California Parks Department: Best Virtual Field Trip Ever! A BGL Review

California Parks Department’s PORTS delivered the best virtual field trip we’ve ever taken here at Banyan Global Learning.  PORTS is made up of awesome rangers in awesome ranger hats who provide free virtual fields trips utilizing green screen studios and a roving EduGator.  What’s not to love?

A PORTS EduGator enables Park Rangers to do virtual field trips from any parks location.  Photo courtesy of the California Parks Department.

A PORTS EduGator enables Park Rangers to do virtual field trips from any parks location. Photo courtesy of the California Parks Department.

The following review is from Teacher Seth:

Our 4G Field Trips are revolutionizing the way we do distance learning.  As we plan these trips int he future, we look to emulate the rangers at PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students). Our virtual field trip to Anza Borrego Desert State Park was perfectly paced and had an engaging balance of teacher-student interaction, historical realia and digital media. And this is just one of their many programs – they have an EduGator that can perform virtual field trips via satellite from each of the 268 CA State Parks. And did we mention it’s free?!

Anza Borrego is big enough to fit all other 267 CA State Parks inside of it, so Ranger Luann did the program from inside her green screen studio so we could cover more area and content.

Ranger Luann in her green screen studio at Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

Ranger Luann in her green screen studio at Anza Borrego Desert State Park.

She amazed our students by highlighting the behavioral and physical adaptations of plants and animals.

She showed us fossils and skeletons that dated back to prehistoric times.

Ranger Luann with the skull of a sabertooth tiger.

Ranger Luann with the skull of a sabertooth tiger.

She had fun with the green screen and made parts of her body disappear.

The Invisible Ranger

The Invisible Ranger

And then she took us on a tour of her studio, teaching about the magic behind her techy trickery.  She zoomed in on Google Maps and found the school in Taipei!  She loved meeting our students – they were the first international students PORTS had ever worked with.

Ranger Luann zooms in to find our school on Google Maps.

Ranger Luann zooms in to find our school on Google Maps.

All in all, it was amazing!  Perhaps this student thank you letter says it best:

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3 comments

  1. Big Fans · April 26, 2013

    the future is now … global learning brings us together

  2. California State Parks · May 1, 2013

    Reblogged this on California State Parks and commented:
    Wonderful post from Banyan Global Learning about our PORTS program!

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