On Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, Vanderbilt visitors and their children can enjoy free creative activities after exploring the natural history collections.
Educators will be staffing creative stations that celebrate the wonders of the Earth, in the Mansion Courtyard and in the Marine Museum. Projects will include making a butterfly, shark or sea snail, and planting a flower seed.
Activities are free with general admission. General museum admission is $7 for adults, $6 for students with ID and seniors (62 and older), and $3 for children 12 and under. General admission includes estate-grounds access to the Marine Museum, Memorial Wing natural-history and ethnographic-artifact galleries, Nursery Wing, Habitat Room, Egyptian mummy and Stoll Wing animal-habitat dioramas. For a mansion tour, add $6 per ticket.
Gaylord Nelson, then a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, founded Earth Day as a national day to focus on the environment. He was inspired after witnessing the ravages of the massive 1969 oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. The day was first observed on April 22, 1970.