Celebrating Earth Day
April 22 is Earth Day, which was created in 1970 by Senator Gaylord Nelson after witnessing the ravages of the 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, California. On the first Earth Day, an estimated 20 million people attended festivities in the U.S. to demonstrate support for protecting the environment. Now, under the global coordination of the Earth Day Network, 193 countries recognize and celebrate Earth Day.
Celebrating at The Academy
At The Academy, we will celebrate Earth Day by planting seeds and sprouts. There is so much to learn from plants. Where do seeds come from? How can a big plant grow from such a tiny seed? How do the sun and rain help a plant grow? If you plant a seed from a lemon, will you get a lemon tree? How do birds plant seeds? How does the wind plant seeds? Do all plants come from seeds? These and many other questions will come up this month the numerous classrooms in our 11 locations.
Celebrating at Home
Plants that seem to burst into life in the Spring have already emerged here in Middle Tennessee. It’s a perfect time for you to take a walk through your neighborhood. Enjoy the sunshine and talk about the wonders of nature that you can see all around you. Consider these activities on your walk:
- search for different flowers of the same color
- count the worms on the sidewalk after a rain
- blow the seeds of a dandelion
- try to imitate a bird’s song
- pull some weeds and examine the roots
Join Our Family
We would love to have you join our family at The Academy. Come and take a tour of one of our facilities and see what your child is missing.