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Earth Optimism’s goal is to capture and magnify stories of conservation actions that are working around the world and accross sectors, to provide know-how around how can we replicate and scale up good practices, and to inspire people and show that we can all make a difference. Earth Optimism Global Convenings aim to connect you to truly inspiring events hosted by individuals, communities, universities, museums, and others that are showcasing their stories and solutions.

Earth Optimism Global Convenings can take place at any time, and partners are invited to host digital now and in-person convenings, when possible. As a public health precaution, most Global Convenings have been postponed or will now be held as virtual events. We still encourage you to sign up your event to be featured as part of the #EarthOptimism movement.

If you would like to host a digital or physical event, but aren't sure where to start learn more in our Event Planning Guide.

Live Event Opportunities

Smithsonian Events

Exciting events, activities, and exhibits taking place across the Smithsonian’s museums and the National Zoo.

Sister Events

Activities at partner organizations around the planet that support the broad goal of driving engagement around what is working in conservation.

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Smithsonian

Stemming the Tide Symposium

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Smithsonian American Art Museum (US)

United States

Smithsonian

Teen Earth Optimism Webinars

Tuesdays

3:00 p.m.

National Museum of Natural History

Sister

Earth Optimism Cambridge

April 25, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

David Attenborough Building (and other locations across Cambridge)

United Kingdom

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Smithsonian

Environmental Film Festival

March 12-22, 2020

Washington, DC - Various Locations

United States

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Smithsonian

Infant Investigators: Penguins

March 14 & 15, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

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Smithsonian

Bring Your Own Baby: Did You Know?: Amazing Animals

March 24, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC

United States

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Smithsonian

Toddler Trailblazers: Rain, Rain Go Away

April 5 & 25, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

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Smithsonian

Infant Investigators: Barnyard Dance

April 18 & 19, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

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Smithsonian

Twos Travelers: Waterfalls

April 18 & 19, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

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Smithsonian

Bring Your Own Baby: Inspired by Nature

May 5, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

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SIster

East-West Center #EarthOptimism Awards: Southeast Asia

Virtual - May 2020

Asia

Sister

World Rainforest Day

June 22, 2020

Sister

Soccer for Conservation

July 15-30, 2020

Lamadi

Tanzania

Sister

Stereo Zónica

July 2020

Iquitos, Loreto

Perú

Smithsonian

Bring Your Own Baby: Gems & Minerals

July 21, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

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Smithsonian

Universities as Partners in the Fight for Health & Food Equity

August 22, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Anacostia Community Museum

United States

Sister

The Secret Life of Earth: Alive! Awake! (and Possibly Really Angry!)

October 5, 2019 - September 6, 2020

American Visionary Art Museum

United States

Smithsonian

The World and Me Family Program: Arctic Adaptations "World & Me"

November 14, 2020

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Smithsonian

NOVA Polar Extremes

various dates

various times

NOVA/PBS

United States

Sister

IUCN World Conservation Congress

January 7-15, 2021

Marseille

France

Past Events

Sister

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting

January 21-24, 2020

Davos-Klosters

Switzerland

Smithsonian

City Stream, Country Stream: Getting A Clearer Picture Of Stream Restorations

February 18, 2020

7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center- Edgewater, MD

United States

Smithsonian

All Things Sustainability Symposium with Richard Piacentini

March 5, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden

United States

Smithsonian

Preschool Pioneers: Elephants

March 5, 2020

10:15 a.m. & 2:15 p.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Smithsonian

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Nerd Nite

March 6, 2020

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Smithsonian

A Bird-Helper's Basket

March 6 & 7, 2020

11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

S. Dillon Ripley Center

United States

Smithsonian

Toddler Trailblazers: Little Cloud

March 7 & 8, 2020

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Sister

U.S. Embassy Lima's Green Team Earth Day Challenge

March 9 - April 20, 2020

every Monday

U.S. Embassy - Lima

Perú

Smithsonian

Conserving India's Bengal Tigers

March 10, 2020

1:00 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art

United States

Sister

VozTerra: Sounds of Biodiversity

March 10, 2020

6:00 p.m.

Maloka Interactive Center - Bogotá

Colombia

Smithsonian

Understanding the Climate Crisis

March 11, 2020

7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Air and Space Museum

United States

Affiliate

Protect Our Piece of the Pi!

March 14, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Mid-America Science Museum-Hot Springs, AR

United States

Sister

Earth Circle - Assisting People to Participate in Conservation

March 21, 2020

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Chennai

India

Sister

Logan Visionary Eco-Conference

Virtual - March 22, 2020

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

American Visionary Art Museum

United States

Sister

EWC #EarthOptimism Challenge: Southeast Asia

March 30, 2020

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

East-West Center - Honolulu, HI

United States

Sister

Sciences Po: COVID and the Climate Crisis

Virtual - April 3, 2020

12:00 p.m.

Paris

France

Affiliate

Digital Lecture: Learning from Earth Day 50 Years Later

April 14, 2020

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Museum of History & Industry, Seattle, WA

United States

Sister

Screening of StyrofoamMom Documentary

Virtual - April 20 & 25, 2020

7:30 p.m. (20th) & 12:00 p.m. (25th)

United States

Sister

Climate of Emotions Online Conference: Youth, Emotions & Climate Change

Virtual - April 21, 2020

7:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PCT

United States

Sister

Earth Optimism 2020 CLT

Virtual - April 22, 2020

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Charlotte, NC

United States

Sister

An Air of Positivity

Virtual - April 22, 2020

3:00 p.m.

Science Gallery Dublin (Online)

Ireland

Sister

The Science (& Stories) of How Animals Bring Us Happiness

Virtual - April 23, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

International Fund for Animal Welfare

Sister

Global Cooperation for the Environment: Policy, Technology, and Action

Virtual - April 23, 2020

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

The Wilson Center

United States

Sister

Peru: Innovating Innovation

Virtual - April 23, 2020

2:30 p.m.

Peru

Sister

Grandes ideas para los paisajes peruanos

Virtual - April 23, 2020

4:50 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. (EST)

en Español

Sister

Global Health Happy Hour - Virus Hunters

Virtual - April 24, 2020

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

The Univ. of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

United States

Sister

Conservation X Labs Ideathon

Virtual - April 25, 2020

12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

United States

Sister

Shift Day

Virtual - April 22, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Arizona

United States

Postponed Events

Affiliate

Teen Earth Optimism Summit

Postponed

Anchorage Museum - Anchorage, AK

United States

Affiliate

Earth Optimism Teen Conversation

Postponed

Pinhead Institute - Telluride, CO

United States

Affiliate

Youth Optimism Summit

Postponed

High Desert Museum, Bend, OR

United States

Affiliate

Earth Optimism Teen Event: Changing the Climate Conversation

Postponed

Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science

Miami, Florida

Affiliate

Earth Optimism Teen Conversation

Postponed

Buffalo Bill Center of the West - Cody, WY

United States

Affiliate

Earth Optimism: Protecting Our Water

Postponed

New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science- Albuquerque, NM

United States

Affiliate

Earth Optimism Teen Event: Oklahoma

Postponed

Science Museum Oklahoma

United States

Smithsonian

Global Trade, Ballast Water and Invasive Species on Ships

Postponed

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center- Edgewater, MD

United States

Smithsonian

Material Culture Forum: Sustainability at Smithsonian

Postponed

National Museum of African American History and Culture - Washington, DC

United States

Smithsonian

A Seat At The Table: A Conversation About Food Equity And Sustainability

Postponed

National Museum of African American History and Culture

United States

Smithsonian

Art, Nature, and Environmental Awareness: Alexander von Humboldt's Legacy

Postponed

Smithsonian American Art Museum - Washington, DC

United States

Smithsonian

Moving Toward Climate Literate Communities

Postponed

Anacostia Community Museum

United States

Smithsonian

Families Together: Long, Long Ago

Postponed

National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC

United States

Smithsonian

Alexander von Humboldt: His World of Nature

Postponed

Smithsonian American Art Museum

United States

Smithsonian

Extreme Weather and Climate: Adaptation in a Changing World

Postponed

Smithsonian Associates, Washington, DC

United States

Affiliate

Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day: Earth Optimism

Postponed

Reginald F. Lewis Museum- Baltimore, MD

United States

Affiliate

Family Program: Earth Day Extravaganza

Postponed

Connecticut Historical Society Museum and Library- Hartford, CT

United States

Smithsonian

Earth Optimism on Easter Monday

Postponed

Smithsonian's National Zoo- Washington, DC

United States

Affiliate

Learning from Earth Day 50 Years Later with Derek Hoshiko

Postponed

Museum of History & Industry - Seattle, WA

United States

Smithsonian

Sustainable Eating: Conscious Choices for Eating More Plants

Postponed

S. Dillon Ripley Center

United States

Affiliate

SciFest: The Great Outdoors Expo

Postponed

Saint Louis Science Center - St. Louis, MO

United States

Smithsonian

Understanding Our Changing Planet

Postponed

National Museum of Natural History - Washington, DC

United States

Affiliate

Spring on the Farm

Postponed

Schiele Museum- Gastonia, NC

United States

Sister

Party for the Planet

Postponed

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo- Cleveland, OH

United States

Sister

Love Your River

Postponed

Waterfront Park and Museum of the Albemarle- Elizabeth City, NC

United States

Smithsonian

2020 Living Earth Festival

Postponed

National Museum of the American Indian

United States

Affiliate

Springfield Museums Earth Day Festival

Postponed

Springfield Museums, Springfield, Massachusetts

United States

Smithsonian

Native Orchids

Postponed

S. Dillon Ripley Center

United States

Sister

Listen to the Earth Concert & World Premiere

Postponed

Choral Artists of Sarasota - Sarasota, FL

United States

Affiliate

DuMA Community Day: Earth Day Celebration

Postponed

The Dubuque Museum of Art - Dubuque, IA

United States

Sister

William & Mary Earth Week

Postponed

College of William & Mary - Williamsburg, VA

United States

Affiliate

Film Screening: Smithsonian Channel Documentary "Mysteries of the Rainforest"

Postponed

Mercer Museum

United States

Smithsonian

Stories from Four Decades of Forest Science

Postponed

Charles McC. Mathias Laboratory

United States

Sister

Earth Optimism Australia

Postponed

Taronga Zoo - Sydney, NSW

Australia

Affiliate

Film Screening: Smithsonian Channel Documentary "An Ocean Mystery: The Missing Catch"

Postponed

Mercer Museum

United States

Sister

Hopkins Celebrates Earth Day 50: Panel & Theater Production

Postponed

Carnegie Institution for Science - Washington, DC

United States

Sister

Nature Watch Festival

Postponed

Beijing

China

Earth Optimism Nairobi

Postponed

National Museums of Kenya - Nairobi

Kenya

Sister

Earth Ambassadors' Conversation

Postponed

Chennai

India

Sister

An Evening of Hope

Postponed

Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium - Sarasota, FL

United States

Sister

Earth Day Panel: Art and Our Environment: An Essential Dialog

Postponed

Art Museum of the Americas, OAS

United States

Sister

Pop-up Earth Day @ Idaho Botanical Garden

Postponed

Idaho Botanical Gardens - Boise, ID

United States

Smithsonian

Smithsonian Craft Show

Postponed

National Building Museum

United States

Sister

Teens Dream Earth Optimism Celebration

Postponed

Washington, D.C.

United States

Affiliate

Earth Day at Fonthill Castle

Postponed

Fonthill Castle- Doylestown, PA

United States

Sister

10th Annual Framingham Earth Day Festival

Postponed

Framingham Centre Common - Framingham, MA

United States

Sister

The Living Desert Earth Day Celebration

Postponed

Palm Desert, CA

United States

Affiliate

Springfield Museums' Earth Day Clean-Up

Postponed

Springfield Museums - Springfield, Massachusetts

United States

Sister

Party for the Planet

Postponed

Roosevelt Park Zoo- Minot, ND

United States

Smithsonian

Families Together: The Food We Eat

Postponed

National Museum of American History

United States

Sister

Discovery Day Open House

Postponed

EOS Center - Tiburon CA

United States

Smithsonian

Composting 101

Postponed

H St Farms at W.S. Jenks & Sons

United States

Smithsonian

City Nature Challenge Bio Blitz

Postponed

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Smithsonian

Global Climate Justice: What Does It Mean?

Postponed

S. Dillon Ripley Center

United States

Smithsonian

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Postponed

S. Dillon Ripley Center

United States

Smithsonian

Earth Optimism Teen Event: Changing the Climate Conversation

Postponed

Q?rius, National Museum of Natural History

United States

Affiliate

2020 Environmental Youth Conference: Earth Optimism Summit

Postponed

Lowell High School - Lowell, MA

United States

Affiliate

Earth Optimism Teen Conversation

Postponed

Western Science Center, Hemet, California

United States

Smithsonian

Earth Optimism Wikipedia Workshop: Endangered Species

Postponed

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Smithsonian

The Language of Butterflies

Postponed

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Smithsonian

World Ocean Day - Connecting the Ocean and the Arts

Postponed

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Smithsonian

STEAM Education: An International Case Study

Postponed

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Anacostia Community Museum

United States

Smithsonian

Family Night: Pollinators (Smithsonian Solstice Saturday)

Postponed

National Museum of Natural History

United States

Sister

Conversation on Sustainable Food with Young Leaders in Trinidad and Tobago

Virtual - April 24, 2020

2:00 p.m.

Trinidad and Tobago

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