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Fall Forest Weekends

November 4–5 & 11–12, 2023

10 a.m.–3 p.m. | At the Garden

Your Local Leafer HQ

The Thain Family Forest—New York City’s largest remaining tract of old-growth woodland—is your fall foliage headquarters! Leaf locally and explore the Forest’s 50 acres full of vibrant fall color–a front row seat to the best views of the season right at home. These weekends will offer Native American Heritage Month activities, tours, educational demonstrations, and more.

Big Tree: A Conversation with Author Brian Selznick and Dr. Jamie Boyer

November 4, 2023; 11 a.m.–12 p.m.
LuEsther T. Mertz Library, 6th floor Reading Room

This family-friendly conversation and book reading is an introduction to author Brian Selznick’s children’s book Big Tree. Lauded by The New York Times as “exquisitely illustrated … We need brave, big stories like this,” the book explores what it means to live on this planet. Selznick is joined by Dr. Jamie Boyer, Vice President for Children’s Education at NYBG, and their conversation will be followed by a book signing.


An image of the sun shining through the branches of a White Ash tree.

Library Open Hours

November 4, 2023; 10:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

The LuEsther T. Mertz Library is open for exceptional weekend hours! Don’t miss this opportunity to peruse the stacks, sign up for a library card, and learn more about the over 11 million artifacts in the Library’s collection.

Black and white pages of a book are shown with an open book, showing an illustration of a cabbage, with the words Burppe, Phildelphia. The book is in a display case.

Gardens & Collections

Fall fun is just a borough away at NYBG. There’s so much fall beauty to explore and discover, so be sure to check what’s beautiful throughout the season through our Gardens & Collections page!

The sun shines through the orange fall leaves of a tall tree on a grassy green hill