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Visit Governors Island in NYC and find nature in the middle of the city

Christian Fernsby |
Governors Island is a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor. It’s only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise.

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Each season, Governors Island hosts nearly 100 programs, exhibitions and activities, presented by the Trust for Governors Island, the National Park Service and the Friends of Governors Island, as well as dozens of diverse organizations from across the five boroughs and beyond.

New York City Audubon is a grassroots community that works for the protection of wild birds and habitat in the five boroughs, improving the quality of life for all New Yorkers.

For 40 years, New York City Audubon has championed nature in the City’s five boroughs through a combination of engaging and entertaining programs and innovative conservation campaigns. Through these efforts, New York City Audubon protects the more than 300 species of birds living in the 30,000 acres of wetlands, forests, and grasslands of New York City.

Guests can stop by New York City Audubon porch to start their own self-guided bird tour of the island, learn about the city’s birds and habitats, or simply watch the bird feeder.

Avian-inspired artists will be at work all season long, influenced by the island and the city’s amazing birds. Bird walks and nature-themed workshops may be scheduled on select weekends throughout the season. This year, Governors Island's Brooklyn ferries run from both Pier 6 and Red Hook on weekends all season.

Residents of NYCHA housing, kids, seniors, military servicemembers, IDNYC holders and Governors Island members always ride their ferries for free.

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