Sustainability at the MOST

Presented by National Grid, the MOST will be featuring sustainable activities to support the environment. The activities will allow children of all ages to explore ways they can reduce their carbon footprint, be more environmentally mindful, and take care of the earth!

For more activities, check out our regular at-home resources, here.

#Sustainability Activities

Renew a Bean

Mini Rain Barrel

Sun Power:

How do solar panels work to provide sustainable energy? Try out our “Sun Power” experiment, and find out about the power of solar energy for yourself!

Self-Watering Pot:

It’s Gardening Season! Follow our instructions for making a “self-watering” pot that waters plants through the power of capillary action! Adult supervision is recommended – perfect for families spending time in the backyard!

The Life History of Stuff:

Pick a food item to research and learn more about where it comes from, how it grows, and how it got to you!

Recycled Paper

Water Wheel

Homemade Anemometer:

Springtime can bring strong winds – and what better way to know exactly how fast they’re blowing than by using your own homemade weather instrument? Follow our simple directions to make a DIY Anemometer – plus, check out the one we 3D printed!

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Find more environmentally friendly activities below!


Earth Month 2020 Activities

With the help of our partners at Save the Rain, the MOST featured a brand new series of at-home activities, challenges, and videos for kids that encourage them to explore the natural environmentlearn about things that are harmful to it, and discover ways they can help. These activities were in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Month, April 2020.

For more activities, check out our regular at-home resources, here.

EXPLORE NATURE

Gardening and Composting

For all ages or as a family, explore Gardening & Composting!

Rain Cloud in a Jar

When it rains, it pours! One important part of the water cycle is precipitation — when water is released from clouds in the form of snow, hail, or rain! Check out the science of clouds and how they “make it rain” in this Rain Cloud in a Jar Activity, and find out more about precipitation and the water cycle from our friends at Save the Rain.

Nature Journal

There are so many ways for kids to explore the natural environment, even from their own backyard! Head outside as winter turns to spring, and bring the MOST Nature Journal to record what you discover! Kids will learn basic scientific skills like observing and recording data, while directing their own learning (and spending some time outdoors!).

Printable/Editable Nature Journal

LEARN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS

Wandering Waters

See our “Water Pollution” video below.

Pesticide Pollution

See our “Land Pollution” video below.

Greenhouse in a Beaker

Make a greenhouse in a beaker and record the results!

Colored Celery

Plants rely on the water in the soil to thrive — but how do they transfer water from the ground to the rest of the plant? Explore the process (and what can happen if pollutants get into the groundwater) in this simple plant science activity. Observe the experiment over a few days and record your results, then discuss the importance of clean water!

Carbon Footprint

For adults or as a family, calculate your CARBON FOOTPRINT and spend an hour without power to start enacting change!

DISCOVER WAYS TO HELP

Filtering Water

Did you know that over 7,500 trees have been planted in our community through the Save the Rain program? Trees are crucial for our water cycle because they soak up and filter stormwater, which reduces the amount of runoff entering the sewer system! Try out the MOST’s Plant Filter activity to explore how trees and other plants do the work of water filtration, and visit Save the Rain to find out more about Onondaga County’s award-winning initiative to improve the water quality of Onondaga Lake and its tributaries.

Sorting

For young children or as a family, learn the basics and practice recycling with our Sorting Recycling activity.

Oil Spill Cleanup

Oil leakage and spills are especially harmful for the environment – in part because the pollutants are so hard to clean up! Learn about the challenge of cleaning up after an oil spill, and explore methods for dealing with this kind of environmental disaster!

Make a Bird Feeder

A healthy environment and clean water allow a wide variety of plant and animal species to thrive! And as spring approaches, there are so many ways to explore those species even from your own backyard. Make your own bird feeder using our activity instructions, then observe and record the birds your feeder attracts! And don’t worry — if you don’t have bird seed, you can use raisins, apples, stale bread, rolled oats, or other non-spoiled kitchen scraps. Learn more about the birds you see (and many others!) in the Cornell Lab of Ornithology Online Bird Guide — which has interactive bird identification tools, live bird feeds, learning games, and more.

Fun Earth Month Videos, Links, Games, and MORE!

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