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!
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!
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!
Pick a food item to research and learn more about where it comes from, how it grows, and how it got to you!
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!
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 environment, learn 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 all ages or as a family, explore Gardening & Composting!
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.
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!).
LEARN ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS
See our “Water Pollution” video below.
See our “Land Pollution” video below.
Make a greenhouse in a beaker and record the results!
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!
For adults or as a family, calculate your CARBON FOOTPRINT and spend an hour without power to start enacting change!
DISCOVER WAYS TO HELP
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.
For young children or as a family, learn the basics and practice recycling with our Sorting Recycling activity.
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!
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!
- Attracting Pollinators to your Garden
- To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, April 22 Climate Change Awareness & Action, CCAA is offering three documentary films on climate change for free streaming to the community while we are all “sheltering in place” to fight the coronavirus. For more information on the films; trailers and details how to stream go to https://www.climatechange-action.com
- Looking for other ways to get involved? 🌏🌱👏🏼 Check out this simple checklist on how to REDUCE WASTE from OCRRA, or the EPA’s suggestions for SMALL CHANGES with a BIG IMPACT! 👣 https://www.epa.gov/…/msw_infographic_with_2017_data_nov._2…