Animal Crossing New Horizons Nature Day NEWS: Dates, Rewards, Characters And More For Earth Day
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Animal Crossing New Horizons Nature Day NEWS: Dates, Rewards, Characters And More For Earth Day

Chris Trout
6 April 2020

Nature Day is the next big event coming to Animal Crossing New Horizons, it all kicked off on the 23rd April and will run to the 4th May.

Animal Crossing New Horizons' new event  'Nature Day' has finally arrived as it aims to celebrate the real world's Earth Day!

Update 1.2.0 has arrived and the latest patch notes are now here.

The official Animal Crossing account has revealed what's to come in the upcoming event and beyond including two familiar characters returning, new items and museum expansion.

Earth Day, which is what the real-world event is called, is an annual event celebrated around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.

Animal Crossing is getting in on the action and here's what you need to know

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ Nature Day event is here! It started on April 23rd and will run until May 4th.

When Does Nature Day Start In Animal Crossing: New Horizons?

The latest update has arrived and the event has now started - beginning on the 23rd April.

Earth Day is traditionally celebrated on the 22nd April.

The event will run until the 4th May 2020.


What Will Nature Day Include?

You can see the latest patch notes for update 1.2.0, which brings the new event Nature Day.

If it's similar to past Earth Day events in previous games, players will engage in activities and earn rewards themed around environmentalism.

New content will be coming to the game and you can earn Nook Miles from doing activities like playing shrubs.


Here's what's coming in the new event update:

Leif's Garden Shop

Leif will be appearing and selling all sorts of Gardening goodies

Plant Shrubs

New agriculture will be available in the form of shrubs

Jolly Redd's Treasure Trawler

Redd returns with an abundance of rare items for sale in his ship-shop located on the secret beach.

Redd sells pieces of art, but be careful as some are fake - it's up to you to figure out what's fake and what's not.

Museum Expansion

The museum will be getting a new art gallery!

It appears that Leif the Sloth is leading the special event this time around.

In City Folk and New Leaf, this day was also called Nature Day.

Players were able to communicate with the host of the event, which was Tortimer in the first Animal Crossing (rewarding the player a Tree Model), City Folk (rewarding the player a Cool Globe) and Isabelle in New Leaf (rewarding the player with a Cool Globe).


Nook Miles Challenges

Here are the challenges in the new event:

  • Craft a flower crown - 300 miles
  • Plant three [specific flower] bulbs - 200 miles
  • Mail flowers to friends - 200 miles
  • Wear a flower - 150 miles
  • Move a tree - 100 miles
  • Plant a coconut on the beach - 150 miles
  • Craft a wreath - 300 miles
  • Plant three shrubs - 200 miles


With so much new content, here are some handy guides:


Data Miners Reveal New Content

Recently, data miner Ninji revealed a bunch of unreleased features that are due to arrive in Animal Crossing New Horizons.

Although some of it may be generic updates to come at a later period, he specifically said that "some of this might make it into the Earth Day update".

Here's what's to come in the future:

  • Two extra museum upgrades are mentioned. All three levels (after the tent) appear to contain an art section.
  • Two new stand-alone buildings related to the museum are coming: the museum shop and the museum cafe (which incorporates a Gyroid section).
  • Redd appears to be returning and has a ship which will dock on the ‘secret beach’ at the north of the island. It also seems that you will be able to give him stuff.
  • The ‘fake art’ mechanic will make a return to Animal Crossing.
  • Bushes are returning, specifically mentioning azalea, hibiscus, holly, hydrangea, camellia, osmanthus (this list may change as they have already done between the 1.0.0 and 1.1.4 updates).
  • Vegetables will be added, similar to fruit, such as tomato, wheat, sugar cane, potato, carrot, pumpkin.
  • 1.0.0 has a file for a “Seafood” Critterpedia page that’s supposed to contain 33 items; the only one actually in the released game is the manila clam.
  • A third Nook’s Cranny upgrade is referenced.
  • Swimming/Diving is being added and will allow you to obtain fish (a different set from fishing) and seaweed. There’s a portion of the save file reserved to store them already!
  • Unused shopping interfaces in the game include: ‘cGardening’, ‘cMuseum’, ‘cRealEstate’, ‘cGallery’.
  • There’s a function that stores a ‘play report’ (Nintendo’s aggregate stats on gameplay) with three variants: get_recipe_diy, get_recipe_clothing, get_recipe_cooking - currently, only the DIY one is used so we could see the other two added.
  • Some mentions of stuff here have been removed from 1.1 onwards; the list mentioning ‘FlowerBush’ and vegetable names has been modified to list ‘FlBu, V0, V1, V2, …’ instead, one mention of Redd’s shop has gone from
  • ‘TShop’ is in what seems to be a list of doors that buildings can have. Since 1.1 they’ve added ‘WOffice’ as well, which isn’t actually used yet, but might be something they’re working on…
  • There’s a list of types for items where every type is used in the game, except for “Art” and “Dishes”.

None of this can be confirmed officially and may change or just be excess code. But it's an exciting time to know that Animal Crossing still has a lot left to give us!

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