Amid the challenges of the COVID-19 situation, many of our nonprofit partners have found new ways to engage with the community.
The following highlights three organizations that quickly adapted: the Dallas Zoo, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science. See some of the ways these organizations are continuing to carry out their missions despite all the disruptions to their normal operations.
Since the COVID-19 situation has forced the Dallas Zoo to close indefinitely, they are finding ways to bring the best of the zoo to families, community members, and animal enthusiasts in North Texas and beyond as we all stay home.
Currently, essential staff members are working rotating shifts to take care of the zoo animals. However, in addition to the animal care, the zoo staff is staying engaged with the public, sharing videos on social media with the #BringTheZooToYou hashtag. These videos introduce viewers to the animals and keep audiences connected with the zoo from the comfort of their homes, offering unique virtual experiences like exciting behind-the-scenes footage. Other zoos across the country have followed suit, and are posting online content to connect with their local communities in the wake of closures.
Ways to Connect with the Dallas Zoo: #BringTheZooToYou
Follow the Dallas Zoo on social media to #BringTheZooToYou:
Ways to Support the Dallas Zoo
You can support the Dallas Zoo during this time by donating to their Emergency Operations Fund (link below). This fund supports the zoo’s ongoing animal care and other critical initiatives while the gates are closed.
George W. Bush Presidential Center
The Bush Center is providing a number of resources to promote education and literacy during this time, including by supporting families who are navigating the challenges of educating their children at home.
Among these resources are a number of reading lists that the Bush Center created for a range of different grade levels and interests (with some great recommendations for adults, too). These lists are all available on the Bush Center’s website.
Members of the Bush Center staff have also posted videos of themselves reading books aloud, providing another resource for parents to keep children engaged and learning while school schedules are disrupted.
In addition to these literacy initiatives, the center shared a blog post on gratitude and positivity to lift spirits during social distancing.
A Roundup of the Resources Provided by the Bush Center
Explore the reading lists on the Bush Center’s website:
- Reads that Are Making Us Smarter
- Entertaining Reads You Can’t Miss
- Reads to Keep Middle Schoolers Engaged
- Reads That Will Keep Kindergartners to Fifth Graders Engaged
Read the Bush Center’s blog post:
See the resources the Bush Center compiled for parents navigating at-home learning:
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is also facing an indefinite closure, and like the other organizations, they have been working to engage and inspire audiences online.
They have been uploading “Amaze Your Brain at Home!” content on their website to connect with would-be museum visitors—along with new audiences—virtually. In doing so, they are also providing a valuable resource for parents looking for educational content and activities for children while schools are closed. The content features videos with fun facts and exciting projects to try at home.
The museum was also quick to offer practical content aimed for adults, putting together a panel discussion on COVID-19 as the situation was just beginning to unfold. Through this livestream information session, they brought museum members, community partners, and visitors together online to learn about the effects of the virus and ways to stay healthy.
Highlights of the Perot Museum’s Virtual Programming
Explore the museum’s virtual programming: