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Vulnerable Landscapes Public Opening and Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 22, 2023, 2:00 pm4:00 pm


Saturday, April 22, 2023
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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Free with museum admission

Free with Museum Admission

Celebrate Earth Day at the Museum with the opening of our newest exhibition, Vulnerable Landscapes, as well as crafts and activities for all ages.

Enjoy free seedlings from the NYC Native Plant Center (supplies are limited), try your hand at charcoal landscape drawing with Freshkills Park, make plantable seedpaper, examine habitat loss over millennia with a mastodon fossil dig, and more.

Seedling giveaways by the Native Plant Center
Beautify your outdoor space with native shrubs that also benefit birds and insects. The Native Plant Center will be giving away the following seedling varieties: Aronia prunifolia (Purple chokeberry), Ilex verticilata (Winterberry Holly), Rubus occidentalis (Black Raspberry), and Amelanchier nantucketensis (Nantucket shadbush)

Wildflower Seedpaper with teaching artist Jenya Frid
Plant wildflowers using recycled materials. Artist and educator Jenya Frid will walk visitors through the process of making seed paper using recycled paper pulp and a native seed mix. Once dried, the paper can be used for cards or letters, and finally planted to reach its fullest potential.

Landscape Drawing with Freshkills Park
Join educators from Freshkills Park to learn more about landscape drawing with charcoal. Get your hands dirty and take in the views of Snug Harbor and the Kill Van Kull in this outdoor workshop. Space is limited.

Fossil Dig and Print
The word fossil comes from the Latin word fossus, meaning “having been dug up.” Families are invited to dig through kinetic sand using delicate tools to uncover hidden fossils and make a fossil to take home!


School aged children looking at plants and a lap top on a table while a teacher talks to them

Major support of Vulnerable Landscapes is provided the Lily Auchincloss Foundation and by National Grid.


Additional support provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Vulnerable Landscapes