Outings


The NYC Sierra Club Photography Committee leads outings to scenic wilderness regions, natural areas and botanical gardens in and around New York City, Long Island and the surrounding Hudson and Delaware River valleys.

To view photos made by committee members who went on our outings, please visit Galleries: Previous Outings.

Late Spring 2018 Outings

Date: Thursday April, 26, 2018
Location: Ken Lockwood Gorge & possible other location, Hunterdon County, NJ.
Photograph: Early spring along wooded stream, maybe a blue heron.
Hike: 2 miles along flat trail.
Additional information: Plan for full day of cool weather. Wear hiking boots, layered clothing. Bring rain gear, lunch, snacks, and water. Dinner in the area afterwards.
NYC Start: 11:30 am
NYC Return: 10:00 pm
Leader: Charles Dexter, 917-593-8381, call until 10:30 pm.
Carpool drivers needed.

Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Location: New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY
Please note new meet time!
Meet: 9:15 am, Mosholu Parkway Gate (MetroNorth to Botanical Garden station).Metro North RR changed their schedule so that the new 9:42 am train from Grand Central now arrives at 10:05 am, five minutes after the Garden starts to charge admission. See Metro North RR scjeduals & rates and Garden Admissions below for more info about that.
In order to get the free NYS resident all grounds pass, take the 8:42 am train from Grand Central to “Botanical Garden” which arrives at 9:05 am. Charles will meet people on that train at the admissions booth inside the Mosholu Pkwy Gate, across the street from the RR station at 9:15 am.
Photograph: Spring blossoms: tulips, magnolias, dogwoods and more.
Additional information: Dinner afterward at Emilia’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue.
NYC Return: 9:30–10:00 pm.
Leader: Charles Dexter, 917-593-8381, call until 10:30 pm;
Carpool drivers needed.
Metro North RR schedules & Rates:http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm
NYBG admissions: Grounds only Admission is available to NYC Residents Only; proof of residency required and may only be purchased onsite. Grounds Admission includes access to outdoor gardens and collections, including the Everett Children’s Adventure Garden. Grounds Admission is free to everyone regardless of residency, all day on Wednesdays and from 9–10 a.m. on Saturdays.
Adults: $15
Seniors (65+): $7
Students (with valid ID): $7
Children (2–12 years): $4
Children under 2: Free
Members: Free
Grounds Admission does not include admission to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory, Special Exhibitions, Rock Garden, or Tram Tour.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
#1 – Fahnestock State Park, Sunk Mine Road
#2 – Cold Spring, NY, Dock Side Park,
Photograph: Summer stream, colorful reflections in still ponds, Hudson River views
Hike: Short moderate hikes with stony uneven trails, old Jeep trail –Endurance & balance needed.
Also: Plan for changeable weather, wear hiking boots, bring rain gear, lunch, snacks, and water
NYC Start:11:00 am, shoot for late light, dinner afterward
NYC Return: 9:00 to 9:30 pm
Drivers with cars are needed for carpooling
Leader: Charles Dexter, 212-315-1963 until 10:30 pm

Date: Saturday, May 19, 2018
Location: Marshlands Conservatory, Rye, NY
Photograph: Woodlands, swamps, marshes, wild grasses, birds and views toward the Long Island Sound in late-day light
Hike: About 2 to 3 of trails to explore,
Also: Plan for full day with changeable weather; bring hiking boots for marsh; rain jacket; sunblock; bug spray, lunch & water
NYC Start: 11:00 am, shoot until late; restaurant dinner afterwards
NYC Return: 10:00 to 10:30 pm
Drivers with cars appreciated for carpooling
Leader: Charles Dexter 212-315-1963 until 10:30 pm

Dates: Thursday, June 7, 2018 and Saturday, June 9, 2018
Location: Harriman and Bear Mountain State Parks, two locations:
#1 Arthur’s Brook or other location in Harriman SP
#2 Perkins Tower at top of Bear Mountain
Photograph: Summer mountain laurel blooms, lakes, woods, rocky ledges & vista landscapes. Late-day light on Bear Mountain
Hike: Short moderate hikes, some stony trails
Also: Plan for full day with changeable weather; bring hiking boots, rain jacket, sunblock, bug spray, lunch and water.
NYC Start: 11:00 am
NYC Return: 10:00 to 10:30 pm
Drivers with cars are needed carpooling
Leader: Charles Dexter 212-315-1963

Date: Thursday, June 14, 2018
North Central NJ, summer marshes & birds
Location #1: The Raptor Trust, Millington NJ
to visit rescued hawks and owls to be rehabilitated for release
Location #2: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in north-central NJ
Photograph. Photograph swamps, marshes, wild grasses, birds & ponds with boardwalk access in late-day light
Also: Plan for full day with changeable weather; bring hiking boots; rain jacket; sunblock; bug spray, lunch & water
NYC Start: 11:00 am, shoot until late; restaurant dinner afterwards.
NYC Return: 10:00 to 10:30 pm
Drivers with cars appreciated for carpooling
Leader: Charles Dexter 212-315-1963 until 10:30 pm