Fall Forest Weekends

November 2 & 3 and 9 & 10; 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The 2013 weekends have passed. Thanks to everyone that participated! Stay tuned for 2014 details.

Fall Forest Weekends

November 2 & 3 and 9 & 10
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.

For Families: TREE-rific Trees

November 1 – 14

Visit the Everett Children's Adventure Garden to see the enormous tree cookies of a giant sequoia and a white oak, and can 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 and a white oak!

Fall Forest Weekend Programs

Tours of the Thain Family Forest
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.

  • 11 a.m. — Birds of the Forest
  • 12 p.m. — Natural History of the Thain Family Forest
  • 1 p.m.  —  Fall Foliage
  • 2 p.m.  —  Forest Forays for Families
  • 3 p.m.  —  Forest Ecology

Raptors: Live 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.

The Theodore Roosevelt Sanctuary aims to connect people with nature while promoting a sense of environmental stewardship through natural science educational programs.

Citizen Science at the Garden
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.

Canoe Trips on the Bronx River
Daily; 11 a.m., 12, 1, 2, & 3 p.m.
Limited spaces available; first-come, first-served basis
Sign up at the Waterfall Trail Canoe Portage

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.

The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river and works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities through which the river flows. The Alliance works in close partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to achieve these goals.

Beer Sampling with Bronx Beer Hall
Daily, 12–4 p.m.
Nestled in the heart of the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, The Bronx Beer Hall is the borough's latest hot spot. They offer the complete selection of the Jonas Bronck's Beer Co.'s original craft beers, as well as an original menu curated by Chef David Greco of Mike's Deli notoriety. Whether shopping for groceries or perusing the bustling streets of the Bronx's Little Italy, The Bronx Beer Hall is the perfect place to kick back, grab a bite and enjoy a cold one.

The weekends' samples: Mott Haven Milk Stout and Mr. October Pumpkin Ale

Tree Climbing Demonstration by an Arborist
Daily; 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, & 3:30 p.m.
Near the Thain Family Forest entrance on Azalea Way

Find out what it's 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. Sign up for a class on November 9, during which you can climb a tree too! Visit nybg.org/adulted.

Woodcrafting Demonstration
Saturdays, November 2 & 9
Near the Thain Family Forest entrance on Azalea Way

Watch Ivan Braun create unique wooden bowls from the Garden's fallen trees and learn about the art and value of this craft. Take home one of his unique creations from Shop in the Garden.

Special Partner Program: Swann's Way: A Nomadic Reading
Sunday, November 10; 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
In the Native Plant Garden Education Pavilion

2013: A Year with Proust is the French Embassy's year-long centennial celebration of Marcel Proust's Du côté de chez Swann (Grasset, 1913), the first volume of what would become his monumental novel À la recherche du temps perdu. From November 8 -14, the entirety of Swann's Way will be read in three hour increments by French & American writers, artists, scholars, and Proust fans over the course of seven days at venues around New York. Each location will echo a major theme of the reading. The program presented in collaboration with the French Embassy here at the Botanical Garden evokes memories of Proust's childhood in the countryside.

Home Gardening Demonstrations

Birds, Berries, and Color
November 2 & 3; 2 p.m.
In the Native Plant Garden

Join us to explore how you can create colorful garden habitats that will attract birds and bees. Learn which plants will help you entice creatures into your garden and keep the garden ablaze in the late season.

Fall Wonderland
November 9 & 10; 2 p.m.
In the Native Plant Garden

Late-season light is so moody and mystical that it provides a wonderful focus for the glowing autumn colors of reds, oranges, yellows, purples, and blues. Join us to learn how you can brighten up your late-season garden with colorful foliage and beautiful berries.