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Upcoming Weekend Activities: NYC

Rain is letting up for the weekend, so get out and enjoy all that NYC has to offer! Check out our sustainable activity suggestions and let us know if we missed something in the comments section.

Come Out and Play Festival: Make NYC your playground (literally!), as you play free unique games all day in the park. Separate adult- and family-friendly games available. Governors Island, Saturday, July 19th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Family Camping: Make your dream of sleeping under both the stars and the city lights a reality as you dream the night away camping out in Central Park! Limited space available and pre-registration required. Central Park, Saturday, July 19th, 6 p.m.

Freshwater Fishing: Learn about the ecology of our waterways and the ethics of fishing as you discover nature by catch-and-release fishing with Urban Park Rangers. Willowbrook Park, Saturday, July 19th, 11 a.m.

Island Hopping Canoe Exploration: Experienced canoers are invited to explore the uninhabited islands surrounding Orchard Beach Estuary with Urban Park Rangers. Pelham Bay Park, Sunday, July 20th, 9 a.m.

National Moth Week: Stay up late and celebrate National Moth Week by spending a day at the museum with hands-on exhibitions and contemporary dancers, and then follow it with a night hike to see the dark beauty of the Greenbelt in person. Kids under 12 free. Stated Island Museum, Saturday, July 19th, 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Natural Dyeing Workshop: Learn how to create natural, earth-friendly dyes from inedible plants you may find in your backyard or community garden. Wyckoff Farmhouse, Saturday, July 19th, noon to 3 p.m.

Nature and Birding Walk: Join Leslie Day, author of the Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, as you learn to identify and value the flora and fauna of our urban jungle. Fort Tryon Park, Saturday, July 19th, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Wonderful World of Worms: Help create young naturalists by introducing the little ones in your life to the littler world of worms. Heather Garden, Sunday, July 20th, 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities

Staten Island Chuck said New York is in for an early spring, but we’re not sure which groundhog to believe anymore. Fortunately, we have suggestions for things to do that will help you embrace the season – both indoors and out!

Climate Scientist/Artist Mixer: Find your way to the Noguchi Museum in Queens for a lively discussion of how collaboration between artists and scientists can help to make sense of the overwhelming information on climate change. Sunday, February 12, 3 p.m.

Composting Q&A: Join NYC Compost Project for a session about composting with worms. Just in time for Valentine’s Day! Sunday, February 12, 1-3 p.m.

Great Backyard Bird Count: How has winter weather influenced the region’s birds? Help Audubon Naturalists track North American bird populations. Saturday, February 11, noon and Sunday, February 12, noon and 3 p.m.

Ice Festival: Head to the courtyard of Tavern on the Green in Central Park to watch master carvers turn blocks of ice into frigid fine art. Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Prospect Park Moonlight Ride: Come explore the 526-acres of Prospect Park via your bike during this monthly event. Meet up with your well-lit bike, Saturday, February 11, 9 p.m.

Seed Starting Workshop: Are your green thumbs itching for spring? Check out this workshop and pick up some pointers for starting your seeds in preparation for gardening season. Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Super Fun Superfund Variety Show: Enjoy a sampling of cabaret and circus entertainment in Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood. Saturday, February 11, 8 p.m.

Valentine’s Day Eco Crafts: The Urban Park Rangers lead this family-friendly eco-craft event full of fun Valentine’s Day projects. Crotona Park Nature Center in the Bronx. Sunday, February 12, 1 p.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities: Because Sitting in 3 hours of Traffic Outside of the City is so Overrated!

Looking for weekend plans? Dare to change up your old routine and take part in some of the many Green activities happening this weekend in NYC.

Check out a list of them below and feel free to add your own in the comments section.

Explore Pelham Bay Park –  You don’t need to leave the city to get a taste of the wilderness. Open to the public every Saturday & Sunday through Labor Day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Free Kayaking and Boating — No reservations necessary to experience free boating and kayaking on the East River with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Boathouse. Saturday, July 16 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Green Food and Drink Forum — Learn how local breweries can lead the movement to develop a regional sustainable industry at the Brooklyn Brewery. Saturday, July 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Make N6 Green — Our friends on North 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will be handing out buckets to water the new street trees, providing herbs and flowers to plant, and having a N6th Street improvement party with a DJ and free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. Saturday, July 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance’s 4th Annual City of Water Day – Free boat rides, activities and workshops on Governor’s Island, Liberty State Park, and other neighborhoods near you. Saturday, July 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Roe Family Singers — Join the Roe Family Singers on the Flatbush Farm patio for an afternoon of bluegrass, roots and folk music – all while enjoying some locally grown produce. Sunday, July 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Waterfront Workouts: Zumba with Dodge YMCA at Brooklyn Bridge Park – Sunday, July 17 from4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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