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ONLINE EarthFest Online

  • Apr. 22, 2021, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, and 7pm
  • The American Museum of Natural History
  • 200 Central Park W., Upper West Side
  • All Ages
  • free programming see links or RSVP; 7pm even is $15-$25

Celebrate Earth Day at this family-friendly online festival honoring our planet.

11am–12pm, Animal Tales with American Lore Theater: In this family-friendly program featuring live performers, puppetry, animation, and music, Coyote tells the tales of three different animal species in North America: an orca, a softshell turtle, and a spider. Discover how these species are represented in Indigenous folklore as well as in modern stories in this special presentation, which illuminates our cultural relationship with these species, and illustrates the major threats and conservation hurdles they face. Written and performed by Charlotte Ahlin, Isabella Madrigal, and Elise Wien. Music by The Lobbyists.

1–1:45 pm, Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life: How does Earth’s climate system impact its ecosystems? This Earth Day, take a virtual flight around the world with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin in the Division of Earth and Planetary Sciences and observe how our Sun, atmosphere, and ocean work together to create the weather we experience today and our climate over time. Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate evolved in ways that greatly impact life on our planet. From vantage points of satellites observing Earth, witness phenomena like the El Niño Southern Oscillation and learn about the deep-rooted connection between ocean currents and life. Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund. 

2–2:45 pm, The Scientist Is In: Conservation in Action: How do scientists learn to understand and protect the Earth? Scientists from the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation present their exciting research in this family-friendly program. 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. Hear these scientists share stories from their work and answer your questions!

3-4 pm, Earth Day Dance Party (RSVP to get the link for this free event): It's time to celebrate the Earth—and everyone is invited! Hosted by Party Like Brooklyn, this all-ages dance party is designed to cheer for all the things that make our planet great. Expect special effects, catchy tunes, and interactive games at this online after-school dance special.

7-8 pm, Frontiers Lecture: Unlocking Climate Data in Corals: Join the museum for a special Earth Day edition of the Frontiers Lecture series with Museum Curator Dr. Nathalie Goodkin as she unpacks how sea surface temperature, salinity, and ocean circulation systems change over time and are critical to forecasting climate in the future. Today’s climate is driven by the Earth’s ocean conveyer belt, which moves water from the tropics to the poles and through ocean basins. The only point of tropical water exchange on the planet occurs through the Maritime Continent, which spans from East Asia to Australia and consists of several archipelagos and shallow seas. Our knowledge of this region is limited by scarce instrumental data despite its importance in heat transfer and monsoon formation.  But there is another way to peek into the climate past. Find out how marine geochemists like Dr. Goodkin use a surprising hydrographic data repository in corals to gain insights into climate activity over seasons and decades, even hundreds of years.

About The American Museum of Natural History

200 Central Park W.

Upper West Side, NY


  • Standard hours: Daily, 10am-5:45pm
  • Stroller parking: Yes
  • Stroller check: Yes
  • Bring food: Yes
  • Buy food: Yes
  • Where is food allowed: Food allowed in designated spots
  • Changing tables in the women's room(s): Yes
  • Changing tables in the men's room(s): Yes
  • Family bathroom: Yes

  • The American Museum of Natural History is one of the world’s preeminent scientific and cultural institutions. Since its founding in 1869, the Museum has advanced its global mission to discover, interpret, and disseminate information about human cultures, the natural world, and the universe through a wide-ranging program of scientific research, education, and exhibition.

    The Museum is renowned for its exhibitions and scientific collections, which serve as a field guide to the entire planet and present a panorama of the world's cultures.

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