Sustainable Weekend Activities | NYC

Although it seems like the city empties out on holiday weekends, there is still so much going on!

Take a look at our list of events where you can connect to nature without leaving the city. Yes, it’s possible! What are you doing this weekend? Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment area.

Adult Art | Birds of the Season Pastel Workshop: The long awaited spring migration is upon us!  Join Greenbelt resident artist Kathy Trimarco at the Greenbelt Nature Center in Staten Island to learn more about these wonderful seasonal visitors and capture their images in pastel drawings. Saturday, April 7, 1:00 –3:00 p.m.

Brooklyn Flea is back!! The Flea features hundreds of top vendors of antique and repurposed furniture, vintage clothing, collectibles and antiques, as well as a tightly curated selection of jewelry, art and crafts by local artisans and designers, plus delicious fresh food. Saturday, April 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Fort Greene (176 Lafayette Ave. btw. Clermont and Vanderbilt Ave). Sunday, April 8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in Williamsburg (East River Waterfront (btw. North 6 and 7 St).

Family Nature Crafts: Grab your kids and head to Belvedere Castle in Central Park to free your imagination while learning about conservation through eco-crafts. Sunday, April 8, 1:00 p.m.

MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop: Since the MillionTreesNYC campaign started, over 500,000 trees have been planted across the city’s five boroughs, more than 60,000 on city streets alone. Join the MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps at the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center (93-29 Queens Boulevard, Queens) and help keep New York City Green! Saturday, April 7, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Nature Exploration Hike (vigorous): Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. The Urban Park Rangers of New York City’s Parks Department will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off limits to the general public. This particular hike is classified as vigorous. The distance will be long, and the terrain will be rugged and hilly. For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack. Sunday, April 8, 11:00 a.m.

Textile Recycling – At various Greenmarkets throughout the city, textiles can be dropped off most Saturdays starting at 8 a.m.