Get Out and Celebrate Earth Day
by Holly Tsang
Apr 14, 2009 | 17678 views | 0 0 comments | 608 608 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Senator Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day in 1970 to get environmental issues onto the public agenda, and since then it has been celebrated every year on April 22. Despite the fact that Earth Day is a decades-old tradition, it seems only now that people are starting to recognize the importance of environmental stewardship.

With all the recent "green" measures taken by President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg, it's only natural to expect that Earth Day 2009 will be more significant than ever. The event is always a big deal at Grand Central Station, but if you can't make it into the city, you can still join in on the fun with these local celebrations. Best of all, most are kid-friendly so you and your entire family can learn how to reduce your environmental impact together.

Earth Week Green Fest @ New York Aquarium-April 13-19 & 22

Enjoy the rhythms of live "green" music, make recycled arts and crafts items and help create a mural of the earth. Local vendors and community members will also be around to give tips on preserving the planet. Special activities take place from noon to 4 p.m.

General Admission: Adult $13, Child (age 3-12) $9, Senior (65 ) $10

Earth Week @ Queens Zoo-April 13-19 & 22

Visit the Discovery Center, design a reusable shopping tote, make a bird feeder, take a nature walk through the zoo's wetlands and woodlands, plant a tree or wildflowers or make paper out of mulch. Check the schedule of events at for individual activity dates and times.

General Admission: Adult $7, Child (3-12) $3, Senior (65 ) $4

Earth Week @ Prospect Park Zoo-April 13-19 & 22

Make a light switch cover, make animal crafts out of recycled items, take part in a reduce, reuse, recycle relay and meet the zookeepers of the red panda and the golden-lion tamarin monkey. Check the schedule of events at for individual activity dates and times.

General Admission: Adult $7, Child (3-12) $3, Senior (65 ) $4

Get Ready For Earth Day @ Prospect Park-April 18, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Youth Resource Center (Bowling Green Cottage at the Prospect Park Parade Ground, on corner of Caton and Coney Island Aves.)

Help the Prospect Park Youth Council rid the Bowling Green area of invasive plants and weeds, plant flower beds with new flowers and replace fences around flower beds. Attendees can also participate in making arts and crafts projects.

Admission to this event is FREE. Call 718-854-4901 for more information.

Queens is Green Fashion Show-April 18, 6 p.m. @ 37-24 24th St. #301

Just days before Earth Day, designers from Queens gather to showcase their eco-friendly fashions, including items made from sustainable fabrics and handmade/recycled items.

FREE admission with RSVP. To RSVP email

Go Green! Greenpoint!-April 19, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ Nassau Ave. & N. 15th St

Festivities include live music, arts & crafts, educational and wellness displays, food and drink, scavenger hunts, eco-conscious vendors, an electronics recycling station and more. Drop off gently-used books, bedding, shoes, clothing and other items, then donate $5 to rummage through the selection to find new treasures.

Admission to this event is FREE. For more information call (718) 609-1090 or email

Earth Day 2009 @ York College-April 21, 12 p.m. @ Academic Core Building (Atrium)

Issues like ground water pollution will be discussed by environmental experts. Students and faculty will present their research projects. There will be food and tables of useful Earth Day-related handouts and goodies.

Admission is FREE and open to the public. For more information, call Sarahneee Lendore at (718) 251-4768

Earth Day Celebration @ New York Hall of Science-April 25 & 26, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Learn to recycle by playing a sorting game, learn about dirt and nature's cycles, make a portable biosphere and make something new out of common trash items and recyclable goods.

General Admission: Adult $11, Child (2-17, college w/ID) $8, Senior (62 ) $8

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