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NYC Wildflower Week

Botanical Walks

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

For a chance to see more plants up close and personal through October, check out Torrey Botanical Society’s field schedule.


Time: Saturday, May 11th, 6:00 am
Location: Prospect Park. Meet at the Grand Army Plaza entrance to Prospect Park /Eastern Parkway
Guide: Matthew Wills, Naturalist and Blogger
Register for this event FREE

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.

Time: Sunday, May 19th, 9:00 -11:30 am
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park. Meet at Pier One entrance, Old Fulton Street & Furman Street
Guide: Matthew Wills, Naturalist and Blogger
Register for this event FREE

Description: We will walk through the three-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. All ages welcome.

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Time: Thursday, May 16th, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: Inwood Hill Park. Meet near the northeast corner of the park at 218th Street and Indian Road
Guide: Matthew Palmer, Professor, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University
Register for this event FREE

Description:  The forests of Inwood Hill Park contain mature red oak and some of the largest tulip trees in the city. There is also a rich, moist valley between two rock ridges called The Clove. During the early spring, the valley is covered in wildflowers, which are able to thrive in the sun before the tree canopy leafs out. Some of these wildflowers include the city-rare downy yellow violet (Viola pubescens), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) and Dutchman’s breeches (Dicentra cucullaria).


Time: Sunday, May 19th, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
Location: Inwood Hill Park. Meet at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street
Guide: Paul Sadowski, New York Mycological Society
Register for this event FREE

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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Time:  Monday, May 13th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Forest Park, Queens at Wallenberg Square - located at the southwest corner of Park Lane South and Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens.
Guide: Michael Feder, Torrey Botanical Society
Register for this event FREE

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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