Things To Do on Long Island in Recognition of Earth Day 2016

Give back to the planet by participating in an Earth Day event on Long Island!

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A child getting in touch with nature by planting seeds.

Photo by: Dana via Flickr.

First started in the 1970s, Earth Day is an annual event that aims to promote environmental protection and conservation, and exhibit varying ways that each and every person can make a difference. From participating in clean-ups at local parks, to bringing kids to educational programs that teach the importance of keeping our planet clean and healthy, to engaging in recycling projects, there are many different ways to celebrate Earth Day and promote responsibility for the well-being of the Earth. 
Here are some Earth Day events taking place this spring on Long Island!
Brentwood's 27th Annual Earth Day Every Day Cleanup at Ross Park
Brentwood Road and First Avenue, Brentwood, NY 11717
Saturday, April 16th from 9:30AM - 1PM
Free Event
Join a great group of volunteers as they cleanup Brentwood's Ross Park and the surrounding area! All supplies will be provided and community service hours are available for students.
Super Family Sunday, Nature + Kids = Art, A Celebration of Earth Day
Nassau County Museum of Art, 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
Sunday, April 17th from 1PM - 4PM
Regular Museum Admission Plus $10 for Family Materials Fee
Enjoy an afternoon of art making, learning and exploration! Sketch in recycled notebooks, design newspaper boats, walk around the garden and view the art of Kenny Scharf made out of found materials!
Recycled Craft at Island Park Public Library
176 Long Beach Road, Island Park, NY 11558
Tuesday, April 19th from 4:30PM - 5:15PM
Free Event
Stop by the community room to create a craft out of recycled materials for Earth Day 2016! Please register online for this event.
Earth Day Watering Can Craft at the Freeport Memorial Library
144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY 11520
Wednesday, April 20th from 7PM - 8PM
Kids can create their own hand painted watering can to get a start on growing plants this spring! Please register beforehand online for the event.
Earth Day Rock Painting at West Hempstead Public Library
500 Hempstead Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552
Friday, April 22nd from 1PM - 4PM
Free Event
Bring your own rock, or choose from one of the ones provided, and paint your very own keepsake from nature! Head to the library's website to register.
Earth Day Birthday at Smithtown Library (Commack Branch)
3 Indian Head Road, Commack, NY 11725
Friday, April 22nd from 10:30AM - 11:15AM
Free Event
Spend the morning learning about different ways to protect the environment and make your very own suncatcher out of leaves, twigs and grass to bring home!
Get Growing on Earth Day at Longwood Public Library
800 Middle Country Road, Middle Island, NY 11953
Friday, April 22nd from 10:30AM - 2:15PM
Free Event
This Earth day, plant a flower, find out how they grow and learn about the importance of taking care of our planet. Please register online for event.
Spur Drive South Earth Day Cleanup
Spur Drive South, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Friday, April 22nd from 10AM - 2PM
Free Event
Help out this Earth Day with a much needed clean-up of Spur Drive South in Bay Shore. All supplies will be provided and community service hours are available for students.
The Great Earth Day Nature Walk at William Floyd Estate
245 Park Drive, Mastic Beach, NY 11951
Saturday, April 23rd from 9AM - 11:30AM
Free Event
Participate in a three mile walk through fields, forests and salt marshes, all home to different types of flora and fauna, in celebration of Earth Day.
Celebrate Earth Day at The Maritime Explorium
101 East Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
Saturday, April 23rd thru Friday, April 29th from 1PM - 5PM
$5 Per Person/Free for Members
Construct a biodome with native plant seeds, grow something green, and recycle water bottles in an effort to keep our planet clean!
Earth Day 2016 at Bayard Cutting Arboretum
440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY 11739
Friday, April 29th from 10AM - 4PM
Free Event
Take part in scavenger hunts, a bird feeder craft, buggy rides and more, and visit with exhibitors like Saving the Wetlands, Quogue Wildlife Refuge and Seatuck Environmental Center during this Earth Day extravaganza!