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These fun and low-cost Earth Day events for kids and families on Long Island include Earth Day crafts, festivals, volunteer activities, and more in Nassau and Suffolk counties, including Baldwin, Cold Spring Harbor, East Islip, Glen Cove, Garden City, Manorville, Oyster Bay, Plandome, Riverhead, and Roslyn.
We've only got one planet Earth, and we've got to love it as we live on it. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, check out these cool activities across Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island that will teach you how to care for our world.
April 20: Join the Earth Day Eco Craft: Recycled Paper-Making program, in which you can make a bookmark, a card, a beautiful piece of artwork, or just be creative using recycled paper, at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove.
Help plant new trees to replace those that were lost during Hurricane Sandy and take part in several fun activities during an Earth Day Celebration for the whole family at Science Museum of Long Island in Plandome. Refreshments will be served. FREE!
April 21: Kids are invited to the Nassau County Museum of Art in Roslyn to Celebrate Earth Day by creating a gigantic group sculpture using recycled materials with artists from the NYC-based Free Style Arts Association. Educators from the Science Museum of Long Island will bring some critters to join the fun and work with nets to explore organisms in the museum's ponds.
Kids will use recycled materials to make art that represents our changing world during an Earth Day Celebration at the Long Island Children’s Museum in Garden City.
Meet at the Oyster Bay Bandstand/Gazebo (across from the Oyster Bay Post Office) at 8am to participate in Operation Clean Sweep and keep the community looking beautiful. Bring work gloves, dust pans, and brooms. All volunteers will receive a community service letter. FREE!
April 22: Children in grades 1-5 can spend an afternoon working on an Earth Day Tabletop Craft at Baldwin Public Library in Baldwin. FREE!
April 26: Watch the film The Man Who Planted Trees at Garvies Point Museum and Preserve in Glen Cove. This timeless and inspirational story is a chronicle of the enormous contribution that one person can make to the earth. There will be three screenings today.
April 13: Learn how to grow your own veggies at Planting with the Pros: Seed Starting & Vegetable Garden at Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market in Riverhead. FREE for kids younger than 15!
April 20: Learn about going green and how to preserve the planet at a family-friendly Earth Day Celebration at the Long Island Science Center in Riverhead.
During Green at the Game Farm at Long Island Game Farm in Manorville, children will make their own rain sticks and participate in an Earth Day-themed scavenger hunt.
April 21: Learn how to grow your own organic flowers at Garden Workshop: Container Vegetables at Garden of Eve Organic Farm & Market in Riverhead. FREE for kids younger than 15!
At an Earth Day Wildlife Presentation program at the Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum, children meet furry, scaly, and feathery neighbors that share the planet with us and learn about the role they play in the Long Island ecosystem.
April 27: At Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery and Aquarium’s Spring Fair, kids 12 and younger can learn how to fish and families can enjoy environmental exhibitors and a petting zoo.
April 27-28: The Heckscher Spring Festival in East Islip’s Heckscher State Park celebrates Earth Day with exhibits and discussions by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Greenbelt Trail, among others. This family-oriented event also includes nature walks, pony rides, and environmental crafts. FREE!
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