Beavers Return to Manhattan after near 300-Year Absence


"A beaver has been sighted at Sherman Creek Park, but it doesn't look like it settled down there," said Ben Saddock, a local birdwatcher and frequent visitor to the park. "There were no visible signs of a lodge," he said.

The Sherman Creek Beaver, who some call "Sherm," was spotted by several residents and members of NYRP staff, the first beaver sightings in Manhattan since before the U.S. became a country. The possibility of beavers returning to Manhattan was predicted years ago, however, after a pair of beavers were spotted in the Bronx River in 2007. It is unknown if Sherm is related.

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Bringing Nature Into Gardens and Parks


After a long harsh winter, our thoughts turn to spring, anticipating green shoots, spring flowers, warm weather, and the sound of birds singing and insects humming. To take advantage of the change in season, adapt your garden to create natural habitats, attracting more wildlife right on your doorstep and make your own contribution to the "Greener NYC" initiative.

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NYRP Community Garden To Host ‘Lunchology’ Event


Helping kids make healthy food choices is a challenge, especially during back-to-school time. It’s natural to seek the most convenient options for the sake of saving time and sanity. But with a little extra help, the convenient choices can be healthier, too!

Thanks to Fidelis Care and lifestyle expert Evette Rios, that extra help is here with the new initiative Lunchology: The Basics of Healthy School Lunches.

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Need some healthy meal ideas from the garden? You’re good to GROW!


As summer comes to a close, gardens are yielding a bounty–and five New York Restoration Project community gardens near and dear to Fidelis Care are no exception.

Whether you’re getting fresh produce from one of these Fidelis Care-sponsored community gardens, or growing your own in your backyard, balcony or windowsill, you can never have too many ideas for what to do with your healthy harvest. That’s why we took stock of our NYRP community garden crops, and scoured the web for great recipes to give you a little inspiration in the kitchen.

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What You Don’t See


Walk past any of the hundreds of parks and gardens in New York City and look around. What do you see? Perhaps you see an array of red oaks or London planes, towering over small apartment buildings like giants. Or rolling meadows, filled with families and friends all enjoying a beautiful beneath the blue sky, far away from the smog and noise of the urban jungle. Or maybe you see hidden paths, winding through perfectly maintained brush, towards vales unknown or forgotten to time. Look around and you will see a park, a garden or even a forest, emerald islands amidst a sea of asphalt and concrete.

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Bathgate Community Gardeners Conserve Rain Water for their Garden


We Grok It! is a fantastic organization dedicated to social and environmental justice. They foster health and sustainability through science, empowering residents to act as agents of change in their own communities. For the past 2 seasons, Bathgate Community Garden in the Bronx has been working with We Grok It! to support their space.

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July Plant of the Month: Hardy White Water Lily


As we enter into the dog days of summer our sweltering bodies tend to gravitate toward anything resembling an oasis. An outdoor space fitted with an aquatic feature is your salvation. Complete with aquatic plants, this space is a great place to relax and enjoy the outdoor garden experience. Water features, whether a small pond or aquatic container, offer so much in increasing the diversity and ecosystem in an open space. They not only attract birds, beneficial insects, and pollinators but also can be a habitat for fish and reptiles. One of my favorite times of year is when our native hardy water lilies come into bloom. I can’t think of a more stunningly beautiful, symmetrically perfect flower one can come across in a garden setting.

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The Walt Disney Company Celebrates 103rd Street Community Garden Expansion


On Tuesday, June 14th we celebrated the expansion of the 103rd Street Community Garden in East Harlem. The Garden re-opening showcased the additional 2,200 square feet of space, bringing the total size of the garden to 17,600 square feet, approximately ½ an acre! This expansion was made possible from sponsor The Walt Disney Company and through materials and volunteer labor provided by The Home Depot, Scotts Miracle-Gro and Old Castle/Belgard.

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