As the quarantine days tick by, I’ve been wishing I was back at Nimmo Bay. My boys and I took a trip of a lifetime there in the fall, where we escaped into the wilderness and saw grizzly bears, humpback whales, jellyfish and more. Since most of us are stuck at home these days, it’s even more important to turn off the news and get outside. And if you can’t get outside, whether because of bad weather or because you don’t have a yard to hang out in, I’ve found that nature livestreams are a fantastic and needed substitute.
In fact, studies have shown that even just looking at photos of nature can reduce stress. That’s why Sierra Club is one of my favorite follows on Instagram. The environmental nonprofit posts beautiful nature pictures and cute clips of penguins and other wildlife.
Whether you’re looking to bring down your blood pressure, or just want to show your kids some cool animals, here are our six favorite wildlife cams to check out.
And tell me in the comments: What’s your favorite nature livestream? I’d love to discover others great finds!
This California aquarium is letting fans keep tabs on all its animals while closed. Check out its sea otter cam, aviary cam, jellyfish cam, penguin cam, and more. Plus, the aquarium is offering meditOcean meditation sessions every weekday morning at 8am PST via its Facebook page. You can also find some of its meditation videos on Youtube, like this awesome evening one.
Home to the famous Fiona the Hippo, the Cincinnati Zoo is doing a live stream on its Facebook page every day. During the 15-minute live, they show off one of their animals and include an activity that kiddos can do at home.
This amazing philanthropic live nature cam network features 86(!) livestreams at all times. Check out pandas, gorillas, manatees, and more, anytime day or night.
The San Diego Zoo has three live cams, starring elephants, condors and my kids’ favorite: tigers.
The Beluga whale cam is the big draw at this aquarium’s website, but there’s also a California sea lion cam, a piranha cam, an indo-pacific barrier reef cam, and more.
Nine webcams, one streaming and eight static, dot this national park. Old Faithful and its eruptions stream on the live cam. It’s really fun to take bets with your kids on when the geyser will explode next. (Fun fact: It erupts every 44 minutes to 2 hours, so that’s a good chunk of time you’re burning through!)