New Youth Conservationists

Making a Difference in the City

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Instilling a Sense of Place, Belonging and Stewardship

Imagine spending your weekend knee-deep in the Bronx River, surrounded by new and old friends working together to protect and preserve beautiful spaces. You don’t have to leave NYC to find wildlife. Get outside, get active and get excited about science and nature with an energetic community of new and old friends!
  • We are able to escape buildings and buses…to step outside, clean up a place our entire community shares, and feel we have made a difference.

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  • I love the feeling of getting to smell a lot of green trees and grass. We do tree and insect identification. There are even fox tracks. There is wildlife in the garden!

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newyouth4Christodora’s award-winning New Youth Conservationists (NYC) program meets after school and on weekends to perform weeding, planting and clean-up tasks, conduct ecological research and enjoy field trips to natural sites around the city. Some projects include restoration of the Bronx River over its mile-long stretch through the New York Botanical Garden and constructing a nature trail in the Bronx Park.

 

Join the Citizen Scientist Community!

Take what you’ve learned at Manice or in the classroom about being a “conservationist” and use it to make the city a better place. New Youth Conservationists is a great way to reunite with camp buddies, make new friends, and even fulfill required high school community service hours. Bonus: it’s free!

In June 2008, NYC students were the proud recipients of the 2008 Congressman Jose E. Serrano Award for Youth Leadership “for their leadership and initiative in the restoration of the Bronx River.”
Did you know…
  • There are over 50,000 trees in the streets of the Bronx.
  • The Bronx River is NYC’s last freshwater river.
  • Hawks can fly at more than 150 mph, especially while diving.
  • Female hawks are larger in size than males.
  • Sunflowers are able to absorb radiation.

TO JOIN THE CLUB OR ASK QUESTIONS, CONTACT:

Christodora “NYC” Program
917-445-3661
admissions@christodora.org

Investigate nature in the city, become a citizen scientist, earn community service hours, paddle a river, go outside!

Click Here to Fill Out the NYC Interest Form

Upcoming NYC Events Spring 2017

The New Youth Conservationists will return to the New York Botanical Garden for Water Ecology Wonders, this Saturday June 3rd from 10:00AM – 3:00PM!

 

All participants must register for NYC by bringing the following signed forms:

NYC Permission Form

NYC Medical Release Form

 

  • Saturday, June 3rd - Water Ecology Wonders at the New York Botanical Garden!

    Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists will be returning to the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, June 3rd from 10:00AM – 3:00PM for a day of nature discovery, games and friends!  We will be spending the day exploring the ecology of the Bronx River by examining and identifying macro invertebrates, playing nature games and working together to learn how to better take care of our local water systems!

    Reminders:

    • All students must arrive on time or early!  Please arrive no later than 10:00AM
    • Please wear a Christodora t-shirt and any other Christodora gear given to you at previous events.

    Date: Saturday, June 3rd
    Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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    Where
    New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
    The Harding Lab
    2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
    Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

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    Directions to Meeting Place
    D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
    Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
    Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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    If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 917-445-3661
  • RSVP for an upcoming event at admissions@christodora.org and visit our page for weekly NYC event descriptions. ‍‍

    Join in the fun, help to build trails, go camping, gardening,
    hiking, birding, and canoeing!
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    Past NYC Events of 2015-2017

    • Saturday, May 27th - Field Trip to Randall's Island Park Alliance Urban Farm!

      Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists Head to Randall’s Island This Saturday, 5/27 for a Free Field Trip!  

      Join us for a day of urban farm exploration, friends, and fun as we tour the Randall’s Island Park Alliance urban farm, assist in the care of their animals, and create our lunch in their garden.

      Date: Saturday, May 27th

      Time: 10:30AM – 2:00PM

      Location:
      Randall’s Island Urban Farm
      5oo Ward’s Meadow Loop, New York, NY 10035
      Directions: CLICK HERE
      Need a map?  CLICK HERE

      Reminders:
      – Please RSVP by using link below, all students must register to attend!
      – All students must bring attached Randall’s Island waiver signed by a parent/guardian or must sign a copy when dropping their child off this Saturday.
      Randall’s Island Waiver: CLICK HERE.  For Spanish version: CLICK HERE

      RSVP Today for this Special Field Trip Opportunity: CLICK HERE


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      If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 917-445-3661
      • Saturday, May 20th - Bronx Week with the Bedford Mosholu Community Association!

        Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists will be returning to the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, May 20th from 9:00AM – 2:00PM to celebrate Bronx Week with the Bedford Mosholu Community Association.  We will be spending the day planting, painting and taking care of beautiful Bronx parks with friends!

        Reminders:

        • All students must arrive on time or early!  Please arrive no later than 9:00AM
        • Please wear a Christodora t-shirt and any other Christodora gear given to you at previous events.

        Date: Saturday, May 20th
        Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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        Where
        New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
        The Harding Lab
        2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
        Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

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        Directions to Meeting Place
        D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
        Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
        Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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        If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 917-445-3661
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        • Saturday, May 6th - Bronx River Sweep with RiverKeeper and the New York Botanical Garden!

          Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists will return to the New York
          Botanical Garden, this Saturday May 6th for an Epic Bronx River Clean
          Up Day with Riverkeeper and the New York Botanical Garden.  Join us
          as we work with other volunteers and the community to help take care
          of the Bronx River!

          Date: Saturday, May 6th
          Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
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          Where
          New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
          The Harding Lab
          2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
          Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

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          Directions to Meeting Place
          D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
          Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
          Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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          If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 917-445-3661
          • Friday April 28th - Sunday April 30th 2017 - NYC Overnight Camping Trip to the Manice Education Center!

            This is a special trip for regular participants in the New Youth Conservationists program. Select students will head to the Manice Education Center for three days of fun spent experiencing nature first-hand, developing leadership skills, and exploring beautiful western Massachusetts.

            Must have all NYC field trip to Manice-specific permission slip forms handed in by Saturday, April 22nd to attend.

            Dates: 

            Depart from NYBG on Friday April 28th at 6:00PM

            Arrive back on Sunday April 30th at 1:00pm


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            If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 212-371-5225.
            • Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 - Earth Day Clean Up and Celebration!

              Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists will return to the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, April 22nd from 9:00AM – 3:00PM for an Earth Day Clean Up and Celebration! Join new and old friends as we team up with the Bronx River Alliance and NYC Parks for an epic day of Service in the Bronx River Forest! To ensure that future generations can enjoy the beauty of the Bronx Forest and River, volunteers are working together this Earth Day to remove invasive species, plant native species, create new trails and clean up the Bronx River!

              Date: Saturday, April 22nd

              Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM‍‍‍‍

              Where
              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
              The Harding Lab
              2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

              • Saturday, April 15th, 2017 - Planting with friends at St. Mary's Park!

                Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists will head to St. Mary’s Park this Saturday, April 15th.  Join us as we team up with The Bronx Is Blooming to plant all along St Mary’s Park and enjoy the beautiful day outside with friends!

                Date: Saturday, April 15th
                Time: 9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
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                Where
                St. Mary’s Playground West
                St. Ann’s Avenue, Bronx, NY 10455
                It is just south of 149th Street.  South of the Playground Basketball Courts.
                Please see attached maps

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                Directions to Meeting Place
                Bx4, Bx19 stop near E 149 St/St Anns Av, Bx17 stop near E 146 St/St Anns Ave
                2, 5 train to Jacskson Ave station or 3rd Ave 149th st

                Need a Map?
                CLICK HERE
                Need more specifics?  CLICK HERE


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                If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 212-371-5225.
                • Saturday, April 8th, 2017 - Tree phenology and insect exploration!

                  Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists will return to the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, April 8th! Join the fun, as we continue our tree phenology project and explore insects and other animals that call the Bronx River home!

                  Date: Saturday, April 8th
                  Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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                  Breakfast will be served at 9:30AM for students who would like to arrive early!

                  Where
                  New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                  The Harding Lab
                  2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                  Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.


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                  • Saturday, April 1st, 2017 - Forest Restoration with the Bronx River Alliance!

                    Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists (N.Y.C.) are returning to the Harding Lab in the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, April 1st from 10am to 3pm!  Join us for a day of friends, fun, and teamwork as we team up with the Bronx River Alliance and work together to repair trails and restore habitat in the Bronx River Forest. 

                    Date: Saturday, April 1st
                    Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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                    Where
                    New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                    The Harding Lab
                    2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                    Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

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                    Directions to Meeting Place
                    D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                    Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                    Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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                    If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 212-371-5225.

                    Important Information Check List

                    • If you have not done so already, please download & complete the Medical Form and Permission Form (see the links on this page).
                    • Bring a Snacks/Water Bottle
                    • Remember to dress for the weather!  We always plan on getting a little dirty outside 🙂
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                    • Saturday, March 25th, 2017 - Tree phenology, outdoor games and the science of slime!

                      Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists (N.Y.C.) are returning to the Harding Lab in the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, March 25th from 10am to 3pm!  Join us as we continue our tree phenology project, enjoy outdoor games, and learn about the science of slime!  We will make our own slime and learn the science behind the fun activity!

                      Date: Saturday, March 25th
                      Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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                      Breakfast will be served at 9:30 for students who may want to arrive early!

                      Where
                      New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                      The Harding Lab
                      2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                      Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                      ‍‍‍‍
                      Directions to Meeting Place
                      D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                      Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                      Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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                      If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 212-371-5225.

                      Important Information Check List

                      • If you have not done so already, please download & complete the Medical Form and Permission Form (see the links on this page).
                      • Bring a Snacks/Water Bottle
                      • Remember to dress for the weather!  We always plan on getting a little dirty outside 🙂
                      • Saturday, March 18th, 2017 - Springtime celebration, make your own bird-feeders and begin a tree phenology project!

                        Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists (N.Y.C.) are returning to the Harding Lab in the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, March 18th from 10am to 3pm for a Springtime celebration!  Join us as explore and celebrate the natural wonders of Spring!  Spring is a time when birds are singing, leaves are unfolding, butterflies are starting to be seen and mammals are beginning to wake from their winter sleep!

                        Middle school students will celebrate and explore the beginning of Spring through nature detective work and creating bird feeders!

                        High school students will start a tree phenology citizen science project with the New York Botanical Garden!

                        Date: Saturday, March 18th
                        Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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                        Where
                        New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                        The Harding Lab
                        2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                        Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

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                        Directions to Meeting Place
                        D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                        Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                        Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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                        If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 212-371-5225.
                        • Saturday, March 11th, 2017 - Feed and Discover Wild Birds and Become a Plant Detective!

                          Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists (N.Y.C.) are returning to the Harding Lab in the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, March 11th from 10am to 3pm for plant detective work and an opportunity to feed and discover wild birds with a New York Botanical Garden bird expert!

                          Breakfast will be served at 9:30am for those students who want to attend early!

                          Date: Saturday, March 11th
                          Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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                          Where
                          New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                          The Harding Lab
                          2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                          Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.


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                          If you have any questions, please contact the Christodora team at 212-371-5225.
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                          • Saturday, March 4th, 2017 - Trail and habitat restoration volunteer day with the Bronx River Alliance!

                            Join the New Youth Conservationists for a day of volunteering with the Bronx River Alliance as we work together to repair trails and restore habitat in the Bronx River Forest!

                            Date: Saturday, March 4th
                            Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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                            Lunch is provided!

                            Have fun with friends!

                            Explore Nature!

                            Gain community service hours!

                            Where
                            New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                            The Harding Lab
                            2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                            Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                            • Saturday, February 25th, 2017 - Fire making skills and a nature scavenger hunt hike!

                              Join in on an exciting day of fire making skills and a nature scavenger hunt hike!  Students will learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors.

                              Lunch will be provided.  Pleases remember to dress for the weather!

                              Date: Saturday, February 25th, 2017

                              Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                              Where:

                              Van Cortlandt Park

                              246 Broadway

                              Bronx, NY 10471

                              Enter the park at West 246th Steet and Broadway.

                              Directions to Meeting Place

                              Van Cortlandt Park Entrance

                              Across from the Van Cortalndt Park and 242nd Street Stop on the 1 Train

                              Need a map?  Click Here

                              • Saturday, February 18th, 2017 - Fun food science, wildlife investigating and professional development!

                                The New Youth Conservationists will be heading to the Harding Lab at the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, February 18th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  

                                • In the morning, Middle schoolers will continue investigating for wildlife by recording and updating our wildlife camera pictures.  During and after lunch students will take a food journey from soil to table and trace the steps to a sustainable snack.   
                                • High schoolers will visit the Wildlife Conservation Society Youth Expo at the Bronx Zoo and enjoy zoo exhibits along the way!

                                Breakfast will be served at 9:30AM for those students who would like to attend early!

                                Lunch will be provided.  Pleases remember to dress for the weather!

                                Date: Saturday, February 18th, 2017

                                Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                Where:

                                New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                The Harding Lab

                                2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

                                Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                • Saturday, February 11th, 2017 - Winter games and continuing our wildlife citizen science project!

                                  The New Youth Conservationists will be heading to the Harding Lab at the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, February 11th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Join us as we enjoy the outdoors, play games and continue our citizen science wildlife project!

                                  Lunch will be provided.  Pleases remember to dress for the weather!

                                  Date: Saturday, February 11th, 2017

                                  Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                  Where:

                                  New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                  The Harding Lab

                                  2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

                                  Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                  • Saturday, February 4th, 2017 - Wintertime wonders and make your own granola bars!

                                    The New Youth Conservationists will be heading to the Harding Lab at the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, February 4th from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  Join us as we take a closer look at the wonders of plants and animals in winter with the help of the garden staff.  In the afternoon, learn to make your own granola bars with friends!

                                    Water and snacks will be provided.  Pleases remember to  dress for the weather!

                                    Date: Saturday, February 4th, 2017

                                    Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                    Where:

                                    New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                    The Harding Lab

                                    2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

                                    Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                    • Saturday, January 28th, 2017 - Park Restoration at Henry Hudson Park!

                                      Join us at Henry Hudson Park this Saturday, January 28th from 9:30am to 12:30pm.  Join us for an energetic morning as we work with the Henry Hudson Park stewards to help amplify the parks beauty and sustain community through park restoration and gardening! 

                                      Water and snacks will be provided.  Pleases remember to  dress for the weather!

                                      Date: Saturday, January 28th, 2017

                                      Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

                                      Where:

                                      Henry Hudson Monument in Henry Hudson Park

                                      Independence Ave, Bronx, NY 10463

                                      Directions to Meeting Place

                                      CLICK HERE

                                      Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling. 

                                      • Saturday, January 21st, 2017 - Wildlife investigation!

                                        Join us at the Harding Lab in the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, January 21st from 10am to 3pm.  Join us as we investigate wildlife at the New York Botanical Garden in preparation for setting up our wildlife cameras along the Bronx River! 

                                        Lunch will be provided.  Remember to bring a water bottle, snack and dress for the weather!

                                        Date: Saturday, January 21st, 2017

                                        Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                        Where:

                                        New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                        The Harding Lab

                                        2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

                                        Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                        • Saturday, January 14th, 2017 - Winter Wonderland Tour and Nature Activities!

                                          Join us at the Harding Lab in the New York Botanical Garden this Saturday, January 14th from 10am to 3pm.  Join us for a day of fun with new and old friends as we take a Winter Wonderland Tour of the Garden, explore wildlife and discover nature! 

                                          Lunch will be provided.  Remember to bring a water bottle, snack and dress for the weather!

                                          Date: Saturday, January 4th

                                          Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                          Where:

                                          New York Botanical Garden

                                          The Harding Lab

                                          • Saturday, January 7th - Wildlife tracking and nature walk through Central Park!

                                            We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists for the start of 2017!  We are excited for a day of nature exploration in the snow!

                                             Remember to bring a water bottle, snack and dress for the weather!

                                            Date: Saturday, January 7th

                                            Time: 12:30 pM – 3:30 PM

                                            Where:
                                            110 Street and Lenox Avenue in Central Park

                                            • Saturday, December 10th - Bronx River Forest trail work, remove invasive plants and games!

                                              We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists for our eleventh week!  Join us for a day of volunteering with the Bronx River Alliance as we work together to repair trails and restore habitat in the Bronx River Forest!

                                              Lunch will be provided.  Remember to bring a water bottle, snack and dress for the weather!

                                              Date: Saturday, December 10th

                                              Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                              Where:
                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                              The Harding Lab

                                              • Saturday, December 3rd - A Wild Visit to the Bronx Zoo!

                                                We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists for our tenth week!  We are excited for an all day trip to the Bronx Zoo!  Join us as we explore exiting zoo exhibits including Madagascar, Jungleworld, Tiger Mountain and more!

                                                Lunch will be provided.  Remember to bring a water bottle, snack and dress for the weather!

                                                We will meet at the Botanical Garden at 9:30 AM!

                                                Date: Saturday, December 3rd

                                                Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                Where:
                                                New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                The Harding Lab

                                                • Saturday, November 19th -Forest Restoration and Native American Hike in Van Cortlandt Park!

                                                  We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists for our ninth week!  We are excited for a day of volunteering with the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy as we work together to improve forested areas.  There will be a Native American exploration hike after lunch!

                                                  PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A PACKED LUNCH AND WATER

                                                  Make sure to dress for the weather!

                                                  Date: Saturday, November 12th

                                                  Time: 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                  Where:
                                                  Van Cortland Nature Center in Van Cortlandt Park
                                                  246 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471

                                                  • Saturday, November 12th - Dissect Fruit, Make Sushi, Discover Life on Log, & Tree Phenology!

                                                    We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists for our eighth week!  Dissect Fruit & Make Sushi!  Middle schoolers will discover what uses a log for a home.  High Schoolers will continue their tree phenology project!

                                                    Lunch is provided.  Bring a water bottle, snack, and dress for the weather.

                                                    Date: Saturday, November 12th

                                                    Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                    Where
                                                    New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                    The Harding Lab
                                                    2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                    Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

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                                                    Directions to Meeting Place
                                                    D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                                                    Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                                                    Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.

                                                    • Saturday, November 5th - Feed & Discover Wild Birds, Remove Invasive Plants!

                                                      We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists for our seventh week!  We are excited for our high schoolers to start to another project with the New York Botanical Garden to remove non-native invasive plants.  Middle schoolers will feed and discover wild birds throughout the trails at the New York Botanical Garden.

                                                      Lunch is provided.  Bring a water bottle, snack, and dress for the weather.

                                                      Date: Saturday, November 5th

                                                      Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                      • Saturday, October 29th - Investigate & Reveal the Diet of Owls, Tree Phenology Project Part II, and Fall Festivities!

                                                        We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists sixth week!  We are excited for our high schoolers to start to continue their tree phenology project with the New York Botanical Garden.  Middle schoolers will investigate and reveal the diet of an owl through dissection of owl pellets.    Fall festivities after lunch!

                                                        Lunch is provided.  Bring a water bottle, snack, and dress for the weather.

                                                        Date: Saturday, October 29th

                                                        Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                        Where
                                                        New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                        The Harding Lab
                                                        2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                        Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                        • Saturday, October 22nd - Discover Animals in and along the Bronx River and start new Tree Phenology Project

                                                          We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists and new high schoolers  for our fifth week!  We are excited for our high schoolers to start at new tree phenology project with the New York Botanical Garden.  Middle schoolers will finish their eel packs and place them in the Bronx river.  Lunch, games, and then the entire group will head out to see what critters are living in the eel packs you placed in the water a few weeks ago!

                                                          Lunch is provided.  Bring a water bottle, snack, and dress for the weather.

                                                          Date: Saturday, October 22nd

                                                          Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                          Where
                                                          New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                          The Harding Lab
                                                          2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                          Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                          • Saturday, October 15th - Adventures & Canoeing in Van Cortlandt Park

                                                            We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists and new high schoolers  for our fourth week.  We are excited to meet a guest educator in the morning for games and nature activities, then paddling canoes on Van Cortlandt Lake in the afternoon!   Pack and bring a lunch, snacks, water bottle.   Dress for the weather.

                                                            NEED A NEW WAIVER THIS WEEK FOR CANOEING:

                                                            Print and Sign the Canoeing Waiver: Click Here for Waiver

                                                            Date: Saturday, October 15th

                                                            Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                            NEW Meet Up Location for this week:

                                                            Van Cortland Park Entrance across from the Van Cortlandt Park and 242nd Street Stop on the 1 Train

                                                            Need a map? Click Here

                                                            ‍‍Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.

                                                            Important Information Check List

                                                            • If you have not done so already, please download & complete the Medical Form and Permission Form (see the links on this page).
                                                            • Bring a Packed Lunch/Snacks/Water Bottle
                                                            • Remember to dress for the weather!  We always plan on getting a little dirty outside 🙂
                                                            • Saturday, October 8th - Part II: Discover Animals in and along the Bronx River & Start a New Service Project

                                                              We look forward to seeing all of our New Youth Conservationists and new high schoolers  for our third week.  We are excited to place habitat packs in the Bronx River to continue our river animals investigation, start a new service project, and have more fun with outdoor activities/games.  Lunch is provided.  Bring a water bottle, snack, and dress for the weather.

                                                              Date: Saturday, October 8th

                                                              Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                              Location:

                                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                                              The Harding Lab

                                                              • Saturday, October 1st - Discover Animals in and along the Bronx River

                                                                We look forward to seeing last weeks New Youth Conservationists and new high schoolers who want to join this week.  We are excited to check out the Bronx River Park for more fun outdoor games, adventures to discover Beavers and other Animals that live in and along the Bronx River.  Earn Community Service Hours!

                                                                Date: Saturday, October 1st

                                                                Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                                Location:

                                                                New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                                                The Harding Lab

                                                                • Saturday, September 24th - New Youth Conservationists Opening Day!

                                                                  We will have fun outdoor games, lunch, and start our greenhouse up for the fall!

                                                                  We will also be asking for your help in deciding what activities you would like to do each Saturday this fall.

                                                                  Date: Saturday, September 24th

                                                                  Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

                                                                  Location:

                                                                  New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                                                  The Harding Lab

                                                                   

                                                                  • Saturday, September 17th - International Coastal Clean-Up Day!

                                                                    Join Christodora in volunteering to paddle and clean-up the Bronx River.  Event starts at 9am sharp at  Concrete Plant Park and ends around 12pm at  Soundview Park.  Lunch provided.

                                                                    This event is open to 20 high school youth who can travel independently to and independently leave from the event (or have a parent/guardian drop off & pick/up).

                                                                    For more information regarding the Event, CLICK HERE.

                                                                    All participants must register for NYC by bringing the following signed forms:

                                                                    NYC Permission Form

                                                                    NYC Medical Release Form

                                                                    All participants must also bring the following signed event forms:

                                                                    REI Release of Liability

                                                                    ACA Paddling Waiver (minors)

                                                                    You will not be able to participate unless you bring all the required forms signed by your parent/guardian.  

                                                                    For adult volunteers and staff, you must also bring a signed:

                                                                    REI Release of Liability

                                                                    ACA Paddling Waiver (adults)

                                                                    • Saturday, May 21st - 2016 Bronx River Flotilla!

                                                                      Join Christodora in volunteering at the Bronx River Alliance’s 2016 Bronx River Flotilla, a 5-mile paddle down the Bronx River in celebration of the progress that has been made in reclaiming the river as a place that children can explore and play in way that previous generations could not.

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                                                                      For more information regarding the Flotilla, CLICK HERE.

                                                                      Bring your signed waiver, download here: WAIVER

                                                                      • Wednesday, April 27th- Friday, April 29th - NYC Camping Trip to the Manice Education Center!

                                                                        This is a special trip for regular participants in the New Youth Conservationists program. Select students will head to the Manice Education Center for three days of fun spent experiencing nature first-hand, developing leadership skills, and exploring beautiful western Massachusetts.

                                                                        • Saturday, April 16th - Bronx River Forest Restoration Day

                                                                          Join the New Youth Conservationists for a day of volunteering with the Bronx River Alliance as we work together to repair trails and restore habitat in the Bronx River Forest!

                                                                          Sign Up Now For This Event By Clicking Here

                                                                          Date: Saturday, April 16th
                                                                          Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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                                                                          Where
                                                                          New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                                          The Harding Lab
                                                                          2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                                          Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

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                                                                          Directions to Meeting Place
                                                                          D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                                                                          Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                                                                          Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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                                                                          Join the fun, invite a friend, build trails, go camping, gardening, hiking, bird watching, canoeing, & more!

                                                                          Click here to fill out our NYC Interest Form today!

                                                                          If you have any questions about our summer camp or weekend program, please contact the Christodora team at 212-371-5225.
                                                                          • Saturday, February 20th - Eagling at Inwood Hill Park

                                                                            Observe eagles in Inwood Hill Park!

                                                                            And discover the best spots in the city for viewing wildlife along the way.  Join us this Saturday, February 20th as we explore eagle habitat along the Hudson River with the Urban Park Rangers!
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                                                                            We will gather at the Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park at 8:30 AM. We will depart on our hike along the Hudson River at 9 AM sharp, so it is essential that you arrive on time. The hike will be led by the Urban Park Rangers, who will teach us about the abundance of wildlife that calls New York City home!
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                                                                            We will meet at the Payson Center in Inwood Hill Park at 8:30 AM! RSVP today! =)
                                                                             
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                                                                            Date: Saturday, February 20th
                                                                            Time: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM
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                                                                            Where
                                                                            Inwood Hill Park
                                                                            The Payson Center
                                                                            Dickman Street and Payson Avenue, New York, NY

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                                                                            Directions to Meeting Place
                                                                            B train to 145th, A train to Dyckman St. Walk 3 blocks northeast and turn right into park.
                                                                            Bx12 stops near Inwood Hill Park.
                                                                            Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.

                                                                            If you have any questions about our summer camp or weekend program, please contact Danielle Baker at dbaker@christodora.org or 917-445-3661.

                                                                             

                                                                            • Starting Saturday, February 13th - Create Household Products Using Plants

                                                                              Learn how to use nature to create common household products!

                                                                              And make some amazing gifts along the way.  Join us next Saturday, February 13th for fun team-building activities, delicious food, and natural creations!

                                                                              Each student will learn to make lip balm, toothpaste, and tea out of natural ingredients and how to press flowers to make a beautiful card for the 3-day weekend.  We will use plants–like mint, lavendar, and lemongrass–to scent and flavor our products & will grow, trim, and dry these ingredients for our natural creations!

                                                                              Breakfast is at 9:00 AM! Lunch will be provided!  Email krystle@christodora.org to RSVP today! =)

                                                                               Nature Toothpaste

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                                                                              Date: Saturday, February 13th

                                                                              Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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                                                                              Where
                                                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                                              The Harding Lab
                                                                              2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                                              Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                                              ‍‍‍‍
                                                                              Directions to Meeting Place
                                                                              D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                                                                              Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                                                                              Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.


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                                                                              Join the fun, invite a friend, build trails, go camping, gardening, hiking, bird watching, canoeing, & more!

                                                                              Click here to fill out our NYC Interest Form today!

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                                                                              If you have any questions about our summer camp or weekend program, please contact Krystle Shakespeare at krystle@christodora.org or 917-371-3441.

                                                                               

                                                                            • Saturday, January 30th - Vermicomposting

                                                                              Take a food journey from soil to the table and trace the creation of a sustainable snack.

                                                                              Join us next Saturday, January 30th for awesome activities, fun food science, and to build a vermicomposting bin (composting using worms).  Breakfast is at 9:00 AM! Lunch will be provided! RSVP below. =)

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                                                                              ‍‍‍‍Click here to RSVP Today!

                                                                              Date: Saturday, January 30th
                                                                              Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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                                                                              Where
                                                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                                              The Harding Lab
                                                                              2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                                              Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                                              ‍‍
                                                                              Directions to Meeting Place
                                                                              D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                                                                              Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                                                                              Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.

                                                                              Important Information Check List

                                                                              1. If you have not done so already, please download & complete our NYC Permission Form (click here) and NYC Medical Release Form (click here) & bring them to the event.
                                                                              2. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
                                                                              3. Remember to dress for the weather: Christodora T-Shirt, fleece, jacket, winter hat & warm boots/shoes.

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                                                                              If you have any questions about our summer camp or weekend program, please contact Krystle Shakespeare at krystle@christodora.org or 917-371-3441.

                                                                            • Saturday, January 16th - Build a Greenhouse

                                                                              Build Your Own Balloon Greenhouse and Create a Greenhouse Room at New York Botanical Garden!

                                                                              A greenhouse protects the plants inside by blocking out some of the more harmful aspects of the environment like harsh winds, heavy rains, or extreme temperature fluctuations. It also traps the warm air inside and keeps the air around the plants moist and humid, making it the best environment for the plants to flourish. You will get to see firsthand how greenhouses work by making your own — with a balloon!

                                                                              Click here to RSVP Today!

                                                                              Date: Saturday, January 16th
                                                                              Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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                                                                              Where
                                                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                                              The Harding Lab
                                                                              2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                                              Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                                              ‍‍
                                                                              Directions to Meeting Place
                                                                              D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                                                                              Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG‍‍
                                                                              Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.

                                                                              Important Information Check List

                                                                              1. If you have not done so already, please download & complete our NYC Permission Form (click here) and NYC Medical Release Form (click here) & bring them to the event.
                                                                              2. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
                                                                              3. Remember to dress for the weather: Christodora T-Shirt, fleece, jacket, winter hat & warm boots/shoes.
                                                                            • Saturday, December 19th

                                                                              Photos from our Ice Skating Holiday Party up! A fun event before the New Year!

                                                                              Holiday Ice Skating Group Photo!

                                                                              Group Photo on the Ice!

                                                                              Friendships on the Ice

                                                                              Thumbs Up

                                                                              All Smiles!

                                                                              Balancing at Lasker Rink

                                                                              Hanging Out on the Rink

                                                                            • Saturday, December 12th

                                                                              Amazing trail restoration opportunity available for interested students!

                                                                              On the Trail at Bronx River Forest

                                                                              Join us outdoors and enjoy beautiful fall colors as we clear trails for spring trees! 

                                                                              We are continuing a major project to help improve public parks by restoring a 1/4-mile trail along the Bronx River!  Get the opportunity to plant trees and grass for the spring with your Christodora friends and staff!  

                                                                              Delicious food and free Christodora winter hats for all those who attend!

                                                                              Date: Saturday, December 12th

                                                                              Time: 9:00 AM (sharp) – 1:30 PM

                                                                              Meeting Place

                                                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                                                              The Harding Lab

                                                                              2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

                                                                              Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                                               

                                                                              Directions to Meeting Place

                                                                              D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.

                                                                              Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG

                                                                              Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.

                                                                              **TO RSVP**

                                                                              To RSVP or learn more about the event by contact Krystle Shakespeare at 917-371-3441 or krystle@christodora.org today! =)

                                                                              1. Download our NYC Permission Form (click here) and NYC Medical Release Form (click here) & bring the completed forms to the event.
                                                                              2. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
                                                                              3. Remember to dress in layers for the weather— especially sweaters, fleece, jacket, winter hat & warm boots/shoes.
                                                                            • Saturday, November 21st

                                                                              Join us for an adventure this November! Our New Youth Conservationists Program (NYC) is starting regular Saturday meet ups at the New York Botanical Garden beginning next Saturday, November 21st. Celebrate our Kick Off Event with us & join our Christodora Environmental Educators all the way from the Manice Education Center—Danielle, Danielle, Danielle, and Jake (that’s right 3 Danielle’s & Jake)!
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                                                                              Ready? We are too! See below for details.
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                                                                              Event Kick Off Information
                                                                              Join the Raccoon Circle & play some games!
                                                                              Feed birds from your hand!
                                                                              Make bird feeders to take home and hang from your window!
                                                                              Eat lunch & have fun!

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                                                                              Date: Saturday, November 21st
                                                                              Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

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                                                                              Where
                                                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)
                                                                              The Harding Lab
                                                                              2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY
                                                                              Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                                              ‍‍
                                                                              Directions to Meeting Place
                                                                              D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.
                                                                              Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG

                                                                              ‍‍
                                                                              Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling.

                                                                              Important Information Check List

                                                                              1. Download & complete our NYC Permission Form (click here) and NYC Medical Release Form (click here) & email (admissions@christodora.org) or fax (212-371-2111) them to us by Thursday, November 19th.
                                                                              2. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
                                                                              3. Remember to dress for the weather: Christodora T-Shirt, fleece, jacket, winter hat & warm boots/shoes.

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                                                                              TO RSVP TODAY:

                                                                              RSVP or learn more about the event by contacting me (Krystle Shakespeare) at 917-371-3441 or krystle@christodora.org today! =)

                                                                            • Saturday, October 31st

                                                                              Want a treat this October 31st?  

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                                                                              Board a 24-foot Voyager canoe, paddle our city waterways, and learn about the geography and ecology in your community with friends at Roberto Clemente State Park on Oct. 31st!  We will be accepting Christodora students and friends for this adventure—so RSVP today!

                                                                              Click here to RSVP Online Today

                                                                              Date: Saturday, October 31st

                                                                               

                                                                              Time: 9:00 AM (sharp)– 1:00 PM

                                                                               

                                                                              Meeting Place

                                                                              Roberto Clemente State Park

                                                                              301 W Tremont Avenue, Bronx NY 10453

                                                                              Before You Go Important Information Check List

                                                                              1. Download & complete our Christodora Waiver: 10/31 (click here) and Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile Waiver (click here) & email (admissions@christodora.org) or fax (212-371-2111) them to us by Thursday, October 29th.
                                                                              2. Bring a filled water bottle, heart lunch, and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
                                                                              3. Remember to wear appropriate clothing: Christodora T-Shirt, polyester pants (or equivalent), fleece, jacket & water shoes (or old sneakers)

                                                                              Have Questions?

                                                                              Click here to RSVP online or learn more about the event by contacting me (Krystle) at 917-371-3441 or krystle@christodora.org today! =)

                                                                            • Saturday & Sunday, October 24th & 25th

                                                                              Camp Out Christodora-style in New York City! 

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                                                                              Join us as we participate in fun street fair activities, paddle 24-foot Voyager canoes, and share stories while roasting marshmallows under the night sky.  Urban Park Rangers, Wilderness Inquiry staff, and Christodora alumni/staff will be present to supervise our overnight adventure.

                                                                              Tents, sleeping bags, and food will be provided! =)

                                                                              We are now accepting Christodora students for this opportunity.  Spaces are limited—so RSVP today!

                                                                              Click here to RSVP Online Today

                                                                              Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 24-25th

                                                                               

                                                                              Time: 2:00 PM (Saturday afternoon) – 10:00 AM (Sunday morning)

                                                                               

                                                                              Meeting Place

                                                                              Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center

                                                                              6036 Broadway, Bronx NY 10471

                                                                              Click here for map of Van Cortlandt Park

                                                                               

                                                                              Directions to Meeting Place

                                                                              Take 1 train to 242 StTake Bx9 or BxM3 to Broadway/W 246 St

                                                                              Take Bx10 to Bailey Av/Van Cortlandt Park S

                                                                               

                                                                              Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling. 

                                                                              Before You Go Important Information Check List

                                                                              1. Download & complete Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile Waiver (click here) & email (admissions@christodora.org) or fax (212-371-2111) them to us by Thursday, October 22nd.
                                                                              2. Bring a filled water bottle and snacks with you to keep your energy up.
                                                                              3. Remember to wear appropriate clothing: Christodora T-Shirt, polyester pants (or equivalent), fleece, jacket & old sneakers/boots.

                                                                              Have Questions?

                                                                              Click here to RSVP online or learn more about the event by contacting me (Krystle) at 917-371-3441 or krystle@christodora.org today! =)

                                                                            • Saturday, October 17th

                                                                              Amazing trail restoration opportunity available for Christodora students!

                                                                              On the Trail at Bronx River Forest

                                                                              Join us outdoors and enjoy beautiful fall colors as we clear trails for spring trees! 

                                                                              Be apart of a major project to help improve public parks by restoring a 1/4-mile trail along the Bronx River!  And get the opportunity to plant trees and grass for the spring with your excited Christodora friends!  

                                                                              Click here to RSVP Online Today

                                                                              Date: Saturday, October 17th

                                                                               

                                                                              Time: 8:45 AM (sharp) – 4:00 PM

                                                                               

                                                                              Meeting Place

                                                                              New York Botanical Garden (NYBG)

                                                                              The Harding Lab

                                                                              2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx NY

                                                                              Enter the Mosholu Gate entrance.

                                                                               

                                                                              Directions to Meeting Place

                                                                              D or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd. Walk 8 blocks east.

                                                                              Bx12, Bx19, Bx26, & Bx41 stop near NYBG

                                                                              Please confirm train and bus weekend schedules before traveling. 

                                                                              **TO RSVP**

                                                                              Click here to RSVP online or learn more about the event by contacting me (Krystle) at 917-371-3441 or krystle@christodora.org today! =)

                                                                              Before You Go Important Information Check List

                                                                              1. RSVP Online
                                                                              2. Download & complete our Christodora Waiver: 10/17 (click here) and email (admissions@christodora.org) or fax (212-371-2111) it to us by Thursday, October 15th.
                                                                              3. Bring a filled water bottle, hearty lunch, & plenty of snacks to keep your energy up.
                                                                              4. Volunteering in nature is dirty and fun. Remember to wear appropriate clothing (jeans or heavy pants) and footwear (closed-toed)

                                                                             

                                                                            STEWARDSHIP AT BRONX RIVER FOREST VIDEO:

                                                                            See our Christodora students in action! A day with Christodora’s New Youth Conservationists–a short sample of the award winning New Youth Conservationists program.

                                                                             

                                                                            Partners:
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                                                                            Bronx Zoo Logo

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                                                                            Bedford Mosholu Community Association
                                                                            Million Trees NYC Logo