Resources for Students & Educators

Earth Day Events

Go Green! Engineering Recycled Racers – Monday, April 13, 10:00 – 10:30am EDT

Grades Pre-K – 8

The Engineering is Elementary division of the Museum of Boston is bringing you this webinar where participants will learn about green engineering as they create a race vehicle using recycled materials. Consider what materials you have available and use the engineering design process to develop and improve your racer.

Register for this event HERE.

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Taking Care of Earth: Designing Trash Collectors –Thursday, April 16, 10:00 – 10:30am EDT

Grades Pre-K – 8

The Engineering is Elementary division of the Museum of Boston is bringing you this webinar where participants will design trash collectors like an environmental engineer. These webinars are free and open to all.

Register for this event HERE.

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March for Science NYC – Virtual March – Sunday, April 19, 2020

All Ages

This in-person event has become a virtual march. Join the online platform for talks from activists, scientists, and local public officials, interactive presentations and virtual visitor booths for environmental campaigns and sustainable causes.

Register to receive an email with the event link HERE.  

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Microplastics, Mega Impact - Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00pm EDT

Grades 3 – 5

Join Laurel Zaima, Education Program Assistant at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in this session to explore the science behind microplastics. They have been found everywhere, from Arctic snow to the depths of the Mariana Trench, and they are even found in our food webs and our laundry! Laurel will introduce students to exactly what they are, where they can be found, and why we should care about their emergence in multiple aspects of our lives.

Register for this event HERE.

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American Museum of Natural History’s EarthFest – Wednesday, April 22, 2020

All Ages

EarthFest has moved to an online platform. This festival is family-friendly and focused on Climate Change and a sustainable New York City. This year EarthFest will celebrate our Earth and the 50 year history of Earth Day. The website will include live streams of scientific demonstrations to follow along with at home, as well as instructions for experiments to do at home! The day will start with programming for kids in the morning and presentations for adults in the early afternoon, and will end with a communal cheers to the Earth. Participants will be invited to raise a glass with museum staff and presenters.

To learn more click HERE.  

Explore AMNH’s online resources anytime HERE.

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Prospect Park Alliance Earth Day Celebration – Wednesday, April 22, All day

All Ages

Join the Prospect Park Alliance for a virtual celebration of Earth Day! RSVP to receive digital resources to help you learn more about our world on the 50th anniversary of Earth Day—the worldwide day of education and support for environmental protection.

Register for this event HERE.

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Florida Museum of Natural History Virtual Earth Day – Wednesday, April 22, All day

All Ages

Explore the wonders of life on Earth and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with the Florida Museum virtually! This event is presented in partnership with the University of Florida Thompson Earth Systems Institute and will feature virtual activities.

Visit the website and register for activities HERE.

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Earth Day Resources

Power Dialog: Climate Solutions for New York

Grades 10 – 12 and Undergraduates

This webinar will feature an introduction to Power Dialog, and to New York State’s Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) followed by a panel of professionals to discuss the most effective yet feasible climate solutions we can enact in our state and what students can do to help. Use #MakeAClimateClass and use the webinar to prompt discussions with your class.

For a link to the recorded webinar register HERE.

Find discussion resources for different subjects HERE.

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The Nature Conservancy’s Nature Lab

Grades K – 12

Nature lab is the Nature Conservancy’s youth curriculum platform. The website is split up into curriculum by grade groups. The curriculum focuses on topics like sustainability, ecosystems, and renewable energies. Perfect for any Earth Day lesson planning!

Visit the website HERE.

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Environmental Protection Agency’s Earth Day Curriculum

Grades K – 12

This EPA site hosts curriculum to celebrate Earth Day in classrooms and virtually. Lesson plan ideas are split up by lesson planning ideas, resources, and homework design help.

Visit the website HERE.  

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Earth Day Challenge – 22 Days of Earth Day

All Ages

The Earth Day Network has posted the Earth Day Challenge, an action to take each day leading up to Earth Day to help curb our carbon footprints, and learn and protect our environment. Each day, watch the fun videos with tips for how to take on the challenge.

To learn more click HERE.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation – 50 Earth Day Tips

All Ages

The first Earth Day was on April 22nd, 1970. On this day, legislation was also signed to establish the New York State DEC. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of both Earth Day and the Department of Environmental Conservation, the DEC has posted 50 Earth Day Tips to help you live more sustainably.

To read the tips click HERE.

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STEM Events

Intrepid Museum’s Space Science - Tuesday, April 14, 3:00 – 3:30pm EDT

Grades K – 12

Get a Zoom tour of the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home of the space shuttle Enterprise. An educator will discuss the Mercury-Atlas 7 and Gemini III missions that occurred during the Space Race, including Intrepid's role as the primary recovery vessel for both missions. Children will learn about the vacuum of space and why astronauts need spacecraft and spacesuits when they venture into Earth’s orbit and beyond.

Register for the even HERE.

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Science Mill’s Online Explorer Zone – Every Tuesday, 11:00 – 12:00pm EDT

Grades 1 – 6

Join Science Mill’s Explorer Zone which features STEM videos, hands-on science and interactive games posted every Tuesday. Each week, Science Mill staff will take viewers on a virtual field trip to one of the museum’s 50+ exhibits, then try an activity together and explore connections to STEM careers.

Visit the website HERE.

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New York Public Library’s Free Online Tutoring with Brainfuse – Monday – Friday, 2:00pm EDT

Grades K – 12

The New York Public Library presents Brainfuse, a free online tutoring program. Get matched up with a tutor to for one-on-one help in all standard subjects. Tutoring available in both English and Spanish. Participants must have a library card to sign up.

Visit the website HERE.

Don’t have a library card? Get one HERE.

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STEM Resources

NYC Department of Education Remote Teaching Resources on TeachHub

Grades K - 12

DOE's Office of Curriculum, Instruction, and Professional Learning has created virtual class curriculum which has been posted to the NYC DOE TeachHub. A video has been posted to provide a walk-through of the resources including how to support multi-lingual students and students with disabilities. Resources are organized by grade.

Only open to NYC DOE teachers. Sign in HERE.

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New York Hall of Science at Home Resources

Grades K – 12

New York Hall of Science educators have put together lists of educational activities for students to do from home organized by age and by topics. Easily look through age groups and explore different activities for sciences like biology or physics, art, or math.

Visit the website HERE.

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Google Earth Education Resources

Grades 4 – 12

Google Earth has put together a set of educational resources that uses Google’s Geo Tools for interdisciplinary lessons. The site includes lesson plans, activities, and student worksheets for all grades.

Visit the website HERE.

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PBS NOVA Labs

Grades 8 – 12

NOVA Labs is a free digital platform that engages teens and lifelong learners in games and interactive features that foster scientific exploration. Topics include climate, evolution, energy, and more.

Visit the website HERE.

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Rochester’s Museum of Science Virtual Planetarium Show – Every Wednesday at 11:00am EDT

All Grades

The Rochester Museum of Science has adapted some of their planetarium shows to share online. Visit their YouTube page to see all shows with new shows posted every Wednesday at 11:00am.

Visit their YouTube page HERE.

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Teach The Earth presents Teaching Geoscience Online

All Grades

This website is meant to guide teachers through how to teach courses online, with a focus on how to teach Earth sciences that often involve lab or field components. This website hosts virtual events, has a platform for teachers to share resources and lesson plans with each other, and resources for best practices.

Visit the website HERE.

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Audubon Center for Birds of Prey presents Virtual Lunch and Learn – Every weekday at 12:00pm EDT

All Ages

While local schools and the Center are closed to the public due to Covid-19, the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey wants to make sure learning continues! Every weekday at noon, grab your lunch and join them for a video lesson about raptors! Follow the daily links for fun activities, crafts and games you can do at home to continue learning about the day's topic.

Find out more HERE.

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Geoscience Online Teaching Resources

Undergraduates

This shared google spreadsheet hosts lists of materials of online resources that geoscientists have already creating including online lectures, online labs and field trips, videos, guest lecturers, including a section to ask for help.

Find this resource HERE.

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Ecology and Environmental Science Materials for Teaching Online

Undergraduates

This shared google spreadsheet hosts list of materials of online resources that ecologists and environmental scientists have already created. It includes lists for general resources, lectures, online field techniques, online labs, literature, and a section to request help.

Find this resource HERE.