Springfield (MA)—The Springfield Museums present a virtual Earth Day Festival Sunday, April 18, that leads into an entire week of in-person Earth-centered fun during the Museums’ school vacation week, April 19-23: Earth Week: Take Action!
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
This year marks the 31st annual Earth Day Festival celebrated at the Springfield Museums! Due to pandemic restrictions on outdoor gathering capacities, the Museums have coordinated a virtual celebration with many Earth-centered groups from the region sharing videos, activities, and words of inspiration.
Dan Augustino, Museums Aquarist and organizer of the Earth Day Festival said: “The Earth which can be studied as a single system with many interconnected parts helps us to understand the complex nature of our planet which is truly awe inspiring. We hope everyone will take time to consider what inspires them about Earth Day.”
Two long-time community participants in the Museums’ Earth Day Festival shared their thoughts:
“Earth Day is a chance to celebrate the natural world at the local level, while joining a worldwide event that educates, informs, and excites people from around the world,” said ReGreen Springfield’s Dave Bloniarz.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Jennifer Lapis said, “Working with others for a common cause of keeping our world healthy is what inspires me most about Earth Day.”
The Museums are inviting visitors to enter to win a $100 gift certificate or a Chosen Critter adoption by sharing “What does Earth Day mean to you!” Winners will be randomly selected from all entrants received by April 23, 2021.
SCHOOL VACATION WEEK
“Earth Week: Take Action is five-days of kid-friendly Earth Optimism fun!” said Jenny Powers, Family Engagement Coordinator. “We are all about celebrating what makes our home beautiful and what we can do to help keep it healthy.”
Visitors can follow a trail of environmentally mindful trivia questions as an exciting new way to explore the Science Museum. Ecological conversation starters for kids and their caregivers as well as a daily interactive science demonstration at noon keep families focused on positive change. U.S. Fish and Wildlife educators will also be at the Museums Thursday and Friday to share information with visitors.
“Our school vacation week is a great opportunity to learn how to take action together,” Powers said. “Just remember what the Lorax said: ‘Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing’s going to get better. It’s not!’”
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About The Springfield Museums
THE SPRINGFIELD MUSEUMS are located on the Quadrangle at 21 Edwards Street in the heart of downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. The nationally accredited and Smithsonian-affiliated consortium of museums includes the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts, the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden, and the Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum, the first and only museum dedicated to the beloved children’s book author and Springfield native.
Tuesday-Saturday: 10 am to 5 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 5 pm
New Protocols include
- Masks required
- Social distancing required
- Limited numbers and timed tickets
The Museum Store
Museum Store will allow 10 visitors at a time. Visitors can also reserve time to shop. Please call ahead for reservations 1-413-263-6800, ext 362.
For More Information:
Karen Fisk, Director of Marketing and Communication Strategy
413-263-6800, ext. 459