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Click HERE for the FULL SCHEDULE of NYC Wild! Adventures

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To see the short list of dates and destinations, scroll down to the bottom of this sectionwith LINKS to each New York City WILD! Walking Tour to reserve your spot NOW on Eventbrite!

This Eight Part Sunday series will take us along the entire 41 mile length of the route of the Old Croton Aqueduct from the New Croton Dam to 42nd Street Manhattan!

COMMIT to the whole series with the $30 Old Croton Aqueduct Trail PASS (with the NYC Wilder! Six-month or Full Year Pass you're already covered!!)

Part 1 Sunday, April 14 New Croton Dam to Ossining (6 miles)
Part 2 Sunday, May 5 Ossining to Sleepy Hollow (6 miles)
Part 3 Sunday, May 12 Sleepy Hollow to Dobbs Ferry (6 miles)
Part 4 Sunday, May 19 Dobbs Ferry to Yonkers (7 miles)
Part 5 Sunday, May 26 Yonkers to Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx (5 miles)
Part 6 Sunday, June 2 Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx to the Highbridge (5 miles)
Part 7 Sunday, June 9 The Highbridge to Central Park Great Lawn (5 miles)
Part 8 Sunday, June 16 Central Park Great Lawn to Bryant Park/42nd Street (4 miles)
Sunday, June 23 Raindate: Ossining to Sleepy Hollow (6 miles)
Sunday, June 30 Raindate (to replace walk cancelled by inclement weather)

The Westchester starting points will begin at Grand Central Station, taking MetroNorth along the scenic Hudson River. After a short cab ride or starting directly from each MetroNorth station, we'll be making our way from the base of the historic New Croton Dam, constructed between 1892 and 1906 to expand the orginal reservoir of the Croton Aquaduct system from 1842. From there we will proceed along each of the 8 legs of the Old Aquaduct Trail through lovely eastern forest, towns, historic sights, over bridges, and eventually through the streets of Manhattan! What a journey!

The Meet Up: We will meet at 12:00 noon at Van Cortlandt Park in The Bronx, 242nd Street station on the #1 Train (last stop).

$: 2 Metrocard fares. You will be responsible for your own lunch.

Schedules and fares to be confirmed closer to the time. Please check the MTA Weekender for weekend service changes on your connecting transportation.



An “urban wilderness” walk is not an oxymoron. Keith Michael has been exploring the remotest corners of New York City for decades, gaining a collective eclectic knowledge that cannot be found in any guidebooks. These walking tours will bring you to his favorite destinations around this vast metropolis, taking the guesswork out of the legwork! With carefully researched information about where to go, what to see, how to get there, AND the camaraderie of fascinating people to enjoy the "there" with, each excursion provides a unique off-the-grid out-of-the-tour-bus immersive experience in the natural wonders (as well as architectural and historical highlights) available within one of the largest cities in the world. Once you do, you’ll be inspired to do even more and take advantage of the myriad other FREE tours offered by many parks and organizations throughout NYC—there is always more to see and learn!


Follow instructions on the Eventbrite site.

See the full schedule and descriptions of the 2019 NYC Wild! Walking Tours by clicking HERE!

To see the short list of dates and destinations, scroll down to the bottom of this sectionwith LINKS to each New York City WILD! Walking Tour to reserve your spot NOW!


There are various ticket prices for New York City WILD! Walks. Buy an "Early Bird" Discount ($10 - only 5 available), a $15 One Day Wonder Ticket, or Become a NYC Wilder! The $50 Pass gives you access to ALL upcoming NYC Wild! Walks through the end of June 2019, and the $90 Full Year Pass gives you access to all NYC Wild! outings through December 31, 2019 - what a deal! BUY the PASS as a Great GIFT IDEA too!

PLEASE NOTE: Participants cover their own public transportation costs (NYC Metrocard, PATH train, etc. fares) as well as lunch/dinner and beverageseither a bring-your-own-picnic or conviviality at a local eatery depending on the individual walk itinerary.


BAD WEATHER: Trips will only be cancelled under extreme weather conditions. New York City weather is fickle! Rarely does the same kind of weather last all day, and the weather forecast for Central Park may be vastly different than what actually occurs on a far outer-borough beach. Most walks will go on rain or shine under the optimism that an inclement forecast will change. However, primarily beach walks WILL BE cancelled or rerouted if there is any threat of thunderstorms.

  • CANCELLATIONS: Participants will be notified by e-mail 24 hours in advance if a forecast of extreme weather is imminent. You will recieve a FULL REFUND of your ticket OR you can transfer your order to another New York City WILD! outing by contacting newyorkcitywild@gmail.com. (A REFUND can take 7-10 business days for your refund to be processed.)

  • "No Shows" WILL NOT be refunded.

  • Any request for a refund must be made within 4 days after an event has ended.


  • Please carefully note meeting places and times. Trips will leave promptly from designated meeting sites. For meet-ups on a subway platform, we will generally leave on the FIRST TRAIN after the designated departure time. Return times are approximate.

  • NYC Wild! Walks are GREEN in more ways than one! Walks frequently meet on a subway platform to take a train (average 45 minutes to an hour+) to and from the starting point of the walk. Please carefully note whether the meet-up location is on the UPTOWN or DOWNTOWN platform AND whether it is at the FIRST or LAST car of the train! Please arrive with a filled MetroCard so that trains or buses are not missed while you wait in line to put more money on your card.

  • Alternate meeting locations can be arranged en route to the destination if this is more convenient for individual travelers.

  • ALWAYS check the MTA Weekender online before you leave home for planned service changes on your subway lines! Leave additional travel time for delays in weekend service. Some Walk meet-up locations or destinations may be changed if subway service is unusually cumbersome to our starting point.


  • To get to the "cool places" that we go on New York City WILD! Walks, these outings are estimated at 4-6 hours in length (including travel time to and from the starting point of the actual walking tour) and range from 2-5 miles depending on the itinerary. Know your own abilities and stamina.

  • It is difficult to catch up with the group if you are late - please be on time for the MEET UP. Most walks are a loop so it is also difficult to leave early. Please take this into consideration.

  • NYC Wild! Walks move at a casual pace to encourage observation and conversation. These ARE NOT "exercise walks" or "power walks" or "hiking." Pauses for photography are accommodated though sometimes we may need to keep moving to fulfill the walk's itinerary.

  • These walks are usually not suitable for participants younger than 10 years of age.

  • Most NYC Wild! excursions follow primarily level established trails though the walking surface can vary from city sidewalks to woodland path, boardwalks, grass, minor rock scrambling or sandy beach. Some stairs or a rise and descent in terrain are part of individual walks.

  • Insects should be a minimal concern, but mosquitoes, ticks and bees DO EXIST in New York City. Be mindful and take suitable precautions. Poison Ivy is a frequent accompaniment along forest paths - learn to identify it and avoid it.

  • Bring sun protection such as sun screen lotion, a hat, and long sleeves. Some walks, particularly beach walks have a minimum of shade.

  • Restrooms are not always conveniently located or available. Take this into consideration.

  • Please do not bring dogs or other pets, even on walks that may seem very pet friendly such as beaches or forest walks. I love my corgie, Millie, but she is terribly impatient when it comes to hanging out with a group, and she's a TERRIBLE birder - her specialty is chasing the birds AWAY!


  • BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH/DINNER. We will stop for a picnic along the way—outside. Bring your picnic with you rather than expecting to stop along the way to "pick something up". Some walk itineraries may include end-of-walk conviviality at a local eaterywatch the listings for these scheduled festivities.

  • Water

  • Dress appropriately for the forecasted weather—hat, jacket, layers to take off or put on if temperatures change. In general, it can be windier and cooler (or hotter) at these locations than in Manhattan. Bring an umbrella for surprise changes in weather.

  • Sturdy closed-toed walking shoes that you aren’t too concerned about getting muddy or wet. No sandals or flip-flops.

  • Binoculars if you have them. If not, we will share.

  • A camera. Each walk offers endless photo opportunities.

  • Sun screen and insect repellent. Insects should be a minimal concern for most trips.

  • PLEASE use your cell phone sparingly for emergencies only (and generously for taking memorable photos of the walk!)

  • Enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.


YES. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver statement, agreeing to release and hold harmless Keith Michael and New York City WILD! from any and all liability arising out of or resulting from your participation. Your participation in these walks is on a completely voluntary basis and you are responsible for your own personal safety and well-being. Read the complete statement included with this event listing.


Write to newyorkcitywild@gmail.com for any additional information. All outings are available for private walks, group bookings, or other events. When making inquiries, please indicate the date and destination of the walk for which you have questions. More detailed information about each walk will be sent by e-mail to participants a few days before each scheduled outing.


Keith Michael

KEITH MICHAEL is a self-styled urban naturalist, avid birder, photographer, and a dedicated explorer of New York City's five boroughs. He has led 100s of walks throughout NYC. Watching birds drives his focus, but the breadth of NYC history, and the wealth of vistas, trees, wildflowers, grasses, mushrooms, butterflies, dragonflies, as well as scaled, slithery and furred fauna that can be observed within the city is truly remarkable. Mr. Michael has published four books of writing and photographs: Let’s Go Out!: A Birder's Year in the West Village (2015); Take Me to the River (2014); Once Around the Block (2013), and 1000 Days: World Trade Center Rising (2013); leads New York City WILD! nature walking tours, co-leads Hudson River Park WILD! walks, and is a monthly contributor to WestView News: The Voice of the West Village.

When not adventuring in the city and taking photographs, Mr. Michael is a ballet choreographer, having created The Alice-in-Wonderland Follies, Mother GOOSE! and The Nutcracker for New York Theatre Ballet, and is the Dance Production Coordinator at The Juilliard School. For more information about walks, books or photographs visit www.keithmichaelnyc.com

Photo of Keith Michael by Valerie S.

New York City WILD!

Waiver/Release/Assumption of Risk Agreement

New York City WILD! is an urban nature walk series organized by freelance urban naturalist Keith Michael.

As used in this agreement, "The Coordinator" means collectively New York City WILD! and Keith Michael, its employees, representatives, independent contractors and/or affiliate organizations involved in the selected program/activity, members, leaders, organizers, volunteers, co-participants and all others involved in the selected activity/program.

As used in this agreement, "you" means the person who signs this agreement or on whose behalf this agreement has been executed. It is anticipated that you are accepting this agreement as a prerequisite to your participation in a New York City WILD! activity/program. If a person under 18 years of age participates, that person's parent or legal guardian must also accept this agreement.

In consideration of the services provided by The Coordinator and the opportunity for you to participate in the selected activity/program, you AGREE TO AND ACKNOWLEDGE the following:

1.) New York City WILD! nature walks are entirely volunteer activities. Other participants are not outdoor recreational or educational professionals.

2.) New York City WILD! activities have inherent RISKS, HAZARDS AND DANGERS. Such risks, hazards and dangers may include, though not limited to: adverse weather, crossing streams, falls from heights, travel, exposure to insects and animals; remoteness from shelter, restroom facilities, food, water, medical care and emergency rescue services; graded trails, uneven terrain, mechanical or equipment failures, and misjudgments by leaders, volunteers and/or co-participants. You acknowledge these and other risks, and you ASSUME THE RISKS of participating in the New York City WILD! activity and travel to and from the activity/program.

3.) The Coordinator cannot guarantee your health or safety. You are responsible for your own health and safety. You warrant that you have skills and overall health and physical conditioning adequate for the program/activity you have selected. If required, you will provide your own appropriate and adequate clothing, equipment and supplies. You will cooperate with the leader(s) and organizers to achieve a meaningful and safe experience for the group.

4.) You hereby RELEASE AND AGREE TO HOLD HARMLESS The Coordinator from any and all liability arising out of or resulting from your participating in a New York City WILD! program or activity. You and your agents, heirs and assigns HEREBY WAIVE ANY AND ALL CLAIMS against The Coordinator in any court, forum, tribunal or jurisdiction, whether for personal injury, wrongful death, property damage or loss, breach of contract, economic loss or consequential damages from delays, cancellation or changes in program or schedules.

5.) You are solely responsible for all transportation fares for and food or beverages consumed during this activity.

6.) You acknowledge that The Coordinator or co-participants may produce photographic or video recordings ("images") of programs. The Coordinator or co-participants may use such images to promote The Coordinator and their programs. You hereby consent to such images made while you are engaged in the activity/program and grant to The Coordinator or co-participants all of your rights to use such images and any copies or derivative works therefrom in any manner for promotional and other commercial purposes, in any medium. You release and assign to any right or interest that you may have in those images including rights in your appearance and or your voice recorded by employees, other participants, agents or contractors, whether or not on behalf of The Coordinator or co-participants, and you waive any right of any kind in or over such images including rights of (A) compensation, (B) publicity, privacy or copyright, or (C) review, inspection or approval.

7.) This Waiver/Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement is the entire agreement between you and The Coordinator, and cannot be orally changed or modified.

8.) This agreement entered into in the State of New York, is to be governed by the laws of New York and any suits, claims or actions concerning it are to be brought only in the courts of the State of New York.

9.) If a court with proper jurisdiction determines that any part of this document is invalid, illegal or against public policy, the remaining portions thereof shall remain in full force and effect.

I have read this agreement and I understand its terms and, in particular, that I am giving up substantial legal rights. Knowing this, I am voluntarily agreeing to this Waiver, Release, and Assumption of Risk Agreement.

Fields to be completed on hard copy at the start of the Walking Tour:

Print Name: __________________________________________

Signature: ___________________________________________

Date: ________________________________________________

Mobile phone #: _______________________________________

e-mail: _______________________________________________

Emergency Contact Name:_______________________________

Emergency Contact Phone Number: _______________________

New York City WILD! 2019 Walks Schedule
For FULL SCHEDULE of Adventures Information GO TO www.keithmichaelnyc.com

Click on the DATE LINK BELOW to Make Your Eventbrite Reservation NOW!

MARCH 2019

Saturday, March 2 - Tarrytown, NY: Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)

Sunday, March 3 - The Bronx: Upper Bronx River, Photography & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)

Saturday, March 9 - Brooklyn: Dead Horse Bay, Photography & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)

Sunday, March 10 - The Bronx: Lower Bronx River Greeway Photography & Nature Walk (11:00 am)

Saturday, March 16 - Ossining, NY: Teatown Lake Reservation, Photography & Nature Walk (9:00 am)

Sunday, March 17 - Queens: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Photography & Nature Walk (12:30 pm)

Sunday, March 24 - Queens: Baisley Pond Photography & Nature Walk (12:00 noon)

Sunday, March 31 - Manhattan: Inwood Hill Park Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)

APRIL 2019

Saturday, April 6 - Brooklyn: Green-Wood Cemetery Photography & Nature Walk (12:30 pm)

Saturday, April 13 - The Bronx: Woodlawn Cemetery Photography & Nature Walk (1:00 pm)

Sunday, April 14 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 1 (of 8) New Croton Dam to Ossining (9:30 am)

MAY 2019

Saturday, May 4 - Queen: Flushing Cemetery & Kissena Park Photography & Nature Walk (10:00 am)

Sunday, May 5 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 2 (of 8) Ossining to Sleepy Hollow (9:30 am)

Sunday, May 12 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 3 (of 8) Sleepy Hollow to Dobbs Ferry (9:30 am)

Sunday, May 19 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 4 (of 8) Dobbs Ferry to Yonkers (9:30 am)

Sunday, May 26 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 5 (of 8) Yonkers to Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx (9:30 am)

JUNE 2019

Sunday, June 2 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 6 (of 8) Van Cortlandt Park, The Bronx to Highbridge (12:00 pm)

Sunday, June 9 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 7 (of 8) Highbridge to Central Park Great Lawn (12:00 pm)

Sunday, June 16 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Part 8 (of 8) Central Park Great Lawn to Bryant Park (12:00 pm)

Sunday, June 23 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Raindate - Route to be Determined (12:00 pm)

Sunday, June 30 - Old Croton Aqueduct - Raindate - Route to be Determined (12:00 pm)


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