One Million Sunflowers

One Million Sunflowers

Join the community of families who are planting ONE MILLION SUNFLOWERS & celebrating the EARTH this spring!

Please help us SPREAD THE WORD.

It’s a great way to be a part of the 50th ANNIVERSARY of EARTH DAY!
You can celebrate AT HOME. Sunflowers can be planted in a flowerpot or in a garden.
BUTTERFLIES, BIRDS & BEES love sunflowers! The more sunflowers we plant, the more we will help POLLINATORS everywhere they grow!

GET A PACKET OF GIANT SUNFLOWERS SEEDS >

Teaching Butterflies Online!

Teaching Butterflies Online!

We received a GREAT IDEA from Lange School in Dayton, Ohio! Take your butterfly lessons online! Teachers are taking the live caterpillars home & teaching their butterfly lesson plans online. They are using photographs and video to share the transformation of the caterpillars with their students at home.

Teachers are welcome to POST their butterfly photos & videos at: https://celebrateplanetearth.org/share-your-love/. You can SEE the stories of students & classrooms here: https://celebrateplanetearth.org/stories/. We have lots of FREE curriculum materials at: https://celebrateplanetearth.org/resources/. Teachers will find background & handouts on body parts, life cycles, word walls, pollination, food webs, senses and more.

Want to Help Save the Bees? Start Planting Sunflowers

Want to Help Save the Bees? Start Planting Sunflowers

According to House Beautiful – “Planting bee-friendly flowers is definitely an easy way to help keep our buzzing friends alive, and the sunflower is the perfect option for a summertime plant. They’re rich in nectar, and are the perfect color to attract bees—the flying insects actually can’t see reddish tinged colors, so sticking with yellow, blue, white, and purple flowers are especially helpful.

Sunflowers need optimal sunlight—around six to eight hours a day—and thrive when they grow in hot summer climates.”

Read more – https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/gardening/a27545572/save-the-bees-plant-sunflowers/

Take the Planet Earth Pledge

Take the Planet Earth Pledge

It’s so important to join together and take the Planet Earth Pledge as a class, a club or a family. It helps remind us of what it means to love and protect the Earth. And here is a PDF poster so you can hang it on a bulletin board or wall.

No job is too big
No action too small
For the care of the Earth
is the task of us all!

Mass Migration of Painted Lady Butterflies in California

Mass Migration of Painted Lady Butterflies in California

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/17/us/migrating-painted-lady-butterflies.html

What a wonderful article from the Sunday New York Times – 3/17/19! If the painted ladies are migrating into warm Southern California in record numbers than they will probably start arriving in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas as those states warm up. Seeing your first butterfly every spring is a great reason to celebrate Planet Earth!

Butterfly Care

Butterfly Care

Taking care of painted lady caterpillars is easy! Every package of caterpillars comes with a Life Cycle of the Painted Lady Butterfly and on the back of the poster are care instructions to help you and your students.

Also, here is an 8.5×11 PDF of Painted Lady Butterfly Care Instructions – everything you need to know from when the caterpillars arrive until the adult butterflies are ready to be released outside on a sunny day.

If you ever have questions, you are welcome to call us, M-F, at 800-698-4438.

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:

We Grow Kids Who Love & Protect the Earth!

We Grow Kids Who Love & Protect the Earth!

We are so proud of our mission and goals at Celebrate Planet Earth! Our aim is for millions of children to celebrate & protect the Earth every year through actions large & small. And our vision is to grow the next generation of heartfelt conservationists. Please join us by supporting children’s actions to love our home, the Earth!

Read more about our mission: About Celebrate Planet Earth

Emerson Elementary: Butterfly Contest Winners 2018

Emerson Elementary: Butterfly Contest Winners 2018

Wow, check out this great video from Emerson Elementary in Maywood, Illinois! West 40 ISC#2 School District sponsored a Butterfly Video Contest at all of their elementary schools. The PreK and 2nd grade classes at Emerson Elementary won a pizza party for all of the butterfly learning that they showed in their videos. Way to fly!

Get Ready for Spring with Butterfly Science!

Get Ready for Spring with Butterfly Science!

Every spring, the #1 favorite activity of our teachers is observing the transformation of live caterpillars into fabulous butterflies. Students are mesmerized! They love to learn about insect anatomy, pollination and, of course, metamorphosis, and they can see it with their own eyes.

We offer 3 different butterfly kits for your classroom:

  • Caterpillar Cup
  • Basic Butterfly Kit
  • Butterflies & Sunflowers Kit

You are welcome to ORDER ONLINE at our website:
www.CelebratePlanetEarth.org

Or call CUSTOMER SERVICE with your questions:
1-800-698-4438
This spring we have expanded hours — 6am-6pm Mtn Time.

How Can Your Classroom Love & Protect the Earth?

How Can Your Classroom Love & Protect the Earth?

1 Take the Planet Earth Pledge
Make a promise to yourself, your friends & family that you’ll learn ways to love & protect the Earth, our home.

No job is too big
No action too small
For the care of the Earth
Is the task of us all!

2 Take Action!
Teach your students ways to love, protect & CELEBRATE the Earth. Here are some ideas for you:
Have a bulletin board titled We Love Planet Earth: Start with the Planet Earth Pledge.
Teach hands-on Life Science: grow seeds, learn about insects, understand pollination.
Make milk carton bird feeders: see YouTube or
Pinterest for ideas.
Be tree huggers: learn names of tree species near
your classroom.
Join a Citizen Science project: get your class or grade level engaged. Visit www.citizenscience.gov