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Thain Family Forest


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As you walk the paths of the Thain Family Forest, you are treading through the largest enduring tract of New York’s native woodland. Many of the trees are several centuries old. This forest’s unique beauty is one of the reasons the founders selected this site for the Garden in 1895.

Forests of this age are called old-growth forests. Today less than one percent of the woodland in the entire northeastern United States is considered old-growth. The age and urban location of this forest have made it a living laboratory, attracting researchers from all over the world to study how forest ecosystems adapt to the changes around them. It is also the perfect place to lose yourself in the overwhelming beauty of untouched nature without leaving New York City.

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