Virtual Earth Day Celebration 2021

Starting Thursday, April 22, 2021 join us online for the Mission’s month-long Virtual Earth Day Celebration! Learn about the Mission’s Gardens, explore how to make a butterfly friendly space, learn about Native American basket weaving practices, and more! Adults and children of all ages will enjoy these special virtual offerings! There is something for everyone to enjoy from the comfort of their own home.

Videos and our special nature scavenger hunt activity will be featured on our social media throughout our month-long virtual celebration and will continue to be available on our website.

Special thanks to the Mission San Juan Capistrano Gardening Angel volunteers and Native American Basket Weaving volunteers, The Discovery Cube Foundation, Susie Vanderlip, Dr. Charles Brown, and Siren Song Studios for helping to make this online celebration possible.

Free Livestreams

Free Videos

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FREE LIVESTREAMSThursday, April 22, 2021

Tour of the Mission’s West Gardens

Join Mission Gardening Angel Volunteers Jan Sorensen and Toni Nelson on a virtual tour of the Mission’s West Gardens, featuring our vegetable and herb demonstration gardens, native plant garden, and special monarch butterfly habitat, designed to protect wild monarch butterfly eggs and caterpillars while they grow.

Cliff Swallows and Urban Living Lecture

We are excited to welcome the return of Dr. Charles Brown, an acclaimed swallows expert and professor of biological sciences at the University of Tulsa for this virtual lecture on the swallows of Capistrano. This encore lecture will focus on different information that Dr. Brown’s Swallows Day lecture, including the swallows adaptations to urban living.

Paint the Mission: Watercolor Class for All Ages

Gather your watercolor painting supplies together for this special Paint the Mission class lead by Mission Education Staff Artist in Residence, Melanie Rayburn! This class is designed to be enjoyed with the family and is accessible to people of all ages and levels of experience. To paint along with this livestream, we recommend the following supplies: watercolor paints, paint brush, watercolor paper, pencil, any black marker, and water for dipping your paint brush.


Native American Basket Weaving

Mission San Juan Capistrano Native American Basket Weaving Volunteers share the rich basket weaving tradition and cultural practices of the Acjachmen people. Presented by Ellen Olivares Schneider, Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation; Adelia Sandoval, Juaneño Band of Mission Indians, Acjachemen Nation; and Mariah Doyle Sandoval.

STEM Learning, presented by The Discovery Cube Foundation

For more interactive content from Discovery Cube, including science themed adventures and activities, documentaries, fun videos, and music, please visit

The Water Cycle

Discovery Cube presents a video about Mother Earth and how she helps provide water for us through a process called the Water Cycle. 

From the Mountains to Your Tap

This Discovery Cube video takes you on a journey of how water is transported to our dry and arid environment in Southern California for all to use. Let’s remember to use it efficiently so it will lasts for generations.

Big Bumpy Land

California’s landscape is beautiful and diverse. Discovery Cube takes you on a musical excursion through California learning how its landscape assists in bringing water to us in the southern part of the state.

Ways To Save

Learn to be water wise with Discovery Cube’s sing-along science music video.

Sustainability Energy Song

We need power to fuel our lives. Discovery Cube will have you singing along as you learn about sustainable energy that is healthy for our planet.

Butterfly Song

Sing along with Discovery Cube and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly.

Creating a Monarch Butterfly Garden, presented by Susie Vanderlip

Local author and Monarch Conservation Specialist, Susie Vanderlip, shares information about creating a monarch butterfly friendly garden.


Click here to download our Printable Nature Scavenger Hunt Activity!

2020 Virtual Earth Day Celebration Event Highlights

Enjoy these highlights from the Mission San Juan Capistrano’s 2020 Earth Day experience.

Ask a Gardening Angel Q&A Session

Special Video Presentations:

Celebrating the Great Outdoors at Mission San Juan Capistrano
Enjoy the beauty of the Mission’s grounds and gardens.

Honeybee Story Time
Jim Curwood aka “Bicycle Jim” of Buy My Bikes reads Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski.

Butterfly Life Cycle Presentation
Susie Vanderlip, local author and Monarch Conservation Specialist will share her knowledge about the butterfly life cycle.

Celebrating Native American Culture
Native American storyteller and the Orange County Educator of the year for 2009, Jacque Tahuka Nunez shares stories about her people’s culture and history.