Fall Forest Weekends

November 7 & 8 and 14 & 15, 2015
11 a.m.–4 p.m.

Explore the Thain Family Forest, the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City, and immerse yourself in the magnificent colors of fall foliage. See the Forest from a different perspective with a scenic canoe trip down the Bronx River and spot birds that call this woodland home. Tree climbing demonstrations, guided tours, and more make for an unforgettable autumn experience.

Celebrating Birds of the Forest: The Garden’s bird walk program turns 30 years old this season. Additional Bird Walks and special presentations celebrate this occasion!

Tours of the Thain Family Forest

Daily; Meet at the Forest Orientation Point
Themed discovery walks of the Forest take place throughout each day. Wear comfortable shoes and seasonal attire for the weather. Click here for listing of tours.

Birds of Prey Demonstrations

Daily; 1 & 3 p.m.
Across from the Native Plant Garden entrance
Hawks, owls, and falcons deftly swoop through the air, alert for prey. Their unique design and deadly weapons place them on top of the food chain. Learn how to identify these birds while gaining a greater understanding about their adaptations and habitats.

Bird-Boxing Performance

Daily; 12 & 2 p.m.
Across from the Native Plant Garden entrance
Amateur bird-boxer Ben Mirin entertains with a twist on traditional bird calling, integrating modern beat boxing into his way of attracting birds. He creates music exclusively from bird songs and other sounds that occur in nature: trees are drums, swans are trumpets, warblers are cymbals, and more! Stop by his booth to enjoy original performances of this unique music style.

Canoe Trips on the Bronx River

Daily; 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, & 3 p.m.
Limited spaces available; first-come, first-served basis
Enjoy a short paddle on the Bronx River with the Bronx River Alliance and experience the beauty of this reclaimed local gem, home to an incredible variety of fish, birds, and even beaver! The Alliance works toward the conservation of the river as an ecological, economic, and community resource.

Tree Climbing Demonstration by our Arborists

November 8 & 15 only; 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.
Near the Thain Family Forest entrance along Azalea Way
Find out what it is like to take care of the Forest trees! Watch an arborist climb to amazing heights and get a new perspective on the Garden. Their job is important for maintaining healthy trees.

Woodcrafting Demonstration

November 7th & 14th only; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Near the Thain Family Forest entrance on Azalea Way
Watch Ivan Braun create unique wooden bowls created from fallen trees of the Garden and learn about the art and value of this craft. Take home one of his unique creations from NYBG Shop.

Citizen Science at the Garden

Daily, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Throughout the Forest
NYBG volunteers have been tracking the tree cycles of leaf, flower, and fruit development for more than 5 years. They will help you look closer at the trees within the Forest, giving you an entirely new perspective from the trails. Get help with tree and plant identification so you can explore the trees in your neighborhood more closely. Learn more about how you can be part of this ongoing project at Citizen Science.

For Families: Tree-rific Trees

November 3–12
In the Everett Children's Adventure Garden
Visit the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden to see the enormous tree cookies of a giant sequoia and a white oak, and participate in other hands-on fun. Dig deeper into the magnificent world of fall trees, from roots to branches. Learn to think like a scientist and track the changing colors of the leaves. Take a break from your research to count the rings of a giant sequoia!

Invasive Species Summit: Challenges, Strategies, and Perspectives

Friday, November 6
Morning Plenary, 10–12:30pm
Afternoon Concurrent Workshops, 2–4pm
Invasive species are a major threat to biodiversity worldwide and are severely impacting our regional ecosystems. The Invasive Species Summit will address the impacts of invasive species from a global to regional level, what is being done to manage them, how restoring ecosystems can help, and implications for the future. The morning plenary session will host prominent speakers in the fields of invasion biology, restoration ecology, and not-for-profit land management. Afternoon concurrent sessions (registered separately) consist of short talks followed by moderated discussions.

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