Community Blooms garden in Rochester, NY.
Flowers bloom in our Community Blooms garden in Rochester, NY. © Lucie Parfitt / TNC

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Earth Day Online

Outside or inside, nature is there for us.

This April marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and is a moment to reflect on the many benefits of nature in our lives.

Today, Earth and its people are facing formidable challenges. But The Nature Conservancy believes that humanity can solve these challenges. Look no further than the movement sparked by that initial Earth Day in 1970. People came together and urged their leaders to advance cleaner air and water.

We all have a part to play in the next 50 years. And while we never envisioned spending the 50th Earth Day this way—physically distant from each other and many of our public spaces—there are many ways to connect with nature, and each other, online.

  • Learn About Nature: Want to share conservation with your children while schools are closed? The Nature Conservancy has created Nature Lab to help students learn the science behind how nature works for us and how we can help keep it running strong. Resources are available for grades K-12 at nature.org/naturelab.
  • Discover Nature: Water is inside all of us. It’s the lifeline that connects us to every living organism. This Earth Day, watch H20: The Molecule that Made Us, a three-part documentary series that takes viewers on a journey around the world with The Nature Conservancy’s Giulio Boccaletti and other experts grappling with the intersection of water, society and nature. Check your local PBS listings.
  • Be a Citizen Scientist: Looking for ways to participate in citizen science efforts while you’re stuck at home? From counting backyard birds to learning to recognize invasive species, you can help protect nature from home. We’ve collected an array of programs from other great organizations at nature.org/coolgreenscience.
  • Take Action for Nature: The first Earth Day was all about acting for nature. Now’s the time to rally together and call for congressional leaders to invest in our air, water and lands.

Nature is our ally through this difficult time, and many families are recognizing the value of time outside and keeping nature close. Please note that consistent with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Orders, we encourage all New Yorkers to stay home as much as possible. If you do plan on visiting a preserve, trail or park, please stay local and close to your home. When venturing outside, be sure you are in good health and practice social distancing. If you arrive at a preserve and notice crowds are forming, choose another trail, a different preserve, or another day or time to visit.

Nature is a part of us. It always has been. It's more important now than ever that we value it and act for its protection. Visit our New York page for more on how #NatureConnects us.

The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at an unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 79 countries and territories, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.