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How to Celebrate Earth Day Weekend in NYC

Earth Day is coming up this weekend and there are lots of ways to celebrate! NYC can feel a lot like the “concrete jungle” it is oft described as, but it’s also replete with greenery, sustainability-focused events and products, and plenty of opportunities to connect with and improve our environment. Whether taking a long walk and enjoying some fresh air or getting involved with acts of service, we’ve got you covered with ideas for this weekend and beyond! We’ve compiled some easy suggestions for you to get out there, take a break from your digital life and social media, and get in touch with nature that is often overlooked amidst our hectic, office-based lives.

  • It can be as easy as taking a walk through one of the best parks in NYC – spend some time taking it all in! Been there, done that? Why not check out one of these 40 secret gardens, parks and green spaces you may not have been to yet! If you’re feeling adventurous, you can join a city-sponsored guided hike in our own backyard – learn more here.
  • Continue your search for “acts of green” by learning more about the history of Earth Day from the Earth Day Network – the organization has a fascinating history and global reach – the more you know! This year, the 2018 campaign is focused on ending plastic pollution. Take the pledge here to reduce your own one-time use plastic consumption! This organization can also set you up with tools to start your own fundraising campaign, materials to plant trees through The Canopy Project, and much more to inspire you.
  • Hit up Union Square for the Earth Day Initiative’s Annual celebration! All types of sustainability-focused vendors will be present as well as performances, family-friendly activities and over 70 environmentally-friendly organizations to learn about. The whole concept of this initiative is that by just doing ONE thing, you’re making a difference!
  • If you’re looking for more volunteer opportunities in your area of NYC, or elsewhere for that matter, we have one more recommendation for you before you attempt to unplug for a few hours – this app, DEED, makes it easier than ever to find volunteering opportunities that are designed to actually get you off your phone. Use it to give back to your community in a fun and social way!

Now get out there, grab some coworkers and friends, and make some plans to celebrate our glorious earth! The benefits of spending time in nature, giving back to our communities, and discovering new ways to take care of our planet and ourselves will last far longer than the weekend.

Any fun events that we missed? We’d love to hear about your plans!