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Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Blvd, Queens
Nature trail walks, craft projects and 1870 restored windmill. Visit and pet live animals.

Blue Heron Park
48 Poillon Av, Staten Island
Year-round activities led by volunteer naturalists.
MTA Staten Island Railway service to Annadale

Bronx Zoo/International Wildlife Conservation Park
East 185 St and Southern Blvd, Bronx
More than 3,000 animals in one of the world's most creatively designed wildlife conservation environments.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
1000 Washington Av, Brooklyn
More than 50 acres of gardens, including authentic Japanese gardens and special indoor exhibits.

Central Park Zoo
830 Fifth Av at 64 St, Manhattan
Totally renovated zoo has 500 animals.

Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve
83 Nielsen Av, Staten Island
Guided nature walks, nature related workshops.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Seasons Park
1 FDR Four Freedoms Park, Roosevelt Island
On January 6, 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered a speech that shaped this nation, now known as the Four Freedoms speech, in which he looked forward to a world founded on: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. As it faces the sea he loved, the Atlantic he bridged, the Europe he helped to save, the United Nations he inspired, today the park honors the man and these essential freedoms.

High Rock Park Conservation Center
200 Nevada Av, Staten Island
One of the most important environmental education centers, 90 acres of hardwood forest, swamp and glacial ponds, with visitors' center.
MTA Staten Island Railway service to New Dorp then S57 bus

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Broad Channel Queens
9,000 acres of salt marches, brackish ponds and open water. Migratory birds, including thousands of snowy egrets and ibis, nest here.

New York Aquarium for Wildlife Conservation
Surf Av & W 8 St, Brooklyn
One of America's greatest -14 acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, including Sea Cliffs, a new Pacific coastal habitat for walrus, seals, penguins and sea otters. Also, baby beluga whales, shark tank and aqua-theater.

New York Botanical Garden
200th St and Southern Blvd, Bronx
One of the oldest and largest botanical gardens in the country, its 250 acres include 40 acres of NYC's original forest.

Prospect Park Zoo/Wildlife Center
450 Flatbush Av, Brooklyn
Brooklyn's children's zoo featuring an amazing baboon exhibit, outdoor discovery trail and much more.

Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main St, Flushing, Queens
23-acre arboretum enchants and delights visitors. Largest rose collection in New York City and exquisite formal "Victorian Wedding Garden".

Queens Zoo/Wildlife Center
53-51 111th St, Flushing Meadows, Queens
State of the art zoological park features North American animals, including mountain lions, black bears, bison and elk; award-winning aviary.

Staten Island Botanical Garden
1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island
Lush gardens, sloping lawns and stately trees have Victorian air. See rose, herb, annual, perennial and "butterfly" gardens.

Staten Island Zoo
614 Broadway, Staten Island
8-acre zoo with aquarium, children's petting zoo and world-renowned snake collection. Tropical rain forest exhibit has tall forest canopy-home to breeding monkeys, ocelots and rare tamarins.

Voelker Orth Museum
Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
149-19 38th Ave, Flushing, Queens
Purchased in the late 19th century, the structure was the home of one family for nearly its entire history, and has changed little since its early days.  Today, it preserves and presents the historical and cultural heritage of Queens and Long Island through educational programs, workshops, lectures, exhibits, and musical events.

Wave Hill
West 249 St and Independence Av, Bronx
The 28-acre public estate overlooks the Palisades and the Hudson River. Fantastic gardens, nature walks, art exhibitions and concerts.

William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge
Travis and Richmond Avs, Staten Island
First wildlife sanctuary in New York City.

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