Family-friendly online resources for celebrating Earth Day at home
Not being able to go out is no excuse for missing Mother Earth’s bday.
By Vanessa Vallon
Many Earth Day celebrations involve learning outside, taking a field trip to a museum or botanical garden, or perhaps planting a tree. Unfortunately, for the current times, most common practices of observance involve that thing we can’t do right now, congregate.
However, that doesn’t mean we can’t gain (and give) some of the same benefits from afar. TV networks, non-profit organizations and learning institutions are providing virtual experiences to promote education, awareness and philanthropy on this important holiday. Check out the list below to find something (or a few things) that will enable your family to celebrate the great outdoors, even from within the great indoors.
The official organization behind Earth Day will continue the celebration and protection of Gaia, believing the current crisis may make the threat of climate change even more real. The network will max out the day with 24 hours of content, including expert discussions, calls to action, performances, educational programs and more. Kids (and parents!) may enjoy flexing their geological knowledge with online quizzes, sure to stimulate and educate even the most scientific of minds.
Although they’re sort of always celebrating Earth Day, NatGeo will take things even further on the big day. On the television network, they will broadcast two special programs: “Jane Goodall: The Hope,” about the iconic primatologist and “Born Wild: The Next Generation,” a documentary on baby animals and their native habitats. Over on their website, they’re encouraging families to get outside and carry out their own neighborhood safari. Capture the experience via an art project or photo and use the hashtag #natgeoearthdayathome to be featured on their site.
Various Disney properties will be promoting the Disney Conservation Fund via the hashtag #DisneyMagicofNature and highlighting Disney’s Animal Kingdom Care Team with rare footage of the animals and dedicated caretakers of their parks.
If there’s anyone with a truly different perspective of things here on Earth, it’s our astronaut friends at NASA. The Space organization has a dedicated block of Earth Day content, with educational resources including games, films and interactive challenges fun for all ages.
Running through April 26, this eight-day virtual festival is jam-packed with programming for all ages, including storytimes, exercise classes, cooking and gardening tutorials, educational programs and even live performances.
The Gainesville museum is offering field guides, online activity guides and brochures to help folks at home experience and better understand natural life during their Virtual Earth Day celebration. They will also host several programs on Zoom, including an engaging virtual presentation about Florida’s freshwater fishes.
In partnership with National Geographic, conference EarthX is taking things online for a week of virtual events, including a 7.5-hour Earth Day celebration with speakers, films and even a virtual trade show. Although primarily for adults and those within environmental industries, viewers of all ages can learn valuable information and action steps necessary for change, as well as inspire the next generation of leaders.