Stepping Stones celebrates Earth Day virtually on April 22 and all week long with eco-friendly STEAM happenings filled with eco-lore from local farmers and friends, environmental trivia, games and more for the whole family to enjoy.

The Eco-Kids Summit: We Love Planet Earth programming is jam-packed withplayful Earth Day virtual learning experiences like:

         Eco-Kids Summit Community Videos featuring visits to our fantastic partners:

o   Monkey’s Pocket Apiary

o   The Maritime Aquarium

o   Urban Farm

o   Silverman’s Farm

         BooZoo’s Best Booklist featuring a specially-curated selection of books with Earth-friendly themes

o   A Cool Drink of Water by Barbara Kerley

o   The Earth and I by Frank Asch

o   The Great Kapok Tree by Lynne Cherry

o   A Bear Sat on My Porch Today by Jane Yolen

o   A Mammal is an Animal by Lizzy Rockwell (Grades PreK-1)

o   Let’s Eat! Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet by Kimberley Veness (Grades 3-7)

o   The Bee Book by Charlotte Milner (Grades 1-5)

o   Wild World by Angela McAllister (Grades 2-5)

         Every Day Fun D-I-Y Home Extensions

o   Fitness Fun – Going For A Walk With Drea

 Inspired by a walk through a garden, we will relax and breathe with plant and animal yoga poses!

o   Mutt-i-grees® – Storytime

 Enjoy a reading with Dod, our resident storyteller from the popular program. Afterward, learn how to safely meet a dog you don’t know. Then, meet Ella and her owner, Abbey.

  Sponsored by Passage East Kennels and Earth Animal

         Printable D-I-Y Home Extensions

o   Art Smart – Ode to Earth

  Ask your child to create a fun word puzzle style poem about what they ♥ the most about Planet Earth.

  Share your poem on social media using the hashtag #mysteppingstones and tag us @steppingstonesmuseum!

   World Wise – Grow A Sock Garden

  Most yards are full of seeds even if they can’t be seen. Send your child on a outdoor adventure in an old pair of socks.

   Science Central – Regrowing Vegetables with Professor D

  Professor D provides helpful tips to regrow vegetable or fruit scraps you have left over from your meals!

         ELLI-vate Learning – Presented by the Early Language and Literacy Initiative™

   Ask your child to make an Earth Day journal and document the special actions she/he takes to help protect the environment each day.

This week’s Eco-Kids Summit Earth Day programming builds upon the museum’s long-standing commitment to connecting with all young members of our community and their families with important lessons about how to make positive AND sustainable choices.  Since the launch of our Healthy Children, Healthy Communities® Initiative in 2006, Stepping Stones has introduced and promoted key messages about conservation, environmental health and environmental stewardship to millions of children and families through educational interactions like our onsite and travelling exhibits that include Conservation Quest®, Build It! and Energy Lab, educational, play-driven workshops for school and community group audiences, hands-on activities within the museum’s garden spaces and our “green” building, which is LEED Gold certified, meeting the nation’s strictest controls in environmental sustainability.

Stepping Stones prides itself on responding to the interests and needs of our community.  During this period of physical distancing, the museum will continue to provide engaging multimedia extensions that provide science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM)-infused, early language- and literacy-inspired virtual learning opportunities for children to enjoy at home during this challenging time. 

However, Stepping Stones Museum for Children is a nonprofit organization. Like the rest of the nation’s museum community, we’re facing an existential threat from the closures required to address the COVID-19 pandemic.  To deliver on our mission, Stepping Stones is heavily dependent of earned income.  During this period of closure, normal revenue from admissions fees, membership sales and event rentals have effectively ceased and charitable contributions have declined dramatically.  When the time is right for you and your family, please consider making a donation.  We ask for your support to help ensure that our award-winning museum has the necessary funds to continue to operate as well as create extraordinary exhibits and programs in the future.