Due to the coronavirus, all live, in-person events have been cancelled. However, there are several virtual programs that celebrate our environment which you are enthusiastically invited to attend.
EARTH DAY ANYWAY
Earth Day connected millions on its first observance in 1970 and is now a global effort. The 50th anniversary of Earth Day is a momentous time to continue and strengthen the efforts to restore the natural resources of the world in which we live, now and for future generations.
It is essential that we maintain connected to the spirit of Earth Day, especially as we are now being called to “Think Globally, Act Locally” for the sake of public health.
We invite you to celebrate Earth Day Anyway throughout the month of April with a curated list of actions you can perform from home. Together, our individual actions will add up to a better tomorrow.
Inspire the next generation
- Cloud watch with your children- make a game of it- who can see the most faces?
- Learn about Maryland’s birds with Lights Out Baltimore‘s coloring pages for American woodcock, Baltimore Oriole, Cooper’s Hawk, and Ruby-throated hummingbird. Visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology‘s All About Birds page to see what each species looks like, then learn about their natural history and distribution, as well as listen to their calls.
Clean Up Your Neighborhood
- Scoop the poop. Nearly a quarter of of the bacteria that pollutes our urban and suburban waterways can be attributed to pet waste. Check out the Maryland Department of the Environment‘s “Scoop the Poop” page for helpful resources like a yard sign, handout, and pledge.
- Pledge to (safely) pick up trash in your neighborhood. The Gunpowder Valley Conservancy (GVC) is encouraging people to coordinate their own family stream/trash-clean up as part of its spring Better Waterways clean-ups. Contact Darcy Herman, GVC Associate Program Manager, with how many bags of trash you picked up, as well as photos of any interesting finds!
Please check out the Gunpowder Valley Conservancy website for many more wonderful ideas on how to celebrate Earth Day throughout the month of April.
April 24 – 27 from your own home!
Regional Coordinator – the National Aquarium
Baltimore City Nature Challenge is back! This year’s challenge is all about collaboration, not competition. It’s an opportunity to connect with other cities across the nation—and the globe—from your home, while documenting the biodiversity found in your own backyard. Nature is all around us, even in urban areas, and if you look a little harder, you may be surprised by what you find—from the smallest bug in your basement to a red-tailed hawk soaring high above your home.
In Baltimore City…and Beyond!
The National Aquarium is calling on community scientists to help explore, identify and document urban wildlife throughout the Baltimore metropolitan area. All observations made in Baltimore City and the following counties and uploaded to iNaturalist during the challenge will automatically be counted towards Baltimore’s City Nature Challenge totals: Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Queen Anne’s.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, participants are asked to explore the nature they can find in their own backyards. Nature is everywhere. Can you see it?
However, photos of nature in the Baltimore area are being uploaded every day,
and you can see the pictures here.