10 of the best nature documentaries to stream at home this Earth Day

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor
10 of the best nature documentaries to stream at home this Earth Day

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April 22 marks Earth Day — and while we may not all have the luxury of getting outside to enjoy the great outdoors, we can all gather inside our homes with a selection of nature documentaries. 

We’re lucky enough to have the option of multiple streaming services at our fingertips, which helps to bring the outside in these days. Ahead of Earth Day we wanted to spotlight some of the most breathtaking and eye-catching titles to watch, all in an effort to inspire a little appreciation for the planet that we call home. 

Whether you’re a fan of deep sea adventures, insects or the African Savanna, there are plenty of choices that the whole family can enjoy. Scroll through for some of the top nature documentaries to stream together this Earth Day, and let us know how you’ll be celebrating in the comments. 

Chasing Coral

Chasing Coral. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Netflix

In this Netflix original documentary, a team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing, and the efforts being taken to restore these natural wonders.

Great Migrations

Great Migrations. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Disney+

Three years in the making, this epic docuseries follows the struggles of animals around the world as they migrate across the planet, often at unforgiving odds.

Departures

Departures. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Though not strictly a nature series, Departures follows best friends Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach as they travel the world, visiting bustling cities, remote island destinations and everywhere in between. 

Our Planet

Our Planet. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Netflix

Narrated by celebrated nature broadcaster David Attenborough, this series showcases the diversity of our planet’s beauty, along with the impact of climate change on various ecosystems across the globe. 

Into The Cold

Into The Cold. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

In this dramatic feature film, two explorers embark on an expedition to the North Pole, determinedly journeying 400 miles on foot while facing harsh temperatures as low as -45℃. 

Dancing with the Birds

Dancing with the Birds. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Netflix

If you’ve ever wondered what the dating world is like for creatures in the wild, you’ll want to watch as various colourful tropical birds show off their best moves, all in an attempt to attract a mate.

Elephant 

Elephant. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Disney+

Feast your eyes on the latest film from DisneyNature that follows a family of elephants as they make their way across the Kalahari Desert, all narrated by Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex

Earth: The Inside Story

Earth: The Inside Story. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

Featuring footage of top geologic hot spots on every continent, the film traces the scientifically-based story of the 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, from the core to the crust and up into the atmosphere.

Penguins

Penguins. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Disney+

Another new addition to Disney’s collection of nature documentaries, Penguins follows the life of Steve, an Adelie penguin, as he takes on life in the Antarctic. 

Night on Earth

Night on Earth. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Netflix

Narrated by “Orange Is the New Black” star Samira Wiley, this series reveals the hidden lives of creatures living around the world, from moonlit plains to busy cities. 

Bonus: Anthropocene: The Human Epoch

Anthropocene: The Human Epoch. Image via IMDB.

Where to watch: Kanopy

Available to stream online for free for a limited time, viewers in the Unites States can watch this film that takes a unique look at our planet and the effects of global warming.

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