Earth Day Celebrations

In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, 2020, the Smithsonian is sharing resources and opportunities that we hope Affiliates can incorporate in their planning and celebrations.

Tell us about your events
The Smithsonian will mark the anniversary with a 3-day Earth Optimism Summit in Washington, DC, April 23-25.

The Summit will showcase stories of both small- and large-scale actions that demonstrate that success is possible. Register your Earth Day-related programs as “sister events” and be sure to indicate you are a Smithsonian Affiliate on the form.

Join us on social media
In addition to tagging yourself as @SIAffiliates, you can also follow @EarthOptimism, and use #EarthOptimism to join our conversation on social media.

Register for Smithsonian Museum Day on April 4
Smithsonian Museum Day is early this year, to celebrate Earth Optimism. Register your organization here.

Screen a film from the Smithsonian Channel
Only Affiliates can screen Smithsonian Channel films for free. Consider these recommended titles, and complete a screening request form here by February 17, to screen films in April. The Channel is offering these titles for Earth Day: An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch; Gorillas of Gabon; Mysteries of the Rainforest.

Join a webinar with the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)
On February 12 from 12:30-1:30pm EST, staff from SSEC will explain their resources, and how they might be used by Affiliates. For a preview, check out  Smithsonian Science for Global Goals guide on working with students to create action plans around sustainability issues. RSVP to if you are interested.

Point your teachers and school groups to the Smithsonian Learning Lab
The Smithsonian’s online portal for educators has over 1900 resources on Earth Day (artifact images, videos, photographs and more). As an example, click through their Earth Day: Highlights Collection.

We hope you’ll join us in celebrating Earth Day 2020!

If you are planning to be in Washington, D.C. this spring, we hope to see you at these events too:

Stemming the Tide Symposium: Global Strategies for Sustaining Cultural Heritage Through Climate Change, March 5-6. Smithsonian American Art Museum

Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature and Culture exhibition opens at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, March 20.

Earth Optimism Summit, April 23-25. Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

Watch this 2-minute video about the Smithsonian’s Earth Optimism Summit.

Screen one of the conservation-focused films from Smithsonian Channel.

The Smithsonian Science Education Center shares strategies for addressing sustainability goals with students, from identifying problems to designing community action plans.

The Smithsonian Learning Lab has thousands of media resources for teachers to use around the history of Earth Day, sustainability, and conservation problems and solutions.

Frederic Edwin Church, The Natural Bridge, Virginia, 1852, oil on canvas, The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia, Gift of Thomas Fortune Ryan. Part of the upcoming exhibition on Alexander von Humboldt.