Forest Park Earth Tenders event this Saturday!

Come remove invasive/exotic plant species in Forest Park on June 13th from 10 am to 2 pm!!!

Forest Park is a beautiful oasis of woods, ponds, and glacial topography, right in the middle of Queens. Unfortunately is is being degraded by various invasive plant species. We will be removing one of the more aggressive species, Japanese knotweed, from a section of the park, on Saturday June 13th. 

Gloves and tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own if you want. There is some poison ivy so it is highly recommended you wear pants and of course sturdy shoes. Something to drink and food is also recommended.

We will be meeting at the intersection of Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Blvd. at 10 am. You can get there easily by car from the Jackie Robinson Parkway or take the J train to Woodhaven Blvd. and walk uphill to Forest Park Drive. 

Please RSVP for this event and feel free to bring friends. You can reach Dan at or 917-623-4700 if you have further questions.

Picture by Giseli Akaboci

Upcoming Orchard Beach workday on June 7

June 2, 2009

Orchard Beach Meadow

WildMetro Earth Tenders volunteers will be working to clean up and remove invasive plants from the Orchard Beach Meadow in the Bronx on Sunday, June 7, from 10am to 4pm. We are working to protect this beautiful meadow because of the many rare species it harbors, including a special gamma grass community and a moth that may be found nowhere else on earth. This workday is meant to compliment a canoe-based cleanup being held at roughly the same time. Several WildMetro volunteers will be participating in that effort which is being organized by the park rangers and Hutchinson River Restoration.

Most participants for both events will be meeting at the parking lot at Rodman's neck, just off the traffic circle leading to City Island. Our work site is a fairly short walk in from this meeting location. The canoe trip is leaving from a location down the road. People driving should arrive early, this is a small parking lot that fills frequently. The location is also at a bus stop (City Island and Orchard Beach busses). The busses also stop at the Pelham Bay Station, last stop on the 6 train. It is a free transfer from the subway to the busses. Call the WildMetro office (212 308 9453) or email ( to RSVP.

Participants should dress for outdoor work. Long sleeve shirt and pants, sturdy footwear, and a broadbrim hat are strongly recommended. Bring bug spray if you wish, as well as your own food and beverage. Work gloves and tools will be provided for those who request in advance. The site is close to Orchard Beach so those who wish should bring swim suits, though the water is still rather cold.