Earth Day

Earth Day

April 22, 2016

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?

Celebrate Earth Day with the National Constitution Center! Eco-friendly organizations from Philadelphia will be onsite at the museum to share information with visitors. Guests can also participate in a variety of interactive programs and activities and discover what being “green” has to do with the Constitution!


“It Is Easy Being Green” Quiz Game, Grand Hall  Lobby
Step up and spin the museum’s Earth Day wheel and see how much eco-friendly knowledge you possess! Categories include Earth Day History, Reusing and Recycling, and Alternative Energies.

Carbon Footprints of the Founders Show, Main Exhibition
How “green” was our nation at the time the Constitution was written? Visitors can calculate the carbon footprints of the Founding Fathers in this fun activity.

Recycled Paper-Making Demonstrations, Grand Hall Lobby
Learn how easy it is to make new paper from recycled paper!

Craft and Activity Stations, Grand Hall Lobby
Special Earth Day-themed activities include butterfly and honey bee catchers made from recycled soda bottles, as well as seed planting.

Community Partners, Grand Hall Lobby
Representatives from the EPA and other Philadelphia-area environmental organizations will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions and share easy tips on how citizens of all ages can care for the environment every day.



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: April 22

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

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