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Your Sustainable Weekend in NYC

2014 August 28

Labor Day weekend means an extra day to enjoy what’s left of summer in the city! Check out our free ecofriendly activity suggestions and let us know if we missed something in the comments section.

Adventure Course Staycation: Enjoy a pseudo getaway at this nature-themed obstacle course that includes a zip-line, a climbing and bouldering wall, a trust fall station, nets, balance platforms, and more. Alley Pond Park, Saturday through Tuesday, August 30th through September 2nd, 10 a.m. to noon and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Harlem Green Tour of Community Gardens: Take a tour of lush oases with verdant flora and fauna, rainwater harvesting systems, solar pond aeration and lighting, vertical gardening, bee hives, and so very much more in this 9th annual tradition. Harlem, Saturday, August 30th, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jackson Heights Greenmarket: Pick up local dairy and produce, sample local wine, drop off your textile and compost recycling, and enjoy Play Street in the city’s most diverse neighborhood! Travers Park, Sunday, August 31st, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kayaking: Glide along the East River as you take in the views of the Manhattan skyline and of the nature in this riverside park. Brooklyn Bridge Park, Saturday, August 30th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Paddle and Pickup: Improve the local environment in a unique way as you paddle along the Bronx River and pick up floating trash from the river banks and running waters. Starlight Park, Saturday, August 30th, 11 a.m.

Seed Saving Workshop: Learn different ways of saving seeds, bulbs, and more for reuse and packaging for future growing seasons in this hands-on workshop. McKinley’s Children’s Garden, Saturday, August 30th, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Street Tree Care: Tend to (some of!) the 903,870 trees in NYC as you volunteer to maintain upkeep of the existing trees in our million trees goal. Hunts Point, Friday, August 29th, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Street Trees of NYC: Learn about the complex relationship between trees, animals, and humans with Leslie Day, author of Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City. Fort Tryon Park, Saturday, August 30th, 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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