Earth Day in Your Backyard

Earth Day in your backyard: April 22, 2020

On this 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day, celebrating nature has taken on greater meaning as our worlds have become smaller, and as our appreciation of fresh air and the signs of spring is heightened.

To help make this day more meaningful, SVT has gathered assorted resources to help you get to know the plants and wildlife that inhabit your backyard. Even if you have only a single tree, a simple birdfeeder, or a few flowerpots, you'll be amazed at the wildlife you can encounter.

Look outside your window, step outside your door, and celebrate the wonders of the Earth with SVT:

Remember, it's always "Earth Day" on SVT's Nature Sightings page! Year-round, our members and friends send us photos and videos of wildlife they have spotted in the SVT region. You can see the submissions to our Nature Sightings page, and we invite you to sign up for our Nature Sightings emails to have a selection of these images delivered to your inbox. 

Think Globally, Act Locally. Read the April 2020 edition of our Wren member newsletter to learn how SVT's local work has a global impact.

"In It Together." On April 21, Executive Director Lisa Vernegaard was a featured guest on "In It Together," a radio program broadcast by WGBH Boston. Lisa and host Arun Rath discussed Earth Day and SVT's plans for "Earth Day in Your Backyard." Listen to Lisa's segment.

Beyond Earth Day, Beyond Your Backyard

Many organizations are commemorating Earth Day with Earth Week and Earth Month activities. Here are a few:

  • Freshwater and Our Watershed. This virtual art exhibit from the Umbrella Arts Center features photographs, illustrations, and paintings that answer the question, "What aspect of water speaks to you?" Available online from April 15 to May 20.
  • I Saw A Bird: Audubon’s Spring Migration Show from the National Audubon Society is a weekly webinar/Zoom series that brings the world of birds indoors. Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. Recordings of previous episodes are also available for viewing.
  • Explorer Classroom. These live video events hosted by the National Geographic Society connect students with explorers on all seven continents. Weekdays at 2:00 p.m.

International Earth Day Events

  • Earth Day Goes Digital. 24 hours of activist events coordinated by EarthDay.Org on April 22.
  • Earth Day Live, a three-day livestream event hosted by hundreds of youth organizers, climate justice activists, and frontline communities. April 22 to April 24.