I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my mind put in tune once more.
The fall issue of Outdoors in NYC, the Urban Park Rangers' quarterly listing of park events and activities, is now available online. Highlights include the Urban Starfest in Central Park on Saturday, October 18th, a Green-Wood Cemetery Bird Walk and History Tour on November 22, and Haunted Lantern Tours of Fort Totten Park on October 24 and 25. There are numerous other night sky astronomy events, fall foliage events, and history, hiking, wildlife, and special events, all free.
The Metroppolitan Waterfront Association is once again holding its annual City of Water Day celebrating the water that surrounds and is essential to New York City. This year, the City of Water Day will be held on Saturday, July 12th from 10am-4pm, on Governors Island and in Maxwell Park in Hoboken. Thousands of people will participate in an array of fun and educational activities.
For more info, go to the City of Water Day website.
AMC Outdoors has a great article about a family camping trip to Floyd Bennett Field. Although I've known about the camping there and have been to Floyd Bennett for other activities many times, I've never camped there myself. If you want to know what it's like, read the AMC Outdoors story.
We decided to do a family bike trip out to the beach at Jacob Riis Park on Sunday, and had a great time despite a couple of snafus in the form of flat tires.
Trees are not only an invaluable asset on our streets and in our neighborhoods, they are one of the most visible aspects of nature in the city. They clean the air we breathe, reduce stress, provide shade, host birds and squirrels, and are beautiful.
There's a nifty interactive map of New York City's waterfront in, of all places, Conde Nast Traveler. Click on the cute icons to explore a variety of attractions and activities from water sports to picnic spots to movies.
I have a new New York wildlife article up on Examiner.com, about nesting birds. Enjoy!
The fall issue of the Urban Park Rangers' Outdoors in New York City is available—the link is to the PDF. It contains a smorgasbord of "Weekend Adventure" activities with something for everyone, including astronomy, orienteering, wilderness survival, wildlife viewing, and kids & family programs. All of the programs are free, so get out there and enjoy!
We spent the holiday yesterday going to, and at, Grandma and Grandpa's house in Long Island, as we usually do. This time we decided to bike there. It's just under 30 miles door-to-door from our Brooklyn apartment to their home by the scenic route through the Rockaways. Almost all of it is bike path or "greenway" through some lovely beachy scenery, and it's mostly flat. (Unfortunately the last bit is on streets with nasty Nassau County drivers who don't believe bikes belong on the road at all.) It took us just over 3 hours because we were riding at a child-friendly pace.
On Sunday, July 1, we took a lovely boat ride with our extended family around Jamaica Bay to learn about the bird life and conservation issues of the salt marsh environment. The 3-hour tour is run from time to time by the local chapter of the American Littoral Society and we were invited through the Flatbush Food Coop's mailing list. I suggested it as something to do while our relatives, the kids' cousins and their parents, are in town.