Join the virtual How-To Festival as the Museum enlists local experts and citizen
scientists to create a virtual science fair for at-home environmentalism
Have you ever wanted to be a butterfly whisperer? How about a beekeeper? Or make
flower pots dance? Now you can learn ‘how-to’ online with the Staten Island Museum at their virtual version of the Earth Day: How-To Festival on Saturday, April 25, starting at 12pm on their YouTube channel at YouTube.com/SIMuseum (on the Earth Day Playlist). The videos will be released at 12pm and remain accessible throughout the spring.
Join the fun as the Museum celebrates 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!
“We’re taking our annual Earth Day How-To Festival online this year to still come together – even though we must be physically apart- to mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and celebrate our incredible community’s expertise. The How-To Festival gives people the opportunity to learn over 20 new skills and access a bevy of knowledge about the environment, right from their own homes,” remarks Janice Monger, Staten Island Museum President and CEO.
How-To Festival Lineup, April 25
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 water pump
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
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
Emily Becker (Environmental Educator, Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve Nature Interpretive Center)
o How to plant a seed
Annabel Posimato (NYC Regional Environmental Educators, New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic
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
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
Earth Day is an annual event celebrating the environment and raising awareness about the threats against it. Earth Day started as a grassroots movement in 1970 based on the idea of “teach-ins.” More than 20 million people and thousands of local schools and communities participated in the first Earth Day. This early success helped to influence the United States’ government to create stronger laws to protect the environment and create the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Earth Day is still as relevant today as when it started 50 years ago and serves as a reminder of what humanity can collectively accomplish. As a Museum founded by naturalists more than 100 years ago, the Staten Island Museum is committed to helping people understand the importance of biodiversity and how we can lessen human impact on the environment.
Earth Day: How-To Festival is on Saturday, April 25. The featured videos can be found on the Museum’s YouTube channel at YouTube.com/SIMuseum (on the Earth Day Playlist) as well as their website StatenIslandMuseum.org, and
Facebook page (Facebook.com/StatenIslandMuseum). All instructional videos can be accessed beginning on April 25 and will remain up for the public to view throughout the spring.
The Earth Day How-To Festival is supported in part by NRG Energy and Richmond County Savings Foundation.