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NYC Wildflower Week

Botanical Walks

EVENTS:
Children's events
NATURE walks
PLANTINGS / ACTIONS
garden tours

at-a-glance calendar

Most NYCWW events are free and open to the public. Space is limited for certain events, so advance registration is encouraged.



BROOKLYN

SUNRISE LISTENING TOUR
Time: Saturday, May 10th, 6:00 am –7:30 am
Location: Prospect Park. Meet at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park at Eastern Parkway across from the library.
Guide: Matthew Wills, Naturalist and Blogger
Register for this FREE event

Description: Prospect Park is a vital rest and refueling point for thousands of songbirds migrating north during the spring. We will shut off our cellphones, walk silently, and open our ears to listen to the sounds of "the dawn chorus" in one part walking meditation, one part sensory re-education experience.


BLOOMS AND BUGS
Time: Monday, May 12th, 12:00 pm -2:30 pm
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park. Meet at the park map at the Pier 1 entrance, at the corner of Old Fulton and Furman Streets.
Guide: Matthew Wills, Naturalist and Blogger
Register for this FREE event

Description: We will walk through the four-year-old Brooklyn Bridge Park’s native plant gardens, where much has been built into the relatively small space of Pier One: freshwater pools, woodland, prairie, and salt marsh habitat. On the lookout for spring blooms, we will also keep an eye open for the insects and birds that have found this rich mixture of habitats a welcoming place, and discuss the interrelationships of plants, pollinators, and ecosystems.



TALK WITH THE WILDFLOWERS
Time: Tuesday, May 13th, 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park. Meet at the park map at the Pier 1 entrance, at the corner of Old Fulton and Furman Streets.
Guide: Rebecca McMackin, Park Horticulturalist, Brooklyn Bridge Park
Register for this FREE event

Description: What do your plants really want out of life? Learn how to "read" flowers, the purpose of scents, the secret life of roots in this tour of Brooklyn Bridge Park's native plantings. You will better understand some very basic plant communication techniques and see pollination ecology at work!

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BRONX

BRONX BEAUTIES AND BEASTS
Time: Thursday, May 15th, 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Location: Van Cortlandt Park. Meet at the parking lot near the horse stables at the Cass Gallagher trailhead, a short walk in from the intersection of Broadway and Mosholu Avenue, Bronx
Guide: Helen Forgione, The Natural Areas Conservancy
Register for this FREE event

Description: We will walk a portion of the Cass Gallagher Nature Trail observing and identifying the diverse, native wildflowers and some of the common invasive plants.  Van Cortlandt Park’s Northwest Woods contains some of the best examples of Oak-Tulip Tree Forests in New York City; we should see wild geranium, Solomon’s seal, and possibly wild pinks in bloom.  We will keep an eye out for white-tailed deer and woodland birds, as well! Helen will also describe the Natural Areas Conservancy’s Ecological Assessment Project which was piloted in Van Cortlandt Park last year.

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MANHATTAN

NATIVE PLANTS, WILDFLOWERS AND RESTORATION IN THE RAMBLE
Time: Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Central Park Ramble. Meet at the entrance to the park at 79th and Central Park West– on the park side just across from the American Musuem of Natural History.
Guide: Dr. Regina Alvarez, CUNY Professor and former Woodland Manager for the Central Park Conservancy.
Register for this FREE event

Description:  This tour will take us thorough the famed Ramble, one of Central Park's woodlands. We will see how ecological restoration is done in one of the busiest parks in the world. What species are planted? Which are thriving? What species are returning on their own in these restored areas? What are the benefits to people and to wildlife? Enjoy woodlands, wetlands and the New York City skyline on this walk!

 

SPRING FUNGI WALK
Time: Saturday, May 17th, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Inwood Hill Park. Meet at the corner of Seaman Avenue and Isham Street.
Guide: Paul Sadowski, New York Mycological Society
Register for this FREE event

Description: Come and see the diversity of fungi that grow in the park. We will be finding Polypores, Crust fungi and Ascomycetes which thrive in the early spring weather. Given the evanescent nature of fungi, it is difficult to know what species will be fruiting during our visit. Inwood Hill Park may be hiding fungi species not yet discovered!

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QUEENS

SPRING FLORA AND INVASIVES REMOVAL
Time:  Saturday, May 17th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Alley Pond Park. Meet at the corner of 233rd Street and 67th Avenue, Queens. Parking is plentiful along street.
Guide: Eric Morgan, Torrey Botanical Society
Register for this FREE event by emailing morgane@farmingdale.edu

Description: Participants will be shown how to use field guides to identify wildflowers. We will also talk about some of the commonly encountered plants whether in bloom or not. If you own a copy, please bring your Newcomb's Wildflower Guide or Audubon Field Guide to Wildflowers.

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QUEENS

WALKING AMONG WILDFLOWERS HIKE
Time:  Sunday, May 18th, 1:00 pm –2:00 pm
Location: High Rock Park. Meet in the parking lot at 200 Nevada Avenue, just off Rockland Avenue, Staten Island.
Guide: Jessica Kratz, Nature Center Coordinator, SI Greenbelt Conservancy
Register for this FREE event by calling (718) 351-3450 or email naturecenter@sigreenbelt.org.

Description: Join us as we explore the beautiful bright green forest of early May on a moderate length hike. We will search for native wildflowers, including trillium, bloodroot, mayapples, and others.

 

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