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By Jacob E. Osterhout AND Amanda P. Sidman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, link to original post

FORT TRYON PARK
741 Fort Washington Ave., Manhattan
Yes, the trails are paved and the sounds of nature can be hard to hear over traffic from the Henry Hudson Parkway more than a hundred feet below, but a walk through the 3 acres of Fort Tryon Park in spring is as close to heaven as a nature lover gets in New York City. Plus, when the pollen really begins to aggravate allergy sufferers, you can always duck into the Cloisters, a medieval monastery that houses the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s uptown branch. Unicorn tapestries? check. Blossoming rhododendrons? Check. After exiting the A train at 190th St., wind your way north through the Billings Lawn and Pine Lawn, making sure not to miss Heather Garden, the largest public garden with unrestricted access in the city. A loop around this Washington Heights park takes a little more than an hour and provides spectacular views of the Hudson River, the George Washington Bridge and the rooftops of the Bronx. Long an overgrown afterthought, the Alpine Garden on the eastern side of this oasis was recently restored, guiding visitors up and down a 150-foot slope complete with mossy rock outcroppings.

KAZIMIROFF NATURE TRAIL IN PELHAM BAY PARK
1 Orchard Beach Road, Bronx
Located in the northeast corner of the Bronx, Pelham Bay Park is New York City’s largest municipal park, containing 2,765 acres of land. That’s over three times as big as Central Park and provides ample opportunity for New Yorkers to stretch their legs. The Kazimiroff Nature Trail, named for local dentist and wildlife advocate Theodore Kazimiroff (1914-1980), begins on the north side of the massive Orchard Beach parking lot and takes hikers on a 2-plus-mile loop of 189-acre Hunter Island. Along the way, you pass through meadows, forests, salt marshes and rocky shorelines. If you’re lucky, you might even catch sight of great horned owls, which live in the white pines and Norway spruces.

MIDWOOD TRAIL IN PROSPECT PARK
Lincoln Road/Ocean Ave. entrance of Prospect Park, Brooklyn
Deep in the heart of New York’s most populous borough lies Brooklyn’s oldest remaining forest, called Midwood. The appropriately named Midwood trail, which begins and ends at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, takes visitors on an easy 30-minute walk through tulip trees and towering red, black, white and pine oaks. For three-quarters of a mile, nature lovers will forget the surrounding city, isolating themselves in a canopy of trees that are hundreds of years old. And unlike other trails that are haphazardly marked, the Midwood Trail is not only easily navigable but also provides interpretive sign panels to educate the walking public.

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MYFOXNY.COM, link to original article (Note: the article is more extensive with the arts, etc.  Below are the outdoors events.)

With many New York families feeling the economic crunch, officials are reminding folks that the city offers dozens of things to do for little or no cost. New York City’s museums, parks, theaters, public libraries, recreation centers, Business Improvement Districts, and other venues offer many attractions, including special holiday events, with a free or suggested admission cost, according to the mayor’s office. You and your family can pick from hundreds of events and exhibits that are free or low-cost to the public. Below is a sampling, courtesy NYC.gov:

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Ice Skating in New York City
Grab your skates and head to one of the City’s six ice skating rinks listed below:

* Abe Stark Rink, Brooklyn. Admission: $8, skate rental: $5.
* Kate Wollman, Brooklyn. Admission for adults: $5, children/seniors: $3, skate rental: $5.50.
* Lasker Rink, Manhattan. Admission for adults: $4.50, children/seniors: $2.25, skate rental: $4.75.
* The Pond at Bryant Park, Manhattan. Admission: FREE, skate rental: $12.
* Wollman Rink, Manhattan. Admission varies, call 311 for information.
* War Memorial Rink, Staten Island. Admission: $8, skate rental: $5.

Henry Moore Sculptures at the New York Botanical Garden
Take the stroller or a friend to see the iconic, monumental sculptures of world-renowned artist Henry Moore installed across the Garden’s 250-acre campus. Bronx River Parkway at Fordham Road. Bronx. FREE on Wednesday and Saturday mornings from 10:00 AM to 12:00 NOON

Jenny Holzer Illuminates the Guggenheim
Jenny Holzer’s newest work – a light exhibition commissioned to mark the completion of the Guggenheim’s three-year restoration project – casts writings and poems directly onto the facade of Frank Lloyd Wright’s landmark building comprised of the artist’s own writings and numerous poems. 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, Manhattan. Fridays through December from sunset to 11:00 PM, with a special showing on New Years Eve. FREE.

Broadway Billboards at Socrates Sculpture Park
Preview sets from Lincoln Center’s 2009 November performances, designed by artist Robin Rhode, whose larger than life Promenades adorn the Park entrance. 32-01 Vernon Boulevard and Broadway, Queens. Open everyday from 10:00 AM to sunset. FREE.

Post-Turkey Super Hike through the Northern Trails of Van Cortlandt Park
Those looking to get rid off those extra calories from the holidays or just enjoy the autumn outdoors, should join the Parks Department Urban Park Rangers-led hike through the northern trails of Van Cortlandt Park. Broadway and Mosholu Avenue, Bronx. November 29 at 11:00 AM. FREE.

Star Trek in the Woods of Inwood Hill Park
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a nighttime exploration of the woods of Inwood Hill and the skies above. West 218th Street and Indian Road, Manhattan. November 29 at 9:00 PM. FREE.

Turkey Count Hike in Pelham Bay Park
If you’ve still got turkey on the brain, join the Urban Park Rangers on its annual turkey count for a “hunt” for this elusive bird on the Siwanoy Trail. The Bartow-Pell Mansion at 895 Shore Road, Bronx. November 30 at 10:00 AM. FREE.

Winter Scavenger Hunt through Fort Greene
Explore the nooks and crannies of Fort Greene while searching for hidden treasures. There will be two courses: one for families with kids, and a more challenging one for adults, with prizes awarded to the best hunters. Fort Greene Visitors Center in Fort Greene Park, Brooklyn. December 21 at 11:00 AM. FREE.

SCIENCE AND NATURE ACTIVITIES

Sparkling Stones and Unusual Insects at the Staten Island Museum
Families, discover the prehistoric treasures of natural science five days a week at the Staten Island Museum. 75 Stuyvesant Place, Staten Island. Open everyday, 12:00 NOON to 5:00 PM on weekdays and 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on weekends. Suggested admission.

Space out at the New York Hall of Science
Visit the rocket park and use microscopes to examine tiny organisms that were seen for the first time over 300 years ago at the New York Hall of Science’s Microbial Zoo. 47-01 111th Street, Queens. Fridays from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM and Sundays from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. FREE.

Swing with the Lemurs at the Bronx Zoo
Bundle up the kids and head to the Bronx Zoo, where the penguins roam and the lemurs swing all day at the new Madagascar exhibition. 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx. “Pay-As-You-Wish” donation for admission every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

Children’s Science Lab at the Queens Public Library
Parents, bring your children ages 6-11 to hands-on activities and exciting lessons all about science, including growing crystals, studying metamorphosis with a butterfly release, and this Saturday, studying chemical processes through the making of butter for the Thanksgiving table. Queens Public Library Central Branch, 89-11 Merrick Boulevard, Jamaica. November 29 at 12:00 NOON. FREE.

Winter Survival Lessons at Prospect Park
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they reveal the astonishing winter adaptations that resident animals use to survive the frigid temperatures and give a lesson in how to identify animal tracks in snow and mud. Kate Wollman Rink in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. December 6 at 11:00 AM. FREE.

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