Botanical and Horticultural Institutions
Growing from its humble beginnings as an ash dump in the late 1800s, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden has come to represent today the very best in urban gardening and horticultural display. This excellent garden is comprised of many areas and individual gardens on its 52 acres.
The mission of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden is to serve all the people in its community and throughout the world by displaying plants, engaging in research, teaching children and adults, reaching out to help the people of all our diverse urban neighborhoods to enhance the quality of their surroundings and their daily lives through the cultivation and enjoyment of plants, and seeking actively to arouse public awareness of the fragility of our natural environment, both local and global, and providing information about ways to conserve and protect it.
The New York Botanical Garden is one of the world’s great collections of plants, the region’s leading educational center about gardening and horticulture, and an international center for plant research. The Garden is a museum of plants alive with discovery, from the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory offering an ecotour of the world under glass, to the innovative Everett Children’s Adventure Garden where children explore nature and plant science, to 48 magnificent gardens and plant collections on a 250-acre historic site.
The Horticultural Society of New York (HSNY) mission is to improve the quality of life in New York through its library and educational and community outreach programs. HSNY is committed to promoting a public appreciation and understanding of the art and science of horticulture.
New York Environmental Groups of Interest
The Prospect Park Zoo opened on October 5, 1993, becoming the fifth facility in Wildlife Conservation Society‘s unique network of wildlife parks in New York City.
The Prospect Park Alliance is a public/private partnership with the City of New York, which, through fundraising and advocacy, furthers the restoration and preservation of Prospect Park and the development of the Park as a resource for the people of New York City.
The Central Park Conservancy is a private, not-for-profit organization founded in 1980 that manages Central Park under a contract with the City of New York/Department of Parks and Recreation. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, and foundations, the Conservancy has raised more than $300 million to date and has transformed Central Park into a model for urban parks nationwide. Since its founding, the Conservancy has prescribed a management and restoration plan for the Park; funded major capital improvements; created programs for volunteers and visitors; and set new standards of excellence in Park care.
New York Restoration Project (NYRP) carries out founder Bette Midler’s dream of a cleaner, more beautiful New York. NYRP restores, develops, and revitalizes underserved parks, community gardens, and open space in New York City. NYRP invests in the communities we serve by providing on-going maintenance and programs because we believe that every individual has the right to a beautiful neighborhood and the responsibility for contributing to its care.
National Environmental Groups
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been working with communities, businesses and individuals to protect more than 117 million acres around the world. Their mission is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
Audubon‘s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.
Inspired by nature, The Sierra Club members work together to protect our communities and the planet. The Club is America’s oldest, largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization. Its influence and effectiveness is dependent upon their members, donors, and benefactors.
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) saves wildlife and wild lands through careful science, international conservation, education, and the management of the world’s largest system of urban wildlife parks. These activities change attitudes toward nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in sustainable interaction on both a local and a global scale. WCS is committed to this work because we believe it essential to the integrity of life on Earth.