New York Space Grant supports many general public activities across New York State, including:
- Astronomy observing nights at Columbia University
- Family Astro Nights at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in New York City
- The Sagan Planet Walk (a scale model of the solar system) in Ithaca
- Family science nights in upstate NY communities
- Roberson Planetarium Showings in Binghamton
NYSG funds are used by various affiliates to promote outreach of science and technology across the state. Such events include:
- Syracuse University, in conjunction with the Museum of Science and Technology, runs four design-build-compete events per year for both urban and rural students in grades 2-12 across the state.
- Sciencenter in Ithaca hosts off-site community science events for elementary school students and their families. One such event is the StarLab portable planetarium presentation.
- Intrepid Sea Air and Space in NYC hosts free Family Astronomy nights, which include high profile speakers, NASA guests, and more to teach young students and their families about space exploration.
- University at Buffalo faculty and undergraduate students run annual hands-on workshops designed for middle school girls to be introduced to electronics and programming.
- Union College’s Annual Physical Constants Workshop allows regional high school physics teachers and students to work with Union faculty and undergraduates to measure fundamental physics constants via experimentation.