Butterfly Art Aims to Spark Climate Conversation

Butterfly Art Aims to Spark Climate Conversation

Schoolchildren have helped to craft hundreds of paper butterflies that are on display around a museum in a bid to spark conversation about the climate crisis.

Pupils from Parkside Community College in Cambridge, United Kingdom were inspired to create the art installation, called The Butterfly Effect, after learning that butterflies act as an early warning sign of changes in the environment.

The butterflies, at Cambridge University’s Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, are on show alongside cardboard protest banners.

Dr Richard Fox, head of science at Butterfly Conservation, said it was important to understand how insects responded to a changing climate and take action to protect them.

Read more – https://www.bbc.com/news/articles/cz77n5w4gwno

Celebrate Planet Earth Receives Outdoor Equity Fund Award

Celebrate Planet Earth is honored to be among the recipients of this year’s Outdoor Equity Fund awards. “This grant enables us to pilot our Exploradores Outdoor Classroom program, reaching more New Mexico children and families with vital outdoor learning experiences. We are grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the development of young stewards of our environment,” said Jon Weaver, Executive Director of Celebrate Planet Earth.

Please see the press release about all of this year’s Outdoor Equity Fund awards:
https://edd.newmexico.gov/pr/new-mexico-outdoor-recreation-divisions-fy24-outdoor-equity-funding-reaches-3-7-million/

How to Help Birds in Winter!

How to Help Birds in Winter!

It is cold and snowy in most of the US! Time to bundle up and keep warm. Children might wonder what they can do to help wild animals like birds survive out in the cold. It’s a wonderful way to show how you love the Earth and all its creatures.

How to Help Birds in Winter:

  1. Put out bird food in a sheltered place.
  2. Birds need water to drink too.
  3. Leave warm nesting materials where birds can find them.

Watch this video for more ideas:

Butterfly & Sunflower Classrooms Sponsored by International Paper in 2023

Butterfly & Sunflower Classrooms Sponsored by International Paper in 2023

In spring of 2023, 100 International Paper facilities in 30 US states are sponsoring more than 5,000 classrooms to receive our Butterflies & Sunflowers Classroom Kit. Observing live caterpillars transform into beautiful butterflies and planting sunflower seeds that grow into glorious sunflowers is an amazing learning experience for early elementary students. Caring for the natural world plants a seed to love and protect the Earth, our home, throughout their lives. Celebrate Planet Earth is proud to partner with International Paper over many years. @InternationalPaper

Butterflies at Blackwater Regional Library

Butterflies at Blackwater Regional Library

We just got these amazing photos from a Butterfly Project at Blackwater Regional Library in Virginia. Libraries are an wonderful resource for many, many children. It would be great to come to the library, observe the caterpillars and butterflies, and check out one of the children’s books about butterflies.

Blackwater Regional Library
Donate to Help NM Classrooms

Donate to Help NM Classrooms

It is more critical than ever to help New Mexico’s students connect to learning in a meaningful way. A $50 donation is enough to provide both butterfly & sunflower kits for one classroom as well as bilingual nature libraries for every student to bring home and share with their families. Through our butterfly and sunflower classroom programs, we engage students as early as kindergarten with exciting hands-on activities, setting them up for a lifetime of critical thinking and engagement with the world around them. This holiday season, help us water the seeds of literacy and share the delight of the natural world with more New Mexico students. Please visit CelebratePlanetEarth.org to donate today.

Celebrate Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day!

We think that we should all celebrate the Earth every day! We especially love to say the Planet Earth Pledge out loud!

No job is too big

No action too small

For the care of the Earth

Is the task of us all!

Butterfly Photo Contest 2022

Butterfly Photo Contest 2022

Submit photos/videos of your classroom butterfly project and you could win a Grand Prize! We’d LOVE to see your best photos!

Photos/videos of butterflies, butterfly artwork & models, caterpillars, students observing, butterfly dances & games, saying the Planet Earth Pledge, and butterfly releases & celebrations.   

We promise to only use your photos/videos with permission, and we never use children’s images without parental permission.

Learn How to Enter >

Take the Planet Earth Pledge!

Take the Planet Earth Pledge!

Every spring we encourage all of our students to take the Planet Earth Pledge! Say it out loud, all together, 3 times. It’s a powerful, heartfelt pledge to love and protect Planet Earth, our home.

No job is too big

No action too small

For the care of the Earth

Is the task of us all!

Every Gift Helps Plant Trees!

Every Gift Helps Plant Trees!

For Every Magic Green Star that is sold, Celebrate Planet Earth makes a donation to help plant trees in the rainforests of Ecuador. YAKUM, our tree planting partner, works with 4 indigenous nations to protect and regenerate their native forests. This holiday season, give a Make a Green Star Kit to some one you love.

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day!

Happy Earth Day! Take action to care for the Earth, our home! Share the beauty and wonder of our home with our children!

No job is too big

No action too small

For the care of the Earth

Is the task of us all!

Disinfectants & Butterflies in the Classroom

Disinfectants & Butterflies in the Classroom

Just as you want to protect your skin from harsh disinfectants, so it’s important to protect delicate caterpillars and
butterflies from airborne chemicals and surface residues.

Here are some RECOMMENDATIONS to protect your insects and other classroom pets from harm:

COVER the caterpillar cups or butterfly house with a large box or plastic container – whenever disinfectants are being used in
the classroom, cover your insects to protect them from sprays and harsh chemicals.

COVER OVERNIGHT – it’s best to use a breathable fabric like a pillowcase if cleaning takes place in the evening.

MOVE the caterpillar cups or butterfly house to a cupboard or storage closet to minimize the impact of cleaning procedures.