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From the Spring 2014 Conservationist for Kids

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Photo: Capital District Community Gardens

Urban Adventures Await

By Gina Jack & Jeremy Taylor

Explore City Spaces

You don't have to live in the country to explore nature. Cities have wonderful outdoor spaces, too. There are large city parks, small neighborhood parks and green spaces, school grounds, museums, arboretums and zoos. More than 280 species of birds have been recorded in New York City's Central Park. Even cemeteries are great places to explore for birds and other wildlife!

An arboretum is a place where trees, shrubs and other plants are grown for scientific study and educational purposes.

There are great places to fish in many of New York's cities. Go to DEC's Fishing Close to Home page for information about locations in major cities across the state.

Watch birds in the city and help researchers who study birds. "Celebrate Urban Birds" is a Cornell Lab of Ornithology citizen science project. You can register as a family or as an organization, such as your class at school or your scout or 4-H group. You'll receive an information kit to help you start looking for birds in your neighborhood and reporting your findings.

Do you have a green thumb?

Community gardens often look for volunteer help. You'll spend time outdoors and improve your community at the same time. And the fresh vegetables you help grow will taste great!!