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, Westchester, 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 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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