This virtual "walking tour" at Leonard Branch will cater to nature lovers and anyone interested in the historical ecology of the Brooklyn/Queens border. 

The Ridgewood Reservoir in Highland Park is a 50+ acre natural oasis that straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Built in 1859 to supply the once-independent City of Brooklyn with high-quality water, it became obsolete with the addition of new reservoirs in the Catskills in the 1950s and was decommissioned in the 1980s. Since then, nature took its course in a perfect case study of ecological succession.  A lush and dense forest has grown in its two outside basins while a freshwater pond with waterfowl sits in the middle basin. Our April Green Series talk will offer a virtual tour of this amazing ecological and historical gem of the city of New York. It will be hosted by Jonathan Turer of NYC H2O, who will also tell audiences how to sign up for spring and summer walking tours at the reservoir.

NYC H2O is an organization devoted to educating New Yorkers about the city’s local water ecology. Turer, our guide, will present an illustrated lecture about this incredible natural and historic resource in the heart of the city.

Brooklyn Public Library’s Green Series is made possible through the generous support of Whole Foods Market.

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