2012-05-04 / Community

Rockaway Earth Day's Message: Take Care Of Planet

By Miriam Rosenberg


The 100 Precinct Community Council gave out free plants and snacks during the afternoon. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg The 100 Precinct Community Council gave out free plants and snacks during the afternoon. Photos by Miriam Rosenberg Demonstrations, lectures and activities for young people highlighted this year’s annual Rockaway Earth celebration last weekend. Held on the boardwalk on Beach 59 Street, some of those who took part were: the Surfriders Foundation; the Urban Rangers, who took people on a tour of a plover habitat; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; Rockaway Artists Alliance’s kidsmART participants; volunteers from P.S. 105; Arf Arf; GrowNYC; New York’s recycling program, NYCWasteLess; the New York State Marine and Turtle Rescue Program; and the Department of Transportation, who gave out free bike helmets. The sixth annual event was sponsored by the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the city’s Parks Department.



A small crowd gathers for a lecture about the kestrel, which is a member of the falcon family and the smallest bird of prey in New York City. A small crowd gathers for a lecture about the kestrel, which is a member of the falcon family and the smallest bird of prey in New York City.

kidsmART representatives demonstrate how paper can be made at home. kidsmART representatives demonstrate how paper can be made at home.

It was hands on for those who wanted to get up close with any of the various sea creatures that were brought by the Army Corps of Engineers. It was hands on for those who wanted to get up close with any of the various sea creatures that were brought by the Army Corps of Engineers.

There were several activities for young people including painting seashells. There were several activities for young people including painting seashells.

Steve of the New York State Marine and Turtle Rescue Program, left, watches as volunteers take part in a mock rescue of a dolphin on Rockaway’s beach. Steve of the New York State Marine and Turtle Rescue Program, left, watches as volunteers take part in a mock rescue of a dolphin on Rockaway’s beach.

Plastic man is the Surfriders Foundation’s way of getting the message across that millions of plastic bags each year wind up on our beaches and in our oceans. Plastic man is the Surfriders Foundation’s way of getting the message across that millions of plastic bags each year wind up on our beaches and in our oceans.

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