Seasonal Events | Celebrating Earth Day

If there’s a will to celebrate Earth Day all month long, there’s a way! New York City and its surrounding areas are full of ways to enjoy nature in its purest form and educate yourself about sustainability and climate control. From green architecture tours and hikes in the park to live performances and orchid shows, view our guide to Earth Day 2018 and celebrate Mother Nature!

1. A Passive Open House

April 7th, 12:00-2:00pm
81 Summit Street, Philmont, New York

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New York Passive House is offering the rare opportunity to examine the building science behind the construction of one of its homes. Still in the works, 81 Summit Street (a 2.5-hour drive from Manhattan) will ultimately stand as the transformation of a 1960’s-era ranch house into a no-energy cost, carbon-free, 2-story vacation retreat. The home will combine existing and new construction with passive house measures including air barrier placement, thick insulation and high-performance windows. At the Open House, attendees can meet with the architect, building science engineer and solar panel designer to discover just how this sustainable creation is possible!

2. Earth Day in Union Square

April 15th, 12:00-7:00pm
Union Square West, Manhattan

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Union Square is proud to present the most high-traffic Earth Day event across the country! The annual event includes dozens of exhibitors, from environmental non-profits and green businesses to live performers and beyond. Featuring over 70 organizations, everyone will find informative fun at this year’s event!

3. Earth Day 5K Green Tour 2018

April 20th, 10:00am-1:00pm
Various Locations

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Join the Earth Day Initiative for its annual walking tour of New York City’s greatest green sites! Designed to celebrate all things outdoors this Earth Day, the varying routes will take participants to rooftop farms in Manhattan, natural food cooking schools and composting sites. Each venue has a mission to help the city go a little bit greener each day. Sign up to learn about some of the environmental work being done just outside your door!

4. Earth Day Hike

April 22nd, 10:00-11:30am
Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens

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Celebrate on Earth Day itself with the Urban Park Rangers! There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the wonders of nature than by taking an old-fashioned hike. Follow the hiking guides as they introduce you to the hidden gems of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

5. The New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show

Through April 23rd
2900 Southern Boulevard, The Bronx

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The New York Botanical Gardens’ Orchid Show is now in its 16th year, again showcasing thousands of dramatically displayed orchids in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. This year’s show features a series of installations by Daniel Ost, designed to celebrate the complex beauty of the stunning species.