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.

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September 2017


Farm Share Watercolor Workshop

TIME: Wednesday, September 20th, 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

In this all-levels-welcomed watercolor workshop, participants can stop by the RISE Farm Share and try their hands at watercolor painting the week's fresh produce.

Beginners will learn to setup their palette from warm to cool colors, and go through quick exercises to experience several watercolor techniques, such as wet on wet, dry brush or glazing effect. For more advanced participants, we will focus on attention to composition. 

Supplies will be provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own materials.

Our instructor, Chemin Hsiao, is a Taiwanese painter, illustrator and art instructor based in Queens. He has exhibited work in New York, Los Angeles, and Berlin. Most recently his work was featured at the event Taiwan: A World of Orchid at the Queens Botanical Garden as part of the individual exhibition "Sitting with the Garden" (on view until Sep. 24th, 2017). More of Chemin's work could be seen at the portfolio website: www.cheminart.com

This event is part of the FREE 14 Sculptors Inc. On the Rock 2017 public art exhibition programs


Dune Planting

TIME: Saturday, September 23rd, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
 Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

Come join the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for a community volunteer day culminating in a celebration of the land and water.

For this dune restoration we will be planting shrubs and native grasses to create a natural protective buffer of dunes along the east end of the Rockaways.

Adults and kids alike are welcome to participate in this event. Dress accordingly.

Registration is not required but students looking to do community service hours are encouraged to bring paperwork from their schools.

Special thanks to NYC DEP and NYS DEC for sponsoring this event.

October 2017


Daffodil Giveaway

TIME: Saturday, October 7th, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

New Yorkers for Parks is offering free daffodil bulbs for any Rockaway community groups or individuals interested in hosting projects at their schools', businesses' or neighborhood's blocks.

RWA is hosting the Queens distribution event at the RISE Center located at 5803 Rockaway Beach Blvd, Rockaway, NY 11692. Click here to register with New Yorkers for Parks to pick up daffodil bulbs at the October 7th distribution. 


Hip Hop Halloween

TIME: Saturday, October 14th, 1:00 - 4:00 PM
LOCATION: RISE, 58-03 Rockaway Beach Blvd (B59th St)

Join Rockaway Waterfront Alliance for the 5th Annual Hip Hop Halloween. Celebrate halloween with family and friends in the Hip Hop Community Garden by taking part in painting a pumpkin, face painting and festive food. This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.


Sandy Anniversary Planting & Clean Up

TIME: Saturday, October 21st, 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Meet at Beach 44th St. and the Boardwalk

For the five year anniversary of Storm Sandy, RWA is bringing people of all ages together to create a natural protective buffer for the Rockaway community.

 As we learned from the storm, the natural vegetation and dunes that exist off our shores served as a protective buffer to the homes and businesses that exist in these areas. Many of these dunes were compromised by the storm and need to be replenished to be effective.

Families and people of all ages are welcome to participate in this dune restoration project. Students can receive community service hours. No registration is required. This event is rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

Special thanks to NYC DEP, NYS DEC, and Patagonia for sponsoring this event.


Success Stories:

Meet Jadel

Jadel participated in her first RWA program as a 7th grader at PS43. Through high school she has been a valuable contributor to our ongoing efforts and today she continues to work with us as a practicing intern while she attends Hunter College. Hear more about Jadel's story.