LIVING IN NEW YORK CITY? LONGING TO CONNECT WITH NATURE? CONSIDER THE URBAN NATURALIST PROGRAM AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN
A quick look at the website summarizes the program this way:
This five-week program focuses on vascular and non-vascular plants, invertebrates and vertebrates of New York City’s uplands and coastal wetland ecosystems, emphasizing the critical conservation issues facing each locale. Classroom lectures and hands-on activities are complimented with classes in the field and working excursions in the Thain Family Forest, Bronx River, Central Park, and Pelham Bay Park, among other locations.
Chris Arenella, a friend and member of Wildlife Watch, told us about the program. She said, When I learned that the New York Botanical Garden was offering a new program called Urban Naturalist that teaches students how to become stewards of our urban environment, I signed up.
During my field trips, I have learned to see nature with a new intimacy. My eyes have begun to focus more clearly on the not-so-apparent. I’m now even more protective of our urban natural environment. I can now identify a flower I always knew as Queen Anne’s Lace as Daucus carota, or wild carrot.