New York City WILD!
URBAN NATURE WALKS Exploring the GREEN of New York
See More of New York City! with Keith Michael, urban naturalist
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Visit significant green spaces and historic destinations in NYC to reconnect with the rhythms and sheer wonders of the natural world in our urban midst as a potent antidote to the stress and frenzy of To Do Lists, hand-held devices, and alternate side of the street parking.
New York City WILD! 2018 Walks Schedule
For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP !
Monday, January 1 - Winter Wonderland! New Year's Day! Queens: Fort Tilden Photography & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)
Thursday, January 4 - Winter Wonderland! Manhattan: Central Park Night Photography Ramble (5:30 pm)
Saturday, January 6 - Winter Wonderland! Staten Island: Mount Loretto Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Saturday, January 13 - Winter Wonderland! The Bronx: Van Cortlandt Park Photography & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Sunday, January 14 - Winter Wonderland! Manhattan: Central Park South End to The Reservoir Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)
Saturday, January 20 - Winter Wonderland! Brooklyn: Coney Island and Coney Island Creek Photography & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)
Sunday, January 21 - Winter Wonderland! Queens: Forest Park Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)
Saturday, January 27 - NYC Wild! & Chelsea Symphony: Winter Wonderland! The Bronx: Pelham Bay Park Photography & Nature Walk (11:00 am)
Sunday, January 28 - Winter Wonderland! Staten Island: Wolfe's Pond Park Photography & Nature Walk (11:00 am)
For the FULL INFORMATION ABOUT EACH WALK click HERE to take you to the Eventbrite Profile page where you will find all details (scroll down to the thumbnails) for each of the outings and how to SIGN UP!
Thursday, February 1 - Winter Wonderland! Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridge Full Moon Rise Photo Ramble (4:30 pm)
Saturday, February 3 - Winter Wonderland! Brooklyn: New York Harbor Photography & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Sunday, February 4 - Winter Wonderland Bald Eagles! Westchester: Croton Point Park Photo/Nature Walk (8:30 am)
Sunday, February 11 - Winter Wonderland Bald Eagles! Westchester: Croton Point Park Photo & Nature Walk (8:30am)
Saturday, February 17 - Winter Wonderland! Lunar New Years Parade in Flushing, Queens Photo Ramble (10:00 am)
Sunday, February 18 - Winter Wonderland! Staten Island: New York Harbor Fort Wadsworth to South Beach Photography & Nature Walk (11:00 am)
Saturday, February 24 - Winter Wonderland! The Bronx: Fort Schuyler Photography & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Sunday, February 25 - Winter Wonderland! Westchester: Marshlands Conservancy Photo & Nature Walk (8:30 am)
Saturday, March 3 - Brooklyn: Dead Horse Bay Photography & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)
Sunday, March 4 - The Bronx: Upper Bronx River Photography & Nature Walk (12:30 pm)
Saturday, March 10 - NYC Wild! & Chelsea Symphony: Brooklyn: Prospect Park Photo & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Sunday, March 11 - Queens: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Photography & Nature Walk (12:30 pm)
Sunday, March 25 - Manhattan: Inwood Hill Park Photography & Nature Walk (12:30 pm)
Saturday, March 31 - Queens: Fort Tilden Full Moon Photography & Nature Walk (2:00 pm)
Sunday, April 1 - Spring Fling! The Bronx: Woodlawn Cemetery Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)
Saturday, April 7 - Spring Fling! Manhattan: Highbridge Park to Dyckman Street Photo & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Sunday, April 8 - Spring Fling! Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)
Sunday, April 15 - Spring Fling! Nassau County: Massapequa Preserve Photography & Nature Walk (11:00 am)
Saturday, April 21 - Spring Fling! Manhattan: Central Park "The North End" Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Sunday, May 6 - Spring Fling! Queens: Kissena Park Corridor Photography & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Sunday, May 13 - Spring Fling! Brooklyn: Highland Park/Ridgewood Reservoir Photo & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)
Saturday, May 19 - Spring Fling! Staten Island: High Rock Park Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Sunday, May 20 - Spring Fling! Manhattan: Morningside and Riverside Parks Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)
Saturday, May 26 - Spring Fling! Staten Island: Snug Harbor/Allison Pond Park Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Sunday, May 27 - Spring Fling! Westchester: Edith G. Reed Nature Sanctuary and Rye Playland Photography & Nature Walk (9:30 am)
Friday, June 1 - Staten Island: Snug Harbor and Allison Pond Park Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Saturday, June 2 - NYC Wild! & Chelsea Symphony: Manhattan: Inwood Hill Park Photo & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Sunday, June 3 - NYC Wild! with OutdoorFEST 2018! Staten Island: Mount Loretto Unique Area. To sign up for OutdoorFEST events visit: https://schedule.outdoorfest.com/eventbrite-event/hike-wolfes-pond-with-nyc-wild/
Friday, June 8 - NYC Wild! with OutdoorFEST 2018! Queens: Fort Tilden Sunset Walk. To sign up for OutdoorFEST events visit: https://schedule.outdoorfest.com/eventbrite-event/sunset-hike-at-fort-tilden-with-nyc-wild/
Saturday, June 9 - Queens: Howard Beach Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)
Sunday, June 10 - Bayonne NJ: Bayonne Golf Course Promenade Photography & Nature Walk (10:00 am)
Wednesday, June 13 - Horseshoe Crabs at Plumb Beach, Brooklyn Photography & Nature Walk (5:30 pm)
Thursday, June 14 - Grounds for Sculpture: Hamilton NJ (9:00 am)
Friday, June 15 - Queens: Alley Pond Park Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Saturday, June 16 - Staten Island: Brookfield Park Photography & Nature Walk (7:00 am)
Sunday, June 17 - Randall's Island Park Photography & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)
Tuesday, June 19 - Meadowlands NJ: Richard W. DeCorte Park Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Sunday, June 24 - Queens/Brooklyn: Newtown Creek Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)
Thursday, June 28 - Horseshoe Crabs at Plumb Beach, Brooklyn Photography & Nature Walk (5:30 pm)
Friday, June 29 - Untermyer Gardens: Yonkers Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)
Saturday, June 30 - American Princess Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise (1:00 pm)
MORE TO COME!
What People are Saying About New York City WILD! Walks with Keith Michael, urban naturalist:
"To go on an adventure with Keith Michael and friends is to discover a wild and magical world hidden in plain sight in the midst of NYC. I’ve hiked with him in all 5 boroughs, watching shorebirds and song birds and swans (dozens of them) in Jamaica Bay, wild turkeys in the Bronx scratching for food under ancient trees near a stunning memorial to the Titanic, horseshoe crabs in Brooklyn coming ashore to bury their eggs under the light of the full moon, a Staten Island nature preserve with bird filled forests, wetlands and shoreline, even the site of the tree in northern Manhattan beneath which Peter Minuit is said to have purchased this island from the Lenape people. And each trip was meticulously researched and carefully planned by Keith, who is incredibly knowledgeable about birds and has an unerring knack for finding them. Highly recommended!"
WHY WALK WITH NEW YORK CITY WILD!
RATHER THAN HEADING OUT ON MY OWN WITH A SUBWAY MAP AND A GUIDEBOOK?
An “urban wilderness” walk is not an oxymoron. Keith Michael has been exploring the remotest corners of New York City for decades, gaining a collective eclectic knowledge that cannot be found in any guidebooks. These walking tours will bring you to his favorite destinations around this vast metropolis, taking the guesswork out of the legwork! With carefully researched information about where to go, what to see, how to get there, AND the camaraderie of fascinating people to enjoy the "there" with, each excursion provides a unique off-the-grid out-of-the-tour-bus immersive experience in the natural wonders available within one of the largest cities in the world. Once you do, you’ll be inspired to do even more and take advantage of the myriad other FREE tours offered by many parks and organizations throughout NYC—there is always more to see and learn!
HOW DO I RESERVE MY SPOT?
Follow instructions on the EventBrite site.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
There are various ticket prices for New York City WILD! Walks. Buy an "Early Bird" Discount ($10 - only 5 available), a $15 One Day Wonder Ticket, or Become a NYC Wilder! The $50 Pass gives you access to six months of upcoming NYC Wild! Walks June through December 2018 (Get the PASS in June for ONE FREE MONTH) - what a deal! BUY the PASS as a Great GIFT IDEA too!
PLEASE NOTE: Participants cover their own public transportation costs (NYC Metrocard and PATH train fares) as well as lunch/dinner and beverages—either a bring-your-own-picnic or conviviality at a local eatery depending on the individual walk itinerary.
WHAT IS THE NEW YORK CITY WILD! BAD WEATHER AND REFUND POLICY?
BAD WEATHER: Trips will only be cancelled under extreme weather conditions. New York City weather is fickle! Rarely does the same kind of weather last all day, and the weather forecast for Central Park may be vastly different than what actually occurs on a far outer-borough beach. Most walks will go on rain or shine under the optimism that an inclement forecast will change. However, primarily beach walks WILL BE CANCELLED or rerouted if there is any threat of thunderstorms.
CANCELLATIONS: Participants will be notified by e-mail 24 hours in advance if a forecast of extreme weather is imminent. You will recieve a FULL REFUND of your ticket OR you can transfer your order to another New York City WILD! outing by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org. (A REFUND can take 7-10 business days for your refund to be processed.)
"No Shows" WILL NOT be refunded.
Any request for a refund must be made within 4 days after an event has ended.
WHAT ABOUT MEET-UP LOCATIONS AND NYC PUBLIC TRANSPORATION?
Please carefully note meeting places and times. Trips will leave promptly from designated meeting sites. For meet-ups on a subway platform, we will generally leave on the FIRST TRAIN after the designated departure time. Return times are approximate.
NYC Wild! Walking Tours are GREEN in more ways than one! Walks frequently meet on a subway platform to take a train (average 45 minutes to an hour+) to and from the starting point of the walk. Please carefully note whether the meet-up location is on the UPTOWN or DOWNTOWN platform AND whether it is at the FIRST or LAST car of the train! Please arrive with a filled MetroCard so that trains or buses are not missed while you wait in line to put more money on your card.
Alternate meeting locations can be arranged en route to the destination if this is more convenient for individual travelers.
ALWAYS check the MTA Weekender online before you leave home for planned service changes on your subway lines! Leave additional travel time for delays in weekend service. Some Walk meet-up locations or destinations may be changed if subway service is unusually cumbersome to our starting point.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
Each walk is 3-5 miles and approximately 4-6 hours in length (including travel time to and from the starting point of the actual walking tour). Generally covering a variety of urban and natural habitats, we are frequently more than a mile from the nearest public transportation, store, restrooms, and occasionally, cell-phone service! Take these factors into consideration when agreeing to these outings.
It is difficult or impossible to catch up with the group if you are late, and as most of the walks are a loop it is usually not possible to leave early before the walk is completed.
These walks are usually not suitable for participants younger than 10 years of age.
Most excursions follow primarily level established trails though the walking surface can vary from city sidewalks to woodland path, boardwalks, grass, minor rock scrambling or sandy beach. Some stairs or a rise and descent in terrain are part of individual walks.
Poison Ivy may be prevalent along some trails, but it is easily identified and avoided by staying on the trails.
Insects should be a minimal concern for most trips, though some walks have posted tick habitat.
Restrooms are not always conveniently located or available. Take this into consideration.
WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
When not adventuring in the city and taking photographs, Mr. Michael is a ballet choreographer, having created The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies, Mother GOOSE! and The Nutcracker for New York Theatre Ballet, and is the Dance Production Coordinator at The Juilliard School. For more information about walks, books or photographs visit www.keithmichaelnyc.com
Photo of Keith Michael by Valerie Soll
New York City WILD!
Waiver/Release/Assumption of Risk Agreement
New York City WILD! is an urban nature walk series organized by freelance urban naturalist Keith Michael.
As used in this agreement, "The Coordinator" means collectively New York City WILD! and Keith Michael, its employees, representatives, independent contractors and/or affiliate organizations involved in the selected program/activity, members, leaders, organizers, co-participants, volunteers, and all others involved in the selected activity/program.
As used in this agreement, "you" means the person who signs this agreement or on whose behalf this agreement has been executed. It is anticipated that you are accepting this agreement as a prerequisite to your participation in a New York City WILD! activity/program. If a person under 18 years of age participates, that person's parent or legal guardian must also accept this agreement.
In consideration of the services provided by The Coordinator and the opportunity for you to participate in the selected activity/program, you AGREE TO AND ACKNOWLEDGE the following:
1.) New York City WILD! nature walks are entirely volunteer activities led and organized by non-professionals. Other participants are not outdoor recreational or educational professionals.
2.) New York City WILD! activities have inherent RISKS, HAZARDS AND DANGERS. Such risks, hazards and dangers may include, though not limited to: adverse weather, crossing streams, falls from heights, travel, exposure to insects and animals; remoteness from shelter, restroom facilities, food, water, medical care and emergency rescue services; graded trails, uneven terrain, mechanical or equipment failures, and misjudgments by leaders, volunteers and/or co-participants. You acknowledge these and other risks, and you ASSUME THE RISKS of participating in the New York City WILD! activity and travel to and from the activity/program.
3.) The Coordinator cannot guarantee your health or safety. You are responsible for your own health and safety. You warrant that you have skills and overall health and physical conditioning adequate for the program/activity you have selected. If required, you will provide your own appropriate and adequate clothing, equipment and supplies. You will cooperate with the leader(s) and organizers to achieve a meaningful and safe experience for the group.
4.) You hereby RELEASE AND AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS The Coordinator from any and all liability arising out of or resulting from your participating in a New York City WILD! program or activity. You and your agents, heirs and assigns HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS against The Coordinator in any court, forum, tribunal or jurisdiction, whether for personal injury, wrongful death, any act of negligence, property damage or loss, breach of contract, economic loss or consequential damages from delays, cancellation or changes in program or schedules.
5.) You are solely responsible for all transportation fares for and food or beverages consumed during this activity.
6.) You acknowledge that The Coordinator or co-participants may produce photographic or video recordings ("images") of programs. The Coordinator or co-participants may use such images to promote The Coordinator and their programs. You hereby consent to such images made while you are engaged in the activity/program and grant to The Coordinator or co-participants all of your rights to use such images and any copies or derivative works therefrom in any manner for promotional and other commercial purposes, in any medium. You release and assign to any right or interest that you may have in those images including rights in your appearance and or your voice recorded by employees, other participants, agents or contractors, whether or not on behalf of The Coordinator or co-participants, and you waive any right of any kind in or over such images including rights of (A) compensation, (B) publicity, privacy or copyright, or (C) review, inspection or approval.
7.) This Waiver/Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement is the entire agreement between you and The Coordinator, and cannot be orally changed or modified.
8.) This agreement entered into in the State of New York, is to be governed by the laws of New York and any suits, claims or actions concerning it are to be brought only in the courts of the State of New York.
9.) If a court with proper jurisdiction determines that any part of this document is invalid, illegal or against public policy, the remaining portions thereof shall remain in full force and effect.
I have read this agreement and I understand its terms and, in particular, that I am giving up substantial legal rights. Knowing this, I am voluntarily agreeing to this Waiver, Release, and Assumption of Risk Agreement.
Fields to be completed on hard copy at the start of the Walking Tour:
Print Name: __________________________________________
Mobile phone #: _______________________________________
Emergency Contact Name:_______________________________
Emergency Contact Phone Number: _______________________
Hudson River Park WILD!
is a project of Hudson River Park
Visit www.hudsonriverpark.org for full Hudson River Park Events & Information
Click HERE to make your FREE reservation on Eventbrite NOW.
2018 Season - Sundays 9:00 am - June 3 through September 30
MEET UP: Christopher Street Fountain, north of Pier 40. Cross at Christopher Street.
DURATION: Approximately 1 to 1 1/2 hours
DISTANCE WALKED: 1 1/2 to 2 miles
SUBWAY and BUS LINES: #1 Train to Christopher Street; M8 Bus
HUDSON RIVER PARK brings attention to its vital role in creating one of the scarcest resources in all of Manhattan - wildlife habitat! Learn about Hudson River Park's wildlife by joingin experienced naturalists on guided nature walks along the Park's esplanade.
Enjoy a meandering waterfront walk while viewing and learning about the park's flora and fauna, including some of the more than 100 different species of birds identified within Park boundaries. Peek into some of our gardens to discover butterflies, dragonflies and other interesting insects. Get to know the native plants that thrive in unexpected places in and around the river's edge. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind treasure hunt-like experience.
Nature guides will meet participants at the Christopher Street Fountain (dry during Summer 2013), just north of Pier 40 (cross at Christopher Street) at 9AM sharp. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunites - please be considerate and leave your dog at home.
Hudson River Park WILD! walks are led by the following dedicated, volunteer park naturalists:
WALTER H. LAUFER is a self-taught urban naturalist, with a special interest in butterflies and dragonflies. For twenty-odd years, he spent part of his summer in Western Canada and the US hiking with naturalist guides. Since 2005 he has been converting the knowledge gained in the wild to knowledge useful in the urban environment.
To date, Laufer has learned to identify over 100 varieties of vegetation from pine trees to periwinkles found in the Park; over that time he has observed more than 80 bird species and 50 insect species living in or passing through the Greenwich Village and Tribeca segments. He loves sharing his expertise and passion for the flora and fauna of Hudson River Park.
KEITH MICHAEL is a self-taught urban naturalist, an avid birder and a dedicated explorer of the New York City Parks in all five boroughs. Birds are his driving focus, but the vistas, trees, wildflowers, grasses, butterflies, dragonflies, mushrooms; scaled, slithery and furred fauna that can be observed within the city are equally remarkable to him. Besides leading Hudson River Park WILD! walks, the Park is "home turf" for daily walks with his Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Millie. He is also a regular contributor to WestView: The Voice of the West Village.
For Michael, reconnecting with the rhythms and sheer wonders of the natural world in our urban midst is a potent antidote to the stress and electronic distractions of our daily routines. Michael believes that curiosity is the key - there will always be more to see and learn. JUST LOOK!