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.

Spring 2019 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.

March 23, 2019, Saturday
Marshlands Conservancy, Rye, NY
Woodlands, swamps, marshes, wild grasses, birds and views toward the Long Island Sound in late-day light.
Hike about 2 to 3 trails to explore, – See Google satellite view of Conservatory  Plan for full day with changeable weather, bring hiking boots for marsh, rain jacket, sunblock, bug spray, lunch & water. NYC Start: 12:00 Noon, shoot until sunset, 7:10 PM. Restaurant dinner afterwards. NYC Return: 10:00 to 10:30 pm.

April 5, 2019, Friday
Location: Brooklyn Botanic Garden (free admission before 12 noon. No longer free on Sat.)
Magnolia tree blossoms, daffodils, native wildflowers, wisteria & maybe a few cherry trees. Easy walking in 52-acre Garden property. Some dedicated areas may be closed due to construction.
Meet: 10:00 am, at 10:00 am at entrance at 990 Washington Street. See Google Map Link  two
(long) blocks from Eastern Parkway subway station (2/3 trains).
  Lunch at 11:30 am at Yellow Magnolia
Shoot as long as you want until closing, 6:00 pm. No diner afterward.
Map of Brooklyn Botanic Garden

April 6  OR  April 13, Saturday Date to be determined. Look for email notice.
Branch Brook Park, Newark, NJ
Cherry blossoms, forsythia, hundreds of trees blooming pink and white in park designed by Frederick Olmsted. Perhaps late pre-sunset light. Easy walkways within the 360-acre park, slight hills, 2 miles of cherry trees to explore. Bring water, rain gear, lunch and wear sturdy walking shoes. NYC start: 12:00 noon, lunch in park, shoot afternoon to sunset at 7 PM. Dinner afterward (details TBD) NYC Return: 9:30  to 10:00 pm.
Click here for Google Map of Park

April, 25, 2019, Thursday
Ken Lockwood Gorge; Hunterdon County, NJ. Early spring along a boulder filled stream, maybe a blue Heron. Hike 2 miles along a flat trial. Wear hiking boots, layered clothing. rain gear. Bring lunch, snacks, and water. Restaurant dinner in the area afterwards. NYC Start: 11:30 AM  – NYC Return: 10 PM.  Click here for Google Map of Gorge.

April 27, 2019, Saturday
New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY.
Hike in a variety of terrains, from easy paved paths to dirt woodland trails and along the Bronx River. Be ready for full day of shooting until 5:30PM. Diner afterwards. Details below.
Garden Admission: Before 10 AM, Free admission to general outside grounds only.  After 10 AM: $28 for Non NYBG Member access to all gardens indoors & out. Grounds only: $15, Seniors (65) $7. Click here for NYBG admission policy webpage.
Go by Train: Take 8:42 AM Metro-North train from Grand Central to Botanical Garden stations. 
Metro North Train Schedules
. Meet Charles at 9:15 AM, inside the Mosholu Gate, across from the RR station. Google Map Link.
Go by Car:
Meet Charles Dexter 9:50 AM inside Admission windows at the Fordham Gate acessed from the parking lot on Southern Boulevard. $20 Parking fee for Non Members.
Everyone Meet for lunch
at 11:45 AM at NYBG Pine Tree Café by the Fordham Gate. (Google Map link) This is when we make a group reservation for dinner at Emilia’s Restaurant on Authur Ave. Drivers with cars needed to carpool from Garden to restaurant & back to NYC or RR station.  Google Map link of driving route to from Garden to Emilia’s. NYC Return: 8:30 or 9:30 PM.