10 Fun (and FREE) Earth Day Events to Enjoy in New York City

by , 04/22/14
filed under: Green Space,Kids,Manhattan

Earth Under the Spotlight

Get up close and personal with Mother Earth as you collect rocks, survey soil, and study pond water in High Rock Park. Examine samples of these elements under microscopes, flex cams and other lab equipment like a professional scientist. Designed for ages 8 to 13, this event is part of the Awesome Afternoons series and sponsored by Time Warner Cable. Adult supervision required. (Free. Mon. Apr. 21. 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 200 Nevada Avenue. High Rock Park, Staten Island)

Human Impacts Tree Care

Beautify a tree and your community with the Human Impacts Institute’s Tree Care Tuesday program. Entering its second season on Earth Day, the free tree care sessions will include clean ups, aerating and mulching tree beds and planting bulbs in the tree bed soil. Bring your water bottle, sunblock, a hat and a smile. Participants under 18 must have adult supervision. (Free. Apr. 22. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Brooklyn Arbor School, 235 South 3rd Street. Registration: Info@HumanImpactsInstitute.org)

Earth Day at Grand Central Terminal

Go green during your commute! Earth Day New York will flood the Taxi Stand at Grand Central Terminal this week with an indoor market featuring a collection of interactive exhibits, educational displays and giveaways promoting eco-living and sustainable products. Join local businesses, nonprofit organizations and national corporations who will show you how to green your lifestyle before you swipe your Metro Card. (Free. Wed and Thurs. Apr. 23 to 24. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Vanderbilt Ave and 43rd St.) 

Harlem Earth Day

Head uptown for a fun-filled, family-friendly Earth Day celebration in Harlem’s Morning Side Park. Get fit with a host of classes like yoga and Zumba. Or treat the kids to face painting, crafting art with plastic bottles and live music while feasting on local food from neighborhood vendors. (Free. Sat. Apr. 26. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Entrance on Morningside Avenue between 113th Street and 114th Street)

High Rock Park Hike

Listen and look for the signs of spring and wildlife on this historic tour of High Rock Park. Spanning three miles in length, this moderately-paced walk is perfect for the family to learn about the history of environmental conservation on Staten Island—“the heart and lungs” of the Greenbelt. (Ages 7 and up. Free. Tues. Apr 22. 10:30 am to 11 a.m. Registration: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org)