Established in 2008, Builder's Brewery is one of Second Life's oldest destinations for learning. Visit and take a free training class and learn all about building, textures, scripting, mesh, animations, and more. Join their 3x award-winning group, and there is even a Sandbox for builders. Check their website for their schedule of educational events. More info at buildersbrewery.com
Second Life continues to grow thanks to its Residents, and this monument recognizes the early "beta pioneers" who helped make the baby steps possible and pushed SL into the public eye (in hand — get it?). Head north to find a public sandbox that's still used to create content, and farther north to check out what an old Welcome Area used to look like.
"The Man" statue is one of the only surviving objects from the original "Linden Town" area that was developed in Second Life during the earliest Alpha stage of its development back in 2002. At times, The Man has served as a shrine where miscellaneous offerings were left, and a celebration of the creativity SL was founded upon.
Climb on top of a giant wasp and take a guided tour of this tropical island, which first opened in 2006. Explore the library inside the central tower, relax near the spring fountain, or start an impromptu jam session with some peculiar elven instruments inside the playhouse.
These cuddly behemoths have welcomed travelers from all walks of Second Life to old Stillman, whether they were flying as avatars or arriving via zeppelin tours. Behind the bears, you can tour the legendary Ivory Tower of Primitives, where many generations of Residents have learned to build, and the freebie Bazaar and The Man statue are also worth sightseeing.
Once a remote site where applicants for the first Linden Liaison team were interviewed, curious events caused the island to transform into a rather big foot. This isn't the only cultural spot in the area: head north to see what an early Orientation Island looked like, and eastward are stages that were used for early town hall chats.
One of the first examples of detailed texturing dating back to the cusp of 2004, this cathedral proved hugely influential to successive generations of Second Life creators focused on realistic "brick and mortar" builds. Residents still use the prayer candles in memory of loved ones today.
Home to the mythical Governor who's as elusive as Bigfoot, this Second Life heritage home hasn't changed much since its inception in 2002. It remains one of the few preserved examples of what inworld architecture was like back in the day. Come visit and find out how early pioneers survived before sculpted prims, then stroll to the basement for a time capsule of vintage goods.
Before Linden Homes, there was Boardman, an early experiment of a themed community in a gentle suburban style. Don't be surprised that the zoning guidelines date back to January 2003, and should you run across any of the locals, they're mighty friendly, so ask if they'll share their stories.
This island has seen many significant events, from its time as a welcoming spot for teen Residents "graduating" to adulthood to the hills used in Linden Lab ad promos for the then-new WindLight graphics. An abandoned library-turned-coffee shop is at the heart of it all, reminding us of how virtual connections can transform into real-life friendships.
Brevin Cat Island is an educational and relaxing space to learn about our feline friends. Enjoy exhibits about cats, feline behavior, nutrition, and interesting cat breeds. Relax in the cafe among the friendly cats, watch informative video presentations, or reflect on lost pets in the Rainbow Bridge Memorial Park.
Want a chill place to socialize? The Welcome Hub Social Plaza is your go-to! Located under the main dome at the Welcome Hub, meet friends old and new, share experiences, or simply watch the world go by. It is an ideal place for newcomers to get assistance and navigate to other parts of the Welcome Hub.
Mist Valley is home to an ancient university that has been a hub of science and education and a center of cultural and social influence since its establishment in 1216 CE. The university plays a vital role in the economy of the realm, with its activities supported by various structures. Mist Valley offers real-world education in a light-RP setting. The economy of Mist Valley is closely related to the university activity and highly supported by the entire university structure, which includes hotels, off-campus housing, daycare, an adoption center, downtown, Briarwood Estates communities, university hospitals, and more. Mistwood houses the Little Goslings Daycare and Adoption Center. MVU offers Undergraduate, Graduate, and SL Focused Programs.
The Seafarer Marine Institute is dedicated to advancing knowledge of the oceans through interactive Second Life experience. The Institute has a sustained commitment to science and education through a marine center that includes graphics and displays with informative educational materials. It also includes an underwater observation habitat with marine life and boats for use above the water.
BelliHub is the go-to destination to learn more about Bellisseria! With detailed tutorials and information about Premium membership, how to get a Linden home, using land tools, and more - you'll be up and running in no time! Explore the DEMO region and get an up-close look at all the Linden home themes and models. Plus, hang out with other Residents, play games, and get to know the Bellisseria community!
Established in 2014, the VW MOOC (Virtual Worlds Massive Online Open Course) is a month-long course on connecting online for collaborative learning and teaching through Second Life and other virtual spaces. The event runs from September 1st through 30th. Learn more at facebook.com/groups/vwmooc
Since 2008, Artizan Creative Solutions has been helping Second Life business owners establish, run and promote their businesses. With creative, innovative scripted solutions for business organisation and development needs, business advice, free starter scripts and marketing information, all business owners should stop by Artizan.
Learn to build in Second Life at the Morris Sandbox. Save your work, sandbox cleans every 5 hours!
New Second Life Residents can find a helpful hand at Helping Haven, a spot filled with experts who can share tips and tricks to getting started in SL. Visit this newcomer-friendly community for freebies, landmarks and other useful items. More at http://helpinghaven.weebly.com.
Create Your Own (cYo) has a broad collection of sculpties for builders and creators. The sculpts come with Photoshop files, so builders can easily change the colors, add patterns, affix a logo or overlay text. Create original designs and check out the latest in innovative creations.
When you take your first steps into Second Life, it can be overwhelming. We've all been there. You can go anywhere! Be anything! So... why not visit the Fae? Especially for newcomers to Second Life, they have constructed a fully interactive tutorial area, where you can learn how to walk, talk, shop, fly, and more. Attended by their wonderful Gateway Guides, the Gateway to the Faery Crossing will ultimately lead you to the lands below where you can explore the wonderful world of The Faery Crossing in its full splendor.
Owning property is a fun and rewarding part of SL, so it's important to get all the facts before making the big commitment. The VRLI helps Residents make informed decisions about land ownership by providing information on topics like management, renting, and maintenance.
Learn the very basics of dancing in SL in this education center (great for newcomers) then take the free Introduction to Dance 101 class that runs 24x7. Learn to match dance styles to the tempo and music so you have more fun dancing. Bring a partner or learn on your own. You'll be a better dance partner after taking this class. More info at 2LDance.org.
Timelord Sandbox is a futuristic sandbox with a 10-hour return. Teleport up to the New Nerva Space Station, an incredible space-station with homages to all sorts of science fiction fantasy films, and television. A place to explore, have social gatherings, or role-play. Sickbay, command, engineering, hydroponics, a club, and a teleport to other worlds!
Ajuda e orientacao - idioma portugues. Nesta Comunidade Gateway, apoiamos os residentes mais novos, oferecendo ajuda para todos. Somos um Grupo de Voluntarios, desde 2009; atualizado em 2011. Community Gateway 2017. Sejam bem-vindos e divirtam-se! Help and guidance - Portuguese language. In this place, we support the younger residents, offering help for all. We are a Volunteer Group since 2009; Updated 2011. Gateway Community 2017. Be Welcome and have fun!
Welcoming all who may be interested to visit the Awareness Gallery by the SLRandom ArtCrew on the RydenShire region. This destination is an educational resource for various medical conditions that affect people on a day-to-day basis. Spread some understanding and kindness.
Black Tonic is a newcomer and seasoned Resident hang-out and help center. Everyone is welcome! They have tutorials for newbies, free rezzing and change rooms, a game room filled with games, a spacious dance floor, and more. Event hosting is available upon request. Bring your friends and chat awhile!
Caledon Oxbridge University (COU) is an independent, community-supported, Second Life skill-training facility, located within the Victorian-Steampunk estate of Caledon. COU supports students of all avatar ages. A primary feature of COU is the seven-building walk-through tutorial, COU also has live, walk-in classes as well as live tutors in the plaza to answer questions and provide assistance.
Whole Brain Health on Inspiration Island, a partner of Rockcliffe Univ, provides information and offers regular activities that helps you stay fit, have fun, and stretch your mind, body and spirit! Earn honors and L$ rewards by solving quests and hunts. Make new friends in this diverse, innovative and caring community.
The goal of the VW Education Consortium (VWEC) is to bring educators together both to share what has been successful and to tackle obstacles across virtual platforms and communities. For more information contact: Valibrarian Gregg, Elli Pinion, or Dodge Threebeards.
The Virtual Pioneers group was founded in 2007 by a small group of historically-minded avatars that enjoy using virtual environments to learn and explore. Join them in Second Life at their frequent meetings where they tour or have historically themed events. More info at virtualpioneers.org
Grupo de enseñanza y ayuda de habla hispana, tenemos a vuestra disposicion un recorrido para recien llegados con, zona gratuita, tutoriales y guias, clases semanales basicas y avanzadas, sandbox, zona infantil, juegos, punto de encuentro y galeria de arte. Celebramos distintas actividades, fiestas y eventos.
SORBET is an acronym for Socially Responsible Behavior through Embodied Thinking. The SORBET Project is a learning activity in response to the changing settings of learning in the context of COVID-19. The SORBET Project aims to give learners a more grounded understanding of the need to develop the new habit of safe-social-distancing, beyond just a declaration of ‘head knowledge’.
Spanish with Eugenia is an educational project focused on teaching Spanish as a second language. Maestra Eugenia Calderon uses Second Life because this world, as an immersive environment, is a great tool to teach. Classes for basic, intermediate and advanced students. Contact Maestra Eugenia Calderon to schedule an interview.
Celebrate diversity at Second Pride! This destination is the headquarters of the Second Pride organization in Second Life. Started in 2005, Second Pride holds four annual events, featuring plenty of music and fun. Spread across two regions, with everything from cityscape to a massive beach and boardwalk, all centered around a huge park that spans both regions. There are shops on the pier, carnival rides, a zipline over the beach, a working trolley to take you on a tour, and more! More info at: second-pride.com
Rockcliffe University Consortium is an online nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of science, education, and research in 3D virtual environments. There are free workshops and forums provided on a regular basis, as well as live music and movies. There's also a theater, art gallery, sandbox and a full academic research library.
Mindful Cove exists to provide both an entry point into Second Life, and an ongoing community region for newcomers and long-time residents alike, based on the core principle that SL can be an excellent place to engage in activities that support emotional and mental well-being.
Located in historic Nova Albion with a view facing Yamato and the Ahern welcome area, this area serves as a small information location and hangout for explorers of the Second Life mainland. Ample seating for discussions with voice-enabled, resources on both the local area and other notable mainland locations, and of course, snow cones served by a robot.
London City has a multilevel freebie store with regularly updated mesh clothing and accessories. Additionally, there is a tutorial area, with Support staff to assist new Residents. You can enjoy daily events with free-to-enter contests and Linden Dollar prizes, live voice chat, a busking area, sandbox, pubs, clubs, concert area, and a large hangout park, where new and older residents mix. For details see mainlandlondon.blogspot.com
The four levels of Inspiration Island offer more than 60 innovative events and interactive exhibits promoting well-being in Body, Mind, and Spirit. Their primary project for 12 years has been Whole Brain Health, and their collective of creative, compassionate individuals from all over the world welcomes you to a rich journey of discovery and community!
GBTH is an art incubator here in Second Life. Their Welcome Area is meant to help and assist new Residents interested in seeing and developing art exhibitions on the grid. After checking the tutorial, feel free to explore the several exhibits on the region! More info at: gbth.org
New residents are invited to learn the day-to-day basics of Second Life on this lush, wooded tutorial path. Learn movement, communication, outfits, and more. Assistance and mentoring are also available for new and experienced residents alike. All are welcome, but this tutorial zone is optimized for the Firestorm Viewer. (firestormviewer.org).
Door to America is a region within Second Life built specifically to onboard new users using the theme “Second Life is a virtual world for human connection!” DtA can promote a healthy, positive, transformative learning curve for users. Second Life is porous and learned skills, talents, and lessons of all types can transcend the virtual world and bring real-world benefits. Learn more at doortoamerica.blogspot.com
Cypris Chat strives to provide an educational, fun and interesting environment for English learning and teaching. Members have the chance to be part of a living community surrounded by others who are learning, teaching or simply interested in speaking English with people from around the world.
Central park is a newbie-friendly voice-enabled hangout and sandbox. The best vacation starts by relaxing on a sofa - by the ocean! Hop around this newbie-friendly destination and meet new friends, dance your heart out, fish for rewards, enjoy horseback riding, or just lay along the shores to relax. Be your own supermodel! Shop for freebies at the sandbox and dress your avatar. These and a lot more! Visit Central Park and have the time of your life!
Backdrop City is an independent, nonprofit, community project. There is a sandbox area with a 4 hour return, along with hundreds of backdrops and scenes to use for photographers and bloggers. You can also join the free group to have access to the exclusive region with even more backdrops and updates.
ARCHI21 is an ongoing EU-funded project, combining learning and teaching of, in and through the fusion of languages, architecture and design. Dynamic spaces and places designed and built by students, faculty and architects support the experimentation, experiential learning and professional development in the evolving process of knowledge building across disciplines, professions and countries.
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