Earth Day, April 20 & 21
Join us for a great weekend devoted to celebrating this amazing planet we live on: Earth! Learn how to take care of it and why it is so important!
Earth Day Family Day
Saturday | April 20 | 10am-1pm
Cayuga Nature Center
What do lampreys, flowers, worms, and turtles have in common? You can see them all at the Cayuga Nature Center, as part of our Earth Day event on the impacts of environmental change on our local flora and fauna. The event is hosted in collaboration with individuals from the Cornell Department of Natural Resources. Join us from 10am to 1pm for family-friendly activities. At 10:30am Professor David Weinstein will talk about "The Forest Trees, Shrubs, and Herbs are Flowering Earlier Each Year—What does it mean?" and take us on a short nature hike on the CNC grounds. Then at 11:15am see (and touch!) living sea lampreys and learn about how these remarkable fish live and have increased in the Great Lakes Basin! At noon see an animal feeding with discussion of local fauna, featuring live animals from the Nature Center's own collections.
Earth Day Lecture: “Deepwater Horizon—What It Did, What It’s Doing, What We’re Doing About It”
Sunday | April 21 | 3pm
Museum of the Earth
Dr. Paula Mikkelsen, Invertebrate Zoologist and PRI’s Associate Director for Science, will present an update on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that devastated the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. She will discuss the effects on marine organisms noted since the cleanup was “concluded,” and what scientists—most especially PRI scientists—are doing to learn more.