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Concrete Jungle - Exploratory Course

Part of After School Program

2012- bronx river
Bronx River Restoration: New York CityThe Bronx River Alliance is restoring this river to ecological health after centuries of misuse and neglect. The Alliance reintroduced alewife herring (Alosa pseudoharengus) in 2006 and 2007 and the species has started to repopulate the river, an indicator of ecosystem health. 

New York City is not the first place you think about when you hear the word “nature.” This class aims to change that and will challenge you to see beyond the city and explore NYC’s rich biodiversity. Our class will investigate NYC’s natural history from a pre-colonial wilderness to Concrete Jungle, learn the skills of ecological research, and roam the Halls of the Museum (after hours!). We will visit Central Park, Inwood Park, and the shores of the Hudson River to learn about the diversity of animals and plants living right on our doorstep. Our class will also discuss what is needed to improve our NYC environment as we debate current conservation issues, including climate change resilience, environmental justice, hydrofracking, and urban re-wilding. 

Meeting Times: Mondays and Wednesdays 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Meeting Dates: 4/29, 5/1, 5/6, 5/8, 5/13, 5/15, 5/20, 5/22, 5/29, 6/3