Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22, 2017

Do-Now Discussion

What are the top five issues your class would like our newly elected government officials to address in their new terms? How does the environment rank in your classroom’s list?

This Earth Day the National Constitution Center celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service!  Join us for hands on workshops, arts and craft activities, trivia games, and even a special appearance from one of the Park Services biggest fans: President Theodore Roosevelt!  Plus, in conjunction with our Headed to the White House  exhibit, we are taking a look at some of the greener residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, like First Lady Claudia “Lady Bird” Johnson.

AT THE CENTER

Theodore Roosevelt Historic Character Meet and Greet

  • 2 p.m. Kirby Auditorium Chat with one of America’s most famous early environmentalists, and a true lover of the great outdoors, President Theodore Roosevelt.

Know Your National Park Quiz Show

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Main Exhibit From the red wood forest to the Gulf Stream waters, our country is the home to some amazing national resources; and for 100 years the National Park Service has been protecting and celebrating those resources! This Earth Day, the National Constitution Center invites you to show your love for, and your knowledge of, our National Parks, at this fast-paced trivia game!

First Ladies Earth Day Festival

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. In conjunction with our Headed to the White House exhibit, the National Constitution Center will host fun, eco-friendly activities on our front lawn, inspired by our nation’s first ladies!

Everything’s Gone Green: The Story of Earth Day

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Video Screening Ever wonder how Earth Day celebrations began? Find out in the National Constitution Center’s Video Lesson—available at the museum and in the classroom!

Earth Day Arts and Crafts

  • 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. At our craft tables, visitors will learn how to make recycled paper, as well as create fun and handy cootie-catches that provide helpful tips on going green.

EPA Workshop

  • 1 p.m. Kirby Auditorium Meet the men and women who work for the government agency that protects our environment every day. Learn more about the ins and outs of their job, and find out what you can do to help, too!

IN THE CLASSROOM

Celebrate Earth Day with the National Constitution Center with a variety of resources for in the classroom.

Constitution Hall Pass

Everything’s Gone Green: The Story of Earth Day

Webcast Date: TBD

Students and teachers can also tune into Constitution Hall Pass.  This engaging episode of our video lesson series tells the history of the environmental movement in the United States and the origins of the holiday we know as Earth Day. Explore why protecting our environment is so important, and discover the ways you can be an active citizen by going green!  
Don’t forget to use our great discussion questions before and after you watch the episode, and join a live chat with our staff from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern.
 
Produced by the National Constitution Center, Constitution Hall Pass is a free, fun, and fascinating webcast and live chat series. Tune in online at constitutioncenter.org/hallpass.

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