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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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Did you enjoy our earlier posts on Forever Wild sites and Jamaica Bay? If you can’t get enough of nature field trips in New York City, try the nature centers. Below are details about what you might experience in the park. Call 212-NEW-YORK to find out more or arrange a field trip to one of the nature centers.

  • Crotona Park Nature Center – Bronx: this park is home to a variety of tree species (28 in all) and a huge lake, home to turtles, ducks, and fish
  • Orchard Beach Nature Center – Bronx: located in Pelham Bay Park, this nature center offers a chance to view natural shorelines and search for osprey
  • Van Cortland Nature Center – Bronx: though small, this park’s freshwater wetland is ecologically valuable, providing a home for many plant and animal species
  • Audobon Center, Prospect Park – Brooklyn: currently, Prospect Park has had to suspend their school programs, but the park is still open for self-guided exploration

    Salt Marsh Nature Center

  • Salt Marsh Nature Center – Brooklyn: located in Marine Park, Brooklyn’s biggest park, the nature center presents opportunities to learn about marine flora and fauna, including horseshoe crabs and migratory birds
  • Visitors Center at Fort Greene Park – Brooklyn: see monarch butterflies in season! The park has been planted to attract migrating butterflies as they pass through New York City.
  • Belvedere Castle Visitor Center – Manhattan: in the middle of Central Park, the Henry Luce Nature Observatory in the castle provides interactive nature exhibits inside the castle as well as bird-watching kits, which can be used throughout the park.

    Belvedere Castle in Central Park

  • Dana Discovery Center – Manhattan: at the north end of Central Park, offers free education and community programs, seasonal exhibits and holiday celebrations
  • Inwood Hill Nature Center – Manhattan: look for geologic formations that show the landscape the Lenape would have inhabited more than 400 years ago
  • Alley Pond Adventure Center – Queens: features the first public high ropes adventure course, which is a low–cost outdoor education and adventure program
  • Alley Pond Environmental Center – Queens: showcases unique natural features, like freshwater and saltwater wetlands, tidal flats, meadows, and forests, which create a diverse ecosystem and support abundant bird life
  • Forest Park Visitor Center – Queens: here, you can attend an Urban Park Rangers event for an introduction to Forest Park’s geology, forestry, or animals
  • Fort Totten Visitors Center – Queens: during the winter, visit for the opportunity to see migrating waterfowl resting before heading back south

    Blue Heron Nature Center

  • Blue Heron Nature Center – Staten Island: a natural freshwater wetlands, where a wide variety of arts and educational programming is provided by the Urban Park Rangers and the Friends of Blue Heron,  including nature walks, classes, crafts, zoo animals, storytelling, and special holiday events.
  • High Rock Nature Center – Staten Island: this park is designed for walking or hiking; these walks will take you past five ponds, various wetlands, and a large variety of plants and animals

For more information about any of the nature centers listed above, click here.

Where have you been on field trips? Which nature centers did your class like?

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