Weekly WildWire: May 7-May 14
A new feature of Nature Calendar is our Weekly WildWire. Each Wednesday we’ll compile a selection of fun activities for you to enjoy outside, with an emphasis on free or cheap weekend activities that are sustainable and easily reached by mass transit or bike. We’ll also jot down natural highlights worth seeing on your own.
We’ll include calendar links in our postings so that you can find even more fine options.
You might have noticed that we’re cheating today – computer problems delayed us from posting.
SPECIAL NOTE: Welcome back ClimbNYC!
On April 21, the ClimbNYC online forum for bouldering returned after dying of spam a year ago. Climbing is a wonderful way to work out, but why always do it indoors? Outside is better, and you provide a little theater for other parkgoers! Get to know these people and soon enough you’ll be getting to know ancient neighbors like Rat Rock, Worthless Boulder, and Vista Rock. The photo above is from a great guide published by master climber Nicolas Falacci.
FRIDAY, MAY 9
Brooklyn: Bike Rides with Time’s Up!
Help calm traffic in Prospect Park and then meld into the joyous Brooklyn Critical Mass Bike Ride. Both rides meet at Grand Army Plaza, the first at 6PM and the second at 7PM. You can also hop into the Critical Mass ride in Prospect Park and at the Brooklyn foot of the Williamsburg Bridge.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
Bronx: Tree Planting with Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.
Help make Van Cortlandt Park a place of even greater beauty and healthy habitat by planting trees and shrubs and removing invasive plants on the John Muir Nature Trail. This fun work starts at 10AM and ends at 1PM, so get up early and scurry over to the entrance at Moshulu Avenue and Broadway.
Bronx: The Amazing Bronx River Flotilla
Celebration the restoration of New York City’s only true river and beaver home, the Bronx River! The Bronx River Alliance has loads more information on its site, but in short: food and fun on the water! Don’t be scared off by weather forecasts in making weekend plans. Plan with optimism and keep your Plan B ready. 🙂
Queens: Bike Parade at Socrates Sculpture Park.
New York City’s premier contemporary outdoor sculpture park and on-site studio hosts a bike parade in partnership with a host of great arts, bike, and green spaces groups. Go for the goofy bikes, stay for the skills clinics, performances, and art.
Staten Island: Wildflower Hike in the Greenbelt.
Hoof through some of NYC’s best-protected ecosystems and see an abundance of wildflowers in bloom. The walk starts at noon, so I highly recommend this as a ferry-bike-and-hike day! Call to register: 718-351-3450
SUNDAY, MAY 11
Manhattan: Stroll through the heather garden at Fort Tryon Park
Stroll through Fort Tryon Park’s redbud and dogwood blossoms, and a plethora of other flowers, and take in sweeping Hudson River views.
Staten Island: Mother’s Day Greenbelt Hike
Get mom and Mother Nature together for some female bonding, or simply take this day to admire both. Register by calling 718-351-3450.
MONDAY, MAY 12
Manhattan-Queens-Manhattan: Bridge Walk and Picnic with the Shorewalkers.
Be at the Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center at 1st Avenue and 112th Street (6 train to 110th Street or direct by M-15 bus).
The group will cross the 104th Street Footbridge to Wards and Randalls Island (landfill plugged Little Hell Gate long ago to unify them) and then go over the Triboro Bridge to Astoria Park for a picnic (bring your own or buy at a deli en route). The walk then proceeds south through Ravenswood and Dutch Kills to the Queensboro Bridge to return to Manhattan.
Compiled by Erik Baard