New York's American Museum of Natural History's annual celebration of planet Earth is once again virtual this year—which means everyone on Earth can join in.
Activities include a family-friendly program featuring live performers, puppetry, animation, and music to tell the tales of three different animal species in North America, a virtual flight around the world to explore both celestial and terrestrial influences on climate, stories from conservationists, an Earth Day dance party and more.
Animal Tales with American Lore Theater
11am Eastern, 10am Central, 8am Pacific
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.
Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life
1pm Eastern, 12 noon Central, 10am Pacific
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.
The Scientist is In: Conservation in Action
2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, 11am Pacific
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.
Earth Day Dance Party
3pm Eastern, 2pm Central, 12 noon Pacific
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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
7pm Eastern, 6pm Central, 4pm Pacific