Programs & Events

Friday, June 11th

Birds, Bees, and Trees: An Intro to the Ecology of NYC with Dr. Leslie Day

The Naval Cemetery Landscape is partnering with the Brooklyn Public Library Walt Whitman Branch to bring you a virtual evening with author and NYC ecologist Dr. Leslie Day. 

Have you ever been curious about nature in the city? Ever wondered: “What tree is that?” “Why does this plant smell so strongly?” “How do I get more butterflies in my garden?” Join us on Friday, June 11th at 7pm to explore our city’s ecology and help you find these answers! We will take audience questions at the end of the program. 

Registration is required to receive the Zoom link to this event.

Inspired since childhood by nature and the vibrancy of her city, Leslie Day is the author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City, Field Guide to the Neighborhood Birds of New York City, and Honeybee Hotel: the Waldorf Astoria Hotel’s Rooftop Garden and the Heart of New York City. She is presently working on her fifth book: River: Living on the Hudson – A Natural History, which will be published by the Cornell University Press. As a 40-year resident of the 79th Street Boat Basin, Dr. Day came to know the diversity of the city’s natural world.  Passionate about science, she earned a doctorate in science education from Columbia University and worked for decades as a science teacher. Now retired from teaching, Dr. Day spends her time writing books, giving talks on Zoom and leading nature walks throughout the city for organizations such as the New York Historical Society, garden clubs, libraries, the Washington Heights YMHA, Fort Tryon Park Trust, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

May - October

Naval Cemetery Landscape Walks

Join our staff and other experts in the field as we explore the flora and fauna of the Naval Cemetery Landscape.

Please note that registration is required in order to participate, and that program participants are required to wear a face covering.

Sunday, May 2nd @ 10:30am
Family Friendly Bird Walk with Georgia Silveria Seamans and Loytan Beausoleil

Sunday, June 6th @ 11am
Introduction to Bird Watching

Saturday, July 10th @ 11am
Naval Cemetery Bird Walk

Sunday, August 15th @ 1pm
Meadow Ecology Walk

Sunday, September 12th @ 11am
Introduction to Bird Watching

Sunday, October 2nd @ 1pm
Meadow Ecology Walk

Saturday, October 30th @ 11am
Naval Cemetery Bird Walk

June - August

Storytime with the Brooklyn Public Library’s Walt Whitman Branch

Join librarian Bayleigh Vidovich for nature filled storytimes throughout the summer! Enjoy a singalong and crafts while reading some of Bayleigh’s favorite books near our meadow. No registration required.

Please note that program participants above the age of 2 are required to wear a face covering.

Saturday, July 17th @11am

Saturday, July 31st @11am

Thursday, August 5th @3pm

Saturday, August 28th @11am

Daily Programs

Take A Closer Look 

We invite you to take a closer look at the native plants at the NCL, and their interactions with our local wildlife. Borrow a magnifying lens at our entrance and follow our prompts to explore what’s in bloom, tune in to what’s buzzing, and immerse yourself in our landscape. Materials are available at our entrance. Share your questions and observations with our staff! 

Brooklyn Bodega Bookshelf

The Naval Cemetery Landscape is excited to partner with Brooklyn Book Bodega on their mission to ensure that all children have access to and ownership of books. We invite you to come out to the NCL with your children this summer to pick up a free nature book from our bookshelf (1 per child). Follow this link to find reading tips from Brooklyn Book Bodega for children of all ages!  

Monarch Butterfly Coloring Page 

The Naval Cemetery Landscape is officially recognized as a Monarch Waystation by Monarch Watch, due to the amount of nectar rich annuals and milkweed varieties planted in the meadow. Monarch butterflies are in decline, due mostly to the lack of habitat and foraging resources along their migration routes. Pick up a Monarch Butterfly Coloring Page at the NCL to learn more about the Monarch Butterfly’s life cycle, its migration, and the importance of fostering native habitats as a way of helping this beloved insect! 

Self Guided Tour of the Naval Cemetery Landscape

Pick up a self guided tour brochure at our entrance to learn more about our native meadow, the history of the NCL, and our site’s features. Follow up with our staff with your questions and observations!

Native Wildflower Seed Packets 

Bring a part of the NCL home by growing flowers such as purple coneflower, plains coreopsis, black-eyed Susan, and milkweed in your own garden or container. Stop by the NCL and pick up a native, pollinator-friendly wildflower seed packet that you can take home and plant. The seed mix includes native annual and perennial wildflower seeds that are easy to grow and thrive in the Northeast. 


Follow along on Instagram as we showcase a different flower growing at the NCL every Friday. 

Bench Stories 

Find the Nature Sacred Bench and journal behind our Sacred Grove and take a moment to sit, breathe, be present, and enjoy space in nature. Feel free to record your thoughts, observations, and reflections in the journal, or to explore others’ musings as you relax in the shade of our native trees.