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Celebrate Earth Day in NYC

Get back to nature and express your appreciation for Mother Earth with the family-fun activities at this gorgeous Bronx garden.

Photo by Joshua Bright

Give winter the final boot at Wave Hill, the 28-acre garden oasis along the Hudson River in the Bronx that, come spring, bursts with daffodils, tulips, and wildflowers. It’s one of our favorite get-away-from-it-all-without-going-far spots in the city, and its Earth Day celebration next weekend (April 21 and 22) is the perfect time for a family visit.

On Saturday and Sunday morning (10 a.m.–1 p.m.), kids are invited to sculpt miniature clay gardens, with the help of resident artists and naturalists, and design flags to plant in the park’s outdoor communal “gratitude garden.”

Older kids can try their hand at carpentry and build a Green Roof Birdhouse (Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; ages 12 and up, with an adult). The workshop, led by master carpenter Frank Perrone, provides the materials and instructions to create a succulent-topped wooden condo for finches and robins that you can proudly display in your backyard or on your terrace.

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A succulent birdhouse. / Photo courtesy of Wave Hill

Finally, for families who just want to have a zen moment to appreciate the beauty both surrounding them and within, artist and yogi Sara Hart will lead an outdoor meditation session Saturday at 11 a.m.

Why You Should Go: To experience both a hands-on and heartfelt connection to the planet—while having some fresh-air fun—on Earth Day.

Earth Day Weekend at Wave Hill
675 West 252nd Street, Bronx
Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22

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