EarthFest Online

Thursday, April 22, 2021

A view of Earth from NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. NASA/NOAA/GOES Project
Celebrate Earth Day at this family-friendly online festival honoring our planet.

Schedule of Events

11 am | Animal Tales with American Lore Theater

1 pm | Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life

2 pm | The Scientist is In: Conservation in Action

3 pm | Earth Day Dance Party

7 pm | Frontiers Lecture: Unlocking Climate Data in Corals

Animal Tales with American Lore Theater

11 am–Noon  See this event on Facebook.

In this family-friendly program featuring live performers, puppetry, animation, and music, Coyote tells the tales of three different animal species in North America: an orca, a softshell turtle, and a spider.

Discover how these species are represented in Indigenous folklore as well as in modern stories in this special presentation, which illuminates our cultural relationship with these species and illustrates the major threats and conservation hurdles they face.

Written and performed by Charlotte Ahlin, Isabella Madrigal, and Elise Wien. Music by The Lobbyists. Art by Liz Pavlovic and animation by Myra Su

Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life

1–1:45 pm  See this event on Youtube.

How does Earth’s climate system impact its ecosystems?

This Earth Day, take a virtual flight around the world with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin in the Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences and observe how our Sun, atmosphere, and ocean work together to create the weather we experience today and our climate over time.

Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate evolved in ways that greatly impact life on our planet. From vantage points of satellites observing Earth, witness phenomena like the El Niño Southern Oscillation and learn about the deep-rooted connection between ocean currents and life using the OpenSpace visualization platform.

Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund. 

The Scientist Is In: Conservation in Action

2–2:45 pm See this event on Facebook.

How do scientists learn to understand and protect the Earth? 

Scientists from the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation present their exciting research in this family-friendly program.

Learn about new methods to track turtles (think turtle backpacks!) with Suzanne Macey, discover how the relationship between predators and prey affects restoration of wetlands with Alex Moore, check out how new technology can help count and identify animals from images and video with Peter Ersts, and explore how people of different cultural traditions care for and protect habitats with Puaʻala Pascua.

Join us to hear these scientists share stories from their work and answer your questions!

Earth Day Dance Party

3-4 pm

It's time to celebrate the Earth—and everyone is invited!

Hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, this all-ages dance party is designed to cheer for all the things that make our planet great. Expect special effects, catchy tunes, and interactive games at this online after-school dance special.

Frontiers Lecture: Unlocking Climate Data in Corals  

7-8 pm 

Join us for a special Earth Day edition of the Museum’s Frontiers Lecture series with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin as she unpacks how sea surface temperatures, salinity, and ocean circulation systems change over time and are critical to forecasting climate in the future.

Today’s climate is driven by the Earth’s ocean conveyer belt, which moves water from the tropics to the poles and through ocean basins. The only point of tropical water exchange on the planet occurs through the Maritime Continent, which spans from East Asia to Australia and consists of several archipelagos and shallow seas. Our knowledge of this region is limited by scarce instrumental data despite its importance in heat transfer and monsoon formation. 

But there is another way to peek into the climate past. Find out how marine geochemists use a surprising hydrographic data repository in corals to gain insights into climate activity over seasons and decades, even hundreds of years.

More Resources

The Museum has many evergreen resources for learning about Earth Day, biodiversity, and climate. Here’s a selection to explore:

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AMNH’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.