Earth Month Activity Guide! For all 5 NYC Boroughs
Updated: Apr 19, 2022
Looking for ideas on what to do for Earth Month 2022? Peruse through this guide for free activities near you!
Climate Change workshops for youth and all ages:
These workshops will break down the complexity of Climate Change as well as help identify ways to take action on the issue.
Climate Change & Advocacy (Virtual Workshop for 3rd - 6th Grade): April 15th at 10am
Climate Change & Advocacy (Virtual Workshop for 7th-12th Grade): April 15th at 1pm
Building Emotional Resilience Against Climate Distress (Virtual Roundtable for all ages): April 28th at 4:30pm. Read our blog post about this topic and join the workshop!
Sign our petition!
NYC has cut millions of dollars from our community composting, reuse, and zero waste educational programs. At stake are all of GrowNYC’s Zero Waste programs: recycling education in public schools, food scrap collections, and Stop ‘n’ Swap community reuse exchanges. These vital programs educate our youth and turn New Yorkers’ waste into valuable resources – while diverting millions of pounds of materials from landfills.
Join GrowNYC’s call to Mayor Adams and the New York City Council to restore the funding to these indispensable programs in order to fight climate change, cut waste to landfills, and educate the next generation of environmental leaders in our schools. Add your voice. Sign and share our petition www.grownyc.org/petition.
NYC Parks Events
New York City Parks is enthusiastic to "get up, get out, and do something!" Browse their listings below to find an event at a park near you.
GreenThumb GrowTogether: In-person, hands-on workshops in community gardens around the city!
Prospect Park: Park Pitch In: Earth Day April 23, 11AM-2PM Volunteers with Prospect Park Alliance will care for street trees alongside the park perimeter—cultivate soil, lay down mulch, and remove litter from the tree beds. Registration required.
PS Family NYC: Free Earth Day Block Party at Hanover Place: April 23, 11AM-5PM
Earth Day at Brooklyn Bridge Park: April 23, 10AM-2PM
Canarsie Park: Earth Day Discovery Hike: Pond Ecology: April 24, 11AM-12:30PM
Green-Wood Cemetery: Arbor Day Tree Planting: April 29, 2-5PM
Help steward street trees with Trees NY: Street Tree Stewardship: April 30, 10:30AM
Earth Week: Up-cycling for Earth Day!: April 22, 10AM-12PM & 2-4PM, Visit Shirley Chisholm State Park to participate in an up-cycling craft event using old bike parts to create new treasures.
NYPL Green: Family Storytime for Earth Day: April 13, 11:30AM-12:15PM
Planting Day:Join volunteers to add wildflowers to Bronx River corrido: April 22, 11AM-2:30PM
Van Cortlandt Park Alliance Earth Day Volunteer Event: April 23, 10AM-12PM
Crotona Nature Center Earth Day Recycling Re-Creations: April 22, 1-2PM
Wave Hill House: Family Art Project: Gratitude Garden For Earth Day Free with admission to the grounds, April 23 and 24, 10AM-1PM
Earth Day Compost Tabling at NYBG: A Master Composter Volunteer Activity April 24, 11AM-2PM
Staten Island Events
Recycled Can Pot Planting and Earth Day Storytime: April 20, 11AM
Staten Island Museum Earth Day Celebration: Seeds and Soil: April 30, 1-4PM
Freshkills Park Alliance Earth Day Earth Day Festival: April 23, 11AM - 3PM "Join us for our first annual Earth Day Festival marking the 52nd anniversary of Earth Day."
2nd Annual Earth Day Diplomatic Park Clean-up: April 22, 10AM-1PM
Queens County Farm Bee-A-Pollinator Earth Day Service Day: April 22, 12-4:30PM
Bee-A-Pollinator Earth Day Service Day: April 22, Pick a time: 12PM-1:30PM, 1:30PM-3PM, 3PM-4:30PM
Jamaica Bay - Rockaway Parks Conservancy: Earth Day Cleanup at Dubos Point Wildlife Sanctuary + Film Screening at Arverne Cinema April 23, Clean-up: 5-7PM , Film Screening: 8-10PM
Astoria Park Alliance: Earth Day in Astoria Park: April 23, 10AM-12PM
Earth Day Celebration at MoMA PS1: April 23, 2-6PM
Queens Green Day: Dirtfest 2022: April 23, 12-4 PM Celebrate Earth Day at Socrates Sculpture Park with an afternoon of activities and workshops.
Earth Day Initiative: April 21, 12-7PM in Union Square. Exhibitor booths featuring dozens of environmental organizations and climate organizations, a broadcast booth of virtual stage (see “Live Virtual Events”), and workshop spaces featuring interactive sessions.
Earth Day Activities at George Bruce Library: April 21, 1-6PM
Climate and Environmental Justice in Harlem: April 22, 9AM-1PM presented by The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Columbia University and The City College of New York, hosted by NYC & Company’s Sustainable Tourism Committee.
Payson Park House: Kids Week: Earth Day Celebration Hike: April 22, 1-2 PM
Barnard College Earth Day-themed Zine-O-Thon Workshop: April 22, 2-4PM
Earth Day Crafts at Morningside Heights Library: April 22, 3-5PM
Saturday Family Workshops: Earth Day Celebration: April 23, 11AM-12:30PM
Rockefeller Park House in Battery Park Earth Day Celebration: April 23, 11AM-12:30PM: Art and live drumming performance
Harlem Earth Day Festival: April 23, 12-8PM
Earth Day of Service at Governor's Island: April 23, 10 AM, This is the first time Governor's Island is open for Earth Day. Come for a day of service and stewardship on the island.
Live Virtual Events
For Kids by Kids Garden Chat: Thursday, April 14, 4-4:45 PM, Hosted by Kids Gardening, this live stream event will feature 3 young gardeners sharing their garden journey stories and chat on how growing plants can change the world. Come to listen and ask your own garden questions!
Earth Day Initiative: Thursday April 21, 1-8PM, incredible line-up of speakers, presentations, and performances to explore climate activism, sustainable solutions, and community-building around environmental issues. Line-up includes Bill McKibben, Mary Robinson, Congressman Adam Schiff, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Karen Washington, Senator Ed Markey, and more!
Self-Guided Activity Ideas
Adopt a street! Organize a group with your neighbors and tidy up as you travel your favorite streets.
Visit a community garden in your neighborhood.
Drop off food scraps with your local GrowNYC drop-off site!
Sticker Hunt! Next time you’re at the grocery store, read the stickers on your fruits and vegetables to see where it’s traveling from before it reaches your plate.
Gather: Gather is an intimate portrait of the growing movement amongst Native Americans to reclaim their spiritual, political and cultural identities through food sovereignty, while battling the trauma of centuries of genocide.
My Octopus Teacher: A filmmaker forges an unusual friendship with an octopus living in a South African kelp forest, learning as the animal shares the mysteries of her world.
WALL-E: WALL•E (Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class) is the last robot left on Earth, programmed to clean up the planet, one trash cube at a time. However, after 700 years, he’s developed one little glitch—a personality. He’s extremely curious, highly inquisitive, and a little lonely.
Events Around the World!
If you're looking for even more events all over the world, Earth Day Organization provides a map of global Earth Day events.
Whatever you do this Earth Month, we hope we grow together in the movement of caring for our communities and our earth every day!