Earth to Kids

DFW museum beams science and nature home to kids in virtual Earth Day telethon

DFW museum beams science home to kids in virtual Earth Day telethon

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Experiments will have to be done at home. Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

If kids can't go to the museum, the museum will come to them. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22 with a three-hour virtual event meant to engage both the young and young at heart.

Billed as a "telethon," the event will bring together Dallas-Fort Worth scientists, educators, and special guests and will be broadcast live on the museum's Facebook page. While it's free to attend, the event's website encourages patrons to consider making a tax-deductible gift.

The telethon will include live, hands-on experiments, chats with experts, and other scheduled activities, from 10 am to 2 pm. The first two hours are aimed at elementary school audiences and the second half will be geared toward older kids and adults; guests can come and go as they please.

After a quick welcome to everyone, the presentations will be broken down as follows:

Elementary-school age
10:10-10:30 am: Build a bird house
10:30-10:50 am: Explore Earth artifacts
10:50-11:10 am: Build a solar oven
11:10-11:30 am: Learn about birds
11:30-11:50 am: Biology in a bottle

Middle-school age
11:50 am-12:10 pm: History of Earth Day
12:10-12:30 pm: Let's clean up the planet!
12:30-12:50 pm: Vegan cooking
12:50-1:10 pm: Polar and grizzly bears
1:10-1:30 pm: Apollo and Earth Day
1:30-1:50 pm: The magic of energy
1:50-2 pm: Farewell (for all)

“In the midst of the challenges of social isolation, we are excited to share this happy celebration of Earth Day with our community, virtually,” says museum president Van A. Romans in a release.

The event is a live extension of the museum's popular Discovery Lab Online, which has been reaching kids while doors have been closed due to coronavirus concerns.

“The good news is, staying home doesn’t mean we can’t still have some fun," says the museum's chief scientist Morgan Rehnberg. "I’m excited that our efforts with Discovery Lab Online mean we can bring the spirit of Earth Day into homes across North Texas.”