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Brooklyn Navy Yard: Urban Ecology Tour

July 15 @ 11:00 am - October 21 @ 1:00 pm

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An event every month that begins at 11:00am on day 15 of the month, repeating until Dec 30, 2018

$5 – $65

Discover the natural world in the midst a thriving urban industrial park on this 2-hour tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where we will explore New York City’s waterways, terrestrial ecosystems and urban farms. The highlight of the tour is the stunning 65,000-square-foot Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, where we will learn how they produce thousands of pounds of vegetables annually – as well as honey and eggs – and are a national leader in the development of rooftop and urban farming techniques. From the rooftop, we’ll also have amazing views of the Yard, including an extensive green rooftop and one of the largest rooftop solar installations in New York City.

Descending to the bank of the East River, we will visit an oyster restoration project led by students from the New York Harbor School and will discuss the improving health of the city’s waterways, and the challenges that remain. We will also explore planned and unplanned natural landscapes of the Yard, including the landscape architecture surrounding BLDG 92, identifying native and exotic plant species along the way. Finally, we will visit New York City’s newest green space, the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative‘s Naval Cemetery Landscape, a meadow designed to restore the natural habitat, provide a space for environmental education, and commemorate the thousands of sailors, Marines, and others once interred at the site.
Tour is certified by the American Institute of Architects for 2 LU/HSW continuing education credits (AIA CES)
The Urban Ecology Tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yard is offered at least one weekend day per month, April–October, with periodic tours by bus available. If you are interested in other sustainability-focused tours of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, try our Architecture & Infrastructure Tour, offered monthly. Use the calendar below to find our next available tour date.
2018 Public Bicycle Tours:
Sunday, July 15, 11 am – 1 pm
Sunday, August 26, 11 am – 1 pm
Sunday, September 16, 11 am – 1 pm
Sunday, October 21, 11 am – 1 pm
Email at or by phone at 1-347-903-8687


July 15 @ 11:00 am
October 21 @ 1:00 pm
$5 – $65


Turnstile Tours
(347) 903-8687


Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92
1 Carlton Ave, Brooklyn 11205 United States + Google Map