AMNH EarthFest Online Virtual Activities

By 4/02/2021 11:32:00 AM

The American Museum Of Natural History annual EarthFest will offer a series of online programs including a live performance featuring puppetry and animation, a live virtual guided flight exploring climate science, a live program and chat with conservation scientists, a virtual dance party, and more.

EarthFest Online Schedule: Thursday, April 22, 2021

11 am: Animal Tales with American Lore Theater:

In this family-friendly 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 in this presentation which illuminates our cultural relationship with these species and illustrates the major threats and conservation hurdles they face. Written and performed by Charlotte Ahlin, Isabella Madrigal, and Elise Wien. Music by The Lobbyists.

1 pm: Astronomy Online: From Sun to Sea Life:

Take a virtual flight around the world with Museum 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. Earth’s atmosphere, ocean, and climate evolved in ways that greatly impact life on our planet. From vantage points of satellites observing Earth, witness phenomena like the El NiƱo Southern Oscillation and learn about the deep-rooted connection between ocean currents and life.

This EarthFest program is part of the Museum’s Astronomy Online series, which offers monthly live tours of the universe on the Museum’s YouTube channel.

2 pm: The Scientist Is In:

Conservation in Action: Discover how scientists learn to understand and protect the Earth in this program featuring scientists from the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation as they present exciting research. Learn about new methods to track turtles (think turtle backpacks!) with Suzanne Macey, discover how the relationship between predators and prey affects restoration of wetlands with Alex Moore, check out how new technology can help count and identify animals from images and video with Peter Ersts, and explore how people of different cultural traditions care for and protect habitats with Pua?ala Pascua.

This EarthFest program is part of the Museum’s family-friendly The Scientist is In series, which features interactive discussions with scientists.

3 pm: Earth Day Dance Party:

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.

7pm: Frontiers Lecture: Unlocking Climate Data in Corals:

Join us for a special Earth Day edition of the Museum’s Frontiers Lecture series with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin as she unpacks how sea surface temperatures, salinity, and ocean circulation systems change over time and are critical to forecasting climate in the future. Find out how marine geochemists use a surprising hydrographic data repository in corals to gain insights into climate activity over seasons, decades, and even hundreds of years.

Tickets to the online program are $25 suggested/household and $15 minimum/household; free for Museum Members.

EarthFest programming will be accessible via individual links from the online calendar listing.

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