The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is going all-digital! The celebrations kick off June 24 at noon, with an Earth Optimism webinar “Conservation & Communities from the Kachemak Bay to the Chesapeake Bay.” Ruth Stolk, the head of the Smithsonian’s Conservation Commons, will join scientists and community leaders working to preserve the environment in Chesapeake Bay and Alaska.

Watch the program live on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival homepage, the Smithsonian Folklife Facebook page or YouTube page ( Click Interested or Going to get a Facebook notification when the video begins. Real-time captioning and ASL interpretation available. View full information about the Earth Optimism webinar here.

More storytelling, live performances and other events will take place from June 24-July 5. View the full schedule at

Matt Ogburn (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)
Ruth Stolk (Smithsonian Conservation Commons)
Fred Tutman (Patuxent Riverkeeper)
Coowe Walker (Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Preserve)
Dennis Whigham (Smithsonian Environmental Research Center)