Most people think of nature as “out there”, a far away place with mountains and polar bears. But nature is also here, all around us, everyday.
It's even in New York City. The Big Apple has more nature than any other city in North America. Yet these forests, marshes and meadows are in a constant battle against neglect and development.
Loss of biodiversity is happening in New York City and everywhere else: Insects are dying around the world. Wildflowers are disappearing at an alarming rate. 1/3 of U.S. species is vulnerable to extinction. It's a global crisis, so why does climate change get all the news coverage?
This is the thing with nature - we need to be invested in it or we lose it.
Nature needs a "crazy pr event" - a spectacle to ignite a grassroots movement to create change.
Our Kickstarter campaign launched a global conversation. Now, on May 11 we're taking to the streets of Manhattan riding a PopUP Forest bicycle. Watch our mobile woodland come alive with real plants – wildflowers, shrubs, and ferns that are native to New York City.
If you are in New York City, come out and join the fun!
Take a nature selfie amidst skyscrapers
See kids in extinct species costumes
Grab a free plant and get gardening
May 12-20, 2018 is NYC Wildflower Week.
PopUP Forest marks the 10th year of NYC Wildflower Week so, get out into New York City's nature:
•Botanical walks – experts ID everything
•Garden tours – wildflowers are everywhere
•Interactive nature fair – sounds super cool
•And lots of opportunities to explore and see your city differently.
Best part? It’s free! See the calendar of events.
We're creating opportunities for equitable access to nature for all New Yorkers
We're growing a movement of nature stakeholders to build a more sustainable + resilient urban future. Join us!