#InTheLoop | Queens Offers Inside + Outside Chances to Enjoy Nature This Weekend
BY QEDC It's In Queens
In basketball, Mr. Inside-Outside can shoot from long distance with accuracy and bang around for rebounds near the hoop. Queens is Mr. Inside-Outside this weekend, but in a natural kind of way.
Or do both and prove that you are the real Mr. (or Ms.) Inside-Outside.
On Jan. 23, Don Riepe, who holds a Master of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of New Hampshire, will explore the feathered inhabitants of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. Waterfowl dominate the area at this time, but cardinals, finches, hawks, owls, sparrows, and warblers also spend the winter there. Plus, there are always surprises. Riepe is a long-time Broad Channel resident who has been involved in Jamaica Bay for several decades.
On Jan. 24, Jocelyn Perez, who is the NYC Queens Chapter Coordinator for Herbalists Without Borders, will lead an in-person trek through Alley Pond Park. As the group walks, she’ll identify plants and discuss their medicinal uses, edibility, and folklore.
Admission costs $5, and registration is required.
Meet at Alley Pond Environmental Center’s temporary headquarters at 224-65 76th Ave. in Oakland Gardens.