New York City

Exploring Nature

Featured Gardens & Nature Centers

New York Botanical Garden

With 250 acres of plants from around the world, your group can discover the wonders of nature up close. 2900 Southern Blvd, Bronx, New York 10458. 718-817-8181. Cost: Fee... More Info

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Brooklyn Botanic Garden

990 Washington Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. 718-623-7220. Contains over 12,000 plants from around the globe on display on 52 acres. Fee/Free.

Central Park Conservancy

14 E. 60th St., New York, NY 10022. 212-310-6600. Offers park-based classes that bring science, history, art, and social studies to life. Visit the visitor centers for different exhibits, discovery kits, and activities. Fee/Free.

Conservatory Garden

Central Park at 105th St. & 5th Ave., New York, NY 10029. 212-310-6600. Divided into three distinct styles and locations with seasonal flowers: the Italian; the French; and the English, which also houses the Secret Garden bronze statue and fountain memorializing author Frances Hodgson Burnett. Free.

Inwood Hill Nature Center

600 W. 218th St., New York, NY 10040. 212-304-2365. Located in the park with the only salt marsh left in Manhattan, the Center features exhibits on park wildlife, rock formation and nature activities. Free.

Van Cortlandt Nature Center

246 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471. 718-548-0912. Come to NYC’s third-largest park for a fun and educational experience at the Nature Center. Exhibits highlight the diverse landscapes of the park, live animals, and maps. Groups can set off from the Center on guided Nature Tours conducted by experienced Park Rangers. Free.