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The Natural Areas Conservancy Presents: Forest Bathing in Forest Park, Queens

Sunday, September 22, 2019

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.

Please note: This event has already taken place. Please use the Search options on the right to find upcoming events.

How do we connect to the places we steward? As part of Who Takes Care of New York?, join the Natural Areas Conservancy for forest bathing: a low-intensity activity, based on the practice of shinrin-yoku

Led by our expert guide Nancy Kopans, from Urban Edge Forest Therapy, this event is free and will take place rain or shine - space is limited and registration is required.

Shirin-yoku was coined by the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries in 1982 and has since spread globally due to the growing recognition of the many health benefits that come from spending time in natural areas. Forest bathing focuses on gently engaging mind, spirit, and body with the natural environment — empowering park visitors to deepen their connection with New York City’s parks and local environments. It’s the perfect opportunity to get outside, hug a tree (literally!), and show your love for the amazing natural areas that exist in our City. 

Please note: If you would like to attend, we ask that you please commit to the entire 2+ hour event. Meet-up instructions will be emailed to you upon registration. This will not be a strenuous walk, but please bring comfortable close-toed shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and water.

Who Takes Care of New York? is organized by the NYC Urban Field Station, a partnership between USDA Forest Service researchers (Lindsay Campbell; Michelle Johnson; Laura Landau; Erika Svendsen), NYC Parks (Caitlin Boas), and the Natural Areas Conservancy, with a mission to improve quality of life in urban areas by conducting, supporting, and communicating research about social-ecological systems and natural resource management; Pratt Institute’s Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative (Jessie Braden; Can Sucuo?lu; Case Wyse; Josephina Matteson; Zachary Walker; Lidia Henderson), a multi-disciplinary mapping research lab and service center within Pratt Institute that focuses on using geospatial analysis and data visualization to understand NYC communities; and Independent Curator, Christina Freeman.


Location Details:
Meet-up instructions will be emailed to you upon registration. This will not be a strenuous walk, but please bring comfortable close-toed shoes, weather-appropriate clothing, and water.



Event Organizer

NYC Urban Field Station, Natural Areas Conservancy

Contact Number

(718) 225-3061 ext. 103

Contact Email


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Know Before You Go

There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

Recreation CentersFlushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink

Due to upcoming emergency ceiling work at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center, the pool will be closed to the public for at least 6 weeks starting on Monday, January 13, 2020.

ParkFlushing Meadows Corona Park

Due to construction, the 111th Street Parking Lot (Henry Hudson Entrance) is closed as of May 28, 2019. Please view this project on our Capital Project Tracker page for the latest updates.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2020

MarinasWorld's Fair Marina

Due to a major planned reconstruction project, Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina is currently closed. Limited transient dockage is available for smaller recreational vessels - please contact the Dockmasters office at 718-478-0480 or VHF Ch71 for more information. There is no dockage available for larger vessels or commercial vessels, including passenger pick-up and drop-off. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with the World's Fair Marina in the future for updates.
Anticipated Completion: Spring 2021

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