Clean, Create, and Connect with Nature

Join us and other AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums across North America in celebrating Party for the Planet, starting on Earth Day, continuing through Endangered Species Day, and ending on World Ocean Day. We’re planning a mix of in-person and virtual programming to help connect with our aquarium community, celebrate the world’s biodiversity, and share ways we can take action to make a difference together.

This webpage will be updated with new events and activities as they become available. 

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  1. Earth Day • Thursday, April 22

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  2. New England Aquarium researchers view North Atlantic right whales

    Endangered Species Day • Friday, May 21

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  3. rescuers walk toward water on beach

    World Ocean Day • Tuesday, June 8

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Activity & Event Calendar

This calendar will be updated on a rolling basis as events are confirmed.

Nick and Taylor at the top of the GOT

April 22 • 9:00 a.m.

Celebrating Earth Day & Party for the Planet Kick-off

Join Aquarium Educators Nick and Taylor as they talk about the origins of Earth Day and how you can get involved in Party for the Planet activities.

Watch on YouTube

Party for the Planet Activity Kit

April 24 – April 25

Party for the Planet Family Activity Kits

The first 50 families to visit our Party for the Planet table outside of the Aquarium on both Saturday and Sunday will have a chance to take home an activity kit. These kits will be available on a first come, first serve basis, and include an information card explaining contents of the bag, a garden trowel for digging in the dirt, a nature journal to record observations in nature, a window cling as a reminder to cover windows to prevent bird strikes, and more!

path to ocean

April 30 – May 9 

City Nature Challenge

Run by the Community Science teams at the California Academy of Sciences and the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, this annual collaboration-meets-friendly-competition shows not only what can be accomplished when we all work toward a common goal, but also which city can gather the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the event.

Take Part in the Challenge

May – June

Renewable Energy Switch

One way we can work together to protect our planet from the impacts of climate change is to change the way we consume energy, replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy! Learn more about making the switch to renewable energy with our FAQs and instructional video hosted by Educator Lindsay.

Learn More About Making the Switch

Brian Skerry

Brian Skerry (Photo: Steve De Neef)

May 13, 2021 • 6:30 p.m.

Brian Skerry

National Geographic photographer and New England Aquarium Explorer-in-Residence 

Join us virtually as Brian Skerry shares the hidden culture of whales he discovered while shooting the new Disney+ original series, Secrets of the Whales, his new book of the same title, and National Geographic Magazine’s The Ocean Issue (May 2021).

nick and taylor facebook live screen shot

May 18, 2021 • 9:00 a.m.

Endangered Species Facebook Live 

Get ready for Endangered Species Day with educators Nick and Taylor. They will highlight an endangered animal and what exactly it means for an animal to be “endangered.”

Watch on Facebook 

Fisheries and Aquaculture Team

May 21, 2021

Blue Planet Science Series: Endangered Species Day Episode 

Check in on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to see our scientists come together to talk about various endangered species that are near and dear to their hearts and how you can help protect them.

African Penguins

May 21 – May 23

Endangered Species Day Scavenger Hunt 

Visitors to the New England Aquarium will be able to participate in a self-guided scavenger hunt through our building to learn more about the endangered and threatened animals in our care, and ways we can help these special creatures. This event is sponsored by People’s United Bank.

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May – June

Organize a Community Cleanup

Perhaps you have been wandering around a beach or a park in your community and realized that there is a noticeable amount of garbage ruining the natural beauty of the area. Did you stop and wonder how to fix this? Here are a few tips to help you get started!

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Allison with a fur seal

June 3, 2021 • 11:00 a.m.

Choose to Refuse Single-use Plastics with our Marine Mammals

Single-use plastics can be a danger to ocean life, often being confused for food. Marine mammal trainer Allison (with help from some marine mammal friends), is here to talk about steps humans can take to reduce the amount of plastic in our ocean. After the video, you can use our scavenger hunt list to identify some of the reusable items in your home!

Watch the Video 

skyline of Boston, USA in sunset with harbor and skyscraper

June 5 – June 6, 2021 • 1 – 3 p.m.

Learn About Invasive Species in Boston Harbor

In honor of World Ocean Day, join our Live Blue Ambassadors and ClimaTeens on Saturday, June 5, and Sunday, June 6 from 1 to 3 p.m., as they discuss invasive species in Boston Harbor. Visitors to Central Wharf can stop by the Harborwalk—between the main Aquarium building and Simons Theatre—to see the demonstration. 

World Ocean Day FB live

June 8, 2021 • 9:00 a.m.

Facebook Live: World Ocean Day

Join educators Taylor and Nick on World Ocean Day as they discuss ways to advocate for environmental protections. 

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sea turtle hatchling swims in the ocean

June 8, 2021

Ways to Celebrate World Ocean Day

Thank you for celebrating Party for the Planet with us over the past seven weeks! Today we are finishing our celebration with World Ocean Day. We hope that over the course of Party for the Planet you have learned ways to take action to protect our blue planet. If you are still looking for a little inspiration, we’ve compiled a few ways you can celebrate.

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