April: Earth Day

mpm community of curiosityIn April, we celebrate Earth Day and highlight the need for the protection and conservation of the environment.

Join us to learn more about the richness and diversity in the natural world and why it’s so important to protect it.

Family Resource
Sustainability Exercise 

The Milwaukee Public Museum wants to be part of a sustainable future in Milwaukee, both through our educational exhibits and programming and the green initiatives in our facility. Learn more about our latest green projects. Then, download our guide to use as a starting point to think about the practices in your own home, neighborhood, or city, whether these choices will create a safe and healthy environment for future generations, and how we can each be more sustainable. 


Butterfly Wings Drawing

Butterfly wings are amazing and unique. Learn a bit about symmetry and camouflage, then use these ideas to create your own unique butterfly wing pattern!


Milwaukee Public Library Reading List

Want to learn more about this month's theme? Milwaukee Public Library has put together a list of recommended reading for both children and adults. 


Backyard BioBlitz

A mini at-home BioBlitz is a fun way to practice the skills of a scientist and learn more about the richness and variety of the natural world. Download our PDF, grab a few supplies, and head outside to experience the early springtime biodiversity of your own neighborhood!



Adult Events
Karen OberhauserLunch and Lecture

"Monarch Butterfly Biology and Conservation"
with Karen S. Oberhauser, Director, UW-Madison Arboretum and Professor, Dept. of Entomology

Monarch butterfly populations have been declining over the last 20 years. Karen will describe the amazing biology of migratory monarch populations, how citizens and scientists are documenting monarch numbers across their migratory cycle, and what all of us can do to help preserve this charismatic insect for generations to come.

Date and Time
Tuesday, April 13, 2021
11:30 a.m. virtual Zoom lecture

Members FREE; non-member price $5 per household

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thor hansonScience on Tap

"Common Wonders"
with Thor Hanson, Author and Biologist

We never stop to think about the cotton in our pajamas or the poppy seeds in a piece of cake. If we take the time to pause and investigate, we find that these common wonders are touchstones to the natural world; they reveal incredible secrets about evolution and biology – nature, and our connections to it. With stories and pictures from his research and award-winning books, Thor’s presentation is a fertile reminder of how close we are to nature, wherever we happen to live.

Date and Time
Thursday, April 29, 2021
7:00 p.m. Zoom lecture

Members FREE; non-member price is $5 per household

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