Highly Educated New York City Still In Love With Nature
New York City holds the largest public school system within the U.S., educating about 1.1 million students over 1,700 separate primary and secondary schools. The public school system has nine specialized high schools for academically and artistically gifted students.
NYC is the nesting ground of important libraries, universities, and research centers of great importance around the world, becoming the global center for research in medicine and life sciences. Because of the most number of post-graduate life sciences degrees awarded, 40,000 licensed physicians, and 127 Nobel laureates from local institutions in 2006, the metro continuously receives the second-highest annual funding from the National Institutes of Health.
Wander Around Natural Preserves
One of the greatest contrasts to the high-tech hustle and bustle of New York City is the calm one gets when stepping inside one of its more than 1700 parks. Other than Central Park, here are just a few of the most enjoyed parks in the city:
On The Bank Of Niagara River
Beaver Island Park was opened on 1935 and is located in Grand Island, northwest of Erie County. It is seated inside the bank of Niagara River, at the southern end.
It consists of several Grand Estates, which were donated to the government by Buffalo’s elites for all New Yorkers to enjoy. These are:
- The Falconwood Club
- River Lawn
- River Lea
The nature center opens from noon til 4pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Recreational activities such as birdwatching (including swans and pelicans), fishing and ice-fishing, seasonal waterfowl hunting, cross-country skiing, and many more can be enjoyed by visitors.
The Blue Heron Golf Course, still part of the parkland, features an 18-hole disc course. An announcement about the construction of a millions-worth pro shop was made in 2015. Along with it’s construction is a bar and restaurant and a large, outdoor seating area. More information here.
Clark Reservation State Park, The Fern Paradise
Within the Clark Reservation Park previously was a large waterfall that occurred after the last Ice Age. This natural preserve is located in Onondaga, N.Y. Noted for its abundant ferns, it is the home to the rare American Hart’s Tongue, which was declared endangered in United States in 1989.
The park is 377 acres, its surrounding limestone cliffs are 180 feet high. The Nature Center is operated by a non-profit organization, the Council of Park Friends. The Center holds an exhibit about its geology from Memorial Day until Labor Day.
Naturalists recognized by the Council serve as guide for tourists who wants to experience the hiking trails around the preserve. Recreational programs, a playground, picnic tables and pavilion, fishing, and nature trail are also available for the enjoyment of visitors.
Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park
Located within a small community on the Great River, on Long Island, the Bayard Cutting Arboretum is a 691-acre which includes an arboretum and mansion designed for William Bayard Cutting in 1887.
Cutting and his brother installed a gulf course in Westbook in 1895, which became the first private golf course within United States.