This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, and NASA is making it easier for everyone to join in the festivities with its #EarthDayatHome with NASA virtual celebration. Meant as a day to raise awareness and education, the global celebration is the perfect excuse to learn about all the NASA programs and missions that study and benefit our home planet.
NASA makes it easy to learn about and explore our planet from the safety of our homes, and this year they’ve piled on the Earth Day activities and actions you can do online, in the home, or from your backyard.
Families with children can begin by exploring the Earth Day 2020 50th anniversary toolkit HERE.
Everyone is encouraged to share photos of yourself celebrating Earth Day from home across social media using the hashtag #EarthDayatHome.
Visit the agencies YouTube channel to learn all about the missions and research that NASA does off the Earth with special videos made featuring astronauts and scientists. Watch NASA HERE.
Astronaut Chris Cassidy will answer questions from users on social media in a special LIVE Earth Day Q & A (12:10 EDT) that will broadcast on NASA TV and the agency’s YouTube channel. You can watch HERE.
For the entire list of NASA planned activities and resources, visit the #EarthDayatHome resource page HERE.
National Park Week with the National Park Service
In addition to Earth Day, the NPS celebrates National Park Week and have a Junior Ranger collaboration with NASA. As part of the digital Earth Day celebrations, kids can earn a special Junior Ranger Spaceflight Explorer badge as they explore our planets place in the Solar System! Start your badge HERE.
A few more ways to celebrate Earth Day online:
EarthFest at Home with the American Museum of Natural History
The American Museum of Natural History has organized a day of activities including an online watch party with speakers, demos, and activities to do from home. Explore EarthFest HERE.
MSI Chicago Earth Day Film Night and Hands On Science Activities at Home
The Museum of Science and Industry has several hands on science activities to do from home that are perfect for celebrating Earth Day. You can find those HERE.
Later in the evening (7:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT) the museum will host a livestream group viewing of The Human Element, a documentary about Americans working on the front lines of climate change, and a Q & A with the photographer. Register for the event HERE.