Urban Ecology Tour at the Brooklyn Navy Yard

Presented in partnership with the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92

Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this bicycle and walking tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. At the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, we will learn how they produce 20,000 pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain. We will visit the historic Naval Hospital campus, where we will identify plants and trees, both local and exotic, that have sprung up on this largely undeveloped site, making it a haven for birds and insects, and will learn about plans for a memorial park at the site that will become part of the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway. This tour will reveal that the natural world truly is all around us, even in the heart of the city.

Admission: $29/person (Click here to view schedule and purchase tickets). Admission includes entertaining and knowledgeable tour guide, security escort, bicycle sweep, and a map.

Attendees on all public tours are responsible for providing their own bicycles, safety helmets, and bike locks. A portion of this tour is walking, and you will need to lock your bike when we visit the rooftop farm. Please see information below about nearby bicycle rental shops. 🚲

Schedule: This two-hour bicycle tour is offered to private groups on weekends, subject to availability. Public bicycle tours are offered 1-2 Sundays of October in the afternoons and evenings. For public tour dates dates, please click here to view our schedule and purchase tickets.

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