Just as the city is about to burst out in bloom, its time to celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day. Earth Day is on April 22 and National Arbor Day is April 29 but there are events spreading across the next two weeks that bring our attention to our beautiful planet and how we can be a little nicer to her. Check these out:
NYC Green Festival
Friday 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Explore more than 250 exhibitors, hear from more than 50 speakers, learn about local green nonprofits and sample vegan food and at this annual green marketplace devoted to sustainable living.
Javits Center, 655 W. 34th St., greenfestivals.org
$12-$32, FREE for ages 16 and under. Seniors and Military receive a discount at the door. Students receive free admission on Friday and receive a discount on Saturday and Sunday at the door.
Earth Day Initiative in Union Square
From live music to interactive displays to kid-friendly activities, this annual event put on by Earth Day Initiative is a favorite among green-thinking New Yorkers of all ages.
Union Square, North Plaza, East 17th Street and Park Avenue, earthdayinitiative.org
NYSOM Green Day in Harlem
2:00 pm-4:00 pm
An earth day celebration featuring plant pot painting (those who attend will receive a plant pot to paint with soil & seed to grow their own fruit or vegetables)- first come first served. Earth day arts & crafts, family fitness challenge, earth day storytime and more.
La Casita Garden, 223 East 119th Street btwn 2nd & 3rd ave
FREE. All are welcome!
Volunteer at Fort Tryon Park
10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Give your time and help make Fort Tryon Park a little bit greener by volunteering with the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust and NYC Parks. Come in long pants and boots and sneakers and install plants on the Fort Washington terrace slope. Plants, tools and gloves will be provided.
Margaret Corbin Circle in Fort Tryon Park, Fort Washington Avenue and Cabrini Boulevard, nycgovparks.org
Earth Day Celebration at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn
12:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Activities include Urban Park Ranger-led hikes, interpretive dance and Native American performances, and light refreshments.
Earth Day in Prospect Park at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn
1:00 p.m. –4:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center for its annual Earth Day celebration.
Vegetable Gardening 101 at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island
2:00 p.m. –3:00 p.m.
Learn the basics of gardening from preparing soils, selecting seeds, and best planting practices, and discuss what is needed for a successful growing season and harvest.
GreenThumb Gardening Workshop
Get in touch with your inner gardener at this GreenThumb workshop, where you can learn about insects that help gardens and take home a couple species to release in your own garden.
City Hall Garden in City Hall Park, Chambers and Centre Streets, greenthumbnyc.org
Earth Day 5K Green Tour
Staggered start times between 9:00 am and 12:00 pm
This is a 5K with a twist as we raise money for our year-round environmental education programs and participate in a walking tour of great sites in the city, such as the Lowline (the world’s first underground park), the eco-friendly 1 Hotel Central Park, and a natural food cooking school, as well as a sneak peak of a new nature documentary. It’s a great activity for friends, family, a corporate volunteer team, or school group. Lunch will be provided by the Natural Gourmet Institute!
Register to participate: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-922-0048, earthdayinitiative.org/earth-day-new-york-2016-events
Empire Clean Cities
9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Check out the greenest cars on the market and learn about what the future of clean energy vehicles might look like with Empire Clean Cities.
180 Maiden Lane, New York. empirecleancities.org
FREE, RSVP required
Sherman Creek Stewardship Day: Earth Day Cleanup
10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Help pick up litter and clean up the pathways to reveal the hidden beauty of this part of the park.
181st Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan
Earth Day Afternoon
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Learn some of the simplest practices in sustainability and make-and-take a compost cookie to feed a plant at home or at school.
Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island
It’s My Park at Rosemary’s Playground
11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Friends of Rosemary’s Playground to care for trees and garden beds in honor of Earth Day!
Rosemary’s Playground, Queens
Earth Day Celebration: Nature Center Open House
11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Join Greenbelt Nature Center for a full day of activities to celebrate Earth Day!
Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley), Staten Island
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of activities for all ages, including a petting zoo, arts and crafts, live music, face-painting, tours, food and craft vendors, compost demonstrations, and a beer tent!
Queens Botanical Garden, Queens