College and the COVID-19 Crisis: Informational Session and Q&A for High School Juniors

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted nearly every aspect of the high school experience, and applying to college is no exception.

Join college counselor Serena Castellano as she shares updates from the College Board, insights from leaders in the field, and online resources to help students and their families navigate these unprecedented times.

In this special presentation for high school juniors, Castellano will answer your questions and address a range of topics including the college application process, the SAT & ACT, financial aid, and special online opportunities for prospective students.

AMNH’s EarthFest 2020 From Home

The Museum’s buildings are closed, but you can still celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at their family-friendly, all-day online festival honoring our planet.

*Note: All times are EDT. The links to these virtual events are at the beginning of each description.

10 AM: Green Thumb for Families

Use this link to join the watch party.

Explore botanical biodiversity from home! Submit photos and questions to expert botanist Donald McClelland and learn from him about the plants that live with you and those visible from your window. Then, participate in a special workshop where you’ll learn how to plant your own garden and create life right in your own kitchen! Whether it is herbs and vegetables for eating or flowers to admire and decorate your space, everyone will be able to participate in this special green activity with whatever they have available at home.

Send a photo of your plant, your name, and location to to participate.

11 AM: Iceberg Bits: Understanding Rivers of Ice

Use this link to join the watch party.

Tune in to watch facilitator Laurel Zaima from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory present activities demonstrating glacier physics through experimentation with Glacier Goo, a substance you can create at home. Named for small pieces of ice found in both Arctic and Antarctic, “Bergy Bits” in nature are small pieces of floating ice that break from an iceberg, ice shelf, or glacier. Join in by doing these experiments at home to better understand these rivers of ice.

Noon: Field Trip Earth—LIVE Watch Party

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Gather the whole family for a live flight around the world to marvel at our planet’s natural wonders—from the Amazon Rainforest to the Sahara Desert, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Himalayas! Join Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart and Museum astrophysicist Jackie Faherty as we blast off into the outer reaches of our atmosphere and see our planet from space. Make sure to come with questions for our presenters to answer live!

1 PM: 50 Years of Earth Day—YouTube Watch Party

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What has happened to our planet in the 50 years since the creation of Earth Day? Learn about the most significant developments to our environment in the last half-century through the thoughtful infographic videos created by the Museum’s Science Visualization team since 2017. The watch party will include a live chat with Museum Curator Nathalie Goodkin, and Ana Luz Porzecanski, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, and Laura Moustakerski, writer and producer of the Earth Day 2020 video.

3 PM: Bash the Trash Live!

Celebrate the Earth! Follow this live workshop where you can learn how to make your own musical instruments out of recyclable and other discarded materials around your house. Then, join in a multi-media, multi-player performance where you can be part of the orchestra playing for this celebration of Earth.

Note: You don’t need to have materials in order to participate–there’ll be plenty to do. Be sure that everything that you collect is clean, safe, and disinfected. And always check with an adult first!

Materials List:small cardboard box

rubber bands

tin cans (watch out for sharp edges!)

plastic take-out containers

any other plastic/metal drum kind of thing

chopsticks or pencils for drumsticks

6 PM: Venus, Earth, and Mars–LIVE Watch Party

Use this link to join the watch party.

Join us for a night out in the Goldilocks Zone with planetary geologist Martha Gilmore and the Museum’s Director of Astrovisualization Carter Emmart. Hop aboard a live flight to unveil the mysteries of Earth’s toxic twin, Venus, and the dynamic nature of our planetary neighbors. What can Venus and Mars teach us about climate change and the unique conditions that support life on Earth?

Use the hashtag #EarthDayFromHome and tag @amnh on Twitter or Instagram for the chance to be featured!

Click here to learn about all of our digital programs on Earth Day:


Microbes are the invisible engines that keep the planet running. They were the first lifeforms to arise on early Earth 3.5 billion years ago, and they’ll likely exist long after we’re gone…but it’s here and now we’re interested in. How do microbes influence our climate, and how are they responding to climate change? Join ocean microbiologist Kyle Frischkorn, Ph.D. for an informal discussion of environmental microbiology research that’s hot off the press.

This monthly discussion will be centered around a recently published scientific article that delves into environmental microbiology, with a special emphasis on the changing climate. Participants of all backgrounds and experiences are welcome to join the conversation. RSVP via Eventbrite to receive the scientific papers we’ll discuss 48 hours before the event.

This is a free event, but donations are encouraged!


Curious about cyborgs and feminism? Join our Cyborg Feminist Reading Group to discuss the ethical and social implications of emerging technologies with artist Kathryn Hamilton and other Genspace community members. RSVP via Eventbrite to receive the texts we’ll discuss 48 hours before the event.

This is a free event, but donations are encouraged!


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day at this family-friendly festival focused on the science of climate change and potential solutions for a sustainable New York City. Explore how Museum collections provide a window into our shifting climate, how studying the atmospheres of other planets can reveal what’s happening here on Earth, and how to design solutions may help mitigate climate change in coastal cities like our own. The festival features special performances, hands-on activities, and educational stations where you can learn about the past, present, and future of our beloved planet.

Identification Day at EarthFest 2020

Featured at this year’s EarthFest will be the Museum’s annual Identification Day. Bring your own specimens to be identified by Museum scientists, and get an up-close look at the Museum’s rarely seen collections, focusing on uncovering clues to understanding Earth’s changing climate.

Late Night Science en Español / Late Night Science in Spanish

¿Tienes curiosidad acerca de cómo se realiza la investigación en Columbia University?

Esta es su oportunidad para una introducción detrás de escena de cómo funciona la investigación en neurociencia. Traiga a su familia y amigos a Late Night Science, una serie de seminarios con recorridos de laboratorio por estudiantes graduados de Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach (CUNO).


Curious about how research happens at Columbia University?

Here’s your chance for a behind-the-scenes introduction to how neuroscience research works. Bring your family and friends to Late Night Science, a seminar series with lab tours by graduate students of Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach (CUNO).

Genspace: Tools Of The Trade: Lab Basics

Interested in working on a new project at Genspace, but don’t quite know where to start? Join us for a NEW monthly series hosted by Genspace’s Angela Armendariz where you can brush up on your lab skills and get a little one-on-one or small group coaching to improve your techniques and gain confidence working in the lab. Perfect for people who have taken a course or two with us and are thinking of joining the lab as members to launch their own scientific, bio-art, or biodesign project. In this session, we will teach you how to use Genspace microscopes. Bring in your favorite environmental sample or just something you want to see up close! We have dissecting microscopes for looking at big critters like plants and bugs, and compound microscopes to examine tiny critters and individual cells. We’ll teach you how to prepare slides and find what you’re looking for under different magnifications and how to avoid those pesky eyelashes. Plug in our handy camera to capture what you see!

Free for members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for students and teachers.

Milstein Science Series: Polar Bears

Join us on the eve of International Polar Bear Day to celebrate this phenomenal species. Learn about its behavior, diet, territory and how climate change has made it a vulnerable species. This family-friendly festival dives into all things polar bear with activities, show-and-tell with Museum collections, and an interactive theater performance. Plus, scientists will be on hand to discuss conservation, polar bears’ predatory nature, and how humans have interacted with these amazing mammals through history. Free with Museum admission.

EVENT POSTPONED – 8th Annual Brain Fair 2020!

Brain Awareness Week promotes public awareness of brain research. The Friedman Brain Institute along with CEYE (Center for Excellence in Youth Education) and MiNDS (Mentoring in Neuroscience Discovery at Sinai) will host its 8th Annual Brain Awareness Fair for elementary, middle, and high school students and their parents on Tuesday, March 17th, 2020. Attendees will learn about the taste/smell connection, hold real animal brains, make their own brain hats, and much more. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai faculty will be on hand to answer questions and dispel myths about autism, Alzheimer’s disease, drug abuse and addiction, and memory and cognition.

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