Celebrate Earth Day this April, and start thinking green! Take advantage of the warmer temperatures and get outside to celebrate Mother Nature at these (mostly) outdoor Earth Day events. Do your part to ensure NYC parks stay beautiful and the city's best beaches stay litter-free by volunteering to clean up. Or just go out and smell the flowers. Spring has sprung, after all. But before you go make Mother Nature proud, consider fortifying with an environmentally conscious meal at the Union Square block party or one of the city’s best vegetarian restaurants. Now get out there and do some tree hugging!
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Fun Earth Day events in NYC
Show a historic landmark some love and volunteer to spruce up Fort Wadsworth with the Student Conservation Association. Throw on your overalls—not the cute ones—and help repair trails, repaint structures and remove debris from the beach. Bonus: You get a free lunch and T-shirt for your service.
Consider this expo your crash course on how to go green in an urban environment. The festival welcomes sustainable living and foodies to help attendees discover thousands of products from the worlds of fashion and wellness to transportation and renewable energy. But don’t fret: It’s not just for die-hard vegans. Bikers can test ride Stromer’s innovative e-bikes, yogis can take a class at the Sonic Yoga Pavilion, and animal lovers can adopt homeless dogs and cats on-site, thanks to the Humane Society.
Helping the environment doesn’t have to feel like a chore—it can be a celebration! At Earth Day Initiative’s awesome block party in Union Square, you can learn about environmental campaigns while trying eco-friendly products and listening to local bands. Do your part by bringing any used clothing and electronics for the Department of Sanitation to repurpose. And if you’re feeling peckish, snack on samples of healthy sustainable grub from loads of vendors.
Skip the line at Trader Joe’s and learn how to whip up an organic meal from your own, er, terrace during this “5K” walking tour. You’ll be trekking to green sites all over NYC (that’s where the 5K comes in), such as the Lowline Lab, an underground garden on the Lower East Side, and an eco-conscious hotel that plants brussel sprouts on its special green roof. Natural Gourmet Institute provides a delicious, nutrient-packed lunch to fuel your hike. Participants will recieve exact locations after registration.
Do you even thrift, bro? Well, you probably should on April 23 at Buffalo Exchange. What’s better than buying some cool throwbacks at popular chain? Answer: When they’re $1 apiece! In honor of Earth Day, the brand is basically giving away a large selection of clothing, accessories and jewels for a buck each. All the proceeds will be donated to the Center for Biological Diversity to support their efforts in protecting the environment. Various locations in the city.
Every Spring, the West Side Community Garden overflows with tulips, and with over 13,000 in bloom this year, the neighborhood space will be alive with color. Visit the free garden for horticulture tours, flower arrangement courses and live performances or to just enjoy the verdant scents and serene views.