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Raju Mann

President & CEO
  • 04/01
  • Art & Culture
  • Community
  • Environment


What on earth? From a solar eclipse to S.T.E.A.M., and birding to beekeepers, BPCA has a lineup of events on tap this April as we embark on a monthlong celebration of planet Earth! Join us at the following events to mark Earth Month 2024.

Solar Eclipse Viewing Party – Monday, April 8, 2:30PM @ Rockefeller Park. Get ready for an “out of this world” experience! Take part in an art project and enjoy a sun-sational time with BPCA staff. (NOTE: Please use caution when viewing the solar eclipse. Do not look directly at the sun (not even during an eclipse), unless you are wearing the proper eye protection for viewing. A limited number of viewing glasses will be provided.)

Earth Month: Meet the Beekeeper – Wednesday April 10, 1:30PM @ Rockefeller Park. Join a presentation and talk led by Alvéole beekeepers at the Battery Park City hive, located at the Chambers Street entrance to Rockefeller Park. Learn about the importance of urban beekeeping and its benefit to sustainability efforts in the neighborhood and throughout the city.

Australian New Wave: Long Weekend – Thursday, April 11, 6:30PM @ 6 River Terrace. Our latest film series focuses on the unique narratives that highlight Australian culture, history, and landscape. In celebration of Earth Month, Long Weekend (1978, Colin Eggleston) tells the story of a suburban couple who go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, where they discover that nature isn’t in an accommodating mood. Free popcorn will be served, and a discussion will follow the screening.

S.T.E.A.M. Dream – Saturday, April 20, 11AM @ Rockefeller Park Basketball Court. In celebration of Earth Month, kids are invited to pick up S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) at this special Earth Day themed open-air fair featuring engaging activities and a live performance from the Stem Queen.

Earth Day: Family Birding – Monday, April 22, 11AM @ Rector Park East. What birds live in your backyard? Join us to learn the basics of bird watching on this fun outing for beginners, hobbyists, and lifelong birders alike. Together, we will explore the parks of Battery Park City, and see what makes this spot a hang-out for resident urban birds and marvelous migrators!

Esther Crow Family Band – Wednesday, April 24, 10:30AM @ Rockefeller Park House. In celebration of Earth Month, join us for a performance by social & climate activist the Esther Crow Family Band.

Earth Month: Nature Walk – Thursday, April 25, 1PM @ Rockefeller Park House. Join us at the Park House and explore Rockefeller Park through a naturalist’s lens. Learn about the animals and plants that call the park home, and how climate change impacts all of us, and how we can build a sustainable future together!

Also coming up this month:

Give the gift of life! Blood is a precious resource with no substitute, and which cannot be made in a lab. Donating a unit of blood saves lives of those in dire need, so click here to schedule an appointment at Battery Park City’s Spring Blood Drive. About every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood and a single blood donation can save up to three lives!

Come to the table! BPCA has pioneered the use of dog waste to create compost, now collecting up to 15 pounds of it per day to create to be applied back to our gardens and green spaces in a safe and environmentally-responsible way. Questions about how it works? Stop by any of Battery Park City’s three dog runs, as well as locations along the south Esplanade, on April 23-25 from 10:30AM-12PM and 2:30-3:30PM to learn about this innovative way of creating a nutrient-rich compost while reducing methane gas emissions and the number of plastic bags typically used to pick up pet waste. Hear more about this program on Pet Life Radio.

It’s easy being green (in BPC). During the spring and summer of 2023, BPCA conducted tree and plant species inventories to establish a baseline to inform and optimize its planting decisions and horticultural management practices. Stay tuned for updates later this month about the results of these analyses, as well as the Authority’s ongoing work to further accentuate the positive impacts of greenery for the neighborhood.

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