A Poetry Reading: Happily ever after, The End
National Youth Poet Laureate Meera Dasgupta performs her original work Happily ever after, The End, recorded on the NYBG Wetland Trail in 2020.
April 8 & 9
NYBG is partnering with leading museums, universities, and environmental organizations around the world to engage the public in citizen science!
NYBG Beyond Books Club: Earth Month
This month’s online discussion features Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer.
Drawing from her life experiences as an indigenous scientist and as a woman, Kimmerer shows how hearing the voices of other living beings–asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass–offers us gifts and lessons for understanding the generosity of the earth and giving back in return. Join the NYBG Beyond Books Club Facebook group to share book discussion questions and links to NYBG lectures, recent articles, and podcasts featuring the author.
The Hand Lens
Petrichor: The Smell of Rain
The pleasant smell of clean air and wet earth after a thunderstorm known as petrichor has long been pursued by scientists and even perfumers for its enduring appeal. A new story on NYBG’s Steere Herbarium blog The Hand Lens explains how the warm, earthy fragrance we experience is produced by bacteria in plants and the soil. Learn More
Importance of Compost Sites
Video by April 12
In this video, Pamela Alvarez, Outreach and Education Coordinator for the NYC Compost Project, highlights the importance of food scrap drop-off sites, showcasing various Bronx community compost locations and demonstrating how you can participate.
NYBG Science Around the World
Link by April 15
Learn more about NYBG’s conservation work through this blog post that highlights scientists, their research, and their relationships with communities around the globe.
Project Rondônia, an Update
Video by April 15
In 2019, NYBG scientist and Amazonian expert Douglas Daly, Ph.D., was on the ground with local collaborators in Rondônia, the eye of the firestorm in the Brazilian Amazon that caused devastating forest loss, displaced countless people, and reduced the planet’s capacity to remove carbon from the atmosphere. Check out coverage from 2019 and get an update soon from Dr. Daly, two years later.
Explainer Story Hour: In a Garden
Video by April 19
Join NYBG Teen Explainers for a read-aloud of the book In a Garden by Tim McCanna. After the story, stay tuned for an activity on how to make a recycled seed container and start seeds for Earth Day!
Reduce, Reuse, Revitalize!
Video by April 22
Tiffany Gomez is a Bronx-based sustainable artist, designer and founder of Gomez Design Studio. She believes everything we need or want already exists somewhere; we just have to change how we look at the objects around us.
In her South Bronx studio, Tiffany creates sculptural furniture and functional art made entirely of salvaged and recycled materials. In this video, she’ll guide you through a DIY garden-related craft project, creating a small planter pot using recycled paper and reclaimed materials.
Earth Day Documentary Premiere:
Plants & People of Vanuatu
Thursday, April 22; 6 p.m.
An inspiring new conservation documentary about the plants, people and culture of the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu.
Produced in partnership with the Vanuatu Department of Forestry, this film highlights the shared mission of a diverse group of plant scientists, ethnobotanists, mycologists, cultural specialists, and linguists working to preserve Pacific Island plants, fungi, ethnobotanical knowledge, cultural practices, and language. The screening will be followed by a conversation and audience Q&A with NYBG scientists Gregory Plunkett, Ph.D., and Michael Balick, Ph.d.
Engaging Classes for Nature Lovers
Connect with the natural world through NYBG’s upcoming Adult Education classes.
Medicinal Mushrooms: Fungi for a Healthy Body, Mind, and Planet | April 10 or August 31
The Science of Tree Communication | Starts April 22 or May 5
Natural History of Birds: Spring | Starts April 22 or May 26
Spring-Blooming Native Plants | Starts April 23
Forest Ecology | Starts April 24 or July 7
Ethnobotany: A Practitioner’s Perspective | Starts April 26
Spotlight on Bird Songs | April 27 or June 23
Basic Plant ID | Starts May 13 or June 15
Gardening Strategies for Climate Change | Starts June 18
How To Get Your Garden Ready
Learn the basics of sowing seeds, turning in cover crops, incorporating compost, and transplanting in videos shot at one of NYBG’s partner Bronx community farms, Tawqa Farm.