April 22, 2020, marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. And, while this year’s festivities may be digital, you can still make a difference and experience global conversations, calls to action, performances, video teach-ins, and more. From worldwide events to local celebrations, here are some resources to help commemorate Earth Day.

EarthDay.org

Head to EarthDay.org to find a list of digital events taking place around the world. And tune into Earth Day Live on April 22 to 24 as millions of people around the world go online for a three-day mobilization to stop the climate emergency. Watch, discuss, and participate in a live stream featuring stories, performances, and opportunities for digital collective action.

Mechanicsburg Area Parks & Recreation

The Mechanicsburg Area Parks & Rec Department provides a number of fun and easy Earth Day activities for kids.

Carlisle Celebrates Earth Day 2020

The Cumberland Valley Rising Earth Day Committee is hosting a virtual celebration on Saturday, April 25. Expect farm tours, environment crafts, and games for the whole family, as well as simple earth-friendly tips and advice, plus live music.

Dickinson’s Earth Day Virtual Teach-In

On April 21 and 22, students, faculty, and Carlisle community members are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and Dickinson reaching carbon neutrality by leading teach-in sessions to raise understanding and promote action for social justice, economic opportunity, and environmental sustainability.

Mechanicsburg’s Earth Day Festival

The festival might have been canceled this year, but in its place is an online charity auction of 5 rain barrels as functional garden art to celebrate the holiday and a “Picture a Better Earth” contest encouraging community members to send in pictures of ways they are helping the planet in their daily lives. Student artists from 5 local school districts painted the rain barrels.

The first 50 participants in the “Picture a Better Earth” contest will receive free wildflower seeds. The winner of the contest (selected by the Mechanicsburg Earth Day Planning Committee) will receive:

 “Picture a Better Earth” contestants can email entries to info@downtownmechanicsburg.com.

Pennsylvania Parks & Forests Foundation

WITF is collaborating with Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation and their website Earth Day 50 PA to host a virtual screening of the WITF original documentary Penn’s Woods: Cradle of Conservation. The screening begins at 7 pm on April 22 on OVEE.

The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation staff also invites you to a daily children's story hour as we read some of our favorite kids' books live on their Facebook page! Tune in each day at 3:00 PM:

  • Monday, 4/20: PPFF President Marci Mowery with "The Reason for a Flower" by Ruth Heller 
  • Tuesday, 4/21: PPFF Outreach Coordinator Sarah Scholl reads "Growing Wild" by Constance Perenyi
  • Wednesday, 4/22: Marci's back with "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss 
  • Thursday, 4/23: PPFF Bookkeeper Bernadette Howard reads "Verdi" by Janell Cannon
  • Friday, 4/24: PPFF Membership Coordinator Pam Metzger shares "Stellaluna" also by Janell Cannon

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Although not specifically related to Earth Day celebrations, these two resources are ideal for young nature lovers.

The Natural Conservancy offers a variety of Virtual Field Trips designed for grades 5 through 8. Students can explore and travel the world from home -- from giant pandas in China's forests to a wind farm in West Virginia. Each virtual field trip contains a video, teacher guide, and student activities.

Audubon Adventures provides a nice introduction to a variety of birds and wildlife including raptors, sea birds, owls, hummingbirds, and bees.