Events

Events

Our events are designed to engage the public in understanding the potential eco-system that a well-informed community and healthy coastal environment can provide for themselves and their families.

In light of the corona virus, we have tailored a series of virtual programs for community members to stay in touch and inspire one another during this difficult time. Check out our website for regular updates.

 

Virtual Knitalong

Wednesday, September 30, 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Join us on Zoom

This is a space for community members to come together virtually to knit. All levels are welcome! Join us every Wednesday at 2:00pm by using this link: https://zoom.us/j/435817636

Daffodil Giveaway

Saturday, October 3, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

RISE will be distributing prepacked totes with free daffodil bulbs, trowels and gloves for any Rockaway community members or individuals interested in planting bulbs at their home, schools', businesses' or neighborhood blocks.

Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. This event is hosted rain or shine. Supplies will be distributed on a first come first serve basis. 

This event is sponsered by NY State Dept of Environmental Conservation and NACTO and is part of the "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with NYC Dept of Transportation.

 

Fall Foraging Tour w. Wildman Steve Brill

Saturday, October 17, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Meet at Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

This fall, RISE will be hosting a tour with America's go-to foraging team, "Wildman" Steve Brill and his daughter Violet. The vastly under appreciated natural habitat of the Rockaways offers all the best wild foods of the seashore.

The sandy soil of the Rockaways is poor, limiting tree- and grass growth, but benefiting other species that can take advantage of the unblocked sun and nutrient-poor soil. Wild greens will be doing great here, and there are dozens of species that thrive. Field garlic is a very tasty relative of onions and garlic. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will host two separate tours, led simultaneously by "Wildman" Steve and Violet Brill, to ensure the groups remain small and socially distanced.  Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. 

This event is free but registration is required, as this event will fill up fast. This event is rain or shine and is part of the "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation.

Sandy Anniversary Plant Giveaway

Saturday, October 17, 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Beach 59th St and Rockaway Freeway

Join us in honoring the eight year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be honoring this anniversary a little differently than in the past.

RISE will be hosting a "Quarantree" plant giveaway of Bayberry Shrubs. A plant native to the Rockaways' shoreline environment, and suitable for planting outdoors or grown in containers on balconies or small gardens over the winter. 

No registration is required. Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate. Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained.

Special thanks to NYS DEC and Patagonia for supporting this event. This event is part of the NACTO "Wellness Way" Initiative in partnership with the NYC DOT.