Resources for Students, Educators, & Families

Featured EI LIVE K12 Events

What We Talk About When We Talk About Climate 

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45pm ET

Presenter: Josh DeVincenzo, Senior Instructional Designer, National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Grades 6-12

How do people think about climate change? What can we do to engage more people in the conversation or become better climate learners ourselves? Exciting research spanning psychology, communications, and education are looking into these very questions. During this session, students will be introduced to thinking about climate change as a system, the psychology of climate change as well as strategies to engage their communities in discussion and education about the impacts of climate change.

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A Penne for Your Thoughts: What Scientists Eat in the Field

Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45pm ET

Presenter: Vicki Ferrini, Senior Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Michael Kaplan, Lamont Research Professor, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Kirsty Tinto, Associate Research Scientist, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory; Jonny Kingslake, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Grades 2-5

Our scientists travel to faraway places for research and fieldwork. Join us for this fun session to learn about what our researchers eat on land and in the middle of the ocean, and how they have to conserve everything they’ve packed. We’ll hear about innovative techniques for getting food and water, and unique recipes that you can also try at home!

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Tropical Tales of Polar Ice

Monday, April 26, 2021 - 4:00 - 4:45pm ET

Presenter: Jacky Austermann, Assistant Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

Grades 6-12

Each rock tells a story. In this session, we will go on a virtual journey to the Bahamas and learn about what rocks and fossils on these Caribbean islands can tell us about past and future sea level change.

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Other Family-Friendly Events

AMNH EarthFest Online - Thursday, April 22, 2021

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

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Some of the day’s programming includes:

  • Animal Tales with American Lore Theater (11:00am - 12:00pm ET) - In this 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.
  • Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life (1:00 - 1:45pm ET) - How does Earth’s climate system impact its ecosystems? Take a virtual flight around the world with AMNH curator Nathalie Goodkin and observe how our Sun, atmosphere, and ocean work together to create the weather we experience today and our climate over time.
  • The Scientist Is In: Conservation in Action (2:00 - 2:45pm ET) - How do scientists learn to understand and protect the Earth? Learn about new methods to track turtles, discover how the relationship between predators and prey affects restoration of wetlands, check out how new technology can help count and identify animals from images and video, and explore how people of different cultural traditions care for and protect habitats.
  • Earth Day Dance Party (3:00 - 4:00pm ET) - 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.

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Earth Day & STEM Resources

Center for Sustainable Development - Teach SDG 4.7 for a Sustainable Future

Learn how to integrate climate change education across curriculum and education spaces in our free course SDG 4.7 Across Curriculum & Education Spaces on Udemy. The course brings together voices of various experts to share key pedagogies and approaches, lesson planning tips and resources, ideas for connecting classrooms to communities, and suggestions for monitoring and measuring progress.

We also invite you to co-create content with us. We are accepting submissions of lesson plans and resources for teaching SDG 4.7 through the lens of real-life case studies of SDG solutions in action. These lessons and resources will be shared through a forthcoming online portal.

Visit our Contributors Hub, including resources for learning more about the SDGs, and a video tutorial and toolkit to help with brainstorming lesson ideas.   

To prepare for this, join our workshop on April 24, 2021 9:30-11am ET where we will review our lesson planning framework and invite participants to share ideas and support each other in developing lesson plans. Register for the Workshop

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American Museum of Natural History

AMNH Explore - Content on biodiversity, data visualizations, and virtual field trips.

Causes of Climate and Climate Change - Exhibit on how climate works, our warming world, and consequences of climate change.

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Museum of the City of New York

Earth Day Storytime - All That Trash: The Story of the 1987 Garbage Barge and Our Problem with Stuff and City Green.

Art Making and Matching Game Activity - Animal puppet recycled craft and recycling skills matching game.

Rising Sea Levels and New York City - Image exploration and game.

Activist Biographies - Profiles of kids working to fight climate change through environmental activism.

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Nature Conservancy

Nature Lab - Youth curriculum platform that focuses on topics like sustainability, ecosystems, and renewable energies.

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Environmental Protection Agency

Earth Day - Projects and ideas to celebrate Earth Day.

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New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

50 Earth Day Tips - Tips to help you be a steward of the Earth and live sustainably.

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New York Hall of Science

Science at Home - Fun at-home games, activities, experiments, and projects.

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Teach the Earth

Teaching Geoscience Online - Resources and a platform for educators to teach Earth science.