Snow covered forest path


Thain Family Forest

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.

A man and a woman walking through the forest during fall

Fall Forest Weekends

November 3 & 4 and 10 & 11

Explore the Thain Family Forest and immerse yourself in magnificent fall color with guided hikes, canoe trips, Shakespearean performances and more.

Learn More

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