Today marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and although we can’t celebrate it in the way we originally planned, there are lots of ways we can mark this event from home. Read on for videos and more!
In honor of Earth Day 50, we ask you to join us, all week long, as we share ideas of how we can all heal our relationships with the natural world.
And for those who are able, we ask that you help us achieve this mission by making a donation to the Nature Museum, $50 for 50 years, so we can continue to carry a renewed message of Earth Day forward.
Story Time with “The Lorax”
We’re bringing out this Story Time classic especially for Earth Day 50! Click here to watch Patrick read this Dr. Seuss favorite!
Teaching Tip: Expand Story Time thoughts with our graphic organizer. Click here to download it to guide your young scientist’s discussions during and after Story Time!
How do I talk to my family about climate change?
Teaching children about nature and our climate from a young age helps them develop a sense of responsibility and passion for the world around them, and lays the groundwork growing children will need to understand the scientific issues, like climate change, that will affect them throughout their lives. Click here to explore our online and printable resources for talking to your young scientist about nature and climate change.
Teaching Tip: Different ages require approaching nature and guiding questions differently. You can find resources for kids 2-5 here, resources for kids 6-9 here, and resources for kids 10-12 here.
Help eliminate litter with Litterati
Join a mission to clean the Earth. Litterati uses data of litter found and documented by people all over the world to help make important changes towards a litter free world. The app allows community members to photograph and share the litter they find to contribute to the litter free mission. Click here to learn more.
Guiding Question: What kinds of trash do you often see on the sidewalk or parks around our neighborhood? What changes can our community make to reduce litter?
Make your own feel guide
Naturalists use their senses to explore the natural world. Take a nature walk using a Feel Guide to describe the different textures you observe with your sense of touch. Click here to learn how to create your own feel guide.
What will you do for nature?
What’s the first thing you’ll do for nature when we’re done with stay-at-home? We want to hear your ideas and share them with others!
Behind the scenes!
What does Gryla the red-eared slider eat? She loves fish! Click here to watch Marjorie feed her some of her favorite treats!