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Things to do this week in NYC May 18-May 25: Outdoor Activities

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!

Spring Migration on Randall's Island - Randall's Island
May 18, 2013 - New York

Guides: Gabriel Willow, Victoria O'Neill. With Randall's Island Park Alliance, Inc. Join NYC Audubon and expert Naturalist Gabriel Willow as we explore spring bird migration on Randall's Island. We'll meet at the N.W corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive and walk across the foot bridge to Randall's Island, an under-explored location in the East River that hosts restored freshwater wetlands and salt marsh. We'll look for spring migrants (both waterbirds and land birds) as we explore the results of recent restoration efforts. Two miles of walking and some modest climbs. The group meets at the N.W corner of 102nd Street and the FDR Drive. Limited to 20. $25 To register or learn more about this event, please contact Tod Winston at NYC Audubon's office at 646-434-0422 or email him at twinston@nycaudubon.org, or visit http://www.gifttool.com/registrar/ShowEventDetails?ID=1123&EID=14556 to register online. Limited to 15 registrants. $30

NYC Wildflower Week Tour - Queens Botanical Garden
May 18, 2013 - Flushing

Fee: Free if you indicate that you are attending this native garden walk. Check out our native plants in bloom! Discover natives in the woodland and perennial gardens and the beautiful fragrance walk with Fred Gerber, QBG's Director of Education Emeritus. See the Green Roof and the native plants around our Visitor & Administration Building -- LEED® certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Endangered Species Weekend - Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Through May 19, 2013 - Bridgeport

Started by United States Senate proclamation, endangered species awareness events encourage people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered animals and plants and what actions can be taken to help preserve their future. Participate in a scavenger hunt featuring exotic and domestic endangered animals! Scavenger hunters may enter a random drawing to win a $100 sponsorship of an endangered animal through the World Wildlife Fund. Sponsored by Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo AAZK Chapter.

Full Moon Dinner Cruise Series - Spirit Cruises
May 24, 2013 -

Spend an evening cruising New York Harbor under a full moon. Enjoy the spectacular sights of New York when the moon is at it's fullest, illuminating the city's skyline.

Celebrate National Bike Month - Queens Botanical Garden
Through May 31, 2013 - Flushing

Ride your bicycle to QBG during the month of May and receive 50% off admission. NOTE: bicycles are not allowed inside the Garden -- lock up your wheels at our bike racks and take a stroll to see the flowers!

Orvis Rolls Out FREE Fly Fishing Clinics at NYC Store: 522 5th Avenue: Every Saturday & Sunday: NOW – June 2013 - Orvis Company Store - NYC
Through June 16, 2013 - New York

NOW through June, Orvis NYC will offer free fly fishing lessons. If you're looking for a great way to get your family together outside, sign up! All ages are welcome but those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Classes are complimentary to the public but RSVP’s are necessary, so call Orvis NYC at 212-827-0698 today to register! Leary PR for Orvis.

Art Exhibit: Fish and Crushed Can Story- Mixed Media - Queens Botanical Garden
Through July 23, 2013 - Flushing

This mixed media exhibit by artist Iandry Randriamandroso is created from discarded, crushed aluminum cans found on the streets, and cardboard and burlap from local grocery, along with wordless hand-made books about a fish and a crushed can. It illustrates how growth is disrupted by invasive species. The exhibit is on display at the Visitor & Administration Building Gallery from April 22 through July 22. Visitors will be invited to create their own art at an interactive print-making station that will remain in the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition, and also to take part in community art projects, open to all ages, at QBG’s April 28th Arbor Festival as well as the June 23rd Summer Solstice Celebration. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on April 26 from 6-9pm

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