Staying active, Staying safe: Study at Harvard University — at no cost!

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — While things are opening up a bit during the pandemic, folks are still encouraged to stay at home as much a possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. That makes it good time to do things, nice and safe, right on the ol’ laptop.
How about going to Harvard University? The price is right, too, not too expensive: $0.

Since the virus hit, Harvard has offered a variety of open learning opportunities, including online courses and modules. A full list of online courses and other forms of digital learning from across Harvard is available.

Through the edX learning platform, founded by Harvard and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), anyone with an Internet connection can gain access to courses from Harvard, MIT, and other partner academic institutions.
The courses are self-paced, and cover all sorts of topics, from deep dives into high tech, to history, music, and science. They could be enrichment for anyone, or a real boost for a student getting ready for these topics in the fall. Several dozen are available, including:

• Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs
• Backyard Meteorology: the Science of Weather
• Shakespeare’s Life and Work
• Contract Law: From Trust to Promise to Contract
• Cell Biology: Mitochondria
• AnatomyX: Muscoloskeletal Cases
• Humanitarian Response to Conflict and Disaster
• Women Making History: Ten Objects, Many Stories
• 18th-Century Opera: Handel & Mozart
• Ancient Masterpieces of World Literature
• Improving Your Business Through a Culture of Health
• Introduction to Family Engagement in Education
• The Opioid Crisis in America
• Principles of Biochemistry
• Modern China’s Foundations: The Manchus and the Qings
• Practical Improvement Science in Health Care: A Roadmap for Getting Results
• U.S. Government
• Computer Science and Mobile Apps
To learn about these and many more courses, visit
CBMM Virtual Trivia
The public is invited to put their knowledge to the test with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in a series of free virtual trivia nights. At 8 p.m. each Tuesday through June 23, CBMM’s education staff will host this casual competition for approximately one hour.

No registration is required; to play along, visit Guests are encouraged to team up with members of their household or connect with friends virtually and join the game.
Rounds are themed, and questions may cover anything from Chesapeake cuisine to landmarks to knot puns, and everything in between. Make sure to find the event on CBMM’s Facebook page each Monday for a hint about a round in that week’s game.

Neighborhood Zoofari
Looking for a safe way to entertain the kids, or even yourself, while practicing social distancing? Neighborhoods throughout the watershed are hosting “Zoofari” scavenger hunts.
Participants place a stuffed animal in plain sight in their windows or front yards that can be visually found while folks are out on their daily walk. It’s a great way to have some fun while getting your exercise.

Inspired by his own neighborhood’s Zoofari, Chesapeake Conservancy Director of Conservation Technology Jeff Allenby built a map where Zoofari participants can log their stuffed animal locations. Check out a sample Zoofari neighborhood map. Create your own neighborhood Zoofari map.