Welcome to the Weekend!

Looking for more ways to appreciate the summer around NYC? Our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ summer series brings you a variety of green, fun, and free/affordable activities to do this weekend. We hope you will join some of them, and that you’ll let us know about other events not on our list. As you embark on your adventures, tweet us (@EPAregion2) with our ‘Welcome to the Weekend’ hashtag #WTWEPA!

Friday – July 8th, 2016

Birdwatching and Canoeing on the Creek
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
The North Brooklyn Boat Club is hosting a birdwatching event on Newtown Creek. All levels of canoers are welcome. Keep your eyes peeled for black-crowned night heron, blue heron, cormorants and swans. Binoculars will be provided. Space is limited, but this is a weekly event that takes place every Friday.

Queens Botanical Garden Farmers Market
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Join us every Friday from June 17-November 18 for fresh produce.

Family Camping
Staten Island
7:00 PM7:00 AM
The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family to Willowbrook Park. Registration opens from June 22 to June 29. This event is free.

Saturday – July 9th, 2016

Electronics Recycling Collection
10:00AM – 4:00 PM
Responsibly recycle unwanted or broken electronics (no appliances such as microwaves or refrigerators) with the Lower East Side Ecology Center.

Beautify Red Hook Parks
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Help maintain parks and other community green spaces in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Tasks vary depending on the season, but may include weeding, mulching, planting, raking, garbage pickup, painting, and other tasks as needed. Exact locations are walkable from Red Hook Recreation Center.

Bird Walks
8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Bird Walks focus on wildlife happenings in the park and are led by NYC Audubon experts.

Compost Workday
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Get an inside look at NYRP’s compost operations at Sherman Creek. Be prepared to get dirty! Take home a small bag of compost, on us.

Sunday – July 10th, 2016

Bike New York: Learn to Ride-Adults
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Learn to Ride—Adults is a free class for adults and mature teens who are ready to ride. Doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80, we’ll get you rolling in no time. With our safe, easy, effective method, Learn to Ride students learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike, as well as adjust a helmet for proper fit. Most people learn to ride in one session, but even if they don’t, they’ll leave equipped with an easy, low-stress way to teach themselves—or, they can join us for another free class! Learn to Ride—Adults is a required class in our Earn A Bike program.

Arm of the Sea Presents: Hook, Line, And Sinker
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Fishing the Hudson River harnesses the power of mask and puppet theater to peer beneath the surface and explore the Hudson’s dual identity as prolific natural ecosystem, and PCB-contaminated Superfund site. The visually-charged show features live music and a bevy of low-tech special effects that reveal the river’s complex inner life. Pitched to oldsters and youngsters alike, HOOK, LINE & SINKER celebrates the timeless art of fishing while offering the low-down on eating fish from the Hudson.

Garden – Volunteer Day
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Whether you have a green thumb or just a curiosity for what makes the garden grow, all are welcome to volunteer in Roger Morris Park, the grounds of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, once monthly under the supervision of Gardener Karen and the NYC Parks Department. All tools and instructions are provided, just bring a willingness to get a little dirty as we beautify our special garden. Close-toed shoes are required, and RSVP is appreciated to mailto:jardinera.karen@gmail.co%20m.

Family Performance Festival: Insect Comedy
12:00 PM -1:30 PM
See the world of bugs in a whole new way with Diane’s fun-filled stories. Learn the importance of soil creatures in the life cycle of plants while laughing along to a Japanese folktale. Finding a six-legged critter while playing in the Park will never be the same again. This family-friendly program is FREE. All ages welcome.

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