Earth Day How-To Festival

Saturday, April 25, 12pm-4pm
FREE with Museum Admission

Join the fun as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day and our community’s know-how with fun virtual workshops and presentations for all ages. Local experts, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals share their particular passions, ranging from activities that require highly specialized skills to those anyone can do. This Earth Day, learn something new and help protect the only world we have!

You can tune in here or on our YouTube channel. The videos will be available throughout the spring! 

Please note: These videos provide many activities you can do at home or in your immediate outdoor area. Please remember, if you are outdoors in public spaces at this time, practice social distancing guidelines of keeping at least 6 feet from others and protect yourself and others by wearing face masks or coverings that cover your nose and mouth. For more info: please visit NYC’s COVID-19 info page ( Be safe and stay healthy!

The Earth Day How-To Festival is FREE!

If you are able and would like to contribute to support the Staten Island Museum with a donation or a membership, please click the button below. 



Councilwoman Debi Rose Welcomes You to the Staten Island Museum's Earth Day How-To Festival.


How-To Festival Lineup

Cooper Keane (Amateur Lepidopterist)
o How to raise butterflies in your own home


Lenny Librizzi (Beekeeper and Community Gardener)
o How to care for honeybees


o How to build a bicycle waterpump


o How to harvest rainwater on a large scale


Wambui Ippolito (Horticulturist)
o How to infuse cooking oils with herbs and seeds


Tattfoo Tan (Artist)
o How to make ink with black walnuts


Yemi Amu (Founder and Farm Manager, Oko Farms Aquaponics)
o How to create an aquaponics system using a recycled 5 gallon water bottle


David Mizejewski (Naturalist, National Wildlife Federation)
o How to garden and de-stress in these times


Greenbelt Environmental Education Department
o How to make hummingbird nectar


o How to use binoculars


Tony Rose (Director, Natural Resources Protective Association)
o How to build double-dug, or French garden beds


o How to construct rain barrels for home use


o How to create dancing flowerpots


o How to make an instant greenhouse


Colleen Evans (Director of Natural Science Interpretation and Collections, Staten Island Museum)
o How to make your own dip net to study aquatic insects


Cliff Hagen (President, Protectors of Pine Oak Woods)
o How to identify different types of gulls on Staten Island


o How to decipher a bird call


How to walk the trails for less impact


Rachel Aronson (Education programming coordinator, Freshkills Park Alliance)
o How to make a seed fly


Ciara Scully (Regional Environmental Educator at New York State Parks)
o How to do simple things in your home that help the earth


Annabel Posimato (NYC Regional Environmental Educators, New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation)
o How to keep a worm compost bin


Sarah Maldonado (Environmental Educator, Shirley Chisholm State Park)
o How to engage young learners in nature using your immediate indoor and outdoor spaces and minimal supplies


Anthony Reuter (Senior Outreach Coordinator at NYC Parks GreenThumb)
o How to plan your garden: What you should plant based on soil and light conditions, existing space limitations, and how to adapt as those conditions change


Andy Blancero (Home Fermenter)
o How to make sauerkraut


Beryl Thurman (President, North Shore Waterfront Conservancy)
o How to see the North Shore Waterfront with new eyes


Laura Casaregola (School Gardens Coordinator, GrowNYC)
o How to build a tiny indoor greenhouse


Thank you for joining us from Janice Monger, Staten Island Museum President & CEO


Supported in part by NRG Energy and Richmond County Savings Foundation.