Earth Day is on April 22, and more than 1 billion people in more than 180 countries will mark this 48th annual milestone by engaging in environmentally friendly activities, such as planting trees, recycling and spreading awareness about plastic pollution. As usual, Queens is in the center of it all with everything from garden workshops to cheesemaking on the agenda over the next few days. Here is a roundup of upcoming events that aim to celebrate or assist nature in the borough in honor of Earth Day.

April 21, Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., free. Organized by the Japanese American Association of New York, this 14th annual celebration features drum performances, a traditional Japanese chorus, Japanese folk dance and a tea ceremony at the Cherry Blossom Grove near the NYS Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

April 21, Tulip Time, noon to 5:30 p.m., $6 entrance fee. See more than 20,000 bulbs and take a flower-inspired workshop to learn the basics of painting with watercolors at Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. in Flushing. At 4 p.m., Emily Asher’s Garden Party plays jazz with a cash bar happy hour.

April 21, Earth Day Shore Fest Spring Kickoff, 1 to 5 p.m., free. A nature-themed celebration with volunteer opportunities, public programming, live music by local artists, a scavenger hunt, child-friendly games and fitness activities at the Astoria Park Main Lawn, 19th Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard.

April 21, SAFE Disposal, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., free. Discard automotive products such as motor oil, transmission fluid, and batteries, unwanted medicines or cosmetics, thermometers, syringes, household products such as pesticides, paint, hazardous cleaners, compact fluorescent light bulbs, and electronics in the Astoria Park Parking Lot, vicinity of Ditmars Boulevard and 21st Street.

April 21, Tree Giveaway, noon to 2 p.m., free. Organized at Smiling Hogshead Ranch, 25-30 Skillman Ave. in Long Island City.

April 21, Earth Day! Films, 12:45 to 4:45 p.m., free. Watch “WALL-E,” a G-rated CGI film about the planet’s last robot who romances a high-tech android at Hillcrest Community Library, 187-05 Union Turnpike in Flushing. Also watch “Hoot,” which is based on a young adult novel about kids trying to save endangered owls.

April 22, Green Garden/Green Planet, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., $5. An Earth Day-inspired afternoon of art, hands-on workshops, and info on recycling, composting and other eco-friendly resources at the Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave. in Flushing.

April 22, The Last Time It Got This Hot On Earth: A Climate Scientist Looks Back and Then Forward to a Sustainable Future, 3 p.m., $8 suggested donation. Queens College Earth and Environmental Science Professor Stephen Prekar talks about his expeditions around the world, including Antarctica, to understand climate and oceanographic changes at Forest Hills Jewish Center, 106-06 Queens Blvd.

April 22, Earth Day Hike, 10 to 11:30 a.m., free. Urban Park Rangers introduce strollers to Flushing Meadows Corona Park’s hidden gems. Meet at the Unisphere.

April 22, Family Breakfast, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $35. After a light breakfast, explore the nature play area, learn how to help local wildlife and help staff plant flowers to attract butterflies and other animals at Queens Zoo, 53-51 111th St. in Corona.

April 22, Youth Celebration, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., free. The Yellowstone Park Alliance and local community members sponsor eco arts and crafts, face painting, book swap, story time and other activities in Yellowstone Park between 68th Avenue and 68th Road in Forest Hills.

April 23, Upcycling, 4 to 5 p.m., free. Children and teens learn how to take materials that they might throw out (cardboard, water bottles, etc.) and make something useful or fun out of them at Lefferts Community Library, 103-34 Lefferts Blvd. in Richmond Hill.

April 25, Hands-On STEM Energy Workshops, 4 to 5 p.m., free. Solar One educators work with children and teens to explore energy efficiency and solar power at Bellerose Community Library, 250-06 Hillside Ave. Plus, a similar workshop is set for Forest Hills Community Library, 108-19 71st Ave., on April 26 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Images: Earth Day Network


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