24 Hours of Earth Stories, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden's commitment to community, plant life, and creating a better today to pass on to future generations tomorrow.  The Garden will be up and posting the full 24 hours of Earth Day!  Every hour on the hour, including an IG Live series with some of Fairchild's brightest scientists and educators.

In honor of the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day We will also be celebrating like never before!  This year, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Zoo Miami, Biscayne National Park, Everglades Foundation, Museum of Discovery and Science, Palm Beach Zoo Scroll, Everglades Holiday Park, and Perez Art Museum Miami are uniting for one cause…our Planet Earth! Scroll down for the full schedule of virtual events!

We hope you will join us! See you on the Gram! 

EARTH DAY: 24 Hour Story Schedule

Welcome to Earth Day!

Take a walk through the Rain Forest at Night!

Watch our butterflies emerge and see where they were born!

A tribute to those who love and care for our Garden - Our Volunteers!

Explore The Children’s Garden

Bees and Butterflies are everything!

Remarkable Ways that Plants Amaze!

Fossil Fuels…OUT!

Earth Day Thoughts from Bailey Palm Vista with Fairchild Garden Director Carl Lewis, Ph.D

 First Look | Fairchild in Progress with our Director of Collections Brett Jestrow, Ph.D

Remarkable Ways that Plants Amaze!

 Importance of Native Plants and Conservation with Horticultural Conservationist Brian Harding

Mindful Moment in the Garden.

 Tropical & Rare Plants Conservatory Tour with our Chief Explorer, Chad Husby, Ph.D

A tribute to those who love and care for our Garden - Our Volunteers!

The Million Orchid Project | The Importance of Replenishing Native Habitats with our orchid biologist, Jason Downing, Ph.D

Remarkable Ways that Plants Amaze!

 Citizen Science Nasa Challenges | How Fairchild’s partnership with NASA helps make life on Earth sustainable with our Director of Education, Amy Padolf, M.Ed

Mindful Moment in the Garden.

Supporting the Mission with our COO, Nannette Zapata, M.S./M.B.A

 The Beauty of the Night | Nocturnal Happenings at the Garden and Screech Owl release with Fairchild’s wildlife enthusiast Jemma Peterson

Remarkable Ways that Plants Amaze!

Mangroves…Living on the Edge.

Our Frog Friends Say Thank You and Goodnight!

At Fairchild, we use our 80-year history to guide us into the next decades of sustainability, outreach, and success. We are committed to plant science: understanding plant life and how it functions; maximizing the value of plants for humankind and saving plants for future generations. 

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Community Partners United Schedule of Events

9:00 a.m. – Biscayne National Park, YouTube (prerecorded)
Go Native with Biscayne National Park @Home
Gary Bremen, Biscayne National Park Ranger
Want a yard that’s low maintenance, saves you time, has benefits for the planet AND lets you experience a little bit of Biscayne National Park @Home? Go Native! Learn about some of the plants found in Biscayne National Park, while also learning about the benefits of a native garden. Click here to watch.

11:00 a.m. – Everglades Foundation, Facebook (prerecorded)
Protecting our Everglades and Connecting to our Watershed: From Home and Always
Bianca Cassouto, Education Program Manager and Kimberly Gooch, Everglades Literacy Program Coordinator (Orlando Area)
Do you know where your water comes from? There are 8.7 million residents of South Florida (1 out of 3 Floridians) who rely on the Everglades for their water supply. Join us to learn more about The Everglades Foundation’s educational programming as we navigate through the Everglades watershed using an interactive presentation focusing on water usage, where our water comes from, and the importance of the Everglades ecosystem. Understanding the Everglades watershed ensures future generations of Floridians understand the ecological and economic value of the Everglades ecosystem. Water is important to the health of the Everglades, and the health of the Everglades is important to us! Click here to watch.

12:00 p.m. – Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS), Zoom Live
Turtley Amazing Sea Turtles
Brenda Boddiger, Marine Turtle Permit Holder and Programs Manager, Museum of Discovery and Science (MODS), and Kelly Martin, President, Florida Leatherbacks Inc.
On Earth Day, let’s shellebrate with sea turtles! South Florida is one of the most important places in the world for sea turtle nesting. Where do they go after they leave our beaches? Join us as we share insights from nearly 20 years of tagging and tracking leatherbacks in South Florida, and how our actions locally can have impacts on conservation globally. Learn about one of the Museum’s celebrities and an ambassador for his vulnerable species, MODS’ resident loggerhead sea turtle, George, before he swims out to sea! Click here to RSVP.

1:00 p.m. – Palm Beach Zoo, Website (prerecorded)
PBZ-TV Tiger Tuesday
Mike Terrell, General Curator, Janice Hudson, Zoologist, and Sherry Currens, Carnivore Supervisor
Join Palm Beach Zoo for a three-part series about their Malayan tigers, including a brief introduction to the three tigers, a behind-the-scenes look at the relationships between the tigers and their zoologists, and a special segment focused on tiger mating and an up close look at a tiger sonogram. Click here to watch.

2:00 p.m. – Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (Frost Science), (Facebook Live)
Virtual LIVE@Frost Science: Little Steps to Make Big Changes for Nature
Shannon C. Jones, Conservation Programs Manager, Frost Science
In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, join Frost Science as they discuss three of the biggest environmental challenges facing our planet, and what you can do from home to make a positive change. Learn more about citizen science projects that are making local and global changes, including Frost Science’s Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) program and the City Nature Challenge. Presented with support from the Miami Downtown Development AuthorityClick here to RSVP.

3:00 p.m. – Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, (Instagram Live @fairchildgarden)
LIVE with Fairchild’s Orchid Biologist Jason Downing: How Students Are Saving Florida’s Native Orchid Populations
Jason Downing, Ph.D., Orchid Biologist, Fairchild Tropical Garden
Connect with Orchid Biologist, Jason Downing to learn more about the Million Orchid Project aiming to reintroduce native orchids to Miami and its surrounding neighborhoods. Discover how with the help of students and volunteers South Florida could become a natural orchid paradise once again! Click here to learn more.

4:00 p.m. – Everglades Holiday Park, Facebook (prerecorded)
Take a Bite Out of Climate Change
Chris Gillette, Alligator Handler and Expert, Everglades Holiday Park
Tune in to see Wildlife Biologist & Gator Boy Chris Gillette tell us how alligators and other crocodilians are impacted by climate, temperature and environmental changes in the Florida Everglades as well as other parts of the world and find out what you can actively do to help protect our environment. Click here to watch.

5:00 p.m. – Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Website (prerecorded)
AIRIE x PAMM: Art + Environment & Getting the Water Right
Conclude your Earth Day celebration with a reflection on the intersections of art and environment with two fascinating and unprecedented discussions bringing diverse artists, writers and scientists together. Presentations in partnership with Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE).

*Please refer to each organization’s social media pages on the day of the event for final details and confirmation of their programming.