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Meeting places and transit schedules are subject to change—always call (914) 835-2153 in advance to reserve a place and verify the time/place. And check the transit links to train or bus web sites, below, in case the schedule has changed.

Call to confirm (or cancel) the evening before the tour to rule out last-minute changes. Get to bus or train station 15 minutes early to buy tickets and find gate or track on time or you may miss the tour.

All New York City park tours usually run from 11:45 AM sharp to 3:45 PM. Pack your gear the night before, give yourself extra time in case of delays, and PLEASE BE ON TIME!

ALLEY POND PARK, Douglaston, Queens—Meet at Northern Blvd. & Springfield Blvd. (219th St.).

A. Best way from Manhattan: Penn Station 10:49-11:16 AM LIRR train to Bayside. Go to parking lot on Manhattan-bound side of the station and wait for car pickup. Return 3:57 to 4:25 PM.

B. F train to 169th St. or E train to Sutphin Blvd. & Archer Ave., #31 bus (30-min. ride), departing every 30 min., to Northern Blvd. Walk uptown along Northern Blvd. to 219th St. (Springfield Blvd.) and Northern Blvd.

C. #7 train (slow local) to Main St., Flushing. #12 bus (25-min. ride) on Roosevelt Ave. to Springfield Blvd. Bus departs every 25 min.

D. Grand Central Pkwy. to Cross Island Expy., north (toward Whitestone Bridge). Exit Northern Blvd. west, take Northern Blvd. several blocks to Springfield Blvd. (219th St.).

APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Pawling, NY—Meet at 11:45 AM at Native Landscapes, Inc., 991 Route 22.

A. Grand Central Station 9:48 to 11:38 AM train to the Appalachian Trail stop. Return 2:44 to 4:01 PM.

B. Saw Mill River Pkwy. north, Rte. 684 north to end, continue north on Rte. 22, left at small Appalachian Trail hiker's crossing sign, a few yards south of the Rte. 22 parking area (with a larger sign) north of Pawling and south of Wingdale.

BAYPORT FLOWER HOUSES, Bayport, NY—The program begins at 11:00 AM, at 940 Montauk Highway, Bayport, NY.

A. LIRR 9:12 AM to 10:42 AM train to Sayville. Depart at 8:45 AM from Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, or 9:41 AM from Jamaica. Take a 15-minute cab ride to the destination.

B. Long Island Expressway exit 57 East, straight on Expressway Drive South 0.5 miles, right on Veteran's Memorial Highway/Rte. 454 East 7.8 miles, straight onto Sunrise Highway 0.2 miles, exit on the CR-97 S ramp, onto Nicolls Rd. 1.2 miles, right onto Montauk Hwy. 0.3 miles. The destination's on the left.

BEDFORD POST INN, Bedford, NY—Meet at 11 AM in the parking lot at 954 Old Post Rd.

A. Metro-North 8:47 to 9:52 train to Bedford Hills, take a cab to The Inn. Return 2:32 to 3:45 PM.

B. Hutchinson River Parkway to Rte. 684 N, go 12.7 miles, exit 4, right on Rte 172, go 1.6 miles, turn left on Old Post Rd./Rte 22 (which becomes Rte. 121) 1.8 miles, to the destination on the left.

BELMONT LAKE STATE PARK, North Babylon, NY—Meet at 11:30 AM at 625 Belmont Ave., in the parking lot off the Southern State Parkway's exit 38.

A. LIRR 9:12 AM to 10:19 AM train to Babylon. Depart at 9:22 AM from Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, or 9:50 AM from Jamaica. Take a 10-minute cab ride to Belmont Park.

B. Southern State Parkway to Exit 38, follow the signs to Belmont Lake State Park.

CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan—Confirm alternate meeting places beforehand. Park cars in lot, street parking's usually impossible.

A. C train to West 72nd St. Meet Central Park West and West 72nd St.

B. C train to 103rd St. Meet Central Park West and West 103rd St.

C. #6 train to 110 St. Meet 5th Ave. and East 106 St.

BRONX RIVER PATHWAY IN CRESTWOOD, Westchester—Meet 12 PM on the street outside the Crestwood RR station.

A. Grand Central Station 11:25 to 12:05 AM train to Crestwood. Return 4:19 to 5:01 PM.

B. Triboro Bridge to Bronx, Bruckner Expy. east, Bronx River Pkwy. north (bear right to avoid Sprain River Pkwy.), exit Leewood Dr., go through tunnel, immediate right on Dale Rd. to Crestwood RR station.

CROTON AQUEDUCT, Dobbs Ferry, NY—Meet at 2 PM at Main St. & Cedar St.

A. Grand Central Station 1:20 to 2:02 PM train to Dobbs Ferry. Walk north on Main St. to Cedar St. Return 4:25 to 5:07 PM.

B. Saw Mill River Pkwy. exit 17, go west on Ashford Ave. 1.5 miles, bear right onto Cedar St., go one block to Main St.

FOREST PARK, Kew Gardens, Queens—Meet at stone wall & stairs, near the Parks Dept.'s Overlook Building, Union Turnpike and Park Lane (not Park Lane South).

A. Middle of E or F train to Union Tpke.-Kew Gardens. Exit south side Queens Blvd. Walk uphill (south) along Union Turnpike for 3 blocks to Park Lane.

B. Grand Central Pkwy. to Queens Blvd., left onto Queens Blvd. service road, right on Union Tpke., left at 1st light on Park Ln. (if you reach Metropolitan Ave., you've gone too far), park on street.

HUNTINGTON STATE PARK, Redding, CT—Meet at 1 PM at the park parking lot.

A. Grand Central Station 11:07-12:37 AM train to Branchville. Take cab to the park (order in advance—15 minute drive). Return 5:02 to 6:38 PM.

B1. From the south:

From the South: Merritt to exit 44 (Toward CT-58, Fairfield/Redding). Turn left off the exit onto Congress Street, and take the next left on CT-58, headed North. Follow Rt. 58 for approximately 10 miles to Sunset Hill Road* (on the right), and turn right. (Slow for hairpin turn) Go about 1 mile to the park entrance, on the right.

*Note: Sunset Hill Road is about 1 mile past a 4-way stop at Cross Highway (on left) and Church Hill Road (on the right)

B2. From the north (Danbury):

Rte. 302 (Greenwood Ave. in Bethel), Rte. 58 south 1-1/4 mile, left on Sunset Hill Rd. 2-1/2 miles, park entrance on left.

INWOOD HILL PARK, Inwood, Manhattan—Meet in playground by Dyckeman St. (200th St.) & Broadway subway station, not in Inwood Hill Park.

A. A train to Dyckeman St. (200 St.). Cross Broadway and enter playground.

B. Henry Hudson Pkwy., east on Dyckeman St. (or Harlem River Dr., west on Dyckeman St.) to Broadway.

KISSENA PARK, Flushing, Queens—Meet at at 164th St. & Booth Memorial Ave.

A. F train to Parsons Blvd. Walk east (uptown) along Hillside Ave. toward 164th St. #65 bus (10-min. wait, 15-min. ride) uphill (north) along 164th St. to Booth Memorial Ave.

B. LIE to Kissena Blvd. exit, LIE service road east, left on 164th St., north 1 block to Booth Memorial Ave.

MARINE PARK, Brooklyn—Meet at Ave. U and Burnett St.

A. Q or F train to Ave. U, B3 bus (10-min. wait, 15-min. ride) east along Ave. U toward Kings Plaza. Get off at Burnett St. Don't miss your stop!

B. Belt Pkwy., Flatbush Ave. north, left on Ave. U, go west 1/4 mile to Burnett St.

PENNYPACK TRUST, Huntingdon Valley, PA—The tours begins at 1 PM or 4 PM at 2955 Edge Hill Rd.

PRIVATE WOODLANDS, Redding, CT—Meet 12:45 PM at the Branchville RR Station

A. Grand Central Station 10:07 AM to 12:38 AM train to Branchville. Return 5:02 to 6:44 PM.

B. Henry Hudson Pkwy. north, Saw Mill River Pkwy. north, Hutchinson River Pkwy. north (or Whitestone Bridge to Hutch.), Merritt Pkwy. north, exit 39B, follow signs onto Rte. 7 north, 15 feet before sign "Jct. 102," turn right into RR station. If you miss turn, turn right at traffic light at Rte. 102 and make another immediate right into RR station.

PROSPECT PARK, Brooklyn—Meet at stone benches at Grand Army Plaza entrance.

A. #2 train to Grand Army Plaza or Q train to 7th Ave., Brooklyn, walk south past the traffic circle to park entrance.

B. Manhattan Bridge, or Brooklyn-Queens Expy.'s Tillary St. exit, south on Flatbush Ave. to Grand Army Plaza.

SADDLE RIVER COUNTY PARK, 760 Saddle River Rd., Saddle Brook, NJ — Meet in the parking lot.

GW Bridge, Rte. 80 West 6 miles, Garden State Pkwy North exit, exit 62, toward Saddle Brook, 0.3 mile, exit toward Saddle Brook, 0.2 mile, right onto Pehle Ave., 0.4 mile, left on Saddle River Rd. The park is on the right.

SANS SOUCI COUNTY PARK, 300 Middle Rd., Bayville, NY—Meet at parking lot.

A. #2 train to Grand Army Plaza or Q train to 7th Ave., Brooklyn, walk south past the traffic circle to park entrance.

B. LIE exit 57, right onto Veteran's Memorial Highway Rte. 454 East 4.2 miles, bear right onto Lakeland Ave., 3.5 miles, becoming Railroad Ave. 0.4 miles, left onto N, Main St./Montauk Hwy./Rte. 27A, immediately bear right ont Middle Rd./S. Main St. 0.5 miles.

SAUNDERS WOODS PRESERVE, Gladwyne, PA—Meet at the parking lot.

PA Turnpike, exit 20, I-476 south, 3.4 miles, exit 16B, turn right onto Matsonford Dr., 0.8 miles, left on Crawford Ave., Rte. 23, 2.6 miles, right on Waverly Rd., 0.3 miles.

SAXON WOODS, White Plains, NY—Meet 10 AM at parking lot off Mamaroneck Ave., north of the Hutchinson Pkwy., the lot by the swimming pool (there's another lot south of the Hutch — don't go there!)

A. Grand Central Station 8:37 to 9:16 AM train to Mamaroneck, exit rear of platform. Take the #60 bus toward White Plains 10 minutes to the Saxon Woods Pool stop, or walk north along Mamaroneck Ave 30 minutes. Return 12:36 to 1:19 PM.

STICKS AND STONES FARM, Newtown, CT—Program begins at 2:30 PM at 197 Huntingtown Rd.


If using GPS, enter #197, as #201 Huntingtown Road does not register. Please come into driveway #201, not #197.

From Route 84 in north Newtown, take Route 25 South to light at Meadowbrook Road. Take a right onto Meadowbrook and follow to end. At end of Meadowbrook take a Left onto Huntingtown Road; 1.5 miles to Sticks and Stones on left.

From Route 15 (Merritt Parkway), exit onto Route 25 North. Rte 25 Highway ends at intersection of Rte 111 and becomes regular road. Stay on it for 2.9 miles. At that light take a left onto Rte. 59 and turn right immediately onto Hattertown Rd. At the 3rd stop sign, turn right on to Huntingtown Road. Sticks and Stones Farm is on the right.

SUNKEN MEADOW STATE PARK, King's Park, LI—Meet at 12:30 PM at the parking lot by the bathhouse.

A. LIRR 10:25 to 11:54 AM from Penn Station, 10:12 AM from Flatbush Ave., 10:48 AM from Jamaica, to Kings Park. Return 4:37 PM to 6:09 PM to Penn Station, 6:12 to Flatbush Ave., to 5:45 PM Jamaica. Take 10-minute cab ride to Sunken Meadow Park.

B. Northern State Pkwy. exit 45, Sunken Meadow State Pkwy., north on Sunken Meadow Parkway to Sunken Meadow Park, meet in the parking field closest to the bathhouse.

SWEET WOODLAND FARM, Hampton Bays, LI—Meet at 11 AM at 45 Ole Squires Rd.

A. LIRR 7:45 to 9:53 AM from Penn Station, 10:12 AM from Flatbush Ave., 8:19 AM from Jamaica, to Hampton Bays. Return 4:24 PM to 6:39 PM to Penn Station, 6:24 to Flatbush Ave., to 5:45 PM Jamaica. Take 10-minute cab ride to the farm.

B. LIE exit 70, merge onto Captain Daniel Roe Hwy./Port efferson Westhampton Rd., 4.6 miles, Merge onto Rte. 27 East/Sunrise Hwy. via left ramp, 9.9 miles, Exit 65S, Rte. 24 South, 0.4 mile, left onto Montauk Hwy., 0.7 mile, 3rd left onto Squiretown Rd., 1.2 miles to the farmhouse.

TARRYWILE PARK, 70 Southern Blvd, Danbury, CT—Meet at 1 PM at the overflow parking lot by the red barn gate, not the main lot. Turn right from the main parking lot, onto the gravel driveway that leads to the red barn parking lot.

A. Grand Central Station 10:07 AM-1:02 PM train to Danbury. Take a cab to Tarrywile (5 minutes). Return 4:43-6:44 PM.

B. By car

TEATOWN LAKE RESERVATION, 1600 Spring Valley Rd. Ossining, NY—Meet at 1 PM at the Nature Center.

A. Grand Central Station 10:43 AM-11:25 PM train to Ossining. Take a cab to Teatown (15 minutes). Return 3:35-4:30 PM.

B. By car

THEODORE ROOSEVELT BIRD SANCTUARY, 134 Cove Rd, Glen Cove, NY—Meet at 11 AM in The Sanctuary.

A. LIRR 8:25 to 9:46 AM from Penn Station, 8:22 AM from Flatbush Ave., 8:52 AM from Jamaica, to Oyster Bay. Take a 10-minute cab ride to The Sanctuary. Return 4:20 to 5:39 PM to Penn Station, 5:42 to Flatbush Ave., to 5: PM Jamaica. Take 10-minute cab ride to Sunken Meadow Park.

B. By car

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