Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 13th 2011
Most people think of New York City as all hustle and bustle. However there is a quiet side to the city that is worth seeking out.
It has been noted that more than 300 species of birds, 30 species of mammals and 32 reptiles and amphibians live within the city of New York. Numerous butterflies and dragonflies inhabit the city during the spring and summer months. However, these creatures go unnoticed unless a person gets out and visits the parks, nature preserves or gardens.
The Botanical Garden in New York City consists of 250 acres of beautiful plants and flowers from all over the world and 50 acres of forest. This garden is divided into nearly 50 smaller gardens and will make a person forget that they are a huge metropolitan city. One of the attractions of the Botanical Gardens is the Observatory which has plants from each of the seven continents in their native surrounding, including a rain forest, a desert and an aquatic environment. The Children's Garden gives little ones the opportunity to learn about nature and science with hands on demonstrations.
The city's Park and Recreation Department maintains more than 50 nature preserves that cover more than 8,700 acres and is home to birds, wildlife and plants in forests, wetlands and meadows. These preserves offers residents and visitors alike the chance to hike or paddle in the quietness away from the rush of the city.
Within New York City parks are 15 Park Ranger Nature Centers that house exhibits of the different landscapes of the city, provides copies of trail maps, conduct educational programs and is the starting point of the different walking tours of the parks.
Everyone needs a time of relaxation and the chance to enjoy nature no matter where they live or visit, and the many venues within the city provides this opportunity. Whether you are a resident or visitor to New York City take the time to check out some of the gardens, parks, nature preserves and nature centers that is offered in the big city of New York. You may be surprised by all that abounds in the area.