Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. At the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain.
We will also explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. Finally, we will visit the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative’s Naval Cemetery Landscape, the former cemetery of the Brooklyn Naval Hospital that has been revitalized as a dynamic public greenspace. This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.
Participants on this tour can receive AIA CES credits, and you can find the specific learning objectives on the event page.
Tickets are $25 per person, and advance reservations are required. All participants must provide their own bicycle, helmet, and lock.