Earth Day, Every Day


​Earth Day is a great time to stop and appreciate all of the wonders of the natural world.  Sometimes in the hustle and bustle of our day-to-day lives, we forget to stop and remind ourselves all the Earth has to offer.  This Earth Day, children and adults from across the United States gathered at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science to remember what this day is all about.  As the visitors “marched” across the VINS campus, they were able to stop at various Earth Day activity stations and collect badges as they completed tasks at each station.

​​Upon first entering VINS, visitors had an opportunity to decorate a prayer flag.  Flags flew in the breeze showing hopes and dreams of the Earth, what they love about it and its beauty.  Each person had a unique vision of what to add to their flag, but each represented something special about the Earth and what Earth Day means to them.

At the Water Quality Station, visitors were able to test samples of local water for pH levels, dissolved oxygen, phosphates, and nitrates.  One family from New York that owns a dairy farm was talking about why it is so important to not spray manure close to streams and ponds.  Many visitors that day found out some great information on what makes water “healthy” and just how something like manure can adversely change the quality of the water. 


​At the Weather Station, visitors collected temperatures using infrared thermometers, took measurements of wind speed using anemometers and even created their own barometers to take home. We collected data throughout the day to see how the pressure changed before and after it rained.  We discovered that the pressure drops dramatically before the rain, but begins to rise after the rain starts to fall!


​At the Project Budburst and iNaturalist station, visitors learned how to collect data while doing Citizen Science.  Using field guides, visitors scouted out areas of the VINS forest to collect information on the ferns that were growing there.  It appears as though we have many wood ferns on our campus!

At the Solar Station, visitors learned how solar panels worked and how they collect energy.  They also got to see how the changes in the light can affect the amount of energy that is produced – especially how a cloudy day can affect small solar panels from collecting sunlight.

The Pollinator Bombs station had visitors taking scoops of dirt and adding in native wildflower seeds.  The great thing about these pollinator bombs is that they can be thrown into an area that needs some color and soon enough, flowers will grow!  Visitors had fun throwing their bombs into the meadow at VINS as well as many took them home to scatter around the native seeds in a new spot.

​The Adaptations Game allowed visitors to test their skills and see what types of animal adaptations allowed them to “survive”.  From hopping on one foot to walking backwards, people were able to see that not all traits may help each animal be successful.   

​After celebrating Earth Day at VINS, we are thankful that there are so many passionate people that marched for science with us.  It is a simple reminder just how important it is to protect the Earth and all of its inhabitants.
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By, Michelle Amato

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