If people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish.
Naturally Curious leader Alicia Tait is offering another children's nature walk on the morning of Sunday, July 6th. If you haven't got plans for the whole holiday weekend, you might want to check it out.
This Naturally Curious walk will investigate the dark, damp universe beneath the forest floor. What lives under a rotting log or a patch of decaying leaves? Why are these microhabitats so important to the health of the park? Exploring this unseen world will be the guiding theme of Sunday's adventure.
Nature Walk Time: 9:30-11:30
I decided that since we didn't go camping this weekend, we'd at least do a hike in the city. I've been wanting to go to Marine Park for some time, since I keep reading about birding there in other NYC nature blogs. However, it's a longish ride by public transit, so I hadn't gotten myself organized to get there before now; this weekend we had access to a car.
The Tarpmaster and I went for a bike ride along the Brooklyn shore to Calvert Vaux Park in Bensonhurst, near Coney Island. It was a gorgeous day, sunny and not too hot. The kids didn't come with us as they had other activities with friends.
The spring issue of Outdoors in NYC, the publication that lists parks events citywide, is here. It lists many wonderful weekend outdoor programs including canoeing, family camping, hiking, birding, history and culture tours, fishing, and more—all for free!
The winter edition of the Parks Department's quarterly publication, Outdoors in NYC, is available online now in a PDF version. Outdoors in NYC lists all of the free activities and programs throughout the parks system in the five boroughs. From Winter Photography to Emergency Preparedness, the Urban Park Rangers have programs that are perfect for individuals and families—and all are free!
The Fall issue of the New York Parks Department event and activity guide, Outdoors in NYC is available for download now.
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.
For our second consecutive Sunday of family biking, we decided to check out the new Brooklyn Bridge Park, which we'd only visited briefly in the winter, when it was cold and extremely windy. In June it was the opposite—warm with a welcome cool breeze. Our plan was to bike there, explore, and get lunch from Smorgasburg. Our route, once again planned on the Ride the City site, took us around Prospect Park and down Vanderbilt Avenue.
The winter issue of the Parks Department's Outdoors in New York City activities and events guide is now available. (Click the link to download the PDF.) From Winter Photography to Emergency Preparedness, the Urban Park Rangers have a wide range of interesting, family-friendly, and fun programs—and they're all FREE!
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!