Natural Resources Agency and State Parks Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary Virtually

State Park Interpreter from Hearst San Simeon State Parks connects with viewers digitally.

Celebrate Earth Day’s 50th anniversary Wednesday, April 22, with California Natural Resources Agency (Resources Agency) and California State Parks. The anniversary will be commemorated with a variety of events—all done virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic—to mark this special day.

The first Earth Day launched the modern environmental movement and this year’s theme is climate action. From the first Earth Day to this 50th Earth Day, the celebration focuses on informing and mobilizing people worldwide to help protect and restore our planet.

All week from Monday, April 20, to Friday, April 24, Resources Agency will feature a series of online Earth Day events, including the launch of an educational portal full of fun resources from different departments to bring nature and science to all, a talk by Secretary Wade Crowfoot and guests reflecting on this anniversary and looking ahead to the next 50 years, as well as TED Talks by different scientists on what they’re working on to protect our natural resources.

California State Parks also will virtually celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. On Wednesday, April 22, the public is invited to commemorate the day on Facebook as state park interpreters share various efforts for climate action to ensure the preservation of cultural, natural and historical resources within the nation’s largest state park system for future generations. State Parks interpreters will be broadcasting live from a variety of parks across the state and the public will have an opportunity to engage with them on a multitude of exciting programs.

Here’s the schedule of the various activities State Parks will be sharing live: 

9 a.m.         Coffee with a Ranger

11 a.m.       Our First Ever Earth Day 2020 Game Show!

1 p.m.         Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day with Secretary Wade Crowfoot

2 p.m.         Earth Day 2020 Game Show 2nd Round!

4 p.m.         AquaSmart Live – Clean and Green Puppet Show

5 p.m.         Earth Day Wrap-up with a Ranger

Throughout the day other programs will be offered by State Parks for the public to engage with nature around their home during the stay-at-home order and to help flatten the COVID-19 curve. In between livestreaming events there will be opportunities for the public to participate in Earth Day challenges such as the Parks in Your Home Challenge and the Backyard BioBlitz. In the Parks in Your Home Challenge, State Parks is asking the public to share a one-minute interpretive program on social media and tag it with #ParksInYourHomeChallege to celebrate the natural and cultural wonders that inspire Californians where they live. The Backyard Bioblitz encourages the public to go on an adventure to discover and identify the interesting variety of plant life around their homes by using iNaturalist app.

Make sure to watch out for updates and information in the next few days on California State Parks’ Facebook account on how you can take part in climate action for Earth Day and every day with California State Parks!

State Parks interpretive staff from Humboldt Redwoods State Park (top left), Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area (bottom left) and Pío Pico State Park (right) have all been digitally connecting with the public. 
California Natural Resources Agency will celebrate Earth Day all week (April 20-24) with various events.

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