Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day virtually

By Annie Wolf on April 20, 2020

Just because the usual in-person celebrations have been cancelled, that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day in your home, backyard, and (when safe) your neighborhood.

Have some fun, get outside, and celebrate our amazing planet!

For kids

Get outside! (if it’s safe to do so)

Take a walk around the neighborhood and complete this Earth Day Scavenger Hunt.

Discover what’s in your own backyard by identifying as many species as possible through a backyard bio-blitz! Seek is iNaturalist’s kid-safe and family friendly app through which you can earn badges for seeing different types of birds, amphibians, plants, and fungi.

National Geographic has a more in-depth curriculum if you want to make this a homeschool activity.

Get crafty!

Embrace the reduce, reuse, recycle mantra by crafting with materials found around the home! Our favorite is #13-Earth Day Sun Catchers (sun emoji).

The World Wildlife Fund is also hosting the Art for Earth challenge.

Join your fellow Earthlings online

Attend a Children’s Solar Hour hosted by our own Dori Wolfe on May 6th @ 3:30 p.m. ET.

You can also check out these short films by winners of the One Earth Young Filmmakers contest. The next screening is Sunday, April 26th at 11:00 a.m. ET. Scroll to the bottom of their page for the kids films!

NASA has also put together an awesome Earth Day toolkit.

Listen to an Earth Day story

Many libraries and nonprofits are hosting Earth Day Storytime events both on Earth Day and during Earth Week. The beauty of our new virtual world is that you can participate in events happening regardless of where home is!

For older kids and kids at heart

Bulk up on your Earth-related knowledge 

Host Solar Trivia next time you have a virtual get together with friends or family

Join Rutgers University’s Earth Day at Home Webinar Series starting April 20th and running through June 29th.

Become a citizen scientist 

iNaturalist is an easy to use app where you can upload photos of plants, animals, and insects. You get to learn and your photos are then shared with scientific data repositories for scientists to use in studies.

Can’t get outdoors? Participate in the nature-related projects on Zooniverse.

Take action

Check out EarthDay.org’s 24 Hours of Action Campaign for ways to make a difference this week.

Have solar? Upload a virtual tour of your solar system to help others learn about the benefits of going solar!

If it’s safe for you to do so, run in a virtual Earth Day race like the Run for Clean Air or the Earth Day 24,901 Miles Challenge.

Attend a celebratory virtual screening! 

Most of the following include a live Q&A during and/or after the screening.