Earth Day celebrations are in full bloom in the borough this weekend, as local venues host everything from eco-workshops to nature tours to artistic endeavors.
Follow the wonderful scents to the Queens Botanical Garden for Tulip Time! on April 22 and April 23 from noon to 4 p.m. on both weekend days. It’s the peak of the season, and thousands of these bulbous, herbaceous perennials will be blossoming throughout the Flushing green space. Plus, employees will facilitate tours, planting demonstrations and children’s crafts.
A few blocks away at the Voelker Orth Museum, multi-genre artist Nancy Rakoczy will be on hand for Green Garden/Green Planet on April 22 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The LIC-based handicrafter will be involved in some hands-on activities, while eco-friendly agencies such as NYC H20 and Shorewalkers will provide information on recycling, composting, urban wildlife and other earth-friendly activities.
Meanwhile out in Douglaston, the Alley Pond Environmental Center will celebrate Earth Day with Wine Glass Painting on April 21 at 7 p.m. Masa Kitani, a professional art entertainer, will lead this adults-only event, taking attendees through the step-by-step process of decorating in a way that reflects nature’s beauty. (Of course, those present will sample some wine in their new creations at the end.)
The merriment will continue with a family-friendly stroll through Alley Pond’s trails on April 22 at 7 p.m. After frolicking with the springtime flowerets, participants will gather by an outdoor fire for Native American stories and music honoring Mother Earth and nature’s precious balance.
The New York Hall of Science thinks globally and acts locally with a two-hour Reuse, Recycle, Rethink activity on April 21, starting at 2:30 p.m. The event repeats the next day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Trained educators will lead activities that teach how personal choices impact the environment and help create strategies to respond. Topics include the following:
- Extreme Events — Explore the impact that green infrastructure has on managing water runoff in the face of extreme events.
- Empty Spaces — Act as landscape architects to redesign a vacant lot while considering different solution strategies.
- Hidden Cost Café — Explore the carbon footprints of your favorite foods.
- Hot Spots — Explore differences in the surface temperatures of locations across NYC and discuss solutions to keep the city cool.
- Get to the Game — Explore the carbon footprint of game day food and transportation choices.
- Choices in the ‘Hood — Identify which green energy choices are available by stacking different colored Legos on a map.
- Digital Map — Upload stories, videos, data and pictures related to local climate change impacts or programs and see what friends and neighbors are sharing.
Top image: QBG; bottom image: APEC