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Virtual Earth Day Festival

Earth Day Festival 2020

April 22, 2020

This is now a virtual event!

Welcome to the Springfield Museums’ 30th annual Earth Day Festival. Below you will find many resources and activities that demonstrate ways to enjoy the outdoors, learn about the beautiful natural world that surrounds us, and promote conservation through everyday actions. On this 50th anniversary of Earth Day, let us all strive to become better environmental stewards!

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At Home Action
Build Your Own Rain Barrel

Build Your Own Rain Barrel

How to Create a Pollinator Garden

Create a Pollinator Garden

Rain Garden Fact Sheet

Rain Garden Facts

Turn spoils into soil... home composting

Home Composting Guide

More: Rain Garden Guide, Vermicomposting: Indoor Composting with Worms

Provided by Western Mass Pollinator Networks, University of Nebraska, US Department of Agriculture, Massachusetts Watershed Coalition, and Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

Activities for Kids
Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale – Color, Read, Create, and Learn

Mighty Mini Microbe’s Tale – Color, Read, Create, and Learn

Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper Level 1 (Grades K-1)

Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper Level 1 (Grades K-1)

Kigndom Animalia: Classifying Animals

Kingdom Animalia: Classifying Animals (Grade 3)

Junior Refuge Ranger Workbook

Conte Jr. Refuge Ranger Workbook

More: Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper Level 2 (Grades 2-3), Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper Level 3 (Grades 4-5), Wildlife Drawing Sheet, Endangered Species Word Search, Fresh Water Mussel Maze, Fresh Water Mussel Word Search, Wildlife Sightings List

Provided by US Department of Agriculture, National Association of Conservation Districts, Hampden Hampshire Conservation District, MENSA, and Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge.

Smithsonian Earth Optimism Digital Event: April 22-26

Earth Optimism 2020Join the Smithsonian online for an Earth Optimism digital event that will showcase stories of both small and large-scale actions that frame the conversation and demonstrate that success is possible. Presentations can be viewed live on the Earth Optimism website, as well as on Facebook Live and Twitter.

Smithsonian affiliation made possible through the generous support of the MassMutual Foundation.

The Great Springfield Birding Trail

The Great Springfield Birding TrailUse this interactive trail map to find the best locations to view birds in the city. Selected by a team of avid bird enthusiasts from the area, including members of the Allen Bird Club, the US Fish & Wildlife Service, the US Forest Service and the Springfield Parks Department.

The Ecological Consequences of Light Pollution

Check out this narrated slideshow about light pollution produced by a local member of the International Dark Sky Association.

Bottled vs. Tap Water

Bottled water is a convenient solution for staying hydrated on the go. In fact, Americans buy billions of plastic bottles per year. What impact does this have on the environment?

Off to the Great Outdoors Scavenger Hunts

ReGreen Springfield, the Springfield Department of Health and Human Services, the Greening the Gateway Cities Program and the US Forest Service have created environmentally based scavenger hunts in the city, for folks of all ages. The idea is to go out, explore the great outdoors, and learn a bit about the natural world at the same time.

The Green Movement in Art

We invite you to take a virtual tour of The Essence of Nature: Paintings by Marlene T. Yu, which opened at the D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts in February 2020. Inspired by the natural world, Yu creates monumental canvases using energetic brushstrokes and vibrant colors, synthesizing Eastern and Western traditions to create immersive abstractions that evoke the power and beauty of nature.

Stay at Home Science

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service SealThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which has a regional office in Hadley, wants to help you feel more at home in nature. Your backyard or neighborhood green space offers an extension of “homeroom,” a living lab for stay-at-home science. It’s also a free walk-in clinic — or walk-out clinic, as it were — providing an endless supply of proven physical and psychological health benefits that we need now more than ever.

Honing your observation skills, by Lauri Munroe-Hultman of Williamsburg
Surveying for plants, by Lauri Munroe-Hultman of Williamsburg
Digging into the science of soil, by Bridget Macdonald of Montague
Becoming a citizen scientist, by Lauri Munroe-Hultman of Williamsburg

Living vicariously through backyard birds, by Bridget Macdonald of Montague
Looking through the eyes of nature writers, by Bridget Macdonald of Montague
Identifying invasive plants, by Natalie Didomenico of Amherst

Demonstrations and Performances


April 22, 2020


Springfield Museums
21 Edwards Street
Springfield, MA 01103 United States


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