Gallery: Ten Ecotastic Earth Day Activities in New York City

Earth Fair at Grand Central

For two days, Vanderbilt Avenue between 42nd and 45th Streets will be taken over by dozens of eco-friendly vendors and organizations for the annual Earth Fair. Vendors range from local yoga studios to the Woodstock Animal Farm Sanctuary to statewide environmental groups. There will also be tasty food vendors, and Saturday will see half a dozen live music performances. (Free. Fri., Apr. 20 from Noon to 7 p.m. and Sat., Apr. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vanderbilt Avenue at Grand Central.)

New York Cares Day

Spend Earth Day giving back to nature, New York, and your fellow citizens. Join 5,000 other New Yorkers for the annual New York Cares Day to beautify and clean our city’s parks and get them ready for the 2012 season. You can sign up with a group of friends or co-workers, or you can join one of teams for individuals. ($20 registration fee. Sat., Apr. 21. 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

Solar-Powered Screening of Planet Earth

Spend Saturday evening under the stars at Solar One for a special screening of Planet Earth. The uncut first episode of the breathtaking series will be shown for free at Solar One’s innovative solar-powered outdoor movie theater. Ice cream sandwiches (including vegan options) from Coolhaus and savory snacks from Mexicue will be available for purchase. The first 250 guests will get a ticket for a free screening this summer. (Free. Sat., Apr. 21 at 7 p.m. Solar One, 23rd Street and the East River.)

Earth Day on the High Line

Earth Day marks the end of the High Line cutback and the official start of the park’s spring season. A full day of activities is planned, including performances, composting workshops, and activities for kids, but we are most looking forward to artist Allison Knowles’ “Make a Salad” event. The artist will recreate her iconic performance, and the audience will get to enjoy the tasty greens when its complete. (Free. Sun., Apr. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the High Line between 15th and 16th Streets.)

New School Sustainability Courses at Union Square Greenmarket

Take the time to learn something new at the New School’s outdoor classroom in the Union Square Greenmarket. For the month of April, the school has been offering sample-sized advanced education courses on sustainable topics like urban farming and green building. On Friday, April 20, nine different 30 minute lectures will be given by New School professors on a range of topics, including CSAs, biking in cities, and the school’s winning Solar Decathlon house. (Free. Fri., Apr. 20. 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. North End of Union Square Park.)

Prospect Park B’Earthday

Not only is Prospect Park joining the Earth Day celebrations this weekend, but the Brooklyn park is also celebrating the tenth birthday of the Audubon Center in the park’s historic boathouse. As the first urban Audubon Center in the nation, it functions as a place of active nature discovery, with hands-on exhibits and innovative programming. This Earth Day, there will be performances, a parade, nature tours, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with a bird of prey. (Free. Sun., Apr 22. 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Prospect Park Audubon Center, enter at Lincoln Rd. and Ocean Ave.)

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