As spring blooms and winter wanes, we are acutely aware of the beauty and delicate balance of the natural world around us. This year, on April 22, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, a day dedicated to helping protect and restore our planet. Here are some eco-friendly, virtual activities your family can enjoy at home!
Make an Earth Day window sign
Advocate at-home with a handmade Earth Day sign, crafted with poster board, cardboard or whatever you have on hand and hang it up for your neighbors to see. Be sure to share your sign online with the hastags, #EARTHRISE and #EarthDay2020, too!
April 20 – 24
FREE SMO at Home: Live!
Celebrate Earth Day all week long with fun, educational activities live-streamed from Science Museum Oklahoma. Enjoy a variety of Earth Day-themed activities and experiments for all ages including making bird feeders from recycled materials, a guide to hunting mushrooms, making a seed starter, dividing plants, investigating pinecones and more.
Embark on a virtual field trip to several Oklahoma preserves, including the J.T. Nickel Preserve named after Oklahoma Hall of Famer John T. Nickel, with The Nature Conservancy. Then, continue the fun with movie and story time recommendation as well as crafts and a s’mores recipe.
On Wednesday, April 22, the Zoo is joining the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Party for the Planet® celebrating 50 years of Earth Day. The Zoo will be sharing a series of conservation videos from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. focusing on what the Zoo is doing to protect our planet and its wildlife, wild places – and how you can help. Fans will also have an opportunity to receive a free Party for the Planet® pollinator garden kit when they answer questions on Facebook and Instagram following each live video.
Picnic in Place with Myriad Gardens
Myriad Gardens invites families to join them for a virtual picnic, broadcast live on their Facebook page at noon. Attendees can enjoy live music from local artist, Hosty, a screening of Where Did the Horny Toad Go? and a Q & A with The Nature Conservancy biologist, Chris Hise. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite animals.
FREE Garden-In-Place Seed Starting Kits from Myriad Gardens & Scissortail Park
Myriad Botanical Gardens and Scissortail Park have created FREE seed starting kits for local children and their families. The kits offer fun and educational activities about the art and science of growing plants. From 1 – 4 p.m., a Pollinator Garden kit will be offered for growing zinnia, marigold and fennel plants to attract bees and butterflies.