BioNook is Whitehead Institute's online biology resource, offering exciting learning enrichment for students, parents and teachers. Find videos, podcasts and stories on Whitehead Institute Science, as well as virtual workshop opportunities through BioNook’s After School Science Club, and ideas for nature-based activities.

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BioNook continues its mission to offer families and educators free materials on biology and research—from deep explorations of how science is done, to stories following the lives of scientists, to suggestions for fun outside activities and hands-on citizen science projects.

Throughout the pandemic learning shifted to both hybrid and remote models leaving kids (and parents) to look for virtual ways to engage in, and learn about science. BioNook to the rescue: Our team at Whitehead Institute worked to cultivate an online resource to engage students, parents, and teachers in the amazing world of biology creating exciting learning enrichment opportunities for the entire community.


Read, listen and watch stories about plant biology, cancer, model organisms and more. 

Watch scientists answer questions for students — or submit your own! 

Journey through interactive podcasts for kids, cartoon explainers, and more to uncover how science really works.

Get outside and learn about wildlife firsthand with help from these online resources!

Take part in activities that involve real data collection you can do from home as a citizen scientist.

Join online scientific workshops and activities with Whitehead scientists

Meet the people behind the science.

There are hundreds of live-streaming webcams located all over the world that allow us to peek in on what animals are doing in their daily lives. This section provides a selection of webcams, as well as an observation activity. 

Join Whitehead Institute scientists for an up-close and personal look at the many biology related questions being explored in today's research environment.