NYPA Press Release

New York Power Authority Hosts “Earth Rocks” Event at the John S. Dyson New York Energy Zone

For Immediate Release: 04/19/24

Contact: joseph.caruso@nypa.gov | (315) 520-0364


New York Power Authority Hosts “Earth Rocks” Event at the

John S. Dyson New York Energy Zone


UTICA—The New York Power Authority (NYPA) will host its “Earth Rocks” event, a free community celebration of Earth Day comprised of family-friendly activities, at the John S. Dyson New York Energy Zone on Saturday, April 20, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.


The event will feature a pollinator exhibit that details how the Power Authority maintains the rights-of-way beneath its transmission lines, creating habitats for pollinators and native vegetation. Guests can also learn about the pollinator gardens that the Power Authority planted at the neighboring Utica Zoo and preview the proposed plans for a pollinator garden at the Energy Zone.


As part of the event, NYPA will distribute pollinator seedlings, seed paper and other giveaways to guests. Additionally, NYPA will screen a feature-length movie at 2 p.m.


“Environmental sustainability is a core value of the New York Power Authority, and we are happy to host this celebration of Earth Day at the Energy Zone,” said NYPA Community Relations Manager Joe Caruso. “We look forward to welcoming the community with family-friendly activities to both educate and entertain our guests.”


The New York Energy Zone is a fully immersive and hands-on science center designed for visitors of all ages, guiding guests on a powerful journey through the past, present, and future of electricity. Visits to the 15,000 square-foot facility kickoff with an eye-popping 3-D movie—directed by legendary filmmaker Douglas Trumbull—about Nikola Tesla and his contributions to modern electricity systems. In addition, there are more than 40 interactive displays and games that include flying a drone, checking transmission lines, operating a power plant, and building a tabletop microgrid.


The NY Energy Zone is located next to the Utica Zoo, off the Memorial Parkway on Utica Zoo Way. The Energy Zone is open every day between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., and admission is always free.


For more information about the New York Energy Zone, visit www.nypa.gov/nyenergyzone.




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