Diana Isadora Marlene

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What’s beautiful now? The Forest!

Did you know that all five boroughs of New York City were at one time covered by ancient forests? It’s true. And our 50-acre Thain Family Forest is the largest remaining remnant of these old-growth forests that were home to the city’s original inhabitants, the Lenape tribe of Native Americans.

The Forest is transected by the Bronx River, New York City’s only freshwater river, and acts as home to a huge assortment of native plants, trees, and critters, as well as to a cadre of scientists studying this very important urban forest.

And this weekend, we are celebrating the Forest with a Fall Forest Weekend festival! Join us for a weekend full of leaf peeping, canoe paddling, birds of prey demonstrations, beer sampling, and woodcrafting and tree climbing demonstrations! The weather report is looking cool and clear all weekend, perfect for tramping through our trails and enjoying high peak fall foliage!

For day-to-day updates on what we’re seeing around grounds, be sure to follow us on Instagram and Twitter where we post updates from our staff and visitors. Need help getting around? Our iPhone app can help out there. It’s free and available in the App Store. ~AR

Photos by NYBG photographer Ivo M. Vermeulen.

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