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NatureMania 2011

May 4, 2011

NatureMania 2011

New York Restoration Project recently hosted NatureMania 2011, a 5-day environmental education program at Swindler Cove and Highbridge Parks for New York City students during their spring break. Here are some highlights, and be sure to check out the album on NYRP’s Facebook page for more photos!

A hike through Highbridge Park to look at trees…

A hike through Highbridge Park to look at trees

snails…

Snails in Highbridge Park

and salamanders!

Salamanders in Highbridge Park

A thrilling run down the hill at the end of the hike:

A thrilling run down the hill at the end of the hike

Erik displays his collection of exotic reptiles, including Wally the Alligator…

Erik teaches the kids about reptiles, including Wally the Alligator

and Jaden the Panther Chameleon:

Jaden the Panther Chameleon

Central Park Zoo’s Wildlife Theater teaches kids about the layers of a rain forest:

Central Park Zoo's Wildlife Theater teaches kids about rain forest layers

New York Restoration Project's NatureMania

Kids compete in relay races with Highbridge Park as a beautiful backdrop:

Kids compete in relay races with Highbridge Park as a beautiful backdrop

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. Shira permalink
    May 4, 2011 7:55 am

    Great post! That looks so fun.

  2. Sasha permalink
    May 4, 2011 10:44 am

    It looks like a wonderful lprogram for children who would not have the opportunity to learn so much about nature. And, as usual, Avi’s photos are superb. They capture the enthusiasm of the children.

  3. May 4, 2011 10:51 am

    Thanks guys! Highbridge Park and Swindler Cove Park really are great places for exploring. It can be tough to find anything green and natural in Manhattan outside of the few well known parks, but these two are real gems tucked away in the upper reaches of the city. Definitely worth a visit!

  4. May 13, 2011 4:01 pm

    This is my first time to blogging.
    Your photos are really awesome…
    Wonderful…

  5. May 13, 2011 4:23 pm

    that chameleon is gorgeous, how did they make him turn that color? Cause all the kids were in orange? haha. I like your work.

  6. May 13, 2011 6:46 pm

    Great pictures; very different for me – I’m in England.

  7. May 14, 2011 11:16 am

    What’s that in the fourth picture? A fossil? :-o

    • May 14, 2011 4:12 pm

      That’s a real live salamander. I’m not sure if they have them in your corner of the world, but they’re common amphibian found here in the U.S. and the guy who was leading the hike found one under a rock.

  8. supervisual permalink
    May 14, 2011 4:07 pm

    This series seem ordinary.

  9. May 15, 2011 12:57 am

    Ohh, I love the chameleon! ^^
    This Naturemania looks like a great project :D

    • May 15, 2011 1:20 am

      Thanks, it was a great time! The chameleon was definitely my favorite too, although there were some other interesting reptiles I didn’t include in the blog….

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