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Planting Seeds with Earth Day Wishes at the Museum of Flight

SEATTLE – On April 20 the Museum reveals its new Wishes for the Earth wildflower boxes and everyone is invited to help plant their first seeds. Earth Day family activities also include a seed paper making workshop, a look into insect flight, and an interactive NASA livestream about green solutions for waste in outer space. All programs are free with Museum membership and included with general admission.

Insect Wands: Weekend Family Workshops
10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
1 to 2 p.m.
Learn about insect flight during this hands-on, family experience investigating science, engineering and aerospace topics that Museum Educators reveal in fun and surprising ways.

Planting Wishes for the Earth
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (while supplies last)
The Museum’s 2023 Art+Flight exhibit included a suspended sculpture by Nina Vichayapai titled I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud. Hanging from the sculpture were dozens of colorful organic paper raindrops filled with wildflower seeds and adorned with hand-written “Wishes for the Earth” from the artist and Museum visitors. The artist’s project now comes full circle as Vichayapai helps visitors plant the seeded papers in the Museum’s new wildflower boxes.

Seed Paper Making Workshop with Artist Nina Vichayapai
12 to 2 p.m.
Artist Nina Vichayapai will teach Museum visitors how to make and design organic seed paper. They can keep their creations or plant their own “Wishes for the Earth” at the Museum. The workshop is drop-in style, and no sign-ups are required.

Turning Space Trash to Space Gas: A NASA Livestream Show-and-Tell with Dr. Annie Meier
2 to 3 p.m.
How can you take out the trash when you live in space? At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Dr. Annie Meier is investigating how to convert trash generated in space into gas using a device called OSCAR (Orbital Syngas/Commodity Augmentation Reactor). OSCAR and “trash-to-gas” is one of several potential solutions NASA is investigating to reduce, reuse, and recycle waste generated by astronauts for future missions. A Q&A follows the livestream program. (The program can also be streamed at home; see the Museum’s Calendar page for info).

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Close-up of one of the “Wishes for the Earth” paper raindrops created for the sculpture, I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud. The handmade paper is filled with wildflower seeds and will be planted on Earth Day at The Museum of Flight. Sean Mobley/The Museum of Flight.