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NYC Wildflower Week

Botanical Walks

EVENTS:
FUN FOR KIDS
NATURE walks
GET HANDS DIRTY
garden tours
LECTURES & LEARNING

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.



BRONX

VAN CORTLANDT BIRD WALK
Time: Saturday, May 9th, 8:00 am to 9:30 am
Location: Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center at 246th Street and Broadway
Guide: NYC Audubon
Register for this FREE event

Description:  The history of birding and Van Cortlandt Park are inseparable. Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank got their starts on Van Cortlandt’s ecologically diverse grounds. These walks celebrate the tradition set forth by these great ornithologists. Participants will look for various species of residents and migrants and discuss a wide range of avian topics.

 

THAIN FAMILY FOREST TOUR AT NYBG
Time:  Wednesday, May 13th, 12:30 PM
Location: Meet at the Reflecting Pool at the Leon Levy Visitors Center
Guide: NYBG Staff
Register for this FREE event *Garden admission is free to the public on Wednesdays*

Description: For thousands of years, this old-growth Forest has changed, adapted and survived. Come visit the forest and walk along Native American hunting trails, see marks left by glaciers, and pass under trees dating back to the American Revolution. Today this is the largest uncut expanse of New York’s original wooded landscape. The Forest remains a magnificent reminder of the beauty and resilience of nature in the face of complex human-caused disturbances. To preserve the Forest for future generations the Garden manages invasive species, plants native plants, and performs research. For additional information about the forest, visit the web page here.

 

WILDFLOWER WALK OF VAN CORTLANDT PARK
Time: Saturday, May 16th, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Location: Meet in the horse stables parking lot off Mosholu Avenue and Broadway, Van Cortland Park
Guide: Debbi Dolan, Save Putnam Trail, Nature Group of Van Cortlandt Park
Register for this FREE event

Description: We anticipate the arrival of many spring migratory birds as well as an abundance of wildflowers in the North Woods and as we proceed along the John Muir Trail to the Croton Woods, looping back via the Putnam Trail. We are likely to see Bloodroot, Trout Lilies, Dutchman’s Breeches, Rose Geranium, Lily of the Valley, Columbine, Wild Mustard and more. The entire walk will be about three hours, but participants can do as much as they like.


BROOKLYN

SUNRISE LISTENING TOUR
Time: Saturday, May 9th, 6:00 am to 8:00 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 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 cell phones, 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 11th, 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Location: Brooklyn Bridge Park. Meet at Pier One entrance, Old Fulton Street & Furman Street
Guide: Matthew Wills, Naturalist and Blogger
Register for this FREE event

Description: We will walk through the five-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.





FAMILY Flora Walk
Time: Sunday, May 17th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Meet at 9th Street entrance along Prospect Park West by the statue in Prospect Park
Guide: Grace Markman, Naturalist
Register for this FREE event

Description: Enjoy a walk in the woods! Explore Prospect Park and learn about how trees, shrubs and even grasses are all wildflowers. Look at plant parts through magnifying lenses and draw what you see. Participants will receive free NYC Wildflower Week goodies. For ages 4 and up and their caregivers.



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MANHATTAN

BIRDING BASICS FOR FAMILIES AT CENTRAL PARK
Time: Sunday, May 10th, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
Location: Meet at the Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Central Park. Located inside the park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues.
Guide: NYC Audubon and Central Park Conservancy
Register for this FREE event

Description: Experience Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot! Join Conservancy Discovery Guides and NYC Audubon Society on this walk to learn how to spot our feathered neighbors and their foreign cousins as they make their annual trip along the Atlantic flyway.  Witness firsthand how the Conservancy's work has made the Park a sanctuary for these birds. (Binoculars can be borrowed from the visitor’s center).



SPRING FUNGI TALK AND WALK
Time: Sunday, May 17th, 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Location:Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park at Dykeman Street and Payson Avenue
Guide: Paul Sadowski, New York Mycological Society
Sponsored by The Fort Tyron Park Trust and Greenacre
Register for this FREE event

Description: We will start with a slide show entitled “The Role of Fungi in Forest Succession in the Post-Glacial Period”. Following the talk (at approximately 11:30 am) the group will go into the forest to seek out mushrooms introduced in the lecture. The southern escarpment will be explored before descending through the Clove to Isham Street.

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QUEENS

BIRD AND NATURE WALK AT QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN
TimeSunday, May 17th, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Location:t Meet on the terrace in front of the Visitor & Administration Building
Guide: Shari Romar, QBG Staff
Register for this event FREE with QBG Admission

Description: Join us for a stroll through the Garden looking for springtime birds, native flowers in bloom and other treats courtesy of Mother Nature!

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STATEN ISLAND

AMONG THE WILDFLOWERS
Time:  Sunday, May 10th, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Greenbelt Nature Center, 700 Rockland Ave (intersection of Brielle and Rockland Avenues), 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 the Greenbelt educators on a leisurely hike to look for the "Spring Beauties" along our trails.  We'll take some time to smell the flowers before heading to the Nature Center to create wildflower seed balls to take home and enjoy.  These creations also make great gifts for mom in celebration of Mother's Day. 

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