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Marine Park is part of sustainable Brooklyn!

Marine Park is the biggest park in Brooklyn. It’s full of natural grasslands and salt marshes, which enable animals and plants to thrive, right here in Brooklyn. You can visit the Salt Marsh Nature Center, learn from an Urban Park Ranger, play in a playground or ball field, find a horseshoe crab, walk a nature trail and so much more.

Marine Park is a Forever Wild site. For more information about the park, consult the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.

The entrance to Marine Park is located at East 33rd Street and Avenue U. You can take the B3 Bus, which will let you off right at the entrance.

By the way, Marine Park is not the only nature center in the city. You can find listings for other nature centers here.

Marine Park is an example of Grow Green.

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Nature is all around you, even here in New York City. Every plant, animal, body of water, or rock formation is an instance of nature. Some “natural” places have been altered (like Central Park, landscaped by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux), yet they still have numerous natural features.

But fine… you want pristine natural formations like you might find upstate? You got it. New York City is also home to 51 “Forever Wild Nature Preserves,” places essentially untouched by human beings. Some are so untouched, in fact, that you can’t visit them, but others do make for great field trip spots.

Check out the following, one in each of the five buroughs:

Students participate in a citizen science program with an Urban Park Ranger.

At these and many other parks throughout the city, programs are led by Urban Park Rangers. Follow the link to find out more, including links to nature cameras and more.

For field trip information, go to the website of the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation or call 212-NEW-YORK to schedule a trip.

*** If you’re curious, here’s the full list of 51 Forever Wild sites.

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