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Earth Week 2020

(Many thanks to our PTA Council, Grades of Green, and Green Committee for compiling this information)

Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth DayEarth Day 2020

Week of Activities


Manhattan Beach has a proud tradition of being an environmentally conscious community and our schools are no exception. In 2016, MBUSD was recognized as a National Green Ribbon Award winning school for our exemplary efforts to reduce environmental impacts and costs, promote better health and ensure effective environmental education. 


To continue that environmental education and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, we invite families to enjoy the activities compiled below this week. Enjoy!


Monday – Earth Appreciation Kickoff


Share: History of Earth Day Read to the family at dinner the 50 year history of Earth Day and talk about what Earth Day means to you today or pose one of these important questions:


  • What good things are we already doing in our day to help the earth?
  • What simple changes can our family make to take even better care of our planet?
  • Why is it important to be good about: recycling? composting? turning off the lights? taking shorter showers? turning off the water while brushing our teeth?
  • Why is it sometimes hard to make even small changes like these?


Do: Family Nature Scavenger Hunts – Participate in Manhattan Beach Rock Hunt. See how many painted rock messages you can find on your daily walk. Get moving and have some fun in the fresh air on our amazing planet. Here are 20 ideas for various nature scavenger hunts with printable tools.


Watch: Our Planet - Behind the Scenes Documentary of years spent recording footage of creatures from every corner of the globe is bound to produce a bit of drama. Narrated by David Attenborough


Eat: Rice MB (all gluten-free and vegan friendly) - prix fixe sushi meals available with lots of healthy veggie-themed appetizers. *Remember to ask them to leave out the utensils to save waste.


Read: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss - Dr. Seuss's beloved story teaches kids to speak up and stand up for those who can't. With a recycling-friendly "Go Green" message, The Lorax allows young readers to experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted, all in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. The book's final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference. -- excerpted from the MB public library OverDrive ebook collection


Tuesday – Environmental Art


Do: Art is a powerful tool to communicate messages, trigger emotions and inspire action! Use the following ideas to inspire a home art project. 

  • Repurpose materials from around your house into new items; make jewelry, bags or plant holders! Here are a few ideas from Waste Management.
  • Draw or paint what you want a sustainable future to look like. Write a creative story about what that world is like! 
  • Gather nature items from outside, like leaves and pinecones, and make an art project out of them. What animals can you create out of the things you find? 


Eat: Shade Hotel Miso Salmon Family Dinner  *Remember to ask them to leave out the utensils to save waste.


Read: Mr. Cornell's Dream Boxes, by Jeanette Winter. "Joseph Cornell love to draw and paint and collect things. With these drawings and paintings and collected treasures, he made marvelous shadowboxes --wonderlands-- that he loved to share with children." --excerpted from Amazon


Wednesday – Food Choices


Do: Learn about the impacts of your food choices and our food system while cooking delicious plant-based meals! 

  • Research new plant-based recipes or recreate your favorite family recipes with plant-based alternatives. 
  • Learn food preservation techniques such as canning, pickling, drying and freezing to enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round and minimize your food waste. 
  • Grow your own fresh veggies using Lettuce Grow 


Eat: Cook at home. Order from local bookstore {Pages}. MB’s local celebrity chef, Pamela Salzman’s new cookbook, Quicker than Quick or check out her website for deliciously healthy recipes.


Also, if you need fresh ingredients to cook with this week, order from our MB Farmer’s Market farmers and vendors. Many of them are offering home delivery. Scroll to the bottom of their page for details!


Watch: The Game Changers on Netflix. Presented by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Lewis Hamilton, Novak Djokovic and Chris Paul. This is a film about meat, protein and strength.  A UFC fighter's world is turned upside down when he discovers an elite group of world-renowned athletes and scientists who prove that everything he had been taught about protein was a lie.


Read: Let's Eat: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet, by Kimberley Veness. "All the food you eat has a story, and this book is packed with interesting and sometimes startling facts on agriculture around the world." --excerpted from the MB public library OverDrive ebook collection.


Thursday – Animal Habitats


Do: Countless species on our planet inspire wonder and connection to Earth’s habitats. Learn about the impacts of biodiversity loss and how to help local species from home. 

  • Watch an environmental documentary or animal show and research ways to protect your favorite animals. Movie suggestion: Hoot - A young man (Lerman) moves from Montana to Florida with his family, where he's compelled to engage in a fight to protect a population of endangered owls. Cast includes Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson actor) and Brie Larson (Captain Marvel actress).

Watch: Tune in to a virtual teach-in from a zoo or aquarium and learn about animals and their habitats. Here are a couple ways to see live animals at some local museums:

Eat: Lunch Order A Natural Sandwich from Becker’s Bakery and don’t forget the cookies! Or try an Impossible or Vegan Da Works pizza from Fresh Brothers Pizza in Manhattan Beach.  *Remember to ask them to leave out the utensils to save waste.


Read: The Watcher, Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter - Follow Jane from her childhood in London watching a robin on her windowsill, to her years in the African forests of Gombe, Tanzania, invited by brilliant scientist Louis Leakey to observe chimps, to her worldwide crusade to save these primates who are now in danger of extinction, and their habitat. --excerpted from Amazon


Friday– Plastic Use


Do: Plastics are a huge part of our daily lives, but there are tons of great alternatives to use to help the planet! You can make a huge difference by changing what you buy and how you dispose of plastic.  

  • Conduct a plastic audit in your home. Count how many plastic containers, wraps, bottles and bags you purchase for your kitchen and bathroom. 
  • Research products that have more sustainable packaging for your next grocery shop or online order!
  • Ask restaurants to skip the plastic utensils with your delivery or pickup orders.
  • Trash to Treasure Activities – Animal Habitat Building, Marble Mazes, Puppet Show Theater, SkeeBall Game Building and more

Watch: Wall E - In the distant future, a small waste-collecting robot inadvertently embarks on a space journey that will ultimately decide the fate of mankind.


Eat: Try for lunch Pesto Zucchini Noodles or Chickpea Tacos for pick up from M&Love in North Manhattan Beach or Thin Noodle Lasagna Family Night Dinner from Tin Roof Bistro for dinner. *Remember to ask them to leave out the utensils to save waste.


Read: One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, by Miranda Paul. "The inspiring story about how one woman began a movement to recycle the plastic bags that were polluting her community." --Excerpted from the MB public library OverDrive ebook collection.


Future – Become a Community Scientist


You can participate in Earth Challenge from anywhere at anytime!  To keep your love of the Earth going, contribute as a community scientist in one of these amazing ways:




Earth Week 2020 Resource List – Compiled Option List







  • History of Earth Day
  • The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
  • Cornell's Dream Boxes,by Jeanette Winter
  • Let's Eat: Sustainable Food for a Hungry Planet by Kimberley Veness
  • The Watcher, Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter
  • One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia,by Miranda Paul






*Remember to ask them to leave out the utensils to save waste.