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In response to the increased need to stay and learn at home, we've compiled some of our favorite fun and free educational resources related to food, water, and health.
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CSU Douglas County Extension: Baby Chick CamRecorded lessons on the life cycle of a chicken, embryo development, chicken breeds, incubators, egg parts and functions, and live chick hatching.All ages5-10 minute videos
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Arapahoe County 4-H: Virtual Embryology ProgramLive lessons on embryology: April 1, April 8, and April 15 at 2 p.m. MDT.All ages45 minute sessions
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Human Animal Bond Enrichment ActivityTo help volunteer teams and anyone who is sheltering in place with active dogs, HABIC Animal Trainer & Volunteer Coordinator shows us how to use simple materials to create fun games for our animals.All agesShort training videos
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Denver Zoo: Zoo to You Virtual SafariVideo tours, animal facts, and activities to keep you informed, entertained, and engaged with daily videos, wildlife-themed activity ideas, and more.All agesShort videos and activities
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Dumb Friends League's Teacher ResourcesShort lessons, exercises, and activities about animals and their relationship to humans, categorized by grade level.Grades: Kindergarten-1215-60 minutes per lesson
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YMCA 360: On-Demand VideosIntroductory fitness classes and technique videos.All ages1-30 minutes per video
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Cleo Parker Robinson: Cyber Dance 2020 Ongoing series of pick-your-price virtual dance classes and movement activities, serving all ages and levels of ability. All ages1 hour classes
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edX: Food & Nutrition e-CoursesFree online nutrition courses from Cornell, Harvard, and other leading institutions. Available in multiple languages.High school and adultsMany hours of content
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Yale University: "The Science of Well-Being" courseA popular class designed to increase happiness and build more productive habits.High school and adultsMany hours of content
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Cincinnati Zoo’s Home Safari ResourcesDaily animal highlights and related at-home activities.Elementary30 minutes-60 minutes per session
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Exploratorium Learning ToolboxActivities and videos on timely topics and general science support for virtual and at-home learning.Middle school and above30 minutes-60 minutes per activity
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GoNoodle: Good Energy at HomeFree online resource with a wide range of activities for kids and families to be active, stay mindful, and keep learning.All ages3-25 minute videos
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Cottonwood Institute: Online Educational ResourcesLinks to help students and adults connect with nature virtually, teach essential outdoor skills, and connect students with hyper-local environmental issues and solutions.All agesVaries
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4-H Afterschool AgricultureHands-on activity ideas to promote agricultural literacy among youth during out-of-school time while developing their understanding, appreciation, and application of science.Grades: 3-5Many hours of content
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Grow & GiveLearn to grow food and donate extra locally. The resources below are designed to help you grow your own food this year with Colorado State University Extension & Master Gardeners are here to help every step of the way.All agesLonger introductory lesson and many shorter videos and tutorials
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Big Green at HomeFollow the link to sign up for a weekly email of age-appropriate activity bundles, live demonstrations, tutorials, and video lessons.All ages30 minutes-60 minutes per activity
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Canadian Farm and Food Tours360-degree virtual tours and fact sheets from Canadian farm operations and food processing plants.All agesShort videos
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National Agriculture in the Classroom: eLearning ActivitiesThemed lessons with activities from the National Agricultural Literacy Curriculum Matrix for Pre-K through 12th-grade students.Grades: Preschool-12Many hours of content
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My American Farm: GamesFree games and educational resources for young learners to explore and discover food, fiber, and energy.Grades: Preschool-5Varies
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AgExplorerRobust, comprehensive, interactive career resource to explore the broad range of careers in the agriculture industry.High school and above25-60 minutes per virtual field trip
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Milk Street Cooking School: Online ClassesExplore courses that introduce you to new cooking techniques, recipe types, cooking theory, and science.High school and adultMany hours of content
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Popcorn.orgRecipes, activities, training slideshows, and crafts about popcorn and agriculture. Available in Thai, Mandarin, and Spanish.Grades: Kindergarten-12Short activities and easy recipes
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Colorado Foundation for Agriculture: Agriculture in the Classroom
Distance and online education resources, virtual field trips, and professional development opportunities All agesVaries
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Gro More GoodSeries of 72 free lessons focused on the four seasons of a garden developed in partnership with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.Grade: Infant-3rdMany hours of content
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CoCoRaHs Training SlideshowsBecome a Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network volunteer and learn to measure and map precipitation (rain, hail, and snow). Slideshows available in French and English.All agesShort self-paced slideshows
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The Greenway Foundation: Just For Kids!Activities, experiments, and crafts for safe outside play and exploration along Denver's South Platte River.Elementary school Many hours of content
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Project WET (hosted by Water Education Colorado): Discover WaterInteractive website and games to explore the role of water in our lives. For more information on Project WET, go to watereducationcolorado.org.Ages 7-12 Many hours of content
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Denver Water: Water Education Resource GuideResources to enhance water-related studies for students and educators.Grade: 6Many hours of content
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National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA): At-home Science ActivitiesNOAA's most popular educational resources to help you safely hunker down while learning about the ocean and atmosphere.All agesMany hours of content
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Coursera: Water-related MOOCsMore than 700 water-focused courses, specializations, and certificates from more than 150 universities.Adult learnersVaries
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Current WaterEvents and resources for adult water learners and lovers. For kid-friendly educational resources, check out currentwater.org/blue-edu All agesVaries
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Roaring Fork: Virtual Learning and ActivitiesIn addition to sharing the beautiful places that make up our Roaring Fork Watershed, we will be streaming and posting educational videos and activities for the many families (like those on our staff) and for our greater community now sheltered at home.Grades: Pre K-8thVaries
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CSU Extension: 4-H Stem Learning Resource omplete list of virtual offerings to provide opportunities for youth to learn, practice and apply knowledge and abilities to prepare them for success in careers and life. Additional resources posted daily on the CSU Denver Extension Facebook page. Grades: Kindergarten-12Varies
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CSU Little Shop of Physics: Videos and Educator Resources
Check out the videos tab for fascinating phenomena, fun experiements, and the LSOP TV show!All agesShort videos with longer lessons and activities on the educators tab
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CSU: Free MOOCs Explore new skills and ideas in the following courses: Conflict Resolution for College Students, Exploring Student Affairs in Higher Education Profession, and Writing for Graduate School.High school and adultsMany hours of content, longer lessons for older students
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Colorado Climate Educational ResourcesLinks to resources compiled by CSU's Climate CenterAll agesVaries
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CitSci: Citizen Science ProjectsExplore community issues and engage in the world of scientific discovery.High school and adultsVaries
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CSU's Virtual Events PageMany free virtual events offered by the CSU campus and Extension offices across ColoradoAll agesVaries
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Salazar Center or North American Conservation: Past Events
Explore free recordings of previous webinars and symposia.AdultsMost videos are one hour
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Project Learning Tree: Activities Around the Home and for FamiliesDiscover easy ways to green your home and save money. Additional activites for families under the "resources" tab. Activities available in English and Spanish.Ages: 3-15Varies
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Denver Museum of Nature & Science@HomeStay Healthy, Love Science, and Avoid Boredom at Home! Raid your pantry and closets for everyday items you can use to explore science, math, and engineering. Art projects can inspire science investigations, tooAll agesVaries
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History Colorado's Hands on History at HomeLive daily activities from museum professionals: 10 a.m. MDT, Mondays through Fridays.Elementary Approximately 60 minutes
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History Colorado: Beyond Story Time at HomeLive storytime for early literarcy explorers: 9 a.m. MDT, Tuesdays and Thursdays.Ages 0-4 Approximately 60 minutes
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4-H STEM LabVariety of lessons and corresponding activities categorized by grade level, subject matter, and duration.Grades: Preschool-12Typically 20-60 minute lessons
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Denver Public Schools: Earth Day ResourcesActivities that you can participate in from home and establish new habits that will last. While some activities are specific to Earth Day, the rest of the resources will stay online.All agesVaries
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Denver Public Library ResourcesDaily storytime links and additional resources such as book clubs, conversations groups, and lessons.All agesMany hours of content
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Denver Public Library at HomeBooks, entertainment, and library services available digitally.All agesMany hours of content
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Colorado Symphony: #PlayOn performance seriesShort videos to give you a moment of peace, a brief distraction from the grind, or just a small smile as you go about your day.All agesVideos under 5 minutes
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Denver Parks and Recreation at HomeMonthly calendar of interactive and engaging new offerings including fitness classes, games, art projects and more.All agesHours of content
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NASA STEM EngagementCourses, activities, and webinars categorized by grade level.All agesMany hours of content, longer lessons for older students
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Discovery Education NetworkOngoing series of freely accessible daily instruction for parents with kids, categorized by grade level.Grades: Preschool-12Short daily lessons
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EPA Educator ResourcesEnvironmental and science-based lessons plans, teacher guides, and online resources for educators.Grades: Kindergarten-12Varies
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National Geographic: Education Resource LibraryProfessional learning opportunities, programs, and resources for educators engaging with students from pre-K to post-secondary, ranging from in-the-field projects to digital resources to online networks to grant opportunities and courses.All agesMany hours of content
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Smithosonian Education GuidesLarge spreadsheet of resources sorted by subject and age group. Available in English and Spanish.All agesHours of content
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National Weather Service: Educational resourcesLessons, games, and videos to keep kids engaged in weather-related science.All agesVaries
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Virtual School Activities Welcome to Virtual School Activities for all ages! A collection of sites to live webcams, virtual tours/trips, and other miscellaneous fun educational sites.All agesVaries
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Scholastic Learn at HomeDay-by-day projects to keep students learning, thinking, and growing. Resources are in English and Spanish.Grades: Preschool-9
30-90 minutes of activities each day
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Great Schools ResourcesResources and toolkits to help your child learn from home including suggested daily schedules, books, and worksheets.Grades: Preschool-12Varies
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The Nature Conservancy: Youth Engagement Nature LabAccess resources aligned to The Nature Conservancy's research and designed specifically for a young audience and classroom use.Grades: Kindergarten-12Short videos couples with longer lessons available
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Denver Art Museum: Creativity ResourceWhere classroom teachers, home-school educators, families with children, and anyone interested in learning can find inspiration for art and creativity. Many resources available in English and Spanish.All agesShort videos and activities with longer lessons available
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KiwiCo: At-Home Resources for Kids (and their grownups)
To help support learning at home, we'll be sharing activities, resources, and ideas over the next few weeksAges: 2-12+Varies
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Water Education Colorado: Citizen's Guide and Other ResourcesA high-quality reference series featuring 10 Citizen’s Guides to critical water topics such as Colorado's Water Heritage, Colorado Water Conservation, and Where Your Water Comes From. Check out additional offerings from Water Education Colorado including a blog, Drops podcast, magazine, news, webinars, and more under the "Publications & Radio and Programs & Events tabs) at watereducationcolorado.orgAdultsHours of content
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Wabisabi Learning: 36 Resources for STEM Project-Based Learning ActivitiesSTEM activities to activate critical thinking broken down the learning activities by subject: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Many of these activities are customizable so they can be catered to toddlers all the way up to high school students.Grades: Pre-K to 12Varies
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Scientific American: Bring Science HomeAs the old saying (almost) goes, science starts in the home. Try our fun science activities, which parents and their kids ages 6-12 can do together with household items in just a half hour or less. Teachers might like to incorporate them, too.Grades: Kindergarten to PostsecondaryPages of science experiments and activities
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Steve Spangler Science: Experiment LibraryEasy science experiencement videosAll agesPages of science experiments and activities
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Wide Open SchoolWide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense (25 organizations). There is so much good happening, and Wide Open School is here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each dayGrades: Pre-K to 12Hours of content
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WonderopolisA place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Each day, explore an intriguing question called the Wonder of the Day®. There are over 2,000 Wonders of the Day covering a vast range of topics—you're sure to find something that interests you!All agesHours of content
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