Take a Trip Virtually and Discover our Beautiful World

Select one of the following amazing places to discover the world beyond the livingroom. Begin your virtual tour today.

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San Diego Zoo: The San Diego Zoo has a website just for kids with amazing videos, activities, and games. Enjoy the tour!

Explore Mars, Things to do , Virtual tour, Learn about our world, space

Explore Mars: Explore Mars on the Curiosity Rover. They are updating from WEBVR to WEBXR now, but 360 Mode offers a digital view!

Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, National Park, Visit, Virtual Tour, Stay at Home, Covid19

Yellowstone National Park: Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, and so much more. Take a tour of Yellowstone National Park today!  

Monterey Bay Aquarium, Aquarium, Virtual tour, Stay Home, Learn from Home, Watch from afar

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Be delighted by the antics of our sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are. 

Panda Cam At Zoo Atlanta, Virtual tour, COVID 19, Stay home, explore safely, learn from home

Panda Cam At Zoo Atlanta: We know the pandas bring you joy, and in these extraordinary times, we’re glad. 

Animal Cams at Houston Zoo

Animal Cams at Houston Zoo: Tune in to the Houston Zoo Webcams and enjoy a live look at animals that call the Houston Zoo home! See the herd of Asian elephants wander through their enormous habitat. Watch as giraffes nibble lettuce fed to them by guests at the feeding platform; you could join them on your next visit. See the rhinos roll in their mud puddle or the flamingos float next to a waterfall. See the chimpanzees interact with guests at their window or snooze in a hammock. 

Virtual farm, Farm Animals, Joy during Covid19, Stay home, stay safe

Virtual Farm: This Canadian site FarmFood 360 offers 11 Virtual Tours of farms from minks, pigs, and cows, to apples and eggs. 

U.S. Space & Rocket Museum

U.S. Space & Rocket Museum: See the Saturn 5 Rocket on YouTube and more on this tour thanks to a real father/son outing.  

Social Emotional Skills

Social Emotional Skills: Through the eyes of their peers, we will introduce students to the key pillars of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness, relationship skills. 

STEM Manufacturing, Robotics, Virtual tour

STEM Manufacturing: Take a virtual tour of Arconic’s Advanced Manufacturing hub in Alcoa, Tennessee and learn about the exciting ways robotics and digital technology impact the skills needed to succeed in Advanced Manufacturing. 

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China: Experience the Great Wall of China like never before! This Virtual Tour is beautiful and makes history come to life. 

Boston Children's Museum

Boston Children’s Museum: Walk through the Boston Children’s Museum thanks to Google Maps! This virtual tour allows kids to explore 3 floors of fun. 

Polar Bears and the tundra

Polar Bears and the Tundra: Come experience the tundra and polar bears with Polar Bears International and Discovery Education! We are just outside of Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, in the heart of polar bear action

The Louvre, Virtual Tour, Explore

The Louvre: Travel to Paris, France to see amazing works of art at The Louvre with this virtual field trip.

Posted on April 7, 2020 at 10:47 pm
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Get the Buck Out of My Yard

Get the Buck Out of My Yard

They are the wild and majestic creatures of Whidbey Island, often found in the peaceful pastures of Ebey’s Landing or beneath the cooling tree shade of the state parks. They are elegant, graceful, mesmerizing… and frankly a pain in the arbor.

Oh deer, oh deer, oh deer.

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Don’t get us wrong, we LOVE our Whidbey Island deer and are grateful to live in a place where wildlife feels welcomed. However, if you’ve been working hard cultivating that garden all year long, the last thing you are interested in is a handful of fauna munching on the fruit of your labor. To top it off, deer can carry ticks with Lyme disease which can be extremely harmful to both humans and their dogs.

Sorry Bambi, but no one messes with mans’ best friend.  

We’ve done a little research and decided to give you a hand with those pretty, yet pesky visitors.

 

5 pro-tips to get the grazers out of your garden.

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  1. Cut ‘em Off! – It might seem like the most obvious solution, but fences are always a great first step to keeping out unwanted guests. Although deer are great jumpers, the additional effort required might just be enough of a deterrent. < We’re all a little lazy.
  2. Don’t Plant Tasty Treats – Deer LOVE plants rich in nutrients, moisture, and basically anything else your doctor said you should eat more of. This includes almost all produce plants as well as leafy ivy and bright, water filled flora. Instead of these, try planting pungent flowers like lavender with greenery that is thorny, hairy, or prickly. You can also use these less-desirable plants as a natural barrier for the tastier ones. If all deer see and smell is lambs’ ear and snap dragons, odds are they won’t investigate much further.
  3. Let Rover Out More – Chances are your dog is like most others and DOES NOT see grazing deer as welcome guests. Barking dogs are a big deterrent for deer. Who wants to eat with someone yelling at you? Eventually the deer will likely decide your home isn’t a safe place to eat and wont return.
  4. Shine a Light on the Situation – Deer are more skittish than the commitment-phobe you dated in college. Installing motion-sensitive floodlights can often leave a deer stunned and anxious to get away as fast as they can.
  5. Live a Little! – Although we might find them beautiful and nice to look at, deer aren’t that excited about us. Chances are if a deer sees you out and about in the yard they will simply turn around and find someone else’s garden to plunder. So, get outside more! See this as an opportunity to re-imagine your yard and incorporate more outside living space. Your health and your hydrangeas will thank you.

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Posted on March 25, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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