Leafers, this is your weekend! And honestly, even if you’re not the type to travel for fall foliage, Saturday and Sunday are worth a peek at what The New York Botanical Garden‘s 250 sprawling acres have to offer. With October nearing its end, the leaves are just now slipping into their colorful groove, and that means no end of reds, yellows, oranges, and every warm, welcoming color in between. It’s a pretty perfect palette for the onset of chilly weather. So to celebrate the changing trees, we’re setting off into our 50-acre Forest with entertainers, activities, tours, and more!
Fall Forest Weekends highlight the beauty of fall with the largest uncut, old growth tract of forest left in New York City. And there’s certainly more than one perspective from which to appreciate the bright transition. For those with their sea legs, so to speak, you’ll want to get in on the canoe trips taking place along the stretch of Bronx River that cuts through our woodland; the program is hosted by the Bronx River Alliance, a group working to reclaim the river for not only the people of the Bronx, but the incredible variety of fish, birds, and even beaver that call this waterway home.
If you’d rather leave terra firma without the paddles, we’ll also be hosting tree-climbing demonstrations in the Forest with the help of expert arborists. It’s an opportunity to find out just how much effort goes into maintaining healthy trees. And if you sign up for our course on November 9, you’ll even get a chance to head skyward yourself.
Of course, not everything we have planned involves exercise—we’re also hosting woodcarving demonstrations, citizen science activities, Forest tours, home gardening demonstrations, visits from some of our favorite birds of prey, and kid-friendly events in the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Better yet, don’t miss the beer tastings! It all begins this weekend on Saturday, November 2, and continues November 3, 9, and 10. Check our Forest page for schedules, and catch the color before it’s gone for another year!
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