Named after the High Bridge, the city's oldest standing bridge, Highbridge Park was assembled piecemeal between 1867 and the 1960s, with the bulk being acquired through condemnation from 1895 to 1901.
Highbridge Park, West 155 St and Dyckman St, Edgecombe Av & Amsterdam Av, NYC
The National Audubon Society’s first education center, with 285 acres and 7 miles of walking trails and includes the Kimberlin Nature Education Center classrooms, the Kiernan Hall Nature Art Gallery, and the Nature Store.
Audubon Greenwich, 613 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT (203-869-5272).
Bayard Cutting Arboretum
An oasis of beauty and quiet for the pleasure, rest and refreshment of those who delight in outdoor beauty; and to bring about a greater appreciation and understanding of the value and importance of informal planting.” The Arboretum is a passive park, and activities such as biking, picnicking, sports, bathing, and games are not permitted.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum, 440 Montauk Highway, Great River, NY (631-581-1002) CLICK for Event schedule
Flat Rock Brook Nature Center
150-acre natural woodland preserve with an environmental education center with year 'round events for the public - situated on the western slope of the Palisades. This is one of the last remnants of the magnificent Palisades Forest.
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Flat Rock Brook Nature Center, 443 Van Nostrand Ave., Englewood, NJ 07631. 201-567-1265).
Greater Newark Conservancy Prudential Outdoor Learning Center
From our vibrant Sensory Garden, with the sights, sounds and scents of nature, to our Urban Wildlife Refuge, with its serene pond, the Prudential Outdoor Learning Center is the ideal place to learn about the natural world and the world of gardening.
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center
Perched on the northern shore of the Harlem Meer is Central Park's newest building — the first in its history to be built specifically as a visitor center. Step into the Dana Center or Chess and Checkers House for a free, festive afternoon filled with nature-inspired arts and crafts. All ages are welcome. Charles A. Dana Discovery Center, Inside the Park at 110th Street between Fifth and Lenox Avenues., NYC. (212-860-1370) OPEN 10am-5pm daily, except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day
Family Art Projects @ Wave Hill
Generations of families do some of their most thrilling growing up in the gardens of Wave Hill, a place to play, to draw, to write, to listen and open your senses to the richness of life itself. Join us every weekend in the Sally and Gilbert Kerlin Learning Center in Wave Hill House, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10AM to 1PM, for a naturally creative Family Art Project.
Wave Hill, West 249th Street and Independence Ave, NYC (718-549-3200)
Stargazing in Inwood Hill Park
This location is the best place to see stars in Manhattan. This "Forever Wild" park has no streetlamps and we are 200 feet above the city lights below. Dark and wonderful, it is a great way to experience the night sky right near home.
All stargazing outings are a no-alcohol, no-noise events.
Inwood Hill Park, 218th St. & Indian Rd. NYC if it looks clear out, and it's a weekend night, check out http://www.moonbeam.net/InwoodAstronomy/location-ihphilltop.shtml and see if we are going up. Times will typically be from 8:00 PM until late. But the Park closes at 1:00 AM, so you'll need to be out of there by then.
Greenburgh Nature Center
33 acres of woods, streams and wildlife in Scarsdale NY, with live animals, a museum, a greenhouse with botanical exhibits, a hands-on discovery room, guided tours, and a Nature Store. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale, NY. (914-723-3470)
Lenoir Preserve, Yonkers
A 40-acre nature preserve comprised of woodlands and field habitats adjacent to the Old Croton Aqueduct on slopes overlooking the Hudson River, providing spectacular views. Featuring educational nature study programs, hiking/walking, gardening, birding, cross-country skiing. Fee.
Lenoir Preserve, 19 Dudley Street, Yonkers, NY (914-968-5851)
The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History
Featuring 50,000 square feet of exciting dinosaur exhibits, detailed nature dioramas, and exhibits showcasing Oklahoma’s Native American cultures both ancient and modern.405-325-4712
Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve
A 134-acre setting of wildflowers, plants, woodlands, meadows, and a pond. Groups will get a brief history lesson about the preserve and learn to identify native plants. 1635 River Rd., New Hope PA 18938. Bucks County. Tel: 215-862-2924. Cost: Fee.