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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)

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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: [email protected])

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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.) 

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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)

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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: [email protected])

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Green Festival NYC

Enjoy an entire weekend experiencing the Green Festival’s third year at Pier 94. Taste vegan treats, sit in on information panels, and even bring the kids to enjoy educational events to help you and your family live a healthier and more sustainable life. There will also be live music, plenty of shopping and a sustainable fashion show! (Tickets: $10/day, Sat. and Sun. April 26 – 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 711 12th Avenue)

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Hunts Point Earth Day

Join Sustainable South Bronx and local community partners in a day of environmental service for the Hunts Point community. Celebrate Hunts Point hosts an engaging event for volunteers to work on one of the many project sites that keep the waterfront parks clean and green for others to continue to enjoy. Volunteers under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. (All ages. Free. Sat. Apr. 26. 9 am. to 2:30 p.m. Entrance at Lafayette & Edgewater Avenue, Bronx. Registration: Sign up)

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St. George Day Earth Festival

Take part in St. George Day’s annual Earth Day festival celebrating the earth, culture and a dragon or two. Rain or shine, the festival will feature art around the park, live dance and music performances, spoken word and storybooks for all ages. There will also be a puppet show, relay games and a free tree giveaway sponsored by GrowNYC. (Free. Sat., Apr. 26. Noon to 7 p.m. Tompkinsville Park, Staten Island.)

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Prospect Park Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day at Prospect Park with the Alliance at the Audubon Center. Pitch in to help protect our waters by cleaning up the lakeshore, learn about responsible fishing, or make your own instrument using recycled materials. End the day with a live performance from Bash the Trash. (All ages. Free. Sun. Apr. 27. 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn)

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Central Park Clean Up

Get in a few hours of quality time with your family while helping to clean and green Central Park. Central Park Conservancy environmental educators will lead this celebratory volunteer project where participants can mulch and rake leaves throughout the park. (Free. Ages 5 and up. Close-toed shoes required. Sun. April 27, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Registration: [email protected])

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