Did you get your party hats? Crepe paper streamers? Make sure to blow a noisemaker or two, because April 22, 2020 is a special day for Planet Earth – it’s the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! Sure, 50th anniversaries are technically known as “golden” anniversaries – but don’t worry, Earth isn’t expecting anything flashy from you. Phew!
From appreciating the wonders in your own backyard, to making more sustainable shopping choices, there are plenty of ways to show your love and appreciation for Planet Earth in our everyday lives. Check out some of our favorite suggestions below!
The Outdoor Discovery Center’s Backyard Learning Crusade
Nature-lovers in Holland know to check out the ODC’s beautiful trails and wide-reaching programs year-round, but while schools are closed, learning about the Earth can still move forward! The Backyard Learning Crusade offers themed guides for observing nature through the grade levels.
So much more than 20-minute activity, each theme gives specific observation guidelines, along with online resources to extend kids’ investigations. Plus, try some of the discussion starters to keep the learning going through dinnertime!
Ready to dive in? Why not start with Small World, Big Changes?
- PK-2: Collect rainfall this week and compare daily totals!
- 3-5: Photograph the changes in your yard in just a single week.
- 6-8: Create your own cloud atlas and observe what the skies will tell us.
LET THE BACKYARD CRUSADING BEGIN: Ready to set off, into the wild blue yonder? Info, tips and more HERE.
State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) Earth Day Resource Round-Up
Earth Day includes not only nature study, but also conservation and resource management. Brush up on recycling guidelines with some cheeky raccoons, get a quick run-down on water contamination in the Great Lakes, take a virtual field trip of a power plant, and more! EGLE has put together some great Michigan websites to explore environmental issues in our communities.
- What a Wonderful World: Earth Day poster contest student winners!
- Short Attention Span: EnviroMinute videos created by EGLE staff.
- Most raccoons: Two words: Recycling. Raccoons. You’re welcome.
O MICHIGAN, MY MICHIGAN: Ready to keep our peninsulas super-pleasant? Info, tips and more HERE.
Show your love for planet Earth all year ’round and check out these Hope Summer Science Camps. Enroll today!
- Art in Nature (June 15-19, grades K-2)
- Exploring Energy (July 20-24, grades 3-5)
- Wonders of the Watershed (July 6-10, grades 6-8)
- Watershed Restoration (July 20-24, grades 9-12)