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Mission San Juan Capistrano is proud to bring you our annual Earth Day Celebration digitally. Join us live online for a month-long Earth Day celebration as we share videos, links and livestreams. Our family friendly virtual celebration is the perfect place for students and adults alike to learn about the planet we call home!

Event Information

Discover the beauty of the Mission’s gardens. Explore the lives of butterflies and other pollinators. Learn how local Native American groups used natural resources in the past and continue to today.

2021 Event Highlights include:

• Video: Monarch and Pollinator Friendly Gardening, featuring Susie Vanderlip, local author and Monarch Conservation Specialist
• Video: Native American Basket Weaving, featuring Native American Basket Weaving Volunteers
• Video: Butterfly Song and Monarch’s Journey, provided in partnership with the Discovery Cube Foundation and more!

Ticket Information

This virtual event is FREE to the public. Pre-register for the livestream event to be posted online at least one week prior to the event. Pre-registration is recommended but not required.

2021 Virtual Earth Day Celebration

Enjoy these highlights from the 2021 Mission San Juan Capistrano’s online Earth Day experience:

Tour of the Mission’s West Gardens
Featuring Jan Sorenson and Toni Nelson

Run Time: 31 minutes and 2 seconds

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
Featuring Cliff Swallow Expert Dr. Charles Brown

Run Time: 35 minutes and 4 seconds

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
Featuring Mission Staff Artist in Residence Melanie Rayburn

Run Time: 1 hour and 15 minutes

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

Run Time: 5 minutes and 37 seconds

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.

Preview Clip. Full video available as part of the Virtual Field Trip Package.

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

Run Time: 8 minutes and 51 seconds

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

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