Earth Day Resources

Is it possible that we are nearing the half-century mark for the expansion of the Clean Air and Water Act and the celebration of Earth Day? Fond personal memories surround the first celebration of Earth Day on April 22, 1970. Our school cancelled classes to allow students to clean up our Montana hometown and the surrounding hills. The local garbage company donated their services to remove the resulting mountains of trash.  The day ended as it should for high school kids - with grilled hot dogs and an outdoor rock concert.  Simpler times, perhaps, but the legislative push to engage students' energy into an awareness and concern for the environment was memorably achieved.

The Library of Congress holdings include visuals and documents to illustrate the longstanding love of the land in this country and the work of preservationists, conservationists, environmentalists to protect it.

See Earth Day: Connect with Nature Today and Throughout the Year for teaching ideas surrounding nature and Earth Day.  For example, students in upper elementary may analyze and compare photos of school gardens and victory gardens around the country. Secondary grades may explore the history of Earth Day through analysis of 1884 logging and compare it to an environmental issue that is similar today. They can research legislation on the current issue on