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Things to do this week in NYC Jun 25-Jul 2: Outdoor Activities

June 25, 2011 - by CG Directory Editor

New York City is not only home to great cultural institutions, shops and events; it's also a place where there are plenty of things to do outside. If you're looking for ways to enjoy New York's beautiful summer weather, we've got some great suggestions for things you can do outdoors?from New York parks and outdoor cafes to flea markets, sporting events, and street fairs. Here are some of our favorite things to do in NYC this week that will get you out of the house!

Trumbull Day - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
June 25, 2011 -

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo is proud to invite ALL Trumbull residents to come to the Zoo for a reduced admission fee of just $5 with proper I.D. Meet and greet with town officials, business and civic leaders, friends, and neighbors during a fun filled day to please the whole family. Spend the day visiting new animals at the Zoo, ride the carousel, and enjoy the entertainment. For more information, please call 203-394-6565 or visit www.beardsleyzoo.org. This event is presented in partnership with the Town of Trumbull.

Animal Enrichment Day - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
June 25, 2011 -

Animal Enrichment Day gives visitors an opportunity to learn about how Zoo staff enriches the mental and physical well-being of our animals. Join us for talks, demonstrations, and a display of enrichment items used at the Zoo. We also will offer raffles to do a hands-on enrichment activity for selected Zoo animals later that day! The drawing will take place at 2:30 PM and winners must be present to win.

Advancing Nature Photography - Greenwich Audubon Society
June 26, 2011 - Greenwich

Photo hikes led by professional photographer Dan Burns allows you to get outdoors, share photography tips and witness wilderness. Ideal for practicing scenic photography and macro photo techniques.

Meet Henry Winkler ('The Fonz') at Orvis NYC Book Signing for 'I've Never Met an Idiot on the River: Reflections on Family, Photography and Fly-Fishing' - New York City Orvis Store
June 27, 2011 - New York

Henry Winkler, who is an Emmy-nominated actor, director/producer, philanthropist, and bestselling children’s author, as well as one of television’s all-time favorite stars as 'The Fonz', reveals his insights on family, photography, and his passion for fly-fishing, in a new book, I’ve Never Met an Idiot on the River. He will be available to sign books and reflect upon life, love, family, and most importantly fly-fishing at the New York City Orvis store located at 522 5th Avenue, New York, (212) 827-0698, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 pm on Monday, June 27th. The book features Winkler’s original photographs of beautiful, nature-filled scenes, along with inspiring prose of how fly-fishing helps him reflect on what really matters in life. Known as one of the world's premier fly fishing companies, The Orvis Company has announced the Spring/Summer 2011 line up of Fly Fishing 101 and Fly Fishing 201 classes.

Evening Lecture Series: Cheetah Outreach - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
June 29, 2011 -

April Davis of Cheetah Outreach will explore the organization's unique approach to predator conservation, enrichment program, and nutrition research of cheetahs in Africa. There is a $5 suggested donation. Refreshments will be served. This lecture, taking place in the Hanson Exploration Station, is part of the Evening Lecture Series, sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo Volunteer Association.

Butterflies & Bees Seminar with Christopher Kelly, the General Manager at The Plantage Inc. - Martha Clara Vineyards
Through July 31, 2011 -

Dates: Sunday June 26th, July 10th, and July 31st ONLY. This will be a two hour talk focused on the relationship between insects and plants. A live glass walled observation hive will let people see the inner workings of a beehive in complete safely. It is a family friendly environment. Tickets are limited so reserve your spot today @ marthaclaravineyards.com $50 / $40 for wine club members.

Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra - New York Botanical Garden
Through August 21, 2011 -

The lush gardens and poetic vistas of the Alhambra -- a legendary Moorish palace and fortress in Granada, Spain -- are re-imagined in NYBG's large-scale, multipart summer exhibition.The exhibit includes a 15,000-square-foot interpretation of Alhambra's gardens in the landmark Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, curated by world-renowned garden writer, designer, and historian Penelope Hobhouse. Closed Mon.

National Geographic Crittercam: The World Through Animal Eyes - Mystic Aquarium
Through December 31, 2011 -

Swim through tropical landscapes with turtles, dive beneath the ice with penguins and forage in the forest with a family of bears — experience life as animals do in a new exhibition opening February 9, 2011 at Mystic Aquarium. Through interactive displays, firsthand footage and evocative environments, visitors to the exhibit can explore the many stories and animals that are part of the science and adventure of Crittercam. The exhibit focuses on Crittercam’s deployment on seals and sea lions, sharks, sea turtles, whales, penguins, bears and lions.

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy - the New York Society Library
Through December 31, 2011 -

Writing the Garden: A Collection of Books from The New York Society Library and Elizabeth Barlow Rogers, Principal Founder of the Central Park Conservancy. Books on display span more than 150 years and opening fresh vistas into the World of Gardens. Writing the Garden will feature works by remarkable gardeners who wrote with great knowledge and deep passion stemming from their love of nature, plants, and horticulture.

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