Earth Day was founded in 1970 as a day of education about environmental issues, and Earth Day 2021 will occur on Thursday, April 22—the holiday's 51st anniversary. The holiday is now a global celebration that’s sometimes extended into Earth Week, a full seven days of events focused on green living. The brainchild of Senator Gaylord Nelson and inspired by the protests of the 1960s, Earth Day began as a “national teach-in on the environment” and was held on April 22 to maximize the number of students that could be reached on university campuses. By raising public awareness of pollution, Nelson hoped to bring environmental causes into the national spotlight.-History.com
Earth Day Booklists from Children's!
People Who Care:
Our Warmer World:
Fiction Grades 4+:
What Can We Do About Pollution?:
The World Around Us:
More to Explore:
Celebrate Earth Day with Virtual Events for Adults:
Celebrate Earth Day with Virtual Programs for Children and Teens:
Earth Day Storytime
Thursday, April 8, 6:30 pm. REGISTER.
Enjoy this fun filled, interactive storytime and discover ways to celebrate Earth Day every day with your family! For ages 3 -6 & family.
Phipps Conservatory: Garden to Table
Tuesday, April 13
Ages 4-6: 4pm REGISTER | Ages 7-10: 5:30 pm REGISTER
How does your garden grow? Explore the needs of fruits and vegetables, learn about seed starting, create your own garden design, and discover how pollinators make our gardens possible. Plus, get a healthy recipe to try at home!
Stay tuned for May program.
The Pittsburgh Zoo: Zoo Senses
Monday, April 26, 10am REGISTER
Animals move in ways people only dream of moving– birds soar above the treetops and monkeys swing from branch to branch. Learn how gorillas knuckle-walk, snakes slither, and rabbits hop in this fun-filled exploration of animal movement. For ages 3-5 & family.
STEAM with Miss Jena: Using the Scientific Method with Watercolors
Saturday, April 24
Ages 2-4: 10am REGISTER | Ages 5-7: 11am REGISTER | Ages 8-10: 1pm REGISTER
What happens when you add salt to water? What if you introduce color to dry paper? Would it look different than wet paper? Become an Art Scientist and make new discoveries through the watercolor medium.
City Nature Challenge with the Audubon Society
Thursday, April 29, 4pm REGISTER
Families, you have a lot of cool nature close to home, maybe even in your backyard. And we want to know all about it! April 30-May 1, anyone can be a part of this giant nature scavenger hunt! Join us to learn how, practice finding some online critters and identifying them. 2nd grade and up & family.
Earth Day StoryWalk®!
Take a walk by the library and enjoy our StoryWalk! A StoryWalk places pages from a children's picture book along a path so that children and caregivers can enjoy nature and reading together!
Check out one of our Nature Book Packs in the children's library Each one includes a journal, a nature scavenger hunt, a library book, and resources for exploring our local parks!
Nature Art Photo Share
Create something beautiful using natural objects found outside! The challenge is to create ephemeral art, meaning that it will eventually blow away, wash away, or otherwise return to nature. Email a picture of your creation to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on the library’s Facebook page any time between 12 and midnight, April 30 to be entered into a random prize drawing. Please included you name, email address, phone number and age category. (Please do not harm any plants while making your creations)
Child - Ages 8 and younger
Child - Ages 9 to 12
Examples of Nature Art:
Teen Virtual Herb Gardening (6th grade & up) via Instagram!
Thursdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22
It may still be snowing, but it's time to start planning your garden! Whether you only have room on your window sill or a whole backyard to plant, herb plants thrive anywhere! Watch herbs sprout from seed to plant via weekly Instagram updates, then take the survey at the end of the process to adopt your own pet herb plant to celebrate Earth Day!
Earthday.org is Earth Day central. Find out about local clean-up events and register for a variety of Earth Day virtual programs.
NASA's site hosts Vital Signs of the Planet in addition to current news and data streams about global warming and climate change.
WWF is committed to saving endangered species. Learn more about the species the organization is working to protect from becoming endangered or extinct on this site.
Earth Day in Mt. Lebanon begins at noon on April 22!