic line takes travelers from one mountain town to another, traveling over a high-alpine mountain pass to get there. This three-part tour offers guests a virtual ride on the three-foot-wide narrow-gauge heritage railroad as it traverses over 45 miles between Durango and Silverton. During part one, enjoy the breathtaking journey along a narrow ledge cut into a sheer cliff face far above the Animas River; in part two, the train chugs high up into the Colorado mountains; and in part three, it heads down the mountain pass into the Wild West town of Silverton.

13. Wengernalp Railway, Switzerland
Link - Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg  
Enjoy a perfectly clear driver’s-eye view of the stunning route from Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg. You’ll virtually cross pretty Swiss villages and tree-covered slopes as you climb up into the mountains, eventually passing views of snow-covered mountains and deep valleys.

National Parks 
This week put on your explorer hat and experience our National Parks from your couch! 
Happy Trails!

Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska
Link - Kenai Fjords National Park 
 
This virtual tour lets you explore glaciers, fjords, and icebergs located in the Alaskan wilderness. Descend into an icy crevasse, kayak through majestic icebergs, and even see how a glacier melts and the effects that climate change has on this frozen terrain. Kenai Fjords has over 40 glaciers in the Harding Icefield, according to the National Park Service website, and the tour begins with a peek into Exit Glacier, one of the only accessible glaciers by road within the national park.  

Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
One of the most popular national parks in Hawaii is now totally accessible online. This virtual tour lets you explore the Nahuku Lava Tube, which is a cave formed by flowing lava, which can drain lava from a volcano during an eruption. On the tour, you can also enjoy the stunning view from the volcanic coastal cliffs, “fly” over an active volcano, and see the effects of an eruption from 1959.
Carlsbad Caverns National Park in California
Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico
Link - Carlsbad Caverns National Park
 
Located in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, this popular park has over 100 caves. On this virtual tour, you can take a walk through the fascinating caverns, view incredible rock formations, and even see thousands of bats who live in the cave system. You can even “experience” life as a bat thanks to this park’s impressive simulation.
Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah
Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
Link - Bryce Canyon National Park 
The beautiful, red and orange hoodoos of this famous desert landscape are now on full display, even if you’re in your living room. This virtual tour centered on Sunset Point lets you enjoy the star-filled night sky from this Dark Sky certified national park, get up close and personal with the park’s unique rock formations, and even take a horseback ride through the canyon from the comfort of your own home.

Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida
Link - Dry Tortugas National Park
This remote and severely underrated park is located 70 miles west of Key West, according to the National Park Service website. Thanks to this virtual tour, you no longer have to book a seaplane or boat to get there. Visit the Civil War-era Fort Jefferson, swim through the third largest coral reef in the world, and even take an exploratory dive into a shipwreck from 1907.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Preview YouTube video Virtual Hike: Moraine Lake Shoreline Trail, Banff, Alberta, Canada (2019) Preview YouTube video Virtual Hike: Oregon Coast Views - Forest/Beach-Ecola State Park Preview YouTube video Pyramids of Giza Walking Tour (4K/60fps) Preview YouTube video Havasupai Falls Full Hike 4K Preview YouTube video Walking Through the Tunnel of Love in Klevan, Ukraine - [4K] Virtual Walk with Birds Singing Preview YouTube video Redwood National Park 4K Virtual Hike ! Preview YouTube video Beautiful Tour of Positano, Italy in 4K Preview YouTube video Wailea Beach Path, Maui, Hawaii, DJI Osmo 4K Preview YouTube video Amazing Bryce Canyon Virtual Hike - 4K Footage for Fitness Equipment/Training Simulators - 1.5 HRS Preview YouTube video Hoh Rain Forest 4K Virtual Hike Preview YouTube video 4K City Walks: Mannlichen Switzerland Mountains - Virtual Walk Walking Treadmill Video Preview YouTube video 4K Virtual Hike - Juan De Fuca - Coast Trail Preview YouTube video TRAIN DRIVER'S VIEW: Flåm to Myrdal with Sun and Rain In 4K UltraHD Preview YouTube video 【西三次-三次の5踏切を手動扱い!?】1日片道1本の芸備線広島→福塩線直通の府中行き全区間4K前面展望【三江線廃止翌日】 Preview YouTube video ★ Cab ride St. Moritz - Tirano (Bernina pass), Switzerland to Italy [10.2019] Preview YouTube video Ride on North America's Highest Train in 360° Virtual Reality | OutThere Colorado Preview YouTube video 4K CABVIEW Bar - Bijelo Polje -102 tunnels -96 bridges -1029m altitude change from Sea to Mountains Preview YouTube video Chester to Holyhead - North Wales Coast Preview YouTube video [9:56 Hours] Train Journey to the Norwegian Arctic Circle, WINTER [1080HD] SlowTV Preview YouTube video Ride the Ferrocarril Central Andino! Part 1 Chosica-Matucana Preview YouTube video Ride the Ferrocarril Central Andino! Part 2: 14 tunnels in 20 KM! Preview YouTube video Ride the Ferrocarril Central Andino! Part 3: Inferillo bridge and more! Preview YouTube video Ride the Ferrocarril Central Andino! Part 4: Through the highest railroad tunnel in the world! Preview YouTube video ⁴ᴷ⁶⁰ NYC Subway Front Window View - The Manhattan-Bound 7 Express Line Preview YouTube video 4K CABVIEW Capljina - Sarajevo - 99 tunnels and 65 bridges - The Neretva River Canyon Preview YouTube video 4K Cabview Class 444 029 London Waterloo - Southampton Central - 15.06.2017 Preview YouTube video Durango & Silverton Railroad – Part 2, with Driver, Passenger and Lineside Views Preview YouTube video Durango & Silverton Railroad – Part 3, with Driver, Passenger and Lineside Views Preview YouTube video Durango & Silverton Railroad – Part 1, with Driver, Passenger and Line-side Views Preview YouTube video Driver’s Eye View – Lauterbrunnen to Kleine Scheidegg (Switzerland)
 
 
Other Virtual Tours:

  

Disney Musicals  & BROADWAY (like) shows, Songs in Different Languages & Troll Yoga

Preview YouTube video Disney's Beauty and the Beast - Full Musical Preview YouTube video [HD] Frozen - Live at the Hyperion! FIRST SHOWING EVER: California Adventure Preview YouTube video Various Artists - Into the Unknown (In 29 Languages) (From "Frozen 2") Preview YouTube video SMALLFOOT | 'Wonderful Life' Around the World in 28 Languages | WB Kids Preview YouTube video Trolls | A Cosmic Kids Yoga Adventure!
 
  
 
BROADWAY (like) shows, Songs in Different Languages & Troll Yoga
 
Songs in different languages from world language theme week
 
Some TROLLS YOGA??? Health and Fitness theme day
 
 
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Preview YouTube video Magic Kingdom - EPIC Relaxing Night Stroll - 90 Minutes! 4K | Walt Disney World Preview YouTube video Magic Kingdom 2020 Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida | Full Complete Walkthrough Tour Preview YouTube video Relaxing Stroll Around Future World at Epcot | Walt Disney World Preview YouTube video Epcot 2019 Full Complete Walkthrough Tour | Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida Preview YouTube video 360º Ride on Expedition Everest - Legend of the Forbidden Mountain Preview YouTube video [4K] Splash Mountain ride Disneyland - FRONT ROW (Low Light): Log Flume Attraction POV Preview YouTube video [4K] Big Thunder Mountain Coaster - Magic Kingdom - Walt Disney World Preview YouTube video Indiana Jones Coaster Ride at Disneyland Paris Preview YouTube video Toy Story Roller Coaster - Slinky Dog Dash - Disney World Resort Preview YouTube video Seven Dwarfs Mine Train front seat on-ride 4K POV @60fps WDW Magic Kingdom Preview YouTube video Magic Kingdom It's A Small World (Full Ride) POV Walt Disney World HD Preview YouTube video [4K Tour] Forbidden Journey Hogwarts Castle Tour at Wizarding World of Harry Potter Hollywood Preview YouTube video Full Diagon Alley daytime walkthrough at Universal Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter
 
 

Free Educational Resources

Free Online Resources

 

Science lessons for at home-> https://www.mysteryscience.com/school-closure-planning

 

NAEYC Resources on Supporting Math Learning at Home: https://www.naeyc.org/math-at-home 

 

NAEYC Resources on Supporting Writing Development at Home:  https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/support-writing-home 

 

NAEYC Resources on Creating Big Jobs for Children at Home: “Big jobs are indoor and outdoor jobs children do with their families (or others) that help the whole family”: https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/big-jobs-home 

 

http://www.amazingeducationalresources.com/

 

Websites to support learning:  ABCmouse.com, getepic.com, education.com, ABCya.com, starfall.com, learningA-Z.com, cookie.com, PBSkids.org, http://daybydayny.org, www.nyphilkids.org, filefolderfun.com, https://www.amnh.org/explore/ology, https://learninglab.si.edu, https://www.nps.gov/kids/index.htm

 

Access e-books from the New York Public Library:  https://www.nypl.org/books-music-movies/ebookcentral 

 

NAEYC Resources on DIY with Children at Home-AKA Makerspaces:  https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/creating-makerspace-at-home 

 

NAEYC Resources on Supporting Music at Home:  https://www.naeyc.org/our-work/families/playing-music-home 

 

Remote learning ideas for Kindergarten:

https://www.scholatic.com/parents/school-success/school-succes-guides/guide-to-kindergarten.html 

 

Remote Learning for Prek-1st Grade: 

Khan Academy Education App for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st:

https://learn.khanacademy.org/khan-academy-kids/ 

Khan Academy Kids’ materials are aligned with both the CCSS for kindergarten-aged children and the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework for preschool-aged children, according to the organization. (Please click the “get help here” on the blue banner on the top of the web page to get the directions for using this program.