Happy Spring in NYC!

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As the weather gets warmer and the flowers begin to bloom, this is a great time for your troop to learn more about the nature in their own backyards and work on our New Outdoor badges, including Daisy Eco Learner, Brownie Eco Friend, Junior Eco Camper, Cadette Eco Trekker, Senior Eco Explorer, and Ambassador Eco Advocate.

Alley Pond Park (Queens):

The second largest park in Queens, Alley Pond Park, is located near Bayside, Queens. Your troop can hike the numerous nature trails, observe the salt marsh while meandering the boardwalk, and bird watch for egrets, herons, and more! For park information and hours, click here.

The Greenbelt (Staten Island):

The Greenbelt consists of nearly 3,000 acres of green space on Staten Island. Your troop can explore twenty-eight miles of hiking trails that wind throughout the park, or you can stop by the Greenbelt Nature center to check out the nature exhibits. For more information on the numerous environmental education programs and other events, click here.

Prospect Park (Brooklyn):

This park holds the bulk of Brooklyn’s remaining indigenous forest, and contains an ice rink, carousel, and miles of trails in 526 acres. Your troop can enjoy learning about the wetlands, native trees, and local birds by joining a Nature Exploration walk starting at the Audubon Nature Center. For more details, click here.

Riverside Park (Manhattan):

This park, stretching four miles along Manhattan’s Upper West Side, includes a Bird Sanctuary, Joan of Arc Monument, and a Kayak Launch. No matter what your troop wants to discover at this beautiful waterfront park, they can do so while taking in the diversity of nature. The Riverside Park Conservancy offers programming and events, you can learn more here.

Van Cortlandt Park (Bronx):

Bring your troop to the third largest park in New York City, nestled in the Bronx, and watch your troop observe and discover the beautiful elements of nature! Girls can explore 1,146 acres of wetlands, meadows, old growth forest and a lake. Friends of Van Cortlandt Park sponsors events such as Beautification Days and Tibett Brook Clean-Ups, which are great opportunities for your troops to spark a love for nature conservation! Check out Friends of Van Cortlandt Park for details.

 You may also find more information on all New York City Parks and Nature centers by clicking here.

Don’t forget all badges your troop earns, including Outdoor and STEM badges, are available at the shop website!

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