Earth Day Celebration: How-To Festival

Saturday, April 27, 12pm-4pm
Location: Staten Island Museum, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Bldg A
FREE with Museum Admission

Join us as we transform the museum into a giant interactive science fair celebrating citizen science! Hands-on workshops, drop-in presentations, and scheduled lectures take place throughout the museum.

Local experts, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals share their particular passions, ranging from activities that require highly specialized skills to those anyone can do. Celebrate our community’s know-how, learn something new, and help protect the only world we have.

How-To Festival Schedule

 

Ongoing Workshops (drop-in anytime)

12:00-4:00pm - How to make the most successful seed starting mix (with Natalie Nowlen, NYC Compost Project)
12:00-4:00pm - How to transform recycled bottles into planters (with Deborah Adewale, MakerSpace)
12:00-2:00pm - How to grow plants without soil (with Yemi Amu, Oko Farms)
12:00-4:00pm - How to be a butterfly whisperer (with Cooper Keane)
12:00-4:00pm - Earth Day Selfie Booth #EarthDaySI
12:00-4:00pm - How to press flowers in the Victorian tradition (with Shayna Vercillo)
12:00-4:00pm - How to make use of unexpected and familiar herbs (with Skye Suter)

Scheduled Presentations

12pm - How to keep bees (with Lenny Librizzi)
12pm - How to conduct a mini bio blitz (with Clay Wollney)
1pm - How to provide a home for rare grassland birds with reclaimed habitat (with Cait Field, Freshkills Park)
2pm - How to grow mushrooms at home (with Louis Vassar Semanchik)
3pm - How to identify rocks and minerals in your own backyard (with Steve Okulewicz)

Don’t miss the Native Plant Giveaways with the Greenbelt Native Plant Center and of course, plenty of plant-based refreshments!

In between workshops, stop by the Museum’s latest exhibition Field Notes: Seed Stories and the Power of Plants featuring artworks and seed histories from Hudson Valley Seed Company, documentary videos of Staten Island gardeners by Jay Weichun, photograms of local flora by Gale Wisdom, and museum botanical specimens selected by the Greenbelt Native Plant Center