Earth Day

Join us for Earth Day 2019! Celebrate mother nature and the outdoors with a full day of volunteer opportunities, Open Hours at the Ed Center, yoga, and hands-on activity stations by local environmental organizations. All ages are welcome!

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Schedule of Activities

11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Green Team, Horticulture Volunteering, Main Street Terrace

11:00 AM–5:00 PM: Environmental Education Center Open Hours, 99 Plymouth Street

12:00 PM-3:00 PM: Earth Day Activity Stations, Main Street Terrace

12:30 PM-1:00 PM: Gardener Talk: Pier 1 Wildlife, 99 Plymouth Street

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Yoga, Main Street Terrace

1:30 PM-2:30 PM: Gardener Talk: How We Prune @ BBP, 99 Plymouth Street

2:00 PM–4:00 PM: Coastal Cleanup Volunteering, Main Street Terrace

3:00 PM-3:30 PM: Gardener Talk: Tree Bark Ecology, 99 Plymouth Street

4:00 PM-4:30 PM: Gardener Talk: Ecological Horticulture Practices in the Pier 6 Flower Field, 99 Plymouth Street

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Earth Day Activity Stations

Enjoy interactive and family-friendly activity booths by local environmental organizations including Common Ground Compost, The Honeybee Conservancy, Private Picassos, and Riverkeeper. 12:00 PM-3:00 PM: Main Street Terrace

Environmental Education Center Open Hours

The Conservancy’s Environmental Education Center will host special Earth Day activities including puppet shows, animal feedings, pot-decorating stations, milkweed seed plantings, and a nature tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park. 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM: 99 Plymouth Street

Conservancy Volunteer Opportunities

Earth Day Green Team

We’ll kick-off the day with an Earth Day Green Team! Volunteers will assist gardeners with horticultural tasks to keep the park healthy and beautiful. It’s the perfect opportunity to shake off the winter blues, get your hands dirty, and enjoy the outdoors. 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: Main Street Terrace

Earth Day Coastal Cleanup

To wrap the event, we’re hosting a special Earth Day Coastal Cleanup. Help us remove trash from the Park’s shoreline during low tide. It is a great way to experience the East River and waterfront, while giving back to the community. 2:00 PM-4:00 PM: Main Street Terrace

Note: please be aware that volunteers 16 years of age and younger must be accompanied by a parent. Volunteers 17 or 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent. All volunteers must sign a waiver before participating (waivers will be available on site).

Registered volunteers, please log-in to your volunteer profile to schedule yourself.

Gardener Talks

Interested in learning more about gardening? Stop by a our talks presented by Brooklyn Bridge Park’s expert horticulture staff!

Pier 1 Wildlife by Clara Friedman

An overview of the history and direction of the Pier 1 garden. Touching on the dynamism and success of reclaimed waterfront as ecological landscape. 12:30 PM-1:00 PM: 99 Plymouth Street

How We Prune @ BBP by Evelyn Manlove

There are many different types of pruning and plethora of “do’s” and “don’ts” associated with each one. Most of the pruning done at BBP falls under the blanket of naturalistic pruning. A representative from BBP Horticulture staff will discuss naturalistic pruning and some of the techniques and considerations involved. 1:30 PM-2:30 PM: 99 Plymouth Street

Tree Bark Ecology by Gabriella Ciabatonni

Learn why trees have bark, why different species’ bark can look so different, and what ecological relationships bark can facilitate. 3:00 PM-3:30 PM: 99 Plymouth Street

Ecological Horticulture Practices in the Pier 6 Flower Field by John Ford

Nature-loving Brooklynites can learn about the management of the Flower Field, a half acre wildflower meadow in their own backyard. Topic focus will be general ecological horticulture practices and their purposes. 4:00 PM-4:30 PM: 99 Plymouth Street

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