WildWire May 17-21
We’re LOADED with FREE outdoor activities this weekend and next week!
But first an important reminder: Bee Watchers 2008 needs volunteers. Scroll down a few days for more details, but here’s the skinny:
• Alley Pond Environmental Center: May 19 6:00 PM
• Central Park-North Meadow Recreation Center: May 21 6:00 PM
• Greenbelt Nature Center: May 20 6:00 PM
• Prospect Park Audubon Center: May 21 6:00 PM
• Fordham University: May 22 6:00 PM
WALK to learn about trees, squirrels, or horseshoe crabs!
BIKE to learn about NYC’s green movement and arts (with a loaner program on Sunday)!
PLANT trees given for free to homeowners and gardeners!
HIKE through northern Manhattan!
FISH the East River!
SATURDAY, MAY 17:
FISHING – QUEENS
Come to Rainey Park between 1PM and 5PM to celebrate and shape the future of parks on the western Queens waterfront with Green Shores NYC, a community group that has been fostered by Partnerships for Parks. This rain or shine event includes catch-and-release fishing with I Fish NY, and live music and informative displays.
GARDENING – BRONX, MANHATTAN, QUEENS
Free trees from New York Restoration Project!
Clean the air, make the birds happy, and beautify your property with a free tree, thanks to the New York Restoration Project! Homeowners can swing by the green markets of Sunnyside, Queens and Inwood, Manhattan for their trees.
Bronxites can hop over to the YM-YWHA’s Environmental Fair (5625 Arlington Avenue at 256th Street) to adopt their trees.
Species include Red Bud, Dogwood, Cherry, Crabapple, Service Berry, Linden, Sweetgum, Oak, Tulip Poplar and Buckeye trees, ready for planting. First come, first served, so hurry!
HIKING – MANHATTAN
Join a NYC Hiking Meetup Group exploration of Upper Manhattan parks!
The NYC Hiking meetup group is hoofing it through northern Manhattan’s city and states parks. Meet at the 1 Train at 215th. Street and Broadway at 10AM. You’ll see old growth forests, marsh grasses, a meeting of the Harlem River (really a strait) and Hudson River (really and estuary at this latitude). You’ll be glad you joined this active group!
ROWING – BRONX
Row with Rocking the Boat!
Explore the vibrant Bronx River in a beautifully handcrafted rowboat with Rocking the Boat. Community rowing hours are 1PM-5PM at the Jose E Serrano Riverside Campus for Arts and The Environment.
SUNDAY, MAY 18
WALKS – BROOKLYN
Learn about New York City’s “other rodent” at the “Nuts about Squirrels” lecture at the Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (Myrtle Avenue and Washington Park) at 12PM.
Learn Your Trees!
Don’t leaf (couldn’t resist) Fort Greene Park Visitor Center right after the squirrel talk. Stay for a tree walk to learn about our local trees. Starting at 1PM, you’ll stroll beneath the verdant spring canopy leaning to identify trees by bark, buds, and blossoms.
More Information: 718 722 3218
PADDLING – QUEENS
Kayak and Canoe with the LIC Community Boathouse!
Come to Socrates Sculpture Park’s beach at Hallets Cove in Astoria for free paddling with the LIC Community Boathouse between 1PM and 5PM.
BIKING – MANHATTAN
Lower East, Higher Green!
Bike through what should be the future of New York City with the Green Apple Tour. Explore gardens, greenways and riversides. Learn about composting, solar power, green buildings and more. The tour covers the Garden District and Lower East Side and is based on the fabulous Green Map System. This is an easy, two-hour ride, and all ages are welcome.
Meet at the Temperance Monument in Tompkins Square Park (Ave. A & East 9th St.) at 11AM.
BIKING – QUEENS
Bike ride with your kids – bikes and helmets provided!
Get to know Long Island City, famous for its waterfront and arts scene, while learning basic bike mechanics and riding safety skills. This trip focuses on youth aged 10-15 years old, and parents and teachers are welcome. Recycle-a-Bicycle provides instruction, bikes, and helmets for those without, but make sure you register ASAP (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Meet at 46th Ave. and 5th St., down the block from the charming LIC Bar at 10AM. Wrap up the ride at 330PM.
WALK – BRONX
Join author and naturalist Betsy McCully, author of City at Water’s Edge, at Wave Hill for a slide-illustrated talk and nature walk as she discusses the geological and ecological forces that have shaped this region and the human forces that impact them. Her book is available in the Wave Hill Shop.
WALK – BROOKLYN (Jamaica Bay)
Scoot down to the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 7PM for an evening with one of our city’s most ancient resident species, the horseshoe crab. Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society leads the way. For more information or to register call 718 318-9344 or e-mail email@example.com.
TUESDAY, MAY 20
Tuesday, May 20, 2008 – 10-11 am.
Roll the carriage or toddle the toddler to Fort Greene Park for Babies, Books and Blooms. Brooklyn Public Library & Urban Park Rangers present story time and nature crafts. At Fort Greene Park Visitor’s Center.