Programs and Events 

Free: Yoga in the Grove

Join us every Wednesday from 6:30-7:30pm for free outdoor yoga on the boardwalk at BGI’s Naval Cemetery Landscape, co-sponsored by Abhaya Yoga.


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Meditation and Writing in the Grove

Starting June 11, join BGI as we meditate and free write in the beautiful outdoor space of the Naval Cemetery Landscape, co-sponsored by Breathe Read Write and Being in the Wild.


Session 1 on Sunday morning, June 11, 9:30 to 11:30 am: Welcome summer, season of growth and abundance.

Sessions 2-4 on the first Thursday evening of July (7/6), August (8/3), and Sept. (9/7), 6:30 to 8 pm: Tune in to the gifts and cycles of this ground and the beings that live here, such as trees, native wildflowers (Brown Eyed Susans, Asters, etc.), bees, birds, and more.

Session 5 on Sunday morning October 1, 9:30 am to 11:30 am:

Thank summer and welcome fall, season of harvest and completion.

For more information, please visit our Facebook Event page.

Turnstile Tours - Urban Ecology Tour

Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard led by Turnstile Tours.

Explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. Explore the Naval Cemetery Landscape, visit the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.

For more info and to book a tour, CLICK HERE

City Growers Urban Ecology Program

Urban Ecology is a two-workshop learning series designed to empower children in Brooklyn to see themselves as instruments of environmental change. Students learn how to create and sustain pollinator pathways through native plant restoration. Both workshops take place at the beautiful and historic Brooklyn Naval Cemetery Landscape Site, a native plant haven managed by Brooklyn Greenway Initiative.

The first Urban Ecology workshop focuses on important pollinators, the native plants that provide forage through the seasons, and invasive, non-native plants that threaten our urban ecosystem. The second workshop focuses on the honeybee colony, a non-native superorganism that supports native plants through excellent pollination skills. Hands-on, interactive learning activities increase students’ environmental literacy about ecology, native plants, and pollinators. Students weed invasive plants in the Naval Cemetery Landscape Site, and take native plant seeds back to school to propagate and transplant. Urban Ecology gives students the knowledge and tools they need to support biodiversity in Brooklyn, and to act as stewards of our urban environment.


The HORT and The Green School

Under the grant from the TKF Foundation, The Horticultural Society of New York is working with science teachers and students of The Green School, an environmentally themed public high school in East Williamsburg to participate in the transformation of the site and engage in experiential education their while having the exposure to the effects of landscape immersion on the site.