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Beyond Netflix: Virtual Engagement Resources for Social Distancing

We all know it's important to stay home and practice social distancing to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus--but it can be frustrating to be stuck inside all day. If you're craving exploration, check out these virtual tours.

Animals & Nature Live Cams

Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Cams

Zoo Atlanta Panda Cam

Red-tailed Hawks Nest at New York University

Bears, bison, birds, and more at explore.org

Cherry blossoms at the National Mall via Bloomcam

Arts & Culture

Pleasure Reading

Personalized quarantine book recommendations from Lit Hub

Poetry Foundation

The Internet Archive provides free access to billions of cultural artifacts

Films & Performances

My Darling Quarantine Short Film Festival 

The Social Distancing Festival, an in-progress showcase of artists' performances that have been canceled due to social distancing

Performances at The Metropolitan Opera can be streamed for free

Music

Free live Bollywood dance parties and classes with DJ Prashant

Roseland Theatre's Live from the Rose City series features a local Portland artist every Friday

Museum Tours

The Louvre Online Exhibits

Google Arts & Culture features over 2500 museums and galleries, including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, and the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Seoul.

Health, Fitness & Wellness

Home workouts

Dance cardio workouts by Dance Church

Hiphop choreography classes (all levels) by Guy Groove

Barre, bootcamp, thai chi, and kickboxing videos by the YMCA

Yoga classes (60 mins) by corepower yoga and Firelight Yoga (local to Portland!)

10-minute morning Yoga with Kassandra

Bodyweight and HIIT workouts are available on the Nike Training Club app (free until further notice)

Home "Work-Ins" by Planet Fitness

Wellness Resources

Guided mediations and mindfulness resources by Calm

5 mental health blogs by and for people of color

verywellfit's round-up of 28 Influential Women in Wellness

80+ Must-Read Healthly Living & Wellness Blogs of 2019 from matcha.com

National Parks

The National Park Service has partnered with Google to create tours of Bryce Canyon, Dry Tortguas, Carlsbad Cavern, Hawai'i Volcanoes, and Kenai Fjords National Parks. 31 others are available via Google Earth.

Yellowstone National Park Virtual Tours

Space

Access Mars

NASA's Image Gallery