2021 BPSU Workshops

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Note: LIVE workshops will take place Saturday, February 27, 2021 at 11:00am EST. Many of these workshops will require access to ZOOM or Google Meet. Click HERE to download the ZOOM application.

LIVE Workshop – 11 AM

BCPGS Harlem River Working Group Calls to Action: Park Access / Justice hosted by Bronx Council for Environmental Quality.

The Bronx Council for Environmental Quality (BCEQ) Board Members will host two 30-minute presentations which will start at  11 am & repeat at  11:30 am.  The presentation includes a 3-minute video (link below) on why we should rename Mullaly Park.  Then a discussion what’s happening with the Bronx Harlem River Greenway at Depot Place, will follow. There will be an opportunity for you to take a stand.

This event requires pre-registration. Click here to register!

Having trouble accessing this workshop? Join the conversation directly via Google Meet, by clicking HERE.


LIVE Workshop – 11 AM

New York Botanical Garden’s Bronx Green Up: Community Update

A highlight of NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up program, available resources for the community, and a video of our new initiative, The Bronx Community Farm Hubs.

Join this workshop via ZOOM using Meeting ID: 934 2718 1378 and Password: 729263.


LIVE Workshop – 11 AM

AIDS Burials on Hart Island: Norberto Soto by Hart Island Project

Participants are encouraged to watch the video below before joining Melinda Hunt of the Hart Island Project at 11:15 AM for a discussion via Zoom.

Else Soto, a Bronx resident, was 11 years old when her dad died of AIDS in 1993. In 2019, she testified at the public hearing leading up to Hart Island becoming parkland. Parks will take over managing the landscape in July 2021. This video shows the importance of this place to families of the buried.

 Access the video, AIDS Burials on Hart Island: Norberto Soto, HERE.

At 11:15 AM join a discussion with Melinda Hunt of Hart Island Project via Zoom link – Meeting ID: 893 3782 3394 / Password: 466907


Recording Now Available for the Previously LIVE Workshop – 11 AM

Can It!- A Story of Trash in Van Cortlandt Park

It should come as no surprise that human effects on city parks aren’t always positive. Trash is an ever present problem harming wildlife and ecosystems, and making parks a little less enjoyable to visit. Take a look at the work being done by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance to remove trash from Tibbetts Brook and from the broader Park. Find out what we find the most, what can be most harmful and what can be done about it.

Click HERE to watch the workshop.

For followup questions or to learn more email Sara Kempton at Sara@vancortlandt.org.


LIVE Workshop – 11 AM

Naloxone Training

In this workshop Bronx Community Health Network will lead a workshop to train participants on opioid overdose training and response during the COVID 19 Pandemic. 

This event requires pre-registration. Click here to register!

To learn more about Naloxone trainings and more, contact Matthew Carrion at mcarrion@bchnhealth.org.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

How to Join a GreenThumb Community Garden

In this video participants will learn how to join a GreenThumb community garden.

To access the pre-recorded video, click Here.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

Harlem River Watershed and Natural Resources Management Plan for The Bronx! 

NYC Parks is pleased to release the Harlem River Watershed and Natural Resources Management Plan for The Bronx! During this pre-recorded workshop, we will walk through the plan and discuss opportunities to get involved in restoring natural resources, managing stormwater, and improving access & engagement in the watershed.

To access this pre-recorded video on ZOOM, click HERE and use password: PNm3*.=5

For more information, contact Katie Friedman at katie.friedman@parks.nyc.gov


Pre-Recorded Workshops

It’s Our Park: 25 Years of Communities in Action

Join Partnerships for Park as they host the virtual opening of their first-ever exhibition celebrating their 25th + 1 anniversary. This collection of images and stories sourced directly from New York City community leaders, the PfP staff who work with them, and the NYC Parks’ archives; celebrates our community partners, telling their stories through their eyes and showing the transformation possible when people come together in their neighborhood parks to effect change. At this special event, please enjoy viewing and hearing the narrative of volunteerism as PfP explores the past, present, and future of parks with a panel discussion and celebrate community park groups’ impact with Partnerships for Parks Outreach Coordinators and programs with a virtual tour.

Featured speakers include: Tim Tompkins, founder, Partnerships for Parks; Sabina Saragoussi, director, Partnerships for Parks; Heather Lubov, executive director, City Parks Foundation; and Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP, commissioner, NYC Parks.

View this video by clicking HERE.

For questions, email itsmypark@cityparksfoundation.org.


Pre-Recorded Workshop

Partnerships for Parks It’s My Park Tutorial During Covid

Volunteering in parks and playgrounds during Covid with the Partnerships for Parks It’s My Park program.

Access this workshop recorded and saved to YouTube HERE.

For questions, email itsmypark@cityparksfoundation.org.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

Get Insured!

In this workshop Bronx Community Health Network will discuss affordable health insurance options in New York State.

Access this workshop recorded and saved to YouTube HERE.

To learn more about Bronx Community Health Network by visiting HERE.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

DIY Smudge Stick Making

This is a pre-recorded video captured by members of Concrete Friends, the “friends of group” for Concrete Plant Park, during the summer of 2020. This workshop was led by Concrete Friend member. herbalist, forager, and educator Journei Bimwala. This video is meant to introduce folks to the basics of smudge stick making, but viewers should also be cognizant and respectful of the histories and spiritual traditions of this Indigenous practice.

Access this workshop recorded and saved to Concrete Friends’ Instagram page HERE.

To learn more contact Concrete Friends at ConcreteFriends@gmail.com or by following them @ConcreteFriends on Instagram.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

DIY Up-Cycle to Art Wine Bottle

Join Lucy Aponte of NYC Parks as she introduces a fun arts n’ craft for the family. Using a wine bottle, simple graphics and cutouts from magazines, Modge Podge glue, and other household materials you can follow along and create your own beautiful pieces of art. Note: this video is age-restricted since Lucy will be advocating to use some sharp tools including exacto knives during this workshop.

Access this workshop recorded and saved to YouTube HERE.

For followup questions or to learn more, email Lucy Aponte at Lucy.Aponte@parks.nyc.gov.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

Healthy Burrito- Add more veggies to your day!

Add more vegetables to your day by including them in your breakfast. Try adding spinach and peppers into this delicious, healthy, burrito! For more recipes, videos, tips, and tricks visit https://www.snapedny.org​ 

For more information contact Jairy Padro at jpadro@bronxworks.org or 718-581-3189.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

Black-bean Quesadilla – Fresh, Frozen and Canned Veggies

Learn more about the pros and cons of fresh, frozen, and canned, fruits and vegetables. Then, use this knowledge, to make some delicious veggie quesadillas. For more recipes, videos, tips, and tricks visit https://www.snapedny.org​ 

For more information contact Jairy Padro at jpadro@bronxworks.org or 718-581-3189.


Pre-Recorded Workshops

Mac and Cheese – Choose low-fat/nonfat dairy foods!

Follow along with SNAP-Ed nutrition educator, Jairy Padro, as she demonstrates how to make Stovetop Mac and Cheese. For more recipes, videos, tips, and tricks visit https://www.snapedny.org​ 

For more information contact Jairy Padro at jpadro@bronxworks.org or 718-581-3189.