Spring 2020 Outings

To attend an outing, or for questions, please contact Charles Dexter at 212-315-1963 (call until 10:30 pm). Volunteers with cars are appreciated for out-of-town outings.

April 2020

CANCELED: April 3 (Friday)

Location(s): Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, NY. Magnolia tree blossoms, daffodils, native wildflowers, wisteria, and maybe emerging blossoms on a few cherry trees.

Details: Meet at 10:00 am at the Eastern Parkway entrance at 150 Eastern Parkway (see map link), about 250 feet from the Eastern Parkway/Brooklyn Museum station on the 2/3 subway line. Lunch at 11:30 am at Yellow Magnolia Canteen. Shoot until closing, 6:00 pm. No dinner planned.

What to Bring/ What to Know: Easy walking in 52-acre Garden property. Check website for spring bloom information. Garden admission is free before noon. Note: as of this writing, the downtown platform of the Eastern Parkway subway station is scheduled to be closed in April. For more information, see: www.mta.info.

CANCELED: April 4 (Saturday) OR April 11 (Saturday)

Location(s): Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ. Cherry blossoms, forsythia, hundreds of trees blooming pink and white in park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Perhaps late pre-sunset light.

Details: Check for email confirming exact date for this outing. NYC Start: 12:00 noon Lunch in park and afternoon shoot until sunset. Dinner afterward (details TBD).

What to Bring/ What to Know: Walking in one-mile area within the 360-acre park, with slight hills. Dress appropriately for the weather. Bring lunch, snacks, and water.

CANCELED: April 23 (Thursday)

Location(s): Ken Lockwood Gorge and locations in Hunterdon County, NJ. Beginning of spring along wooded stream; maybe a blue heron.

Details: NYC Start: 11:30 am. Lunch on location and afternoon shoot until sunset. Dinner afterward in area, return around 10:00 pm.

What to Bring/ What to Know: Hike about two miles along a flat trail. Plan for a full day of cool weather. Wear hiking boots, layered clothing; bring rain gear as needed and lunch, snacks, and water.

May 2020

May 2 (Saturday)

Location(s): NY Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. Spring blossoms: tulips, magnolias, dogwoods and more in this National Historic Landmark, the largest botanical garden of any city in the United States.

Details: If arriving by public transit, take the Metro-North train leaving at 9:16 am from Grand Central to the Botanical Garden station. Meet Charles at 9:40 am inside the Mosholu Gate entrance across the road from the station. If arriving by car, meet Charles at 9:55 am inside admission windows at Fordham Gate on Southern Boulevard. Meet for lunch (and to make dinner reservations) at 11:45 am at the Pine Tree Cafe by Fordham Gate. Full day of shooting until 5:30 pm. Dinner at Emilia’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue. Return 8:30 pm – 9:30 pm.

What to Bring/ What to Know: Hike in a variety of terrains from easy paved paths to dirt woodland trails. Free admission to grounds before 10:00 am. Afterwards, NYC residents pay $15 for grounds-only access (or $7 for seniors aged 65+). Full access is $28. After 10:00 am, non-NYC residents pay $28 for full access (no grounds-only admission). If traveling by car, there is a $20 parking fee. Click here for interactive garden map. Click here for Metro-North train schedules.

Galleries: Past Outings

Click below to view photos from past outings!

3 Leaves, Red, Yellow and White
Autumn Red Maple
Bushkill Falls