Thain Family Forest at The New York Botanical Garden

The Thain Family Forest is the largest remnant of original forest that once covered most of New York City. When you visit the Forest, you will walk along Native American hunting trails, see marks left by glaciers, and pass under trees dating back to the American Revolution. For thousands of years, this old-growth Forest has changed, adapted and survived. Today the Forest remains a magnificent reminder of the beauty and resilience of nature in the face of complex human-caused disturbances. Research has shown that over the past century pollution, soil compaction, and the introduction of invasive plants, pests, and diseases have all impacted the health of the Forest. To preserve the Forest for future generations the Garden manages invasive species, plants native species, and performs research. Monitoring the impacts of climate change on the local flora is one of the on going Citizen Science research projects at the Garden. Volunteer Citizen Scientists have been monitoring the phenology of native plants in the Thain Family Forest for nearly a decade. Thank you for helping with our efforts to monitor phenology changes in the Forest. To learn more about the Forest please visit
Jessica Schuler installed on Nov 2, 2011

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