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Forest trail and trees covered in snow

Forest

Thain Family Forest
Year-Round

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.

Fall Color Cam

Follow along with the changing of the leaves using this 24-hour livestream of the Thain Forest in fall.

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