Participate in a statewide Bio Blitz on Wednesday, April 22. From 12:00 AM to 11:59 PM any observation you make on iNaturalist will be counted towards the record of species that call Pennsylvania home. iNaturalist will compile the data collected and give us a snapshot of the most common (or rare) sightings for the day. Go to iNaturalist.org and create an account. You can participate via the website or download the app. (Find a get-started tutorial on the website as well.) Once you have an account join the Bio Blitz project. This will include your data with the rest of the statewide observations. Visit the project journal for helpful tips on making observations and more.
Although Pittsburgh's Carnegie Science Center is closed, you can still read, watch and do something every day! As a part of their celebration for Earth Week, they will be posting three things that you can do as a family, every day at 8 am.
The Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy invites you to their Virtual Earth Day on April 22 - with Q&A featuring park naturalists, story time, and Nature in Your Neighborhood.
At 1:00 PM on Earth Day, Shippensburg University will host a signing of the Climate Commitment, an initiative to integrate on-campus carbon neutrality planning with climate resilience in the community. After the signing ceremony, a live question and answer panel featuring SU Alumna and Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Dunn; Katie Hess, Director of the South Mountain Partnership; and SU Faculty Dr. Claire Jantz and Dr. Russ Hedberg.
At noon on Earth Day, the Pet Sustainability Coalition is hosting a Virtual Party for you AND your pet. Register at their website.
Philadelphia's Clean Air Council has been running their annual Run for Clean Air as a virtual race since March with prizes and incentives offered the entire time. But no worries! The main event takes place April 18 through 26. If you're a runner or walker, sign up and join in.
On April 22, From the Source (a 10-news source collaboration providing stories of the Delaware River watershed) and WURD (broadcasting at 96.1 FM in the Philly area, the only African American owned and operated talk radio station in Pennsylvania) will join to broadcast a day-long online and on-air conversations exploring environmental justice at the intersection of race, health, the arts, education and politics.
Beginning on Monday, April 20, our New Jersey neighbors at Rutgers will host a series of free weekly (through the end of June) Earth Day at Home webinars beginning at 6:00 PM. Registration required.
Also beginning on Monday, Philadelphia Parks & Rec's COVID-19 contribution of ParksandRec@Home daily offerings will feature an Earth Day theme all week. Hit the Parks & Rec Facebook page at 3:00 PM each day for a live stream.
And speaking of daily offerings, Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation staff invites you to a daily children's story hour as we read some of our favorite kids' books live on our Facebook page! Tune in each day at 3:00 PM:
Monday: PPFF President Marci Mowery with "The Reason for a Flower" by Ruth Heller
Tuesday: PPFF Outreach Coordinator Sarah Scholl reads "Growing Wild" by Constance Perenyi
Wednesday: Marci's back with "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss
Thursday: PPFF Bookkeeper Bernadette Howard reads "Verdi" by Janell Cannon
Friday: PPFF Membership Coordinator Pam Metzger shares "Stellaluna" also by Janell Cannon