Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary at your Library

Wednesday, April 22, will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/)! The theme of Earth Day this year is climate action and here are many opportunities to celebrate this milestone at your library and promote awareness of critical issues that Earth Day highlights.

Check out these upcoming and archived webinars on Earth Day topics; all the webinars are free and will be archived in case you can’t make the live sessions.


Citizen Science Month (and Beyond)! @ Your Library
March 6, 2020, 12-1 MST
(April is Citizen Science Month—a great tie with Earth Day programming!)
Citizen science can build upon your existing STEM programs or introduce a whole new world of STEM engagement opportunities for library patrons. From tracking species migrations to measuring light pollution or searching online for new galaxies, citizen science invites patrons to engage in REAL research projects and contribute to scientific knowledge. Discover how libraries are serving as community hubs for citizen science with support from the National Library of Medicine, SciStarter and Arizona State University’s School for the Future of Innovation in Society. We invite you to join this free, interactive webinar “Citizen Science Month and Beyond!” and discover how you can access the many FREE resources to help introduce, facilitate, or promote citizen science in your library.
Learn more about Citizen Science Month at https://www.citizenscience.org/events/citizen-science-month/
Register for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_suwQ2J1RQjCqkzJcVhiHYA


Supporting Climate Change Education in Your Summer Program
Wednesday, March 11, 12-1 MST
Young people, more than ever before, are turning their attention to the effects of climate change and the importance of environmental stewardship. In this webinar we will hear from summer programs that are already committed to empowering students to increase their knowledge and understanding of the impact of climate change. Join us to hear ideas and resources you can use with your program this summer. We will also share how your students can participate in a video essay competition this summer to share what they doing to limit the impacts of climate change and influence others to take action.
Register for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ztMhYbhsSHWJU6iqoP-FsA


Beg, Borrow, and Steal… Multi-generational STEAM Programming Ideas for Our Planet: EARTH
Thursday, March 12, 2020, 2-3 MST
This April, Citizen Science Month and the 50th anniversary of Earth day will coincide, leading to a world of opportunities for STEAM engagement at your library. By hosting Earth science programs that are age inclusive, you can help patrons see your library as a place for engaging family learning. Join the STAR Library Network and guest presenter Jenny Shonk (Finger Lakes Library System, NY) for this sixty minute webinar that will showcase hands-on, multi-generational programming ideas with an Earth science twist. In addition to going over tips, ideas, and resources, we’ll also turn to you – the audience – for a facilitated discussion so that we can all “beg, borrow, and steal” multi-generational programming ideas, resources, and expertise from each other!
Register for this webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_HlpQFRfpQfWqMV1M9f6KQw


Library Programming and the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day (North Dakota State Library)
Thursday, March 19, 2020, 12:30-1 pm MST
On April 22, 2020, people all over the world will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. The Earth Day Network invites you to join us in this webinar to get ideas and inspiration for how your library can celebrate with us. Through the year of 2020 we are coordinating cleanups, teach-ins, citizen science projects, art exhibitions and more! Youth and adults in over 190 countries around the world celebrate Earth Day and this anniversary year is an exciting opportunity for you to join a global movement working towards a cleaner, more sustainable environment.
For more information and to register, visit: http://library.nd.gov/webinars.html


Our Planet: EARTH Campaign
4 dates in March/April
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The STAR Net team is celebrating this momentous occasion with the Our Planet: Earth campaign, focusing on citizen science and Earth science opportunities during the whole month of April. Watch the video to the right to learn about free hands-on STEM activities, programming ideas, how to harness the power of teens in environmental advocacy, and ways your library can take action for a sustainable world! Join one of 4 Community Dialogues on this topic; view the dates/times and register for the sessions at http://www.starnetlibraries.org/our-planet-earth/.


Recorded webinars:
Our Planet: EARTH
April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day! The STAR Net team is celebrating this momentous occasion with the Our Planet: Earth campaign, focusing on citizen science and Earth science opportunities during the whole month of April. Join us to learn about free hands-on STEM activities, programming ideas, how to harness the power of teens in environmental advocacy, and ways your library can take action for a sustainable world!
To watch the archived webinar: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RY9j1iuGTMaedGF6tcBRyg

Check out the many relevant recorded webinars available at the Going Green @ Your Library website: https://greeningyourlibrary.wordpress.com/tag/webinar/ (and while there, search for the many resources on this website!).

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