Ecofriendly Weekend Activities

Don’t let the chance of rain dampen your summer weekend fun! Get out and enjoy our urban nature at one of these ecofriendly events.

Art Ride! Guided Bicycle Tour of Rockaway! Exhibit at Fort Tilden: Go on an exciting, interactive bicycle tour that allows participants to explore select sites of environmental and historical significance along the Rockaway Peninsula, followed by a free guided tour of the Rockaway! arts festival. Rockaway Waterfront, Sunday, August 3rd, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Central Park Moonlight Ride: Take a relaxing nighttime sojourn through Central Park highlighting its beautiful ponds, waterways, vistas, and structures by moonlight. Central Park, Friday, August 1st, 10 p.m.

Firefly Pajama Party: Your kids will have the chance to learn about fireflies in a light-hearted and playful atmosphere as they try to catch (and then release!) the last fireflies of the season. Fort Tryon Park, Saturday, August 2nd, 7:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

Fort Tilden Beach Cleanup: Learn about the variety of shore birds that make their home on our beaches as you provide vital cleanup to the areas where these protected birds, like oystercatchers and piping plovers, lay their eggs. Van transportation provided from Union Square. Fort Tilden Beach, Saturday, August 2nd, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count: Help New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation collect a variety of wriggly and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the surface of the water by counting their catch to provide data for annual wildlife monitoring. Various locations, Saturday, August 2nd, various start times.

Green Thumb Fall Planting and Season Extension Workshop: Learn how to make the most of your vegetable garden by extending the harvesting season into the winter months through utilizing simple planting techniques. Phoenix Community Garden, Saturday, August 2nd, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Hindu Lamp Ceremony: Have a unique cultural experience at the park as you help acclaimed dancer Aeilushi Mistry bring peace and harmony to the shoreline as she performs the traditional Hindu Aarti Ceremony. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Saturday, August 2nd, 4 p.m.

Qualia Gardens Installation and Performance Art: Join Brooklyn-based art collective Leimay in an exploration of the garden space as a place of constant regeneration, rebirth and contemplation. Gil Hodges Community Garden, Friday, August 1st, 7 p.m.

Van Cortlandt Park Invasive Removal: Volunteer to remove invasive exotic vegetation to help maintain the livelihood of this restored forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification and removal techniques. Van Cortlandt Park, Friday, August 1st, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wildlife Theater from the Central Park Zoo: Inspire the little ones in your life to learn more and care more about our natural world through an interactive performance using drama, puppetry, games, and songs. Bloomingdale Park, Friday, August 1st, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.