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EarthFest From Home

Part of Milstein Science Series

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

A view of Earth from NASA's Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite. NASA/NOAA/GOES Project
We celebrated the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at our family-friendly, all-day online festival honoring our planet. 

*Note: Links to videos of April 22 EarthFest programs are at the beginning of each description, and links to a selection of additional evergreen Earth Day resources are below the schedule.

10 am: Green Thumb for Families

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Explore botanical biodiversity from home! Submit photos and questions to expert botanist Donald McClelland and learn from him about the plants that live with you and those visible from your window. Then, participate in a special workshop where you'll learn how to plant your own garden and create life right in your own kitchen! Whether it is herbs and vegetables for eating or flowers to admire and decorate your space, everyone will be able to participate of this special green activity with whatever they have available at home.

Send a photo of your plant, your name, and location to [email protected] to participate.


11 am: Iceberg Bits: Understanding Rivers of Ice

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Tune in to watch facilitator Laurel Zaima from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory present activities demonstrating glacier physics through experimentation with Glacier Goo, a substance you can create at home. Named for small pieces of ice found in both Arctic and Antarctic, "Bergy Bits" in nature are small pieces of floating ice that break from an iceberg, ice shelf, or glacier. Join in by doing these experiments at home to better understand these rivers of ice. 

Activity sheets


Noon: Field Trip Earth—LIVE Watch Party

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Gather the whole family for a live flight around the world to marvel at our planet’s natural wonders—from the Amazon Rainforest to the Sahara Desert, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Himalayas! Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty as we blast off into the outer reaches of our atmosphere and see our planet from space. Make sure to come with questions for our presenters to answer live! 

1 pm: 50 Years of Earth Day—YouTube Watch Party 

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What has happened to our planet in the 50 years since the creation of Earth Day? Learn about the most significant developments to our environment in the last half century through the thoughtful infographic videos created by the Museum's Science Visualization team since 2017. The watch party will include a live chat with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin, and Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and Laura Moustakerski, writer and producer of the Earth Day 2020 video.    

3 pm: Bash the Trash Live!  

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Celebrate the Earth! Follow this live workshop where you can learn how to make your own musical instruments out of recyclable and other discarded materials around your house. Then, join in a multi-media, multi-player performance where you can be part of the orchestra playing for this celebration of Earth. 

Note: You don’t need to have materials in order to participate–there’ll be plenty to do. Be sure that everything that you collect is clean, safe, and disinfected. And always check with an adult first!

6 pm: Venus, Earth, and Mars–LIVE Watch Party 

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Join us for a night out in the Goldilocks Zone with planetary geologist Martha Gilmore and the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. Hop aboard a live flight to unveil the mysteries of Earth’s toxic twin, Venus, and the dynamic nature of our planetary neighbors. What can Venus and Mars teach us about climate change and the unique conditions that support life on Earth?

8 pm: Earth Trivia! A Toast to the Planet! 

Think you know the Earth? Prove it! Pour yourself a glass of your favorite drink and join us for this virtual trivia evening game co-hosted by the Museum and the NYC Trivia League. Gather a team or play solo to compete for a chance to win a spot at a virtual happy hour hosted by Hayden Planetarium Director Neil deGrasse Tyson, featuring Museum scientists.

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

The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the  Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.