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 15th, 2016

Dewitt Clinton Community Workday
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
The weather is heating up and gardeners are beginning to reap the summer bounty. Learn about how to maintain your garden through the summer months by joining Bronx Green-Up at one of our upcoming Community Workdays.

Arts, Culture & Fun- Make Your Mark! Wildlife of New York Art Workshop
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Join NYC Parks Arts, Culture & Fun and Abbeville Press Publishers for a FREE art workshop! Illustrator Giada Crispiels will be presenting a unique coloring project celebrating her new book, Wildlife of New York, which captures the diverse beauty of the city’s treasured neighborhoods and landmarks, alongside the animals that call this city home.

Saturday- July 16th, 2016

City of Water Day
Manhattan, Hoboken (NJ)
10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Get out on our waterfront—and on the water—on July 16! The Waterfront Alliance’s City of Water Day is a free, family-oriented celebration of the world-class potential of the New York and New Jersey waterfront. Now in its ninth year, this event has grown into the region’s biggest harbor festival. Held on Governors Island, New York; Maxwell Place Park, Hoboken, New Jersey; and dozens of In Your Neighborhood locations around New York Harbor, the event draws thousands of people to the water for a day of fun. Highlights of the day include free boat tours on all kinds of vessels, from tall ships to tugboats; free rowing, kayaking, paddle-boarding, and the highly anticipated Con Edison Cardboard Kayak Race; and the Waterfront Activity Fair and Disney Children Activities offer something for the whole family.

Workshops at the Battery: Cooking without Electricity
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Use bike blenders, hand choppers, and good old elbow grease to make delicious snacks without using electricity or a flame. Show off your cooking skills, or learn some new ones! All materials and ingredients will be provided, please make staff aware of any dietary restrictions or allergies before the workshop begins.

GreenThumb Workshop: Build a Birdhouse
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Interested in building a birdhouse? Come and learn how to build a birdhouse to invite our feathery friends to the garden.

Family Performance Festival: Earth Capades
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
“Saving the planet can be fun!” Enjoy juggling, music, magic, and storytelling while learning about serious environmental problems along with practical and achievable solutions. Interact with the circus performance and laugh along with your family. Be inspired to help preserve, protect, and respect the natural resources of planet Earth, including Central Park!

Sunday- July 17th, 2016

Birding: Ridgewood Reservoir
10:00 AM – 11:30 Am
Explore the Ridgewood Reservoir for interesting bird species with the Urban Park Rangers.

Cooking Demo: Edible Flowers
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM
A surprising number of beautiful flowers are edible, adding color and zing to salads and subtle floral aromas to desserts. Sample some delicious, flowery recipes with Chef Stephen Rosenberg of Great Performances, then take a stroll with a Wave Hill Horticultural Interpreter to view gourmet blossoms in the garden.
This event is free with admission to the grounds.

FrogWatch USA: Training
Staten Island
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Discover how you can help frogs & toads on Staten Island by identifying and monitoring their unique vocal calls. FrogWatch USA is a nationwide program that monitors and tracks amphibian populations by collecting data with help from volunteers like you!
Suitable for ages 8 and older. Registration required.

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