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Earth Week

April 15–22
Postponed to a future date


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Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a week of special activities and immersive programs for adults and families. Enjoy pay-what-you-wish admission to the Academy on Earth Day: Wednesday, April 22. Learn how you can help make the planet a better place as we take action both locally and around the world. Find out how you can start at home with small actions to spark big changes.

Celebrating Biodiversity Auditorium Show
11 a.m.

From snakes onstage to bugs on the big screen, live animals are the backbone (and exoskeleton!) of what makes us excited about nature. Featuring local live animals and invertebrates, our shows explore the ecology, biology and behavior of our animal ambassadors. Learn how creatures in Philadelphia and around the world are affected by the choices we make every day, and find out ways to help make the world a cleaner, greener place for us all. Free with admission.

The Academy Cares! Education Station
10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The Academy is committed to building a sustainable future through evidence-based inquiry. View hands-on demonstrations that illustrate the core principles behind our four position statements on water, evolution, biodiversity and extinction, and climate change, and learn more about the science of conservation and Academy research in the region and around the world. Free with admission.

Dinos After Dark: Earth Day Edition
Friday, April 17, 4–8 p.m.

Kick-off Earth Weekend with pay-what-you-wish admission and hands-on conservation fun! Explore exciting science activities with experiments, live animals and touchable specimens to get inspired for the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. The museum is open late with pay-what-you-wish admission, a pop-up Dino Drafts beer garden with food and fun activities. All exhibits, including Survival of the Slowest, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Butterflies!, are included with admission.

Earth Weekend
Saturday and Sunday
April 18 and 19, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

There’s only one earth, and we are on it together! Celebrate life on Earth and the systems that support it with a wild weekend of science stations and conservation conversations. Get inspired to take action to make the world a better place. Meet Academy scientists as well as local sustainability experts to talk about how to get involved at home and afar. Focus on the future with solutions-based tips and talking points presented by Academy educators. Explore the stories of rare Academy specimens and take part in tons of hands-on activities. Join us to find out how small actions spark big changes!

Early Childhood Education Resource Seminar
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

We are welcoming early childhood educators to the museum for a free workshop on April 18 during our Earth Week celebration. Meet Academy educators and learn about ways to bring STEAM into your classroom and help even your youngest scientists become stewards of the earth. Show your Academy Educator Pass upon entry to be directed to the workshop. New passholders, register here:

Love Our Planet Story Time
Monday, April 20, 11:45 a.m.

Our youngest visitors will learn about animals and habitats and enjoy a special treat, an exclusive live animal meet-and-greet, to help instill a life-long love of nature. While this program is intended for preschool-aged children, all are welcome to enjoy the show and animal encounter. Free with admission.

Science on Tap, Untapped
Monday, April 20, 6–8 p.m.
Science History Institute

Let the games begin! Join us for a special round of “Science on Tap, Untapped” during Earth Week with weird and wonderful games that are chock-full of science and fun. The Academy will inspire environmental action with natural history and conservation game play for adults, and we’ll have a little fun while we’re at it! Drinks and tasty snacks provided. Get tickets here:

Get Outside! Nature Walk
Tuesday, April 21, 5:30–7 p.m.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum

Did you know that there’s a wetland right in your backyard? The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum is one of the largest urban refuges in the country, and it is free to visit any time. Meet Academy educators for a guided nature walk at the Refuge to explore the unique ecology, animals and plants found right here in Philadelphia. To ensure a comfortable experience, registration is required and space is limited. Transportation is not provided. Free. For more information and to register, please click here.

Earth Day PWYW Admission
Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

In what has become a time-honored tradition, the Academy celebrates Earth Day with pay-what-you-wish admission to welcome all guests to explore our very own ecosystems! All exhibits, including Survival of the Slowest, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Butterflies!, are included with admission. Take in a special biodiversity live animal show at 11 a.m. and chat with staff and volunteers around the museum as they engage you with hands-on conservation activities and touchable specimens.

Earth Day STEM Programming
Wednesday, April 22, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

The Academy welcomes area high school and middle students for a special Earth Day focused STEM fair featuring information on science careers, local ecology and networking opportunities. The museum will be full of workshops and hands-on interactive tables to engage older students on climate change. For more information and to find out how to join, contact

Parks on Tap
Wednesday, April 22, 6–8 p.m.
Belmont Plateau

Get the full nature experience for Earth Day! Science On Tap is heading outdoors for a special set of earth-themed talks. Thanks to Parks On Tap, the great outdoors has a bar. Meet our lively science speakers there for flash talks, drinks and specimens from Science On Tap’s host consortium of six Philadelphia institutions. For more information about this free event, visit