Three Generations of Conservation: The Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park | Episode 109

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Vermont is known for its natural beauty, but the National Park Service has only one property in the state, the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. Established in 1992, the park tells the story of three men who occupied the same piece of land over time in the small town of Woodstock, and each had a unique impact on preserving the restoring the natural landscape: diplomat and writer George Perkins Marsh, railroad tycoon Frederick Billings, and scion Laurance Rockefeller. This virtual program will look at the history of conservation as told through this site, and explore some of the features of the park in and around Woodstock.

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Rocking The Boat: Changing Lives on the Bronx River | Episode 93

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The Whitehall skiff, a style of boat developed in New York 200 years ago, has been changing the lives of teens in the Bronx for the last 20 years at a program called Rocking the Boat. Founder and Executive Director Adam Green joins us to discuss the Whitehall and the impact of youth development based on teaching with small boats that combines engineering, craft, rowing and sailing, and marine ecology.

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Urban Hawks with Gabriel Willow | Episode 92

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NYC naturalist Gabriel Willow gives a multimedia presentation about Pale Male and some of the other Red-tailed Hawks that have made an astonishing and inspiring comeback in the area over the past 30 years. There were no breeding Red-tails in urban NYC & NJ in the 1980s, and now there are at least 50 pairs! We’ll also discuss the basics of raptor identification and conservation challenges as well. Gabriel Willow is an Educator and Urban Naturalist who leads tours and teaches classes for NYC Audubon, Wave Hill, and others, co-created an innovative interactive citizen science program and app called The WildLab, and is an illustrator and DJ.

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Reuse and Recycling at the Brooklyn Navy Yard | Virtual Program

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Learn about how different things get reused and recycled by artists and manufacturers at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. We will explore the Yard to find part of old ships that have been turned into functional artwork, see historic buildings that have been repurposed for new uses, and learn about companies that are recycling discarded materials to make new products. Then, we will see what we can find at home that might be thrown away that we can reuse and turn into something new! This video was created with support from the Brooklyn Public Library.

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A Rose in Spanish Harlem: Gardening with Urban Garden Center | Episode 86

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Join us for a gardening demonstration and conversation with Dimitri Gatanas of the Urban Garden Center at La Marqueta, a third generation family-owned business in East Harlem. We’ll hear the story of his family’s business, which dates back to 1957, discuss generations of gardeners in the local community, learn some gardening tips, and virtually explore the Urban Garden Center’s 20,000-square-foot space.

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Vaux & Olmsted: Public Spaces, Private Lives | Episode 79

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Calvert Vaux and Frederick Law Olmsted are best known for designing landmark landscapes in New York City and across the country, most notably Prospect Park and Central Park. Both men had wildly different lives and careers before their collaboration began, and yet they found incredible chemistry and creative energy together, though later their lives again diverged. This program will look closely at the biographies of both men and how their life experiences and outlooks are reflected in the spaces they created together.

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Keeping NYC Waterways Clean: Stormwater Management | Episode 54

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Ever wonder why you shouldn’t go to the beach after it rains? Or why you shouldn’t take a shower during a rainstorm? Combined Sewer Overflows (CSOs) are one of New York City’s most persistent and pervasive environmental challenges. Learn how our city’s water system works, how it handles stormwater and sewage, and why, unfortunately, the latter winds up in our waterways thanks to the former. Join Doug Chapman, a LEED-certified professional with experience designing green roofs, as we look at strategies for tackling CSOs, using the infrastructure of the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a case study.

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Brooklyn Grange: Rooftop Farming with Anastasia Cole Plakias | Virtual Program

Aerial view of a rooftop farm with Manhattan skyline in the distance

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Founded in 2010, Brooklyn Grange is a global leader in rooftop farming and intensive green roof systems. Brooklyn Grange co-founder Anastasia Cole Plakias will join us to share how this mission-driven business has evolved to produce over 80,000 pounds of produce annually support natural ecosystems through green infrastructure, and educate the public about how New York City can be a cleaner, safer, and healthier place to live and work.

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Textile Waste 101 with FABSCRAP | Episode 39

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Many companies and organizations based in the Brooklyn Army Terminal are focused on the “circular economy” – looking at the full lifecycle of products from raw materials to production to repurposing. One such organization is FABSCRAP, a New York City-based nonprofit working to make the fashion industry more sustainable by collecting and processing textile waste, which is a huge part of our waste stream. Join us for a crash course on textile waste, its impact on our community and environment, and how this “trash” can be recycled and reused.

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