Assuming you’ve already completed all of your holiday shopping (a big assumption—we know), there are plenty of green activities both indoor and out this coming weekend to keep you busy!
A Road Once Traveled Tour – Holding Central Park’s northern highlands was key in the American Revolution and the War of 1812 because armies could see their enemies approach as they sailed down the East River. History buffs will love this tour of the Harlem Meer and its strategic environs. Saturday, December 17, 12:30 p.m.
An Enchanted Evening: Winter Solstice Night Sky – Light candles as the sun sets early. Walk the old Putnam Trail while hearing about the history and folklore of the solar system. Saturday, December 17, 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Bird Count – Spend the pre-holiday weekend out in nature, all while doing your part to support the bird population. The Christmas Bird Count is a nationwide bird census that helps conservation researchers track the long-term health of bird populations. Saturday, December 17, 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. and in Central Park on Sunday, December 18, 8 a.m.
The Value of Water: Sustaining a Green Planet – ‘The Value of Water’ is an art exhibition about the element on which all life depends. The exhibition is part of a larger conversation at the Cathedral about the global water crisis, and seeks to highlight the need for clean water as a requirement for civilization. Saturday, December 17, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nature Exploration Light Hike – Let an Urban Park Ranger introduce you to the hidden gems of Staten Island’s High Rock Park, including places often off limits to the general public. Because this is a light hike, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the beautiful scenery of the park! Sunday, December 18, 11:00 a.m.
Wilderness Survival – Hopefully, you’ll never get lost in the woods. However, it wouldn’t hurt to learn some survival techniques just in case. Saturday, December 17, 1:00 p.m.