Thursday, April 22, 2021


The schedule of EarthFest events begins today at 11 am ET. 


American Museum of Natural History | 150 Years






EarthFest Online

Celebrate Earth Day on Thursday, April 22, at this family-friendly online festival with an exciting lineup of programs.

Schedule of Events

11 am: Animal Tales with American Lore Theater
1 pm: Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life
2 pm: The Scientist is In: Conservation in Action
3 pm: Earth Day Dance Party
7 pm: Frontiers Lecture: Unlocking Climate Data in Corals






Animal Tales with American Lore Theater

11 am–Noon ET

In this family-friendly program featuring live performers, puppetry, animation, and music, the mythological character Coyote tells the tales of three different animal species in North America: an orca, a softshell turtle, and a spider.






Astronomy Online: Sun to Sea Life

1 pm–2 pm ET

How does Earth’s climate impact its ecosystems?

This Earth Day, take a virtual flight around the world using the OpenSpace visualization platform with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin of the Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences. Observe how our Sun, atmosphere, and ocean work together to create the weather we experience today and our climate over time.






The Scientist Is In: Conservation in Action

2 pm–2:45 pm ET

Learn about new methods to track turtles (think turtle backpacks!) with Suzanne Macey, discover how the relationship between predators and prey affects restoration of wetlands with Alex Moore, check out how new technology can help count and identify animals from images and video with Peter Ersts, and explore how people of different cultural traditions care for and protect habitats with Pua’ala Pascua.






Earth Day Dance Party

3 pm–4 pm ET

Hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, this uplifting dance party is designed to celebrate—and give thanks for—everything that makes our planet great. Expect special effects, catchy tunes, and interactive games during this online after-school dance event.






Frontiers Lecture: Unlocking Climate Data in Corals

7 pm–8 pm ET

Join us for a special Earth Day edition of the Museum’s Frontiers Lecture series with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin as she unpacks how sea surface temperatures, salinity, and ocean circulation systems change over time and are critical to forecasting climate in the future. Free for Members.





Your Support This Earth Day

Celebrate our planet and the work we do to understand it more fully and protect it with a gift to the Museum this Earth Day. Your donation today will help us continue to advance scientific research, care for our irreplaceable collections, and provide world-class science education resources. At this crucial moment, every gift, of any size, matters. We are gratefully accepting donations here.