Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

The Daily Plant : Friday, April 7, 2006

This Weekend In Parks


Join Parks & Recreation’s Chief Naturalist Mike Feller for a nature walk in Inwood Hill Park this Sunday, April 9 at 8:00 a.m. Mike’s morning walks offer great opportunities to see migrating songbirds and to learn how the ecosystems of Inwood Hill Park influence which plants and animals can thrive there. Mike, a highly respected naturalist, has made many contributions to the preservation and restoration of New York’s natural areas, and Inwood Hill Park is no exception. So grab your binoculars and field guides and meet up with Mike at the bridge near the Inwood Hill Park Nature Center. Enter the park at 218th Street and Indian Road on Sunday. Walk west toward the center.


Looking for an unusual and rewarding way to spend the time of day known as twilight? Join Dr. Aline Euler, Director of Education, as she observes the three ranges of twilight during Twilight Spring Peeper Walk on Friday, April 7, at Alley Pond Park. Listen to a chorus of spring peepers while admiring the partially illuminated city sky. To participate, head to Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Boulevard at 7:00 p.m. on Friday.


Join your community for an exciting day of potato sack racing, spoon racing, basket making and face painting at the Spring Extravaganza at Hunts Point Recreation Center on Saturday, April 8. Raffles will take place while the event is in progress and the beloved Spring Bunny will also make an appearance. Head to the Hunts Point Recreation Center at 765 Manida Street at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday to take part in the seasonal fun.

Staten Island

Come for a hike and take home a new friend this Saturday, April 8, during Pet Adoption Day. The Urban Park Rangers and New York Animal Care and Control will be bringing cats and dogs in need of a loving home. The Pet Adoption will take place from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Greenbelt Nature Center at 700 Rockland Avenue on Saturday.


Try a tasty treat and discover why insects are really good for you when you head to Marine Park on Saturday, April 8, for Edible Insects. Yucky but true, some of the insects in the park contain some nutritional value, and Parks staff will tell you just which critters to consume. Stop by the Salt Marsh Nature Center at East 33rd Street and Avenue U at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday to learn more about these delicious delicacies.




"Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed."


Charles Schulz


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