Earth Day is celebrated all over the world on April 22nd
Our planet is truly a wonder filled with incredibly diverse plants and animals that need our help. On Earth Day we are reminded of the importance of the 3 Rs, to reduce, reuse, and recycle, practises that help reduce waste, conserve energy, and protect the environment. Other great initiatives include composting, using reusable shopping bags, water bottles, lunch bags, collecting rainwater, and planting trees.
This Earth Day, we are encouraging you to spend some time outdoors exploring and discovering nature. Connecting with nature is often the first step to becoming an environmental steward. Loving our planet often goes hand-in-hand with wanting to protect it.
Discover our family-friendly Earth Day activities perfect for kids of all ages. Let’s begin exploring Planet Earth!
Your local pond is the perfect place for you and your young explorers to visit. The combination of water, mud, and interesting creatures can help kids connect to the natural world and pique their curiosity.
May to September are the best months for pond dipping, as this is when most pond critters will be active and breeding. Pond creatures include vertebrates that have bones inside of their bodies like fish, frogs, tadpoles and newts and invertebrates that have no bones inside of their bodies like mosquito larva, leeches, dragonfly nymphs, and diving beetles. Counting the legs of any creatures you find is a way to help you to identify them.
Click Pond Dipping 101 for step-by-step instructions on pond dipping complete with a photo guide!
Discover Bird Watching!
Bird watching is a great way to connect with nature. It builds patience and concentration. For young budding scientists, this may be the first step in piquing an interest in biology or ornithology (bird biology). Interest in bird watching has soared over the years. Click the link to access our colourful guide to one of the fastest growing hobbies, Backyard Bird Watching.
Plant a Pollinator Garden
Pollinator gardens aren’t well-manicured gardens, but they are messy, beautiful, and colourful. Kids will love creating a pollinator garden and the bees will love it even more. The first step is to choose your spot – it could be a backyard, a balcony, a roof-top, a community garden, or green space in your school. For a list of native plants and step-by-step instructions, read Pollinators Please!
Build a Seed Museum!
Seed germination is a complex and fascinating process. For step-by-step instructions on how to create a seed museum and investigate how different seeds germinate, download our free resource guide, Seed Museum.
Explorations in the Classroom!
Gain an appreciation for owls, plants, wetlands, and invertebrates with our hands-on virtual workshops! Follow the influence the sun and the impact energy has on the planet. Click here for Virtual Classroom Workshop Descriptions.
Spotlight with Scientists in School shines a light on Ahmed El Ganzouri, an engineer and Sustainability Strategy Manager at General Motors Canada. He is a key player in leading global projects to support the company’s zero-waste and carbon-neutral goals. Ahmed is also the recipient of the Emerging Leader Clean 50 Awards recognizing his outstanding contribution to a cleaner more sustainable future.
Watch interview on our Spotlight with Ahmed El Ganzouri on our YouTube Channel!
Next month’s conversation is with Kelsey Moxley, a wetland biologist and Fields Project Manager at Scales Nature Park! Kelsey is passionate about protecting the incredible biodiversity in our wetlands. She works with turtles, snakes, frogs, and salamanders to reduce or mitigate threats, protect habitat, and engage the community in species-at-risk conservation!
Live premiere: Thursday, May 12th at 12:45 EST. Watch Spotlight with Kelsey Moxley on our YouTube Channel!
Spotlight with Scientists in School is an original interview series available on our YouTube channel! Interviews are fun and engaging, featuring incredible STEM trailblazers from wetland biologists to beluga whale snot collectors to many more.