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Things to do this week in NYC May 25-Jun 1: Outdoor Activities

May 25, 2013 - 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!

FREE Fly Fishing Lessons - Orvis Company Store
Through May 26, 2013 - New York

NOW through June, every SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Orvis NYC will offer free fly fishing lessons. If you're looking for a great way to get your family together outside, sign up! Fly fishing is a sport the whole family can enjoy together. All ages are welcome, but those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All details can be found at www.orvis.com/flyfishing101. Classes are complimentary to the public but RSVP’s are necessary, so call your local NYC Orvis store at 212-827-0698 today for specific class times and to register! Leary PR for Orvis.

Astronomical Phenomena Revealed with Jackie Faherty - American Museum of Natural History
May 28, 2013 - New York

What types of astronomical phenomena are observable from Earth? In this program, Museum research scientist Jackie Faherty uses the power of the Dome's Zeiss IX Projector and the Museum's Digital Universe Atlas to simulate numerous exciting celestial phenomena. From transits of the inner planets, to partial and total solar and lunar eclipses, she will simulate events you should expect and when you can expect to see them.

How Whales Are Unlocking Arctic Secrets - American Museum of Natural History
May 30, 2013 - New York

*Ticketholders also receive free, after-hours access to the Museum's special exhibition Whales: Giants of the Deep, from 6-7 pm. Researchers are racing to uncover the implications for the Artic of rapidly vanishing polar ice -- and they're enlisting help from the very creatures that stand to gain the most from their discoveries: narwhals, and bowhead and beluga whales, three of the most elusive species on Earth. Join a riveting discussion with explorers and scientists who are using daring new tactics to "recruit" these animals, featuring spectacular photographs, rare footage, and musical performances inspired by whale song. Hosted by Bill Ritter with scientists Kristen L. Laidre, Kate Stafford, Scott McVay, Sarah Robertson, and musical performance by Garth Stevenson. Presented in collaboration with the World Science Festival.

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!

Grow East Coast Lecture Series XIII - Queens Botanical Garden
June 01, 2013 - Flushing

Fee: $75 (includes parking) for QBG members, Heritage Rose Foundation, Manhattan Rose Society and American Rose Society members / $85 non-members This full day event will include panel discussions on sustainable rose gardening and a presentation honoring Dr. Malcolm Manners & Dr. Walter Lewis. Seating is limited, call 718-886-3800 ext230 to register

Grow East Coast Lecture Series - Queens Botanical Garden
June 01, 2013 - Flushing

This full day event will include panel discussions on sustainable rose gardening and a presentation honoring Dr. Malcolm Manners & Dr. Walter Lewis. Go to : http://www.queensbotanical.org/gardens_collections/gardens/rosegarden for full schedule. Seating is limited; call 718-886-3800 ext. 230 to register.

FREE Fly Fishing Lessons - Orvis Company Store
Through June 02, 2013 - New York

NOW through June, every SATURDAY & SUNDAY, Orvis NYC will offer free fly fishing lessons. If you're looking for a great way to get your family together outside, sign up! Fly fishing is a sport the whole family can enjoy together. All ages are welcome, but those under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. All details can be found at www.orvis.com/flyfishing101. Classes are complimentary to the public but RSVP?s are necessary, so call your local NYC Orvis store at 212-827-0698 today for specific class times and 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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