Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Virtual Tour of the National Zoo’s Coral Lab with Thomas Wippenbeck

Archived Webinar

This Zoom webinar featuring Thomas Wippenbeck from the Smithsonian's National Zoo aired January 22, 2021, as part of the Smithsonian Science How series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Join Thomas Wippenbeck from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute on a virtual field trip to the Zoo’s Amazonia Science Gallery, where he manages and keeps several tanks of live corals! Thomas explains what a coral is, why these animals are important, and how he keeps them alive at the Zoo. Thomas also shares how he got interested in a science career and how his work at the Zoo is important for coral and coral reef conservation.

  • This video is an extension activity for the museum's Reefs Unleashed digital school program for Grades 6-12.

About Smithsonian Science How

Connect your students to Smithsonian science experts in this weekly series of free live, interactive webinars. Hosted by Smithsonian educators, Smithsonian Science How will connect your students to authentic science, discoveries, and collections while inviting them to participate in live polls and ask and answer questions throughout. 

Thematically aligned with NMNH Digital School Programs, the webinars serve as excellent extension activities. Each webinar aligns with core content from the Animal Adaptions, Insect Survival, or Reefs Unleashed school programs, but is an independent experience. 

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