Earth Day is coming up this Sunday, which means it’s time to celebrate all things green and granola. There are a ton of wonderful, crunchy events going on in Manhattan (including a solar-powered, uncut screening of David Attenborough’s Planet Earth organized by Rooftop films), but there are plenty of choice Brooklyn-based Earth Day happenings as well. Here are six ways to honor the earth on Brooklyn turf.
1) Greenpoint Earth Day Festival
Head over to McCarren Park to celebrate community organization Town Square’s annual Go Green! Greenpoint! Earth Day Festival. In years past, the family friendly event has featured live music, art competitions, greencycle swaps and plenty of little kids running around in face paint.
2) Prospect Park Audubon B’Earthday
Earth Day marks the Prospect Park Audubon Center’s 10th birthday, which it will be celebrating with free nature walks and musical instrument building workshops. For the eco-conscious adrenaline junkie, the Audubon’s “B’earthday” event also advertises on its website that visitors will be able to “get up close and personal with a majestic bird of prey from the Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary.” Maybe just don’t get too close to the beak.
3) Green in BKLYN
Fort Greene’s eco-friendly retail store Green in BKLYN is coordinating with the Myrtle Avenue Farm to Neighborhood program to host a schedule of events from noon to 5:30 on Sunday. There you can check out recipe workshops with ingredients sourced from home window boxes and rooftop gardens, sample honey with the Brooklyn Beekeepers Club, and, hells yes, get your raffle on. For the full schedule of activities, click here.
4) Chef’s Garden 101 At The Brooklyn Kitchen
Grow your own eats! This Sunday, the Brooklyn Kitchen will be providing a two hour workshop on how to create a garden of foodstuffs. The lesson will cover everything from soil selection to seasonal cooking.
5) Tour the Gowanus!
In honor of Earth Day, New York City’s Sierra Club and FROGG (Friends and Residents of Great Gowanus) will be leading an early tour of one of the most toxic places in the country on April 21. Wear good shoes and beware of piles of poisonous sludge.
6) Earth Day Picnic At The Newtown Creek Nature Walk
From 12pm to 2pm on Sunday, the Greenpoint Business Alliance (along with the Open Space Alliance and Hudson River Foundation) will organize volunteer planting and cleanup at the much-loved Newtown Creek Park. Volunteers will also be treated to an afterparty at the Broadway Stages Boatyard and witness the launch of the Newtown Creek Alliance’s Fairy Rings project, an installation of floating “mycobooms” containing toxin-eating mushrooms on the creek.