Check out these five fun Earth Day nature programs for kids and families happening this April in Manhattan and the Bronx.
Earth Day falls on April 22 this year, but with all the fun nature-based activities happening throughout April in Manhattan and the Bronx, why not spend the whole month teaching your kids the importance of treating the Earth right? Better yet, use the holiday as an excuse to kick off a new family initiative to go green. These events make it easy to have fun while learning to care for the planet. Tree huggers unite!
Founded in 2008, NatureMania is a celebration of urban nature for kids. This year’s theme is Engage Your Senses, and kids will be encouraged to use all five senses to interact with the world around them. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and should bring their own lunch. A daily schedule will be available online as it gets closer to the event; kids are welcome to attend one day or all five. Click for details
Head north for more earth-friendly family fun: Family Art Project: Who Will Speak for the Trees? features guest storyteller Rama Mandel, who will read green-themed classics The Lorax by Dr. Seuss and The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Afterward, work with burlap and mixed papers to create a portrait that honors the trees, and fashion a tiny Earth Day charm to wear with pride. Click for details
Next, the Scholastic Store celebrates Earth Day with Ms. Frizzle. Ms. Frizzle will read Joanna Cole’s The Magic School Bus and The Climate Challenge and will be available afterward to hang out, take pictures by the bus, and create portraits of Earth with kids. Click for details
The Green Festival is the nation’s largest green living event. The festival kicks off its 11th year here in NYC with a weekend event featuring speakers, entrepreneurs, activists, an organic beer and wine pavillion, a sustainable fashion show, and a marketplace of more than 300 eco-friendly businesses. Click for details
Finally, commemorate the holiday on its actual date at Central Park Zoo with Earth Day Images, a program that allows families to take photos of zoo animals as they tour the grounds with the zoo’s resident wildlife photographer Judith Wolfe. Adult supervision is required and you must bring your own digital camera. Click for details