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Eco-Friendly Things to Do in NYC This Weekend

Now that the storms have passed, welcome the fall season by getting outdoors this weekend!

Breukelen Country Fair: Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum offers an afternoon of farm activities for the family. Learn about heritage seeds, solar energy and heirloom vegetables at New York City’s oldest house. Saturday, September 22, 1-5 p.m.

Dance Safari: Explore Riverside Park and search out five site specific modern dance pieces on a guided Dance Safari walk. Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Free Nature Walk on Staten Island: Walk through woodland ecosystems with experienced naturalists. Saturday, September 22, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Plant Propagation Workshop: Led by New York Restoration Project staff, this workshop will cover the basics of plant propagation including taking cuttings, sowing seeds, plant divisions and more. Supplies are provided and the event is free. Sunday, September 23, 1-3:30 p.m.

Poetry and Sculpture: Storm King Art Center and the Poets House present an outdoor reading on Governors Island amid large steel sculptures. Saturday, September 22, 2 p.m.

Queens County Fair: A traditional county fair with blue ribbon competitions in livestock, home crafts and more. Sustainable activities include planting tips, recycling ideas and composting information. Saturday and Sunday, September 22-23, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Scarecrow Making: Art in the Park gets ready for fall with friendly scarecrow making in Madison Square Park. Saturday, September 22, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sneak Peak at Fresh Kills Park: Get an overview of what NYC’s biggest new park will have to offer. Head out to Staten Island for a full day of activities from kayaking to kite flying and witness the transformation of the 2,200-acre Fresh Kills Landfill. Sunday, September 23, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

92 Y Street Fest: Bring the family to this kid-friendly celebration of culture and health and wellness on the Upper East Side. Sunday, September 23, noon-5 p.m.

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Upcoming Weekend Activities – Last List of the Summer!

Labor Day Weekend is here! Make sure to enjoy the unofficial end of summer with one of these exciting outdoor activities. Come winter, you’re going to want these warm memories!

Bilingual English/Spanish Tree Care Workshop: Million Trees NYC offers its tree care class and planting session en español. Monday, September 3, 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Bryant Park Ping Pong: Paddles and balls provided free of charge to all skill levels. If you’re good enough, you may even draw a crowd to watch your ping pong skills! Saturday, September 1, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Free Kayaking:  Enjoy a 15-minute trial paddle on the South Beach Boardwalk in Staten Island! You’ll be provided with sit-on-top kayaks, life jackets and paddling tips on land and water. Saturday, September 1, noon – 4 p.m.

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park: Take a tour of the “Park for All Seasons.” Learn about the park’s history, future and secrets from a member of For Tryon’s expert horticulture staff. Sunday, September 2, 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Locavore Challenge: Sign up and challenge yourself to a month of eating locally. Who knew New York could taste so good? Starts Saturday, September 1.

NYC Parks Summer Movie Series: Happy Feet 2: Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and gather up your family for an outdoor showing of “Happy Feet 2” at St. Mary’s Park. Saturday, September 1, 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Sculpture Workshop: A classic family-friendly workshop in the Socrates Sculpture Garden. Saturday, September 1, noon – 3 p.m.

Summer on the Hudson: Lunchtime Listen: If you’re around West Harlem Piers Park tomorrow, stop by with your lunch and enjoy the country-western-swing-accordion-folk group Tres Amigos. Friday, August 31, noon – 1 p.m.

Unicycle Fest: Head out to Governor’s Island this weekend to watch and learn how to ride one wheel. September 1-2, noon – 5 p.m.

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Time to Plan the Weekend! Eco-Friendly Activities to Get you Outdoors

Summer isn’t over yet – get out and take advantage of the last (yikes!) weekend in August!

America’s Most Wanted Eco-Poster: Join the discussion as the audience participates with a team of designers to create an eco-poster in real time. Electronic copies of the resulting image will be distributed at the event and on a website afterwards. Governors Island, Building 110, Saturday, August 25, 2-5 p.m.

Bird Banding at Garden City Bird Sanctuary: Learn how scientists study birds by watching how they band birds and get to see a variety of bird species up close! Read our previous blog post here. Tanner’s Pond Environmental Center, Saturday, August 25, beginning at 8 a.m.

Bryant Park Juggling: Find out how coordinated you really are with free juggling lessons in the park. All skill levels welcome and equipment is provided. Friday, August 24, 1-3 p.m.

Educational Hike: Head to Staten Island for a moderate hike led by park educators. Learn about the behavior and habitat of white tailed deer while hiking through their neighborhood in Deere Park. Sunday, August 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Macy’s Fishing Clinic: Children 15 and under can learn about the recreational sport of fishing and fish-friendly techniques while casting their lines in Prospect Park. Saturday, August 25, 1 and 3 p.m.

Tree Care Event: Come out and help unify and beautify W. 150th Street. Join the fun for a day of tree care activities, tree guard building and children’s crafts. Saturday, August 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Ukrainian Folk Dancing: Take advantage of one of those things you could probably only do in New York – learn traditional Ukrainian folk dancing on a boardwalk with a view of the ocean. Brighton Beach Boardwalk, Sunday, August 26, 3-6 p.m.

Waterfront Workouts: It’s the last chance to get your Zumba on in Brooklyn Bridge Park this summer! Sunday, August 26, 4-5 p.m.

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Your NYC Sustainable Weekend Activities are Here!

From bike rides to park visits, this weekend promises to be a good one. Slather on some sun screen and take advantage of the concrete jungle!

Active Design Community Bike Tour: Join Velo City’s Bikesplorers and the Alliance as they tour the Bronx River Greenay and the surrounding community. The tour is a free youth-lead tour which will demonstrate the Bikesplorers’ understanding of the realtionship between active design, health outcomes in the community, and the built environment along the Bronx River corridor. Visit Velo City’s Facebook page for more information by clicking here. Feel free to RSVP by emailing events@velocity-rides.org. Saturday, August 18, 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Creatures! Family Day at Solar One Park. Learn how creatures from single-cell organisms to bunnies and butterflies coexist with humans. Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family Art Project: Take advantage of the free Saturday morning admission to Wave Hill Gardens and check out a family art project while you’re there. Saturday, August 18, 10 a.m. – noon.

Harlem Week: It’s much more than a week! Head to Harlem for music, film, food, arts and crafts and more. Saturday and Sunday, August 18-19, noon – 7 p.m.

Restoration Tree Stewardship: Come out to the Alley Pond Golf Center in Queens and pitch in alongside other volunteers to mulch, water and remove invasive plants around trees. Registration required. Friday, August 17, 10  a.m. to 1 p.m.

Science on the River: Check out Hudson River Park’s free environmental science festival at Pier 84! Take part in recycled crafts organized by Children’s Museum of the Arts, go fishing with the staff of the Hudson River Park, and witness the majesty of live hawk flights courtesy of Talons! A Bird of Prey Experience. For a full agenda click here. Saturday, August 18th, 11am-4pm, all ages welcome.

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Eco-friendly Weekend Activities: August 11-12

We hate to admit it in writing, but the last few weeks of summer are here. Take advantage of the sun while shaking up your weekend with some outdoor activities (and reducing your carbon footprint, of course).

Big City Fishing at Hudson River Park: Come learn to fish with the Hudson River Park Trust, who will also give an introduction to ecology and water quality and talk about the many fish species that live in Hudson River Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary. Sunday, August 12, 12:00 –5:00 p.m. (classes offered at pier 46 and pier 84).

Hang out on the High Line – Chelsea’s elevated park provides a place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. Not to worry, the High Line features an array of food trucks, so you can grab a bite while enjoying the greenery. Open Daily from 7:00 a.m. – 11 p.m.

The Pop-Up Pool at Pier 2: This summer, take a dip in the beautiful new pool situated off the greenway on the uplands of Pier 2! The pool includes a beach, deck and picnic tables, as well as showers and restrooms, and is open daily from 10:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.

Support Team USA: Root for your favorite athletes in style during the last weekend of the London Olympics. Screenings held through the closing ceremony on Sunday at  Big Screen Plaza (check schedule for complete listing).

Volleyball at Pier 25 – For a mere $30/hour, you and your friends can chip in to enjoy a few friendly (or competitive!) games of volleyball. Reservations can be made online. Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Walk the Brooklyn Bridge – Sometimes our schedules are so hectic that we forget to stop and look around. Remind yourselves how lucky you are to live in this bustling metropolis by walking over the Brooklyn Bridge and checking out the iconic skyline. The best part? It’s free! (Remember to stop over at Brooklyn Bridge Park and take part in one the of many summer festivities happening there.)

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Have an Active August: Weekend Events August 3 -5

Amble Through the Ramble: Pass over streams, under arches, and through the woods along a maze of pathways in this secluded 38-acre woodland respite. Meet at the Belvedere Castle in Central Park (Mid-park about 79th Street), Manhattan, on Friday, August 3, at 12:30 p.m. for an hour long adventure.

Dog Days of Summer Hike: Come hike with your canine companion before the heat of the day sets in. Learn the trails on this moderate hike through the woods while meeting likeminded people and their four-legged friends. Sunday, August 5, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. at the Greenbelt Nature Center in Blood Root Valley. 700 Rockland Ave at Brielle Ave, Staten Island.

Jamaican Independence Celebration: Who knew you could get to the West Indies by going to Queens? This Friday dance your way over to the Queens Museum of Art to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Independence for Jamaica and Trinidad in Tobago. The event starts on Friday, August 3 at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m. There will be dancing, music, and the showing of a film titled “Fire in Babylon”. Queens Museum of Art, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens.

Learn How to Play Petanque: Ever wanted to learn how to play Petanque? Or even find out what it is, exactly? Here’s your chance: On Friday, August 3, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Petanque Courts in Bryant Park, Manhattan, the La Boule New Yorkaise, NYC’s championship winning team, will teach you how to play this popular European game.

Lion King on Roosevelt Island: Venture out to Southpoint Park on Roosevelt Island to watch the Lion King, Saturday, August 4, at 8 p.m. It’s summer, why not? Hakuna Matata.

Remove Invasive Plants: Join the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center in removing invasive plants that are spreading through the park. Layers, shoes, long pants and long sleeves are highly recommended. Saturday, August 4, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Enter Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, at 246th Street and Broadway.

Story Hour: Gather around the Peter and Willy statue at the Imagination Playground and be transported into another world during the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation’s story hour. Saturday, August 4, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Imagination Playground, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

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July’s Fun Finish: Weekend Events July 27 – 29

Eco-Art

Kids and their families are invited to Stuyvesant Cove Park for Solar One’s Family Day. Make ecologically sustainable cardboard animal masks, estuary puppets, leaf people, watercolor paintings and more. Saturday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 23rd St and the East River, Manhattan.

Midsummer Night’s Swing Dance

Bring your dancing partner and swing the night away! South Beach, Sand Lane and Capadanno Blvd, Staten Island. Friday, July 27, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Learn How to Build a Rain Harvesting System

If you don’t have one in your garden, you need one! This hands-on workshop will take you through all the steps involved in building a basic rain harvesting system and teach you about the importance of water conservation. Saturday, July 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Tranquility Garden, 267 Throop Avenue, Brooklyn.

Summer Reading about Nature

Join the Greenbelt Educators for a read-aloud of a non-fiction and a fiction book about nature. Then join them for a short hike to experience the sights and sounds of the forest. Afterward, enjoy silent reading of a nature book of your own, or borrow one of theirs. Make sure you stick around for an optional run through the lawn sprinklers. The program is geared toward children ages 4-8. Registration required. Friday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Avenue at Brielle Avenue, Staten Island.

Ping Pong in the Park

It’s time to start competing (or just having fun) in the spirit of the Olympics. Think you’re a volleying champion? Put your skills to the test at the Bryant Park Ping Pong Court on Friday, July 27, anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Paddles and balls will be provided free of charge to those of all skill levels. Bryant Park, near 42nd St and 6th Ave, Manhattan.

Community Garden “Each One – Teach One”

Ever wanted to learn about carpentry, gardening, planting or composting? If so, come to Padre Plaza, Success Garden, Bronx on Friday, July 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to learn these skills and more!

Latin Dancing Under the Stars

Not into swing? Try latin-style! Visit Windmuller Playground (in Lawrence Virgilio Playground), Queens, for an evening of music, face painting for children, a raffle drawing, and Latin dance instruction under the stars. Friday, July 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Qi Gong

Qi Gong is the philosophy and practice of aligning breath, physical activity and a wide range of exercises developed in China to promote energy circulation in the body. Start your Friday with natural—rather than caffeine induced—energy at Cloisters Lawn in Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan. Friday, July 27, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

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Celebrate Summer in the City: Weekend Events July 20 – 22

Biking: Urban Park Ranger cycling guides will introduce you to some of the most famous parks in the world. Enjoy breathtaking views, public artwork, landscape design and an abundance of wildlife. This program is suitable for all ages and proceeds at a leisurely pace. You must supply your own bicycle and helmets are required. We recommend bringing plenty of water and a light snack. Sunday, July 22, at 1 p.m. in Fort Totten Park, Queens (Totten Road and Cross Island Parkway).

Cinderella: What’s more magical than a fairytale on a midsummer’s night? Come watch Cinderella on Friday, July 20, from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Alley Pond Park (76th Ave and Springfield Blvd), Queens.

Learn To Fly (Model Airplanes): The Staten Island RC Modelers invite you to their Flying Field to experience the joy and excitement of flying model airplanes! Instructors will show you how to work the controls and will help you fly one of their Trainer Planes. The Modeler’s “Field of Dreams” flying field is located off Richmond Hill Road opposite COSTCO (Staten Island). Sunday, July 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Karmin and Dragonette Concert in the Park: As part of the GMA Summer Concert series, Karmin (an American pop duo) and Dragonette (a Canadian-based electronic music band) will perform for free at Central Park Conservancy on Friday, July 20, at 7 a.m. Instead of your Friday morning caffeine boost, get your java jolt from the energy of the crowd and the beat of the music!

Park Bird Walks: Explore a pocket of nature with NYC Audubon experts and the Urban Park Rangers as they explain the wildlife around you in this walk through Van Cortlandt Park. Saturday, July 21 at 8:00 a.m. at the Van Cortlandt Nature Center, The Bronx.

Plant Rescue with the Conservation Crew: You can make the city greener by helping plant and clean in the Bronx River Forest! All tools and supplies will be provided. Saturday, July 21 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. in Bronx Park (Bronx River Forest at Burke Bridge).

Stop ‘N’ Swap: Bring clean, reusable, portable items you no longer need and take home something new-to-you.  No need to bring an item in order to take an item. Saturday, July 21, 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Grand St between Lorimer St and Union Ave, Brooklyn.

SummerStage Kids: Griots in Concert: African “Griots” are traditionally drummers and storytellers. Through the Griots, the oral tradition is passed down throughout the generations by inspirational, educational and motivating performances with stories, music and songs from Africa, the Caribbean and America. Bring your kids to a concert they’ll enjoy! Friday, July 20, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. in Crotona Park, Bronx.

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Step into the Sun (with Sunscreen, of course): NYC Weekend Activities

Mid-July means that summer is in mid-swing. Take advantage of fun, free, environmentally-conscious events located outdoors while the weather is still blissful!

Basic Canoeing: Who says you can’t canoe in Manhattan? The NYC Parks Department’s Urban Park Rangers will lead you on a canoe adventure at the Harlem Meer in Central Park. Children 8 years old and up are welcome. Sunday, July 15, noon – 3 p.m.

Central Park Bagel Bark: Munch on free bagels and pastries (and dog treats for the canines, of course) while enjoying your morning coffee with fellow dog lovers and their pawed pals during off-leash hours. Get some fresh air for you and your dog this Saturday morning! July 14, 7:30 – 9 a.m.

Kayak Staten Island: In honor of New York City Water Week, Kayak Staten Island and Conference House Park Conservancy announce the Third Annual Raritan Bay Festival. On the beach, Kayak Staten Island offers free equipment and tips on kayaking to both children and adults. They will also be providing free fishing demonstrations. Starting at noon, popular area musicians and bands will provide nonstop music. There are also water slides, an aquarium petting zoo, as well as crafts and food. Saturday, July 14, noon-5 p.m.

Latin Alternative Music Conference (LAMC) : This year, the LAMC lineup includes Mexican five-piece Kinky, Argentinean rockers Los Auténticos Decadentes, tribal DJ group 3Ball MTY and DJ Raff from Chile, who was a main force in bringing hip-hop to Latin America. It’s guaranteed to be a high-energy, nonstop dance party (or, ok, fiesta) in the park. Saturday, July 14, 3 – 7 p.m.

Shape Up NYC: African Dance: Though this event will take place on Monday, add it to your free time (and free of charge) celebrations – make yourself feel like you’re getting an extra-long weekend by dancing Monday evening away. More Information

African Dance is a high energy, low impact fitness class that incorporates aerobic exercise to improve fitness, weight loss, cardiovascular health, flexibility and rhythm. Monday, July 16, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Tragedy and “Saturday Night Fever” Screening: Setting Barry Gibb’s falsetto vocals to metal is hilarious, but it’s also a natural fit. The results are mesmerizing. After the all-metal tribute to the Bee Gees plays, fans can watch Saturday Night Fever” in the Prospect Park. Saturday, July 14. Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7:30 p.m.

Yoga on the Beach: The city heat is not the only way to make you sweat in summer – try yoga on the beach and enjoy both the morning rays and the relaxing workout. Come to Rockaway Beach and worship the ocean views and cooling breeze before you start your Saturday. Yoga instructors from Elaine’s Dance School will lead this free beginner hatha yoga class. Don’t forget your mat – or better yet, your beach towel! Saturday, July 14, 8 – 9 a.m.

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Eco-Friendly Things to Do This Weekend: NYC

Can’t wait for Earth Day? Start celebrating early with our suggestions for sustainable activities that will get you in the mood! If you attend one of these events, feel free to share your experience in the comments section.

Book Fair: Reduce, reuse, recycle… and read! Pick up to three books for free at this annual book fair held in Manhattan’s Recreation Center 54. Friday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Central Park Bagel Bark: Got dogs? Bring them to Central Park for an early morning social event enjoyed by urban canines and their owners alike. Saturday, April 14, 7:30-9 a.m.

EscapeMaker Local Food and Travel Expo: Does spring fever have you itching to get out of town? Plan your next vacation without blowing your eco-cred. Find out how while sampling locally sourced food at this day-long expo in downtown Brooklyn. Saturday, April 14, noon-5 p.m.

Family Art Project: Head to Wave Hill in the Bronx for a family friendly art activity inspired by the natural beauty of the surrounding gardens. Sunday, April 15, 10 a.m.

LowLine Park: Is New York City’s next park underground? Check out this exhibit for a proposed subterranean park in an abandoned trolley terminal on the lower east side. Learn about progressive solar technology and the reimaging of public space. Sunday-Friday through April 29, 12-6 p.m.

Spring Family Walk: Celebrate spring by hiking the Greenbelt Conservancy’s Nature Trail on Staten Island. The program is appropriate for families with children ages 3 and up. Registration required. Call (718) 351-3450 or email: naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org. Saturday, April 14, 1:30 p.m.

Weekend Woodland Corps: Become a weekend warrior – for the woodlands! Join a team of volunteers working to protect Prospect Park’s forested areas. Saturday, April 14, 9:45 a.m.

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