On this Earth Day, many parks in Brooklyn will host activities where participants can get out into the fresh air while also learning about environmental protection and celebration. In 1970, then-U.S.
Senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson began organizing what would become known as Earth Day. As a student activist, he was moved to organize a day dedicated to boosting environmental awareness by the student anti-war movement.
The celebration of Earth Day, which occurs annually on April 22, has expanded into a worldwide movement. Given that the actual day is on a Friday, celebrations will be held all weekend long, allowing residents of Brooklyn many opportunities to take part.
In this section, we will go over a couple of the possibilities. There is no cost to attend any of the activities, but registration may be required. In order to learn more, check out the respective websites.
Earth Day at Downtown Brooklyn: Event Recap
We appreciate everyone who came out to Albee Square in Downtown Brooklyn on April 23 for Earth Day festivities. Workshops, games, a free book table, and other environmental-themed activities were available on a drop-in basis during this community celebration of Earth Day.
The Albee Square landmark BEACON served as an inspiration for the event. BEACON was created by the kids of the Beam Center as part of our Fellows program, and it was designed by the artist Shervone Neckles.
This work of public art was inspired by American inventor Lewis H. Latimer, who received a patent for the electric lamp in 1881 and a patent for processing carbon filament in an incandescent light bulb in 1882.
The mechanical drawing of an incandescent light bulb and carbon filament that Latimer created is replicated in BEACON. On Environment Day, Beam Center and the Lewis Latimer House Museum sponsored a workshop where attendees built their own personal BEACON.
A battery, an LED light, an alligator clip, paper, and stickers of various sizes were used. Over the course of the event, people of all ages stopped by the table to make their own miniature version of the public sculpture. Due to the proximity of the table to BEACON, everyone present could see the original and turn on their own little version for comparison.
Earth Day Celebration | DUMBO | 4/23
Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Environmental Education Center will be hosting a free Earth Day event on the Main Street terrace, full of nature and science-themed activities. This Saturday (4/23) from 11 AM to 2 PM, there will be a free event geared toward children ages 2 to 8.
Earth Day Celebration | Hanover Place | 4/23
On Saturday, April 23 from 10am to 4pm, PS Family NYC will be holding a Grand Opening & Earth Day Event at their new headquarters in Downtown Brooklyn.
PS Family is celebrating Environment Day by providing free immigration and childcare business training, as well as a live production of the play Pistachio.
Children who attend will get a new or gently used book from the Brooklyn Book Bodega, and there will also be a raffle for a plush Jellycat and a gift voucher to Kaplan.
BAMKids Spring Festival | Downtown Brooklyn | 4/23
This festival is great for the whole family because it is jam-packed with fun things to do both indoors and out, as well as concerts from local artists.
The BAMkids SpringFest program features springtime ragas performed by Indian classical musicians, as well as circus performances, concerts, hands-on activities, and much more, all in the spirit of the season.
Participate in a party honoring humanity, the arts, and the Earth. On April 23 from 10 AM – 4 PM, kids aged 3-11 are invited to the Plaza at 300 Ashland for a free event. Sunday, April 24 is the new rain date.
Car-free Earth Day event | Downtown Brooklyn | 4/23
On the Albee Square plaza, we will be hosting a fun and environmentally friendly event. Bring your bikes, roller skates, and beach chairs since Albee Square West will also be blocked to traffic all day. On Saturday, April 23, from 12 to 3 PM, there will be a free event.
B’Earthday Bash | Prospect Park Audubon Center | 4/23
Hundreds of plant and animal species, 30,000 trees, Brooklyn’s sole lake, and the city’s only remnant forest may all be found at Prospect Park, Brooklyn’s piece of nature and the focus of a variety of celebrations aimed at people of all ages.
The city’s transportation department has announced the nine streets that will be blocked to cars and opened to walkers for Car-Free Earth Day, which will take place this weekend and is expected to be the largest event of its kind to date.
The citywide party, which will take place this Saturday, April 23, will involve extensive programming from several different partner groups. For the 2022 summer season, the city will “activate” 80 streets throughout the metropolitan area, and Citi Bike will provide free one-day passes (with the code CARFREE22, riders can take as many 30-minute rides as they like all day long).
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