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Earth and Water Science Celebration

September 21–26, 2020

scientist samples water from stream

scientist samples water from stream

Join the Academy of Natural Sciences this September for a brand-new round of earth and water activities and events for kids and families!

Practice stewardship of our natural resources during our live event or enjoy programs at your own pace. Download fun activities and find out how to conserve resources. Watch and learn about city and coastal environments and how they adapt to be greener and better managed. Meet Academy scientists and hear from them about how the world’s water is changing and what we can do to protect it. And, in partnership with the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival, get an exclusive opportunity to experience a Q&A with the directors of the award-winning kids’ documentary Microplastic Madness during a live virtual event!

Science From Home Activities: Earth and Water Science

Learn about our natural world with these fun, interactive, hands-on activities that are easy to do with basic household materials or simple-to-find supplies. Get crafty and make a recycled magnet or DIY food wraps, learn how to set up your own rainwater collector and more!

Green by Design: Cities and Wetlands
Available September 21

How can cities combat climate change with green infrastructure? How do wetlands naturally adapt to a changing environment? What lessons can we learn from nature to make our world cleaner, greener and safer? Watch as our educators demonstrate concepts such as heat islands and permeable surfaces and introduce you to some of the animals that are adapted to live in specialized environments.

How Cities are Going Green

How Wetlands Adapt to Changing Climates

Ask the Scientists!: Water Heroes
Tuesday, September 22, 3 p.m.
Zoom, free with registration

Join Academy scientists and educators for a live virtual program where kids lead the conversation! Featuring Academy scientists, “Water Heroes” will focus on ways that we can all pitch in to save the world’s most precious resource and protect the creatures that depend on it. This program will last about 30 minutes. While kids of all ages are welcome, adult assistance is recommended to enable kids to ask questions.

Love the Earth Story Time
Friday, September 25, 12 p.m.

Read along with early childhood educators as they share some of their favorite books that celebrate Earth and its environments. All ages are welcome to listen along, but our younger friends may enjoy this program the most.

Early Child Programs Manager Mariah Romaninsky reads Hey, Water.

Ask the Scientist!: Microplastic Madness
Thursday, September 24, 3 p.m.
Zoom, free with registration

Join the directors of the award-winning kids’ documentary Microplastic Madness along with Academy scientists to sort through the invisible pollution contaminating our water. This virtual, 30-minute program will open the floor for kids to ask the questions. While kids of all ages are welcome, adult assistance is recommended to enable kids to ask questions.

More on the film:

Microplastic Madness is the story of 56 fifth graders from P.S. 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn - living on the frontline of the climate crisis - whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories.

With stop-motion animation, heartfelt kid commentary and interviews of experts and renowned scientists who are engaged in the most cutting-edge research on the harmful effects of microplastics, this alarming yet charming narrative conveys an urgent message in user-friendly terms.

Microplastic Madness can be viewed with an All-Access Pass to the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival.

Watch the trailer: