Earth Day 2017

Created by NASA Wavelength Last updated 4/19/2017

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.

  • Why Observe? -

    In this short video, NASA scientist Jessica Taylor explains the role of clouds in Earth’s climate, how NASA is studying clouds from space, and the importance of cloud observations from citizen scientists to complement NASA science.
  • NASA eClips™ Real World: Citizen Science

    To learn more about citizen science, start with this brief video introduction from NASA eClips, Real World: Citizen Science. NASA scientist Michelle Thaller explains how the general public, using scientific protocols, careful observations and accurate measurements, can help NASA make exciting new discoveries.
    AAAS Benchmarks: 1C/M1
  • Do You Know That Clouds Have Names?

    In this science-based storybook, children learn that clouds have different names based on their appearance and position in the atmospheric column. Contrails, or condensation trails, are also discussed. The book is one of a series in the Elementary GLOBE unit designed to introduce students to the study of Earth system science.
  • Museums & Libraries -

    Hands-on activities and display material to bring GLOBE into your museum or science center.
  • Earth Day – STAR_Net

    Resources for developing and promoting library programs using GLOBE Observer Clouds. This site was developed for Earth Day 2017, but includes evergreen resources that can be used throughout the year.
  • Webinars -

    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.
  • “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.
  • NASA's Earth Minute: Cloudy Forecast - YouTube

    “NASA’s Earth Minute” is a series of animated white-board videos for students of all ages explaining key concepts about Earth science, missions and climate change. This short video (1:23) explains how clouds are complicated when it comes to climate science, as they both warm and cool Earth. NASA is studying these atmospheric masses of condensed water vapor with satellites and aircraft, and you can, too, with a citizen science app: