Gov­er­nors Island Announces Spring 2024 Events


Photo by Sean Jamar

The Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island today announced the return of two icon­ic spring events to Gov­er­nors Island: the annu­al Egg Hunt and Earth Day cel­e­bra­tions. The Egg Hunt will fea­ture 50,000 eggs hid­den around Gov­er­nors Island and take place on Sat­ur­day, March 30, 2024, from 10am to 3pm. The Earth Day Cel­e­bra­tion, high­light­ing the impor­tance of native plants with stew­ard­ship activ­i­ties, arts, and edu­ca­tion, will take place on Sat­ur­day, April 20, 2024, from 10am to 3pm. 

We’re look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing spring on Gov­er­nors Island with the return of these two fan-favorite events,” said Clare New­man, Pres­i­dent and CEO of the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island. Egg Hunt and Earth Day both pro­vide vis­i­tors with incred­i­ble oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore our 120 acres of open space and come togeth­er to cel­e­brate the return of warm weath­er. Whether you’re com­ing out to hunt for eggs or help us cre­ate native plant habi­tats, we can’t wait to see you on the Island this spring.” 

The Friends of Gov­er­nors Island is excit­ed to wel­come vis­i­tors to the Island this sea­son for two spec­tac­u­lar spring pro­grams: our 2nd annu­al Egg Hunt on March 30 and our Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion on April 20,” said Pat­ti Davis, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island. These free, fam­i­ly-friend­ly pub­lic events high­light all that is spe­cial and unique about Gov­er­nors Island with fun-filled activ­i­ties, tours, and oppor­tu­ni­ties to give back.”

Gov­er­nors Island Egg Hunt

Back for a sec­ond year, this pop­u­lar spring­time event will see 50,000 can­dy-filled eggs spread across sev­er­al areas of Gov­er­nors Island, along with an Island-wide scav­enger hunt that every­one can take a crack at and an addi­tion­al hunt for chil­dren ages 5 and under. The cel­e­bra­tion will take place on Sat­ur­day, March 30, 2024, from 11am to 3pm in Colonels Row and will also include per­for­mances from Bub­bledad and Won­der­Spark Pup­pets, spring-themed arts and crafts with Red Hook Art Project, Meet the Chick­ens” with Earth Mat­ter NY, and more to be announced. Food will be avail­able for pur­chase onsite from Gov­er­nors Island ven­dors Mak­i­na Café and Lit­tle Eva’s, along­side food trucks includ­ing ANAO’s Caribbean Fla­vors, Yan­kee Doo­dles, Par­adise Taquil­la, and Deploy Cof­fee. Vis­i­tors will also be able to meet and take pic­tures with a Spring Bunny. 

The egg hunt is first come, first served as sup­plies last, and will take place con­tin­u­ous­ly through­out the day. No pre-reg­is­tra­tion is required, and the event is rain or shine. The Gov­er­nors Island Egg Hunt is co-pre­sent­ed by the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island, with gen­er­ous sup­port from Tony’s Cho­colone­ly. Addi­tion­al sup­port pro­vid­ed by New York Cares. 

Earth Day on Gov­er­nors Island

Gov­er­nors Island’s third annu­al Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion will cel­e­brate the pow­er of native plants through free edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties and work­shops for all ages, guid­ed tours through the Island’s open space, a par­tic­i­pa­to­ry mur­al inspired by the rela­tion­ship between milk­weed and Monarch but­ter­flies, and vol­un­teer stew­ard­ship projects. The fes­tiv­i­ties will take place on Sat­ur­day, April 20, 2024, from 10am to 3pm, and will also include cyan­otype print­ing activ­i­ties, seed ball work­shops, free bike lessons with Bike New York, and more.

Earth Day on Gov­er­nors Island is co-pre­sent­ed by the Trust for Gov­er­nors Island and the Friends of Gov­er­nors Island, with pro­gram­ming sup­port from Stu­dent Con­ser­va­tion Asso­ci­a­tion, Cir­cu­lar Econ­o­my Man­u­fac­tur­ing, Wind Sup­port, Bike New York, Earth Mat­ter NY, the Nation­al Park Ser­vice, and Bee Con­ser­van­cy. Earth Day is spon­sored by AECOM, Dai­wa Cap­i­tal Mar­kets Amer­i­ca Inc., and Lazard. Gen­er­ous sup­port for Gov­er­nors Island’s green spaces is pro­vid­ed by Bloomberg Phil­an­thropies and Black­stone Char­i­ta­ble Fund.