Brooklyn Botanic Garden Winter: Free Weekdays/First Sundays

From December through March, 2017, BBG presents its First Sundays series of activities and FREE winter weekday admission through February 2017!

Brooklyn Botanic Garden Winter: Free Weekdays/First Sundays

Park Slope

From December through March, Brooklyn Botanic Garden presents First Sundays, a series of festive wintertime events for families and adults that celebrates our connection to nature in the quietest months of the year. This year, First Sundays feature pop-up programs inspired by water in honor of the opening of the Shelby White and Leon Levy Water Garden, BBG’s newest specialty garden. All First Sunday events are free with Garden admission.

Mark your calendar! Join BBG for First Sunday programs on February 5, 2017, and March 5, 2017.

February 5, 2017 First Sunday Schedule:
 

ACTIVITIES


  • 10–10:45 a.m.

    Beaks & Feathers, Books & Treasures

    Perch on the rug for early-bird book readings of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Duck for President, and other flights of fancy.
    Library


  • 10 a.m.–Noon

    Discovery Workshop: Build a Bird’s Nest

    Kids can create a home for an imaginary feathered friend. 
    Rotunda


  • 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

    Bird’s-Eye View: The Paintings of Eva Melady

    A unique exhibit of artist Eva Melady’s original 1950s watercolors of BBG birds. 
    Rotunda


  • 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

    Bird Library

    Check out dozens of bird guides for all ages. 
    Library


  • 11 a.m.–Noon

    Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein

    Explore BBG’s new Water Garden and observe our resilient birds of winter. Meet at Steinberg Visitor Center. Register in advance below or on-site the morning of the walk.

    REGISTER


  • Noon–12:30 p.m.

    The Birds of Our Garden

    BBG librarian Kathy Crosby and naturalist Brad Klein guide visitors through the whimsical paintings of Eva Melady and her feathered subjects. 
    Rotunda


  • Noon–1 p.m.

    Chase Away the Winter Blues Outdoor Tour

    Lunar New Year in the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden

    Join psychotherapist Lynne Spevack for this narrated walk designed to relieve the winter doldrums. Meet on Magnolia Plaza by the steps. Register in advance below or on-site the morning of the walk.

    REGISTER


  • 1–1:45 p.m.

    Conservatory Seasonal Highlights Tour

    Join a trained Garden Guide on a tour of the exotic flora of tropical, desert, and Mediterranean climates without leaving Brooklyn. Meet at Steinhardt Conservatory entrance. No preregistration necessary.


  • 1–2 p.m.

    Bird Walk with Naturalist Brad Klein

    Explore BBG’s new Water Garden and observe our resilient birds of winter. Meet at Steinberg Visitor Center. Register in advance below or on-site the morning of the walk.

    REGISTER

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Brunch from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. in the Yellow Magnolia Canteen
During First Sundays, Yellow Magnolia Café offers a special brunch menu, including brûléed blood orange French toast with crème fraîche; flatbreads with Catskill Artisan Smokehouse’s pastrami smoked salmon, capers, tomato, red onion and cream cheese; and Basque chorizo and eggs with crushed fingerling potatoes (menu subject to change). For menu and more information, please visit bbg.org/visit/cafe.

 

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