The Trust for Governors Island Launches Governors Island Nature
Oct 26, 2023 5:11 pm
The Trust for Governors Island today announced Governors Island Nature, a new initiative that will dramatically expand visitor engagement with the Island’s 120 acres of natural and built open spaces. Through learning, public programs, and community science, Governors Island Nature will educate Island visitors and all New Yorkers about horticulture, biodiversity, and the impacts of climate change on our natural surroundings.
“Governors Island provides New Yorkers with the unique opportunity to connect with the natural world through a mix of historic and newer green spaces,” said Clare Newman, President & CEO of the Trust for Governors Island. “Each year, nearly one million New Yorkers experience the Island’s incredible historic, cultural, educational, and recreational resources, and we are excited for the opportunity to enhance the visitor experience through Governors Island Nature.”
“We are firm believers that anyone can develop meaningful connections to nature, even — or especially — in the heart of New York City,” said Logan Fisher, Horticulture Supervisor at the Trust for Governors Island. “Through Governors Island Nature, we will all be able to come together to understand our shared ecological responsibility, interact with Island wildlife in a meaningful way, and participate in native habitat cultivation through community science and volunteering.”
The program will launch with a free public kickoff event in Nolan Park on Governors Island on Saturday, November 4, 2023, from 12 to 3pm featuring a lecture by Dr. Steven Handel, professor Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolution Emeritus at Rutgers University, focused on the realities of habitat restoration in urban areas followed by a Q&A moderated by the Trust for Governors Island horticulture team along with an interactive seed ball workshop and arborist-led fall foliage tour of the Island’s vast tree canopy.
Through Governors Island Nature, the Trust will present regular free events and activities, including monthly nature walks, insect ecology classes, community science events, and volunteer stewardship. These programs are accompanied by a new suite of digital content at www.govisland.org/nature that features in-depth information on the Island’s diverse natural areas and the ecological horticulture practices employed, an interactive map of the Island’s 3,500+ trees that allows visitors to explore species information and ecosystem benefits, and a “Plant Watch” page that highlights seasonal plants throughout the Island.