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Celebrate Our Planet on Earth Day and Beyond!

Celebrate Earth Day and beyond with these NASA activities, events and resources to engage learners of all ages in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect our home planet.

GLOBE Observer: Clouds

Earth Day is a great time to begin your career as a citizen scientist and contribute to NASA science through GLOBE Observer. Everything you need is in the app, available for iOS and Android. GLOBE Observer cloud observations are helping NASA scientists understand clouds from below (the ground) and above (from space). Clouds play an important role in transferring energy from the Sun to different parts of the Earth system. Because clouds can change rapidly, scientists need frequent observations from citizen scientists.

Check out these NASA resources to support citizen science and cloud observing in your classroom, science center, museum or library.

Earth Day Extravaganza Webinar for Educators

April 25, 2017, 8 p.m. EDT
Take part in this webinar for K-12 and informal educators focusing on citizen science opportunities to make every day Earth Day. SciStarter founder Darlene Cavalier will show how to use the vast resource base of available citizen science projects. Participants will learn how NASA and GLOBE engaged more than 109 U.S. libraries to take cloud observations for Earth Day and will get a sneak peek of an upcoming international effort using the GLOBE Observer mosquito app. This webinar is open to all educators. Participation in the GLOBE Program is not required.

Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital

Thursday, April 20, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Union Station main hall at 40 Massachusetts Ave. NE in Washington
NASA Hyperwall and Science Stories, hands-on activities and demonstrations. NASA scientists will give talks April 20 at the Hyperwall stage following the opening ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Meet former astronaut Scott Altman from 12 to 1 p.m.

Hayden Planetarium Special Event: Earth Day Celebration in New York

Friday, April 21, 7 p.m.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York
The program will celebrate Earth Day with a visually stunning tour of our dynamic planet. Beginning with the Earth’s rise above the moon, first seen by the Apollo 8 astronauts and the original inspiration for Earth Day, the program will explore the many ways scientists use satellite instruments and computer models to monitor global change. NASA climate scientist Benjamin Cook, from the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will co-lead the program using OpenSpace, a new NASA-funded, real-time visualization platform.

“Adopt the Planet” Online Activity

NASA invites the public to learn about our global environment by "adopting" a small part of our home planet. Participants will receive a personalized adoption certificate for their unique, numbered piece of Earth (approximately 55 miles wide) to print and share on social media. The certificate features NASA Earth science data collected for that location.