If you ever find yourself on Avenue U and East 33rd Street in Kings County, then you must pull into Marine Park and visit the Salt Marsh Nature Center (SMNC) located at 3302 Avenue U, Brooklyn, New York 11234, (718) 421-2021. I absolutely love this place and the kids are wild about it. Where else can you meet up with the Urban Park Rangers, the History Club, do some sketching in the Zen of Seeing and Drawing program as well as participate in Woodworking Workshops, Birding, Yoga, Pilates, Tap and Line Dancing all under one roof?
What a gorgeous roof it is -- and it hosts so many wonderful community projects! For example, the Salt March Alliance (SMA) routinely invites the public to participate in non-commercial art shows which are exhibited at the SMNC. The SMA may be reached at (917) 841-9283 if you would like more information and are interested in supporting the SMNC by participating in one of their charitable events.
The SMNC is directly across the Avenue from the fields in Marine Park. The cricket games are fascinating to watch and I do enjoy baseball. They hold soccor tournaments as well. I love to turtle run in Marine Park. (Truth be known, I think I love to turtle run anywhere where there is eye candy!)
I like to do my cool down and stretching in the side court by the atrium. Not only are there bathrooms conveniently located here, the entrance to the Salt Marsh Nature Center (SMNC) has some unusual eye candy suspended from the the atrium.
There is a collection of birds overhead floating in flight around the skylights.
This shot is one of my favorites! There are a lot of fascinating exhibits to engage one's imagination here.
Did you know if you strolled through the building to the rear Courtyard you will discover a beautiful place to hang out with spectacular water views? This is where Lawn Chair Theater is held! Another fav activity! Yay!
On 7/31/08 I am going to accept their invitation to view the Alfred Hitchcock Classic "The Birds." Their movies usually start around 7:30 PM (or when it's dusky enough to see the projection). The little minions are just as excited about their road trip as their Mama and have their Wiggles blanket all packed and ready to go. We shall picnic for dinner tomorrow and do a little gawking because Assemblyman Alan Maisel is co-sponsoring the event! He is such a treat, we plan to bring extra snack-age to share!
Here is some more eye candy from my Marine Park, Salt Marsh Nature Center turtle run in Brooklyn, Kings County, NY. (These are some of the views from the rear Courtyard.) Stay tuned for Brooklyn's Grand Army Plaza next. Enjoy!
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