Get Inspired!

No need to be “stuck” at home – even if you can’t go out to your favorite activities, you can enjoy some terrific programs that will inform and inspire you. Looking for recent additions to this page? They’re marked New.

Check out some favorites on this page, starting with this music video featuring artists from across five continents – 100% guaranteed to inspire!

New  We’re also inspired by Goat Rodeo, with Chris Thile and Stuart Duncan from the bluegrass world, and classical greats Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer. Check out their new “Scarcely Cricket” video.

If you want to suggest a link for this page, send it to: ca@delmarfoundation.org. Enjoy!

Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday year (b. Dec. 1770) by joining the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92. Click here to go to the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam (black tie optional!)

Continue your Beethoven festival with Riccardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus performing Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Your program:  I. Allegro ma non troppo, un poco maestoso (1:43); II. Molto vivace (19:45) III. Adagio molto e cantabile – Andante moderato (35:41); IV. Finale: Ode to Joy (52:13). Find it here.

New  Your front-row seat for the Beethoven Violin Concerto performed by the Gothenburg Symphony (Kent Nagano conductor, James Ehnes violin) is here.

Beyond Beethoven:  Transport yourself to Lincoln Center with the many online video and audio performances by the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Find them here.

More classical music:  ClassicFM offers a webpage featuring live-streamed and streaming classical music: everything from opera to intimate “from my living room”performances. Find it here.

New  April’s First Thursdays: Our First Thursdays program moved to a “social distance” version on April 2. See the program and watch the performances here.

The titanosaur is big (122 ft. long, 7o tons), it’s ancient (it lived 100 to 95 million years ago), and it’s worth checking out!  Meet this giant herbivore at the American Museum of Natural History. The video is here.

The Smithsonian offers STEM games for students from kindergarten through middle school.

New  Live cams are a fun way to watch animals! The Smithsonian’s National Zoo has Lion, Giant Panda, Elephant, and Naked Mole-Rat live cams.  Check them out here, along with a link to a packet of materials designed to engage students (grades K-5) in looking closely and thinking deeply about animal behavior and habitats.

New  The Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Jelly Cam is mesmerizing! It’s on from 7am to 6pm daily.

The National Museum of Natural History offers videos of its “Smithsonian Science How” shows, including: Coral Reef Health, webcast from the Carrie Bow Cay off the coast of Belize; How Birds Stay Warm, with Ornithologist Sahas Barve, and The Cambrian Explosion of Life with Paleontologist Karma Nanglu. Browse the Science How archives.

Explore nature globally and locally on iNaturalist. Use the map or search box to explore plants and animals of a particular place; or learn how can be a citizen scientist and to the 33+ million observations posted on this site by people the world over. Start here.

Interested in plants? We’re lucky to have a world-class Botany Department at San Diego Natural History Museum, led by Jon Rebman, a plant taxonomist who conducts extensive floristic research in Baja California and in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Many terrific photos and information about plants in our area can be found on the SDNHM Botany Department’s Facebook page.

Seaworld offers “Save a Species” video episodes focusing on specific animals: cheetahs, elephants, tigers, penguins, polar bears, sea turtles, wolves and more. Check them out here. (And if you’re a parent-turned-teacher, check out the Teacher Toolbox for useful related materials.)

New  Play some fun Sierra-based nature games: Whose Tracks Are These? Find the Wildlife, Match Baby Animals to Their Parents, and more. Find the games here.

…And More!

New The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is bringing the outdoors indoors via Facebook Live. Webinars are held weekly and begin at 6:30 p.m. Upcoming sessions include:

  • May 20: On Watersheds and Water Quality
  • May 27: A Salute to Our Plant Communities
  • June 3: Happy Hiking: A Beginner’s Guide

Visit the SDRVC Facebook page for more information.

New  Art: Take a quick trip around the world to view sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s public works. Read about Frida Kahlo and Georgia O’Keefe’s formative friendship, illustrated with their art.

New  Cheese Tasting: Venissimo is live-streaming a virtual cheese tasting each week on the its YouTube channel,where you can also view videos of events, including the April 4 tasting on pairing cheese with red and white wines. Check here for events.

Learn a language (or two, or three): Duolingo offers a fun way to learn or brush up on 30+ languages, with “bite-sized” lessons that mean you can usefully spend 10 minutes or 10 hours here.

Visit the e-Library: While the Del Mar Library is closed, the County e-Library is wide open, with lots of e-books and magazines, and audiobooks, and a special Customer Academy with tutorials on how to use a wide array of online platforms and programs. Visit the e-Library here.

Storytime and performances for kids: The San Diego Library is inviting kids from everywhere to its stay-in activities: daily storytime, chapter-a-day lunch bunch, Katy Brady the Music Lady featuring children’s Music & Motion every Wednesday; Getting Crafty every Saturday, and more. Find the SDPL Stay-In Storytime Club on Facebook.

Photography: Get inspired by checking out some terrific photography blogs:  The Wandering Lens transports you to experiences as magical as a calving Greenland glacier and a South African safari; photography pro Richard Bernabe takes you “behind the lens” for great photos and tips. Follow National Geographic photographers on Instagram.