Brooklyn Botanic Garden,
1000 Washington Avenue. Brooklyn www.bbg.org
FEBRUARY 12, 1 PM: The ancient Greek
and Roman myths contain many references to plants: the
oak was sacred to Zeus (Jupiter), the olive to Athena
(Minerva), and the laurel to Apollo. Join Veteran Garden
Guide Ellen Borker, to see some of these legendary plants
at BBG and hear the myths about them. Meet at the entrance
of the Steinhardt Conservatory.
FEBRUARY 18, 1-3:30 PM:
The Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery welcomes the alternative
process photography work of New York photographer Herbert
Hoover. With the use of old techniques such as tea toning,
cyanotypes, henna toning, and pin hole cameras, learn
how to use forgotten technology to bring to life the details
of a garden.
Surf Avenue and W. 8th St, Brooklyn www.nyaquarium.com
3 & 4, 7 PM – 10 AM: Sleep in the Deep!
Your adventure begins when you arrive at the aquarium
after the other visitors have departed. After stowing
your gear, your instructor will lead you on an evening
of fun and learning. You’ll tour the aquarium after
hours, and watch the seals and walruses settling down
for the night. You’ll explore animal biofacts and
the live invertebrates in our touch tank. You will make
marine-themed crafts, including an aquarium button to
show others that you slept by the sea. Finally, you’ll
arrange your sleeping bags by the side of our Explore
the Shore exhibits (indoors), and doze until morning,
when you will tour behind-the-scenes and feed a fish tank.
An evening snack and Continental breakfast are included.
NY Botanical Garden,
200th St and Kazimoff Blvd, Bronx - www.nybg.org
FEBRUARY 3-21, 1:30-3 PM: Explore the
alphabet as a Budding Botanist at the Everett Children’s
Adventure Garden. Read stories, create and plant. Ages
ENTIRE MONTH, 1:30-4:30 PM: Explore the interesting
life of George Washington Carver as you become a plant
scientist, a plant doctor and create your own science
Wave Hill, 675 W.
252nd Street, Bronx - www.wavehill.org
FEBRUARY 4 & 5, 1-4 PM: Use raw materials
such as cotton, linen, abaca and recycled newspaper to
make handmade paper.
FEBRUARY 11 & 12, 1-4 PM: Create beautiful
Valentine day cards as you explore the greenhouse and
learn about winter plants.
FEBRUARY 25 & 26, 1-4 PM: Learn how ice and
wind have formed the hills, valleys and flat places of
Wave Hill. When you’re done exploring sculpt your
own mini-landscape with rock, clay and other natural materials.
Park, Broadway and 246th Street, Bronx, www.vancortlandt.org
Remember to take a stroll in VAN CORTLANDT PARK (open
Bronx Zoo, Fordham
Rd, Bronx - www.bronxzoo.com
FEBRUARY 5, 10:30-12:30 PM: Meet the
zoo’s own Wallaby Mom and hear stories of the animals
in the zoo. Interact and feed the animals.
FEBRUARY 18, 2-4 PM/FEBRUARY 21, 10:30-12:30 PM:
Take out your binoculars and search for clues in the Congo
Gorilla Forest as you learn about the work of scientists.
American Museum of Natural History, Central Park
West, NYC - www.amnh.org
FEBRUARY 2/9/16, 4-5:30
pm: Kids ages 4 to 6 can explore the Earth and
Space Collection of The Rose Planetarium.
FEBRUARY 4, 11-12:30 (ages 4 and 5, with
adult); 1:30-3:00 PM (ages 6 and 7, with
adult): Prepare the space shuttle for take-off and learn
what it takes to put a space mission together.
FEBRUARY 5, 11-12 PM: Work with artist and naturalist
educator Patricia Miranda to create an old fashioned nature
diary. Use ink made from wasp’s nests and feather
quill pens as you look at the Museum’s collection.
FEBRUARY 11, 12-1 PM AND 2-3 PM: Learn
all about the wild, wild world of raptors as you get a
close up look at owls, hawks and falcons. Learn how to
identify the raptors that live in New York City.
FEBRUARY 12, 1-4 PM: It’s time to celebrate
the birthday of Charles Darwin. Bring in your favorite
backyard finds for the Museum’s annual identification
FEBRUARY 20-24, 9-4 PM: Join Destination Space
for a week. Learn through hands on activities what it
would be like to live, work and travel in space. (For
second and third graders).
FEBRUARY 20-24, 9-4 PM: Take a week long ocean
adventure. Discover the fantastic ocean creatures and
their habitats with fun filled activities including trips
to the NY Aquarium. (For fourth and fifth graders).
TUES – SAT, 10 AM – 2 PM:
Beginner Climbing Course for Ages 8 to 17, North Meadow
Recreation Center, Mid Central Park
at 97th Street.
TUES – FRI, 10 AM – 2:30 PM: Challenge
Course for Ages 12 to 17,
North Meadow Recreation Center, Mid
Central Park at 97th Street.
TUES – SUN, 10 AM – 5 PM:
Woods and Water Exhibit at Belvedere Castle,
Mid Central Park at 79th Street.
228-06 Northern Blvd, Queens, www.alleypond.com.
FEBRUARY 11, 1-3 PM/ FEBRUARY 12,
10-12 PM: Discover how some of the pond’s
resident animals survive the brrr of winter, learn how
to identify animal footprints and participate in a story,
detective game, nature walk and a snack.
FEBRUARY 11, 10-11:30 AM: Nature rocks - as you
create rock paperweights with textured paper, leaves and
FEBRUARY 14, 3:30-4:45 PM: Happy Valentine’s
Day! Join the nature club and learn how to use field guides,
binoculars, and hand lenses to identify the critters in
FEBRUARY 18, 1-3 PM/FEBRUARY 19, 10-12 PM: Learn
how to be an animal care trainee as you experience hands-on
feeding, brushing, and cleaning the pond’s animals.
Receive your own animal care trainee certificate upon
completion of the class.
FEBRUARY 26, 1-3 PM: Three year olds can enjoy
a day in the snow – even if there is no snow on
the ground!! Make your own silly snowman, and spend some
time with snowy animals.
Visit some of the other wonderful parks in Queens including
Forest Park in Jamaica
Greenbelt Nature Center,
Staten Island, www.sigreenbelt.org
FEBRUARY 4, 10 AM: Join the NYC Urban
Park Rangers for an early morning hike.
FEBRUARY 5, 10 AM: Join the park staff
for a hike to Moses Mountain. Once you reach the top enjoy
refreshment in front of a cozy fireplace!
FEBRUARY 11/12, 1 PM: Enjoy nature inspired
stories in front of the cozy fireplace.
FEBRUARY 19, 10 AM: Enjoy a hike along
the Red Trail.
FEBRUARY 20, 10-12 PM: Learn how the
animals of the Greenbelt survive the long, cold winter
months. Ages 8-12, includes activity and a hike.
FEBRUARY 21, 10-12 PM: Learn how the Lenape Indians
survived the winter as you hike the trails of the Greenbelt
searching for food, water and shelter (for ages 8-12).
FEBRUARY 23, 10-12 PM: Explore the wonders
of snow as you play winter games and work on a craft project.
FEBRUARY 24, 10-12 PM: Hike the trails of the
Greenbelt as you learn to identify winter birds by sight
and sound. (Ages 8-12).