Celebrate EarthFest At The American Museum Of Natural History

April 19, 2024

Nature enthusiasts of all ages are invited to join the annual EarthFest celebration at the American Museum of Natural History on Saturday, April 27, to commemorate Earth Month.

The event will offer a full day of family-friendly activities and performances celebrating our planet. Free with Museum admission, EarthFest will include hands-on science and art activities, engagements with Museum scientists, and a “bioblitz,” where participants will join scientists in Central Park to discover the amazing variety of local insects.

The schedule for EarthFest is as follows:

Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life
10 am–4 pm 


  • In Search of Earth’s Secrets  
    The International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) is an international marine research collaboration that explores Earth’s history and dynamics. Learn about the real science that happens on the IODP ship through the pop-up science experiment “In Search of Earth’s Secrets.”   
     
  • Our Earth’s Ecosystems 
    The Museum’s Science Visualization Group in collaboration with teams from Columbia University’s LEAP and Brown Institute have produced a smartphone-based augmented reality experience that will enable visitors in the Hall of Ocean Life to learn about the vital role that ocean ecosystems play in Earth’s climate system. In addition to bringing some of the hall’s most beloved dioramas to life, the experience will demonstrate how animals help plants grow faster, slow the release of greenhouse gases, and store carbon in their bodies.
     
  • Microscopic Marvels: Exploring NYC’s Urban Ecosystem (noon–3 pm) 
    Meet our tiny neighbors! Use a variety of microscopes to get a sparkling introduction to plankton swimming in NYC’s ponds and winged critters that glide on the breezes of our urban habitats.
     
  • Become Part of Nature with InHerBeauty (10 am–3 pm) 
    At this marine-themed station, attendees can immerse themselves in hair, makeup, and nail art, drawing inspiration from the vibrant hues and intricate patterns found in oceanic species.
     
  • EarthFest Myth-Busting Workshops From Climate Exchange and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science 
    Engage with dynamic activities focused on climate science communication and improvisational theater. Using techniques from improv, role-playing, and other theater games, participate in hands-on exercises designed to foster understanding and action on climate issues.  

Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation 
10 am–4 pm 

  • Performance: Bees by Polyglot Theatre 
    10:30 am, noon, 2:15 pm, and 3:30 pm
    Life-sized bees take over the Museum’s galleries, inviting children to explore their dynamic world through movement, sound, and play. This performance creates community through exploration and encourages young audiences to discover the fascinating life of these tiny insects.  
     
  • Build Your Own Solar Car with Solar One 
    Curious about how solar power works? Join environmental STEM educator Solar One for a workshop to build your own solar car. Become a solar technician and install solar panels on your vehicle, which will move at different speeds depending on how the panel is positioned on the car. 
     
  • City Nature Challenge: InsectBlitz 
    The City Nature Challenge invites participants to document urban biodiversity through citizen science, fostering a deeper appreciation for the natural world thriving amidst bustling cityscapes. This year, EarthFest is joining Team NYC to showcase the richness of our local insect species, celebrating the biodiversity thriving just outside the Museum. Visit the Solomon Family Insectarium to explore local biodiversity, learn how to use iNaturalist, and practice taking photos of live insects in tanks. Then sign up for a 4 pm InsectBlitz excursion into Central Park and compete with other cities for the most observations!
     
  • Ask An Expert 
    Visit “Ask an Expert” stations, where you can engage with knowledgeable scientists and educators to satisfy your curiosity about the wonders of the Earth. Whether you have burning questions about mammalogy, biology, or geology, our experts are here to provide insightful answers.
     
  • BEEcome Part of the Hive 
    Join the hive by crafting your own antenna, wings, or bee stripes in this hands-on art-making activity! Find this station under the Gilder Center staircase, near the Museum shop. 
     
  • Screening for Solar Rays 
    In this activity, learn about the importance of sunscreen through interactive experiments, like using UV rays and special camera lenses to reveal the invisible protection it provides while you’re having fun in the Sun.

The American Museum of Natural History

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Photos: A. Keding / ©AMNH


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