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Events for November 2011

November 05, 2011 - November 06, 2011 (12PM - 4PM)
Thain Family Forest Dedication
New York Botanical Garden

November 5 & 6 and November 12th & 13th
12PM-4PM
More information here.

Adults: $20, Students/Seniors: $18
Children 2–12: $8
Children under 2: Free, Members: Free
Purchase tickets here.


Two festival weekends and a special symposium celebrate the dedication of this remarkable Forest and its ongoing program of restoration as well as the United Nations International Year of Forests. Tours, tree climbing, canoe trips, and film screenings make for an unforgettable autumn experience.

During the Thain Family Forest Festival Weekends, the Bronx River Alliance is providing all the necessary gear and guidance for short paddles in the river from 12-4 p.m., November 5-6 and November 12-13. Sign up for a spot at the canoe portage--participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Rocking the Boat will also have one of their hand-crafted boats on display throughout the afternoon.

Learn more about the NYBG's efforts to keep New York City's only freshwater river clean in this short documentary. (Click image.)




About the Thain Family Forest -

This 50-acre site, with the Bronx River running through it, is the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City. Restoration of the Forest has involved the removal of invasive species, planting of thousands of native plants, and installation of new trails and educational interpretation.


November 05, 2011 (12PM - 2PM)
Muskrat Cove Cleanup and Tree Giveaway
Muskrat Cove

The Alliance will be giving away trees on Saturday, November 5th at Muskrat Cove (Webster Ave by the Metro-North Woodlawn station) from 12am – 2pm.

If you are interested in join the Alliance on the river for future tree plantings or volunteering at Muskrat Cove contact Stephanie Cabral, Outreach Coordinator, at Stephanie.Cabral@parks.nyc.gov or (718) 430-4636.

November 06, 2011 (11:00)
Bronx River Bike Tour
view link for info

Bike Ride - Matt Malina (NYCH2O)
Bronx River Bike Tour - Westchester Ave at Morrison Ave - Noon

Did you know that New York City tapped the Bronx River to supply citizens with drinking water in 1889? The population of NYC grew so fast after the Croton Aqueduct began delivering fresh reliable water (1842) that demand had exceeded what the Old Croton Aqueduct could supply. Interestingly in 1896, the lower Bronx River was labeled an “open sewer” because industry and residences were dumping their refuse into it.

Come bike along as Bronx native Mike Gupta explains the rich and conflicted history of the river, and we explore old remnants of the ill fated Bronx River Water System.

Click here for more information on this event.

November 09, 2011 (7:30 pm)
Bronx River Book Talk With Maarten de Kadt
451 West Street (between Bank & Bethune Streets, New York, NY 10014

The Bronx River
An Environmental & Social History
Maarten de Kadt with Damian Griffin

The Bronx River flows from its source in Valhalla to its mount, the East River in the Bronx. This waterway was used for centuries by Native American tribes for drinking, food and transportation, and they called it "Aquehung"--a fast stream flowing along a high bluff. After the arrival of Europeans, though, the Bronx River suffered as industry prospered; it powered mills and, unfortunately, became a dumping ground for all kinds of waste. Its appearance and ecosystem were forever changed.

Maarten de Kadt uses the story of this twenty-three mile urban river as an exemplar of the US transition to capitalism and a window on issues of clean neighborhoods and their relation to clean water bodies, and democratic community decision making--all the while examining the difficulty of reclaiming natural resouces that have once been contaminated. Today, community members are again attempting to alter the river, but this time for the better, by helping it recover.

As a high school teacher at Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School in the Bronx, Maarten de Kadt was introduced to a destroyed but recovering Bronx River and used it to help students understand the possibilities of environmental recovery and of personal empowerment. In his examination of the environment over the past twenty years he has studied problems of municipal solid waste management, the delivery of drinking water and the removal and treatment of sewage waste. He is a member of the Bronx River Alliance's Board of Directors and of the Bronx Borough President's Solid Waste Management Advisory Board.

Damian Griffin is Education Director of the Bronx River Alliance.
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November 12, 2011 (10:00 am - noon)
Bronx River Ramble: The Bronx River Gorge
New York Botanical Garden, as part of Garden's Forest Celebration.(meet kazmiroff gate)

The grand finale to our 2011 season of Bronx River Rambles -- a walk up the Bronx River Gorge with Stephen Devillo!

The most scenic and storied part of the Bronx River, the Gorge has been the scene of painters and poets, felt the footsteps of Edgar Allan Poe and Joseph Rodman Drake, and was home to Native Americans (and the mysterious "Little People".) We'll walk through a restored native woodland, and see dramatic evidence of the glacial action that carved out the gorge more than 10,000 years ago, learn about the river's rich folklore, and find out what really went on in the old Snuff Mill.

This free walk meets at 10:00 AM on Saturday, November 12th inside the Botanical Garden's Kazimiroff Gate on Southern Boulevard just north of Bedford Park Boulevard and opposite the Metro North Botanical Garden station.
it is reachable by either the Metro North Harlem Line, or the Bx26 bus. Parking is also available at the Garden's main gate on Southern Boulevard, a short walk from the Kazimiroff Gate ($12 parking fee.)

And as an added attraction, you will have the opportunity to join the Bronx River Alliance for a Community Paddle on the Bronx River, setting out from behind the Lorillard Dam and paddling north to the Garden's boundary -- a rare opportunity to tour the Gorge by land and by water!

Also, Stephen DeVillo will be leading tours of the Gorge for the Botanical Garden as part of their Dedication Weekends for the Thain Family Forest on November 5, 6, 12, and 13. For information about these walks, go to www.nybg.org.

Hope to see you by the Bronx River!
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November 12, 2011 - November 13, 2011 (12PM - 4PM)
Thain Family Forest Dedication
New York Botanical Garden

November 5 & 6 and November 12th & 13th
12PM-4PM
More information here.

Adults: $20, Students/Seniors: $18
Children 2–12: $8
Children under 2: Free, Members: Free
Purchase tickets here.


Two festival weekends and a special symposium celebrate the dedication of this remarkable Forest and its ongoing program of restoration as well as the United Nations International Year of Forests. Tours, tree climbing, canoe trips, and film screenings make for an unforgettable autumn experience.

During the Thain Family Forest Festival Weekends, the Bronx River Alliance is providing all the necessary gear and guidance for short paddles in the river from 12-4 p.m., November 5-6 and November 12-13. Sign up for a spot at the canoe portage--participation is on a first come, first serve basis. Rocking the Boat will also have one of their hand-crafted boats on display throughout the afternoon.

Learn more about the NYBG's efforts to keep New York City's only freshwater river clean in this short documentary. (Click image.)




About the Thain Family Forest -

This 50-acre site, with the Bronx River running through it, is the largest remaining tract of old-growth forest in New York City. Restoration of the Forest has involved the removal of invasive species, planting of thousands of native plants, and installation of new trails and educational interpretation.


November 16, 2011 (9AM - 3PM)
Tree Give-Away at New York Botanical Garden
NYBG Green Market (Mosholu Pkwy entrance)

Tree Give-Away at the New York Botanical Garden
(click here for flyer with details)

Wednesday, November 16th from 9AM to 3PM
Wednesday, November 23rd from 9:30AM to 1PM

Take home a free tree!!

The Alliance in partnership with New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York Restoration Project, and Million Trees, have teamed up to offer free trees in the Bronx.

Trees will be made available for individuals to take home to plant on private propety. Trees must be planted within the five boroughs and cannot be planted in containers, on rooftops, or along the street.

The following trees will be given away:
  • Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
  • Yellow Wood
  • Japanese Snowbell
  • Sour Gum/Black Tupelo

For more information please call (718) 430-4665 or email Valerie Francis at valerie.francis@parks.nyc.gov.

November 23, 2011 (9:30AM - 1PM)
Tree Give-Away at New York Botanical Garden
NYBG Green Market (Mosholu Pkwy entrance)

Tree Give-Away at the New York Botanical Garden

Wednesday, November 16th from 9:30AM to 3PM
Wednesday, November 23rd from 9:30AM to 1PM

Take home a free tree!!

The Alliance in partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, New York Restoration Project, and Million Trees, have teamed up to offer free trees in the Bronx.

Trees will be made available for individuals to take home to plant on private propety. Trees must be planted within the five boroughs and cannot be planted in containers, on rooftops, or along the street.

The following trees will be given away:
  • Cornelian Cherry Dogwood
  • Yellow Wood
  • Japanese Snowbell
  • Sour Gum/Black Tupelo

For more information please call (718) 430-4665 or email Valerie Francis at valerie.francis@parks.nyc.gov.