Where to Celebrate Earth Day in the New York City Area
By NYMetroParents Calendar Editor

Where to Celebrate Earth Day in the New York City Area

March 22, 2016   |   Spring Activities  

UPDATED MARCH 2017: Spring is finally here, and it's the perfect time to get outside with the family and celebrate our beautiful planet. Here is our round-up of Earth Day events happening all month, and on Saturday, April 22 in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long IslandWestchester, and Rockland counties. 

Earth Day Activities in Manhattan

FREE Earth Day New York
WHEN: Tuesday, April 18, 12-7pm
WHERE: Union Square, 33 E. 17th St., Union Square
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day as part of this annual environmental wake-up call event. Activities will include dozens of environmental organizations and campaigns, kids' activities and entertainment, a sharing economy exhibition, local businesses with green projects, a green vehicle exhibition, live performances, and celebrity appearances.
WANT TO GO? 212-622-0165. earthydayny.org.

Earth Day Activities in Brooklyn

FREE 10th Annual National Grid Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 3pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College, 2900 Avenue H, Flatbush
WHAT: Now in its tenth year, this celebration is designed to educate families on how they can play a role in caring for the earth and creating a more sustainable future. Interactive family activities, educational materials, and give-away items will highlight the need for conserving energy, recycling in the home, and having a heightened awareness of the environmental and global issues that we face today.
WANT TO GO? 718-951-4500. brooklyncenter.org.

Earth Day Activities in Queens

FREE Earth Day Craft Activity
WHEN: Thursday, April 20, 3:30pm
WHERE: Bay Terrace Library, 18-36 Bell Blvd., Bayside
AGES: 5-12
WHAT: Enjoy creating and decorating a craft for Earth Day, using recycled materials and other supplies.
WANT TO GO? 718-423-7004. queenslibrary.org.
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 9am-5pm
WHERE: Astoria Park, Shore Blvd. between Ditmars Blvd. and Astoria Park South, Astoria
WHAT: This nature-themed Spring Kickoff Celebration that will feature community volunteer opportunities, gardening activities, a shoreline cleanup, public programming and the re-opening of the renovated Bocce Ball Court. Other events include live music, fun child-friendly games, prize, and fitness activities.
WANT TO GO? astoriaparkalliance.org.
Family Breakfast Club: Earth Day Everyday
WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 9:30am
WHERE: Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St., Corona
WHAT: Participants explore the zoo, meet some animals up close, and learn some ways that they can help wildlife in the city. Light breakfast will be served.
WANT TO GO? $35. 718-271-1500. queenszoo.com.

Earth Day Activities on Long Island

Our Earth, Our Home
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11am-3pm
WHERE: Long Island Children's Museum, 11 Davis Ave., Garden City
WHAT: Learn how you can make a difference in keeping our planet healthy.
WANT TO GO? $13; $12 seniors 65 and older; free children younger than 1. 516-224-5800. licm.org.
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 11am
WHERE: Seatuck Environmental Center, 550 S. Bay Ave., Islip
WHAT: Get up close and personal with reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Celebrate and learn about these amazing animals.
WANT TO GO? 631-581-6908. seatuck.org.

Celebrate Earth Day
WHEN: April 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5pm
WHERE: Martime Explorium, 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson
AGES: Newborn-12
WHAT: Build a biome with native plant seeds. Recycle water bottles and grow something green to help keep the atmosphere clean.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-331-3277. martimeexplorium.org.
FREE Protect Our Planet
WHEN: Saturday, April 29, 2-2:45pm
WHERE: Brentwood Public Library, 34 Second Ave., Brentwood
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Learn the effects of pollution on our environment and how to help protect our planet. Then make a craft to celebrate the Earth.
WANT TO GO? 631-273-7883. brentwoodnylibrary.org.
Herb Fest
WHEN: April 29-30, Saturday-Sunday, 10am-6pm
WHERE: Garden of Eve Farm, 4558 Sound Ave., Riverhead
WHAT: An all-new festival showcasing the versatility, variety and vivaciousness of herbs. Celebrate spring and Earth Day on the farm. Discover the health benefits of herbs in workshops scheduled throughout the weekend.
WANT TO GO? $5. 631-722-8777. gardenofevefarm.com.

Earth Day Activities in Westchester County

Earth Day for Protecting Pollinators
WHEN: April 22-23, Saturday-Sunday, 10:30am-1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
WHAT: Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to protect and support the environment and essential pollinators, like the honeybees who live at Wave Hill.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.
Earth Day Insect Expedition
WHEN: Sunday, April 23, 12pm and 1pm
WHERE: Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
AGES: 8 and older, Adult
WHAT: Get up-close and personal with insects and other critters that creep, crawl, and cruise around the Hudson River Valley.
WANT TO GO? $8; $4 children. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

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Earth Day Activities in Rockland County

FREE Celebrate Earth Day and Annual Blessing of the Soil
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 12pm
WHERE: Catholic Charities Community Serivces of Rockland, 78 Hudson Ave., Haverstraw
AGES: All 
WHAT: Family-friendly activities will include a master gardener demonstration, face painting, arts and crafts, clowns, a Tai Chi mini class, a yoga demonstration, and refreshments. One of the highlights of the day will be the ribbon cutting for a greenhouse on the property, the first of its kind in the New York region to be constructed for the benefit a food pantry.
WANT TO GO? 845-942-5791. ccsrockland.org.
Earth Day Celebration
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 10:30am-3pm
WHERE: Trailside Museums & Zoo, Bear Mountain State Park, Bear Mountain
AGES: 3 and older
WHAT: Help make treats for the bears at 10:30am. Then watch them emerge from their dens to gobble them up at 11am. Throughout the day, there will be nature-related displays, activities, and games, plus some tips to help you look after Mother Earth.
WANT TO GO? $10 parking; donations welcome. 845-786-2701 x293. trailsidezoo.org.
Earth Day Celebration and Annual Hike-A-Thon
WHEN: Saturday, April 22, 9:30am-3pm
WHERE: Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Drive, Cornwall
WHAT: Earth Day is a family-friendly event and includes a green zone of child friendly games and activities, farm animals, live music, hay rides, nature play at Grasshopper Grove, and more.
WANT TO GO? $5 per car. 845-534-5506. hhnaturemuseum.org.

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