Head to the beautiful Staten Island Greenbelt with a team member to compete in physical obstacles which are located throughout a 10K course in the woods. Events are cleverly designed to encourage teamwork as well as physical and mental stamina and are not revealed until the day of the event! Surprise!
Location: Henry Kaufman Campgrounds, Staten Island
Register: $200 for 2 people
Ever wanted to know more about mushrooms? Join the Earth Art Center for this 1.5 hour class on Mycology 101! The class will also discuss the importance and nature of mycelial networks, as well as ways of cultivating and propagating mushrooms at home!
Location: Earth Arts Initiative, Brooklyn
Head over to Best Made in Tribeca for a hands-on experience learning fishing knots and rigging. Led by Craig Buckbee an FFI Master Casting Instructor and licensed guide in NY and PA.
Supplies and food + drink provided.
Location: 36 White Street
Join 2,000 cyclists to explore Staten Island by bike with the annual Tour de Staten Island by Transportation Alternatives. On your ride, you'll pass through Historic Richmond Town, the South Beach Boardwalk, Snug Harbor, and the still-closed-to-the-public Freshkills Park.
Take the Staten Island Ferry and ride the 1.5 miles to the start.
After biking either 35 or 50 miles, enjoy the finish festival with food and drinks.
Brooklyn Boulders is celebrating Earth Day and National Parks week with their second annual Camp BKB! Come for unique climbing routes, workshops including bolt anchors, knots and hitches, and gym to crag lessons. Take a break with capoeira, yoga, a run, or snacks and drinks.
Location: BKB Queensbridge
Costs: $15 BKB + AAC Members, $24 Guests (includes day pass)
Follow the Earth Day Initiative on this 5k tour of NYC's sustainable projects and places. This year, the tour will include a Broadway theater, a living green wall and a solar energy tutorial.
(The Earth Day Initiative also hosts a free Earth Day NYC on April 15th)
Cost: $50 includes lunch
Head up to Columbia and watch free screening of An American Ascent - which follows a team of African American climbers attempting to be the first team of color to climb Denali.
Hosted by NOLS and Columbia University Outdoors Club.
Location: Broadway & 116 Street
Get ready to connect and get inspired by some amazing women who are breaking stereotypes in the world of outdoor adventure and participate in some really cool hands-on workshop.
Events over the weekend include everything from panels to camping 101 workshops to brunch.
Location: Montclair, NJ (take NJ Transit)
Cost: $65-$125, register.
Join the Amateur Astronomer's Association for a night of celestial observations.
Here's a teaser from AAA:
Gemini and Auriga are high overhead as we begin; then they follow Taurus and Orion in sliding down the western sky. Brilliant Sirius dominates the southwest. The Pleiades and Hyades star clusters, and the star-forming region known as the Orion Nebula, are great sights early in our session, before they sink behind the East Side buildings. The Double Cluster in Perseus and the Alpha Persei Association, as they rotate around the celestial pole from northwest toward the north—and the Beehive Cluster (M44) and other open clusters that will start the evening high overhead and move west—are among several deep-sky objects well placed for viewing this evening.
In late evening, Leo and Ursa Major (with its Big Dipper) will take the overhead spots, with Arcturus, in Boötes; and Vega, in Lyra, climbing the eastern sky.
PhD candidate Kaz Uyehara will introduce the basics of fire ecology and discuss the ways in which plants and fires interact in different fire-prone ecosystems. Uyehara's focus will be on the potential for plants to actively use fire for their own benefit in a game theory context and how this may lead to alternative stable states on the ecosystem scale.
Cost: Free, register here.
Location: NY Botanical Gardens
Get ready to celebrate women and gender non-conforming people who bike on this 7-mile ride down Queens Boulevard.
Hosted by the women of a variety local Queens cycling groups the ride will promote bike lanes and aim to lessen the gender gap in cycling.
Location: Queensbridge Park Greenway
Register here and read more on Queens Bike Lanes here.
Join Patagonia Meatpacking for "Dirtbag: The Legend of Fred Beckey", a documentary film celebrating the life and legacy of the original “dirtbag” mountaineer, who died last year at 94.
Location: Patagonia Store Meatpacking
Free: register here.
A brand new outdoor community is launching this month at Boxers NYC. Read more about GOAT below and then join them on March 20th to celebrate their launch.
Get Out And Trek (GOAT) hosts outdoor trips, built by and for LGBT adventurists and their friends that make escaping the ordinary and breaking free from the everyday easier.
GOAT brings people together that like to get out and trek, bike, hike, skydive, climb, raft, kayak, camp, backpack and more.
Location: Boxers (Chelsea)
Are you belay certified and want to learn how to help out an awesome local organization? The Adaptive Climbing Group is holding a volunteer training session this week
The training session includes disability sensitivity training, training in specialized equipment and technique for climbing with people of various disability categories. This training is great for both beginner, and advanced adaptive climbing volunteers.
Location: Brooklyn Boulders Gowanus
Join Mappy Hour on March 21 to hear about the vision for the new Natural Areas Conservancy app, which aims to map NYC's NYC's wetlands, forests, and trails. Then take a tour of the famed Explorers Club, grab a beer (cash bar) and make some new friends.
Location: The Explorers Club, 46 E 70th St
Free: Register here.
Join the Cliffs LIC for popcorn beer and a movie and watch world-class climbers in pursuit of the ultimate goal: the First Ascent.
This ultra-classic climbing film features the late, great Dean Potter, Timmy O'Neill, Sonnie Trotter, and the amazing Didier Berthod on his quest for the first ascent of the Cobra Crack. A must see for every climber!
Cost: free for members
Location: The Cliffs (LIC)
This event (double event) is one for the books with the classic Keith Michael NYC Wild! Nature Walk in Prospect Park paired with a seasonally inspired concert by the Chelsea Symphony featuring SPRING!
Cost: $10 for the walk, $25 for the concert
Locations: Concert at Church of St. Paul, Walk in Prospect Park
Head to the Cliffs at LIC for a full day of climbing competition madness followed by what's sure to be a raucous after party. Levels include everything from novice to masters so all can throw your hat into the ring!
Location: Long Island City
Cost: $50 to enter, free to watch
Ready to start training for the summer? Sea Kayak Connecticut's fourth rolling series starts this weekend. While not in NYC proper, it is easy to get to via transit and doesn't require you bring your own equipment. Photo by Jorge Gonzalez of Luke Rovner (Kayak Hipster).
Location: Greenwich, Connecticut
Cost: $320 for 3 sessions
Info: Register here.
See a different side of Brooklyn (with your layers on!) this weekend with NYC WILD!
Dead Horse Bay offers an "extraordinary spectacle underfoot of historic glass, iron, and porcelain, simultaneously awful and beautiful. But it is not only the exquisite beachcombing that makes this trip memorable. February/March usually brings a massive 15,000-strong flock of Greater Scaup (a kind of duck) gathering in the bay for their migration north."
Cost: Tickets start at $10, register here.