Due to the current pandemic, earthday365’s historic St. Louis Earth Day Festival, originally scheduled for April 25-26, 2020, in Forest Park, has been rescheduled to take place on October 18th, 2020, in Tower Grove Park.

In the meantime, in the midst of social distancing, earthday365 asks the public to join together from the comfort of their homes for a Virtual Earth Day Festival at earthday-365.org from April 18-26. This format is an opportunity to connect the public on a local and national level to organizations who share earthday365’s environmental values.

“The response from our local environmental community has been astounding – they have truly demonstrated resilience in the face of unexpected adversity. The result is nine days of exciting live programming that will represent the full spectrum of sustainability-focused organizations in St. Louis,” said Dr. Jess Watson, executive director of earthday365.

Presenters include: Dr. Peter Raven, president emeritus of MOBOT; Maurice Muia, NRDC’s decarbonization climate advisor; Catherine Werner, St. Louis City’s sustainability director; Great Rivers Environmental Law; OneSTL; USGBC; Dr. Odean Serrano of Countering Wildlife Trafficking; and Jean Ponzi of Earthworms.

Workshops will be provided by: Forest ReLeaf, Audubon Society, Grow Solar, Straight Up Solar, Perennial, Heru Urban Farms, Mighty Cricket, and EarthDance Farms. Live virtual tours will include: Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary, Sustainable Backyard Tour, St. Louis Aquarium, St. Louis Composting, and Republic Services (recycling facility).

Live performers will include: Chris Otto, Scooter Brown, Cheeraz Gorman, Tommy Wasiuta, Alexis Coleman, and Mark Pagano.

The event will include daily Yoga Flow from YogaBuzz, gardening and heritage skill classes, a Virtual Happy Hour from Young Friends of earthday365, Eco-trivia, Green Story Time, opportunities to win prizes and raffles, and more!

Local vendors and sponsors will be highlighted online within themed-experience areas such as: Arts & Crafts, Down on the Farm, Energy & Green Building, Home & Family, Nature & Wildlife, Pets, Social Sustainability, Transportation & Alternative Fuels, Wellness & Spirituality, and Youth Corner.

For more information, visit https://earthday-365.org/virtual-earth-day-festival/.