For thousands of years, this old-growth Forest has changed, adapted and survived. When you visit the Forest, you will walk along Native American hunting trails, see marks left by glaciers, and pass under trees dating back to the American Revolution. The unique beauty and ecological importance of the forest are one of the reasons why the founders selected this site for The New York Botanical Garden in 1895.

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.

Download the Thain Family Forest Program 2008–2025 to learn more about ongoing forest restoration, education,
and research.

Walking the Forest trails shrouded in freshly fallen snow transports visitors to a time and place far from the bustling streets of New York City.

In spring the Forest floor is warmed by the sun before the leaves emerge, and the smallest flowers light up the landscape.

The shaded paths of the Forest and the trails that wind along the Bronx River offer a picturesque refuge in summer.

The Forest in fall offers a kaleidoscope of red, orange, yellow, and purple in the variety of foliage.