Earth Day 2020
Earth Day 2020 is this Wednesday, April 22! CREST has put together a list of a few resources for different grade levels here, or you can explore the many offerings out there by searching online for “Earth Day 2020”.
This year’s celebration marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the planet’s largest civic event. The first Earth Day in 1970 resulted in the creation of the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the United States, and many other countries soon adopted similar laws. We usually observe Earth Day in our schools with a learning activity, celebration, or service-learning project. Though we can’t physically come together for those events at this challenging time, you can still join in with others to celebrate Earth Day at home with your families if you would like to do so.
https://redtri.com/portland/earth-day-events-portland/ Oregon-inspired ideas for activities, films, books and more you can access online, as well as ways to get out and enjoy our Earth in person safely during this time of physical distancing. Many links are included in this article for all ages.
https://www.solveoregon.org/ Solve Oregon is rising to the challenge of an online Earth Day celebration by providing Earth-minded activities we can all do right where we live. And they note that the in-person celebration is postponed but will be announced at a future date when we can all get together again.
https://www.earthday.org/more-digital-resources/ Earth Day Network offers a huge menu of online activities, links to different organizations, classes, videos and webcams to connect families to our home planet even as we all shelter at home.
https://www.almanac.com/content/earth-day-date-activities-history If you are into environmentally-friendly gardening, recycling and composting, you can get back to the roots with the Old Farmer’s Almanac. CREST’s favorite part of this page are the ideas for writing a poem about the Earth, at the end of this article. Celebrate Earth Day by writing your own ode!
https://www.plt.org/educator-tips/earth-day-activities/ Aimed at teachers, but with many activities that you can do at home. Best for families who enjoy diving into projects and exploring the history of Earth Day.
https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2020-04/documents/happy_earth_day_coloring_sheet_black_and_white_version_s.pdf Show the world you are celebrating Earth Day with a sign to print, color and put in your window.
https://www.oregonzoo.org/news/2020/04/oregon-zoo-live-video-and-home-activity-resources Films and fun activities to help us understand more about the creatures sharing the Earth with us!
https://envirocenter.org/tec-events/earth-day-fair/ Join our fellow Oregonians in central Oregon in a virtual Earth Day parade, explore Earth-centered art, and more.
https://austin.kidsoutandabout.com/content/virtual-event-earth-day-celebration-online-taino-friends Join the Puerto Rican Cultural Center as they live stream an Earth Day celebration on Facebook, including music, stories, and presentations from naturalists and indigenous peoples.
https://www.easypeasyandfun.com/how-to-make-paper-beads/ If you like some crafting with your environmental awareness, check out this project. It’s an easy way to turn junk mail, old magazines, and other recycling into re-used and beautiful things. Help Mother Earth through art!
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2020/earthdayathome-with-nasa/ NASA shares many videos, articles, games, and even Lego activities to help you celebrate Earth Day here!
https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-at-home/ Many Earth Day activities listed here for all ages, by topic. Especially good for middle and high school students.
https://earthchallenge2020.earthday.org/ If you have a mobile device, you can upload data about air quality and plastic pollution near you in Earth Challenge 2020. More research areas will be coming soon, so your Earth Day participation doesn’t have to end after this one day!
https://www.earthday.org/ Experience Earth Day Live at the Earth Day Network’s website.
https://www.thevirtualrunchallenge.com/virtual-race-event/earth-day-24901-mile-challenge/ It’s not too late to register (for free!) for the Earth Day Virtual Challenge. Join with others to see if you can collectively log enough miles to go around the Earth’s equator!
https://cleanair.org/run/ Wherever you are, you can join in on the “Run for Clean Air”. Time your own 3K walk, or 5K or 10K run, in your neighborhood any time between now and April 26. Register at the website and post your run times there, too. Registration proceeds go to the nonprofit Clean Air Council.
https://www.clackamas.us/news/2020-04-06/become-an-earth-day-champion Create your own Earth Day challenge by checking out the list of actions you can take to improve the environment and choosing something to try today.