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Nature, history, or just a good time, learn from New Yorkers and experts who have come to New York City's parks to share their stories. Check out these readings and discussions.

Talks Events

Monday, February 27, 2017

Feb 27

A Billion Year Odyssey: Geology of Northern Manhattan

at Highbridge Recreation Center (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join Sid Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, for a PowerPoint presentation and take a deeper look into northern Manhattan Park’s exposed bedrock.

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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Mar 4

Historic Walking Tour: St. Mary’s Park & Its 17th Century Roots

at Jackson Avenue Train Station , Bronx

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx Co. Historical Society for a walking tour of St. Mary’s Park, visiting the sites of lost landmarks which highlight the park's deep roots in Bronx history.

Mar 4

Arts, Culture & Fun: Women Who Read Are Dangerous

at St. James Recreation Center (in St. James Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
What is it about a woman reading that has captivated hundreds of artists over the centuries?

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mar 9

For the Love of Cities: How can connecting with parks improve communities?

at Arsenal (in Central Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
NYC Parks is excited to host author and internationally recognized community development expert Peter Kageyama for our next installment of the Parks Without Borders Discussion Series.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Mar 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Opening Reception for City Birds

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
"City Birds" includes numerous paintings and monotypes of birds found in New York City’s parks, sidewalks, and window sills.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Mar 14

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights - Exploring Jupiter

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
From explosive volcanoes to icy mountains, come learn more about Jupiter and the beautiful diversity that surrounds it.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mar 18

Freshkills Park Research and Ecology presentation with Dr. Cait Field

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Freshkills Park Manager for Science and Research Development will discuss the ecology of the site, both before and during landfill operations and since the landfill's closing.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Mar 25

33rd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference: Sustaining Garden Legacies

at Hostos Community College , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Come celebrate the official kickoff of the community gardening season in New York City! The day will be packed with 30+ workshops on garden-related topics. Register today!

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Mar 25

Women's History Month Program: Women and Chocolate

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
A Taste for Chocolate curator Carol S. Ward will present an illustrated lecture discussing women’s changing roles in the importation, distribution, and consumption of chocolate.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Apr 18

Arts, Culture & Fun: National Bird Screening

at Greenbelt Recreation Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
National Bird follows whistleblowers who, despite possible consequences, are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19

Arts, Culture & Fun: Ancient Trees with Beth Moon

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join acclaimed photographer Beth Moon, author of "Ancient Skies, Ancient Trees", as she delves into her experience of traveling around the world to photograph these natural relics.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jun 24

Hydrangea Hurrah at Madison Square Park

at Madison Square Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Hydrangea Hurrah is a family-friendly event with a host of free, fun activities including guest speakers, park tours, floral demos, a kids zone with games, and musical entertainment.

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