Earth Week Celebration

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 8:00am - Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 6:00pm

There’s only one Earth, and we are on it together! Celebrate life on Earth and the systems that support it with a wild week of science programs and conservation conversations. Get inspired to take action to make the world a better place.

Events for Children and Families

Collecting Evidence: Specimens and Artifacts That Demonstrate Climate Change

Monday, April 19, 3 p.m., Zoom

Co-presented with the Penn Museum and the Mutter Museum

Museums in Philadelphia comprise literally millions of specimens, artifacts and documents in their diverse and important collections. How do scientists and researchers use these collections to demonstrate a changing world? Check out rarely displayed artifacts from three institutions that all show, in different ways, how the world has changed, how we know that it has and how we can all be better citizens. While this program welcomes guests of all ages, we recommend adult guidance for children. More Information

Paleo Playdate: Love the Earth

Wednesday, April 21, 10 a.m., Zoom

Have some fun with Academy experts and other young natural history fans for a very special Earth Day science story time and activity with room to move and explore. Everyone can chat, play and show off their knowledge, and you’ll meet special guests who love the earth as much as you do! Paleo Playdates were developed for preschoolers and their families to enjoy together.  Sign Up

Naturally Awesome Days: Earth Day Celebration

Friday–Sunday, April 23–25, 10 a.m.–5 p.m

Come find out why science is Naturally Awesome! Visit the Academy to enjoy a themed family-led activity, auditorium program and take-home craft kit to show off all the awesome science that we have to offer. Pick up your activity mini-guide when you enter, and then explore the museum at your own pace with your family and friends. Plan Your Visit

Ask the Scientists: Taking Action for the Earth

Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m., Zoom

Climate change is impacting the earth on every front. The health and quality of the water we drink, air we breathe and ground we live on are at increasing risk. However, all is not lost. The Academy of Natural Sciences and other groups are monitoring these vital resources and asking how we can make a positive difference. Join Academy scientists as we discuss how you can take action for the earth and what impacts you can have. Register Now

Celebrate the Earth Family Workshop

Saturday, April 24, 1–1:45 p.m., Zoom

Join early childhood educators as we explore fun and creative ways to celebrate the earth from your very own home. We will meet some decomposers from the animal collection, try out some fun activities and match them to books you can read at home. RSVP

Science in the Wild: Creek Exploration Family Field Trip

Sunday, April 25, 9–11 a.m.

Now is your chance to get your feet wet, literally, to help Academy scientists gather critical data about our waterways, including the invertebrates that rely on them. Join Academy staff for an exclusive outdoor opportunity to try some guided community science at Kirkwood Preserve. Test the waters and identify the species that live there as you learn about the ecology, equipment and methodology that scientists use to explore and understand creek systems. Get the Details

Events for Adults

Can We Cool the Planet? Director’s Panel Discussion

Wednesday, April 21, 7–8 p.m.

Climate change is the biggest challenge the modern world will ever face. What can we do to mitigate and adapt to the effects of extreme weather events, global warming and rising seas? Watch Can We Cool the Planet?, and then join us for an exclusive panel discussion featuring the film’s producer, co-director and co-writer Ben Kalina, as well as Academy and Drexel experts. More Information

A Shaker of Science: What’s Bugging the Planet?

Thursday, April 22, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

What can a single dead bug tell you about climate change? Not much. However, if you put the 4 million specimens in the Academy’s Entomology Collection together, a story of climate change may begin to emerge as you identify and organize them. 

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Community Events
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Educational Events
Community Development