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. Be sure to follow @EarthOptimism and use the hashtag #EarthOptimism on your social media!

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.

Use this Guide to make your events even greener!

Resources you can use

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 March 11, 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.

Review resources from the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC)
On February 12 from 12:30-1:30pm EST, staff from SSEC explained their resources, and how they might be used by Affiliates. Check out  Smithsonian Science for Global Goals guide on working with students to create action plans around sustainability issues, and click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

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.

Events in Washington, D.C.

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.

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.