APRIL 2020
Introducing JHC Classics!
While we're all cooped up at home, we wanted to share some of JHC's greatest hits and what better way to kick off spring than with this fascinating lecture by renowned entomologist Doug Tallamy about the effect of invasive species on the ecosystem. Tallamy is the author of " Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants " and has been at the forefront of the drive to raise awareness about the importance of native species.

His lecture starts at the 30-minute mark. Thank you to Con Edison for sponsoring and to Rye TV for recording this on October 5, 2018.
Spring Program Update
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, Parks and Trails New York will be canceling this year's I Love My Park Day, which had been scheduled for May 2. "We look forward to the day it is again safe to show our love for parks by volunteering together," writes Parks Program Director Will Coté. We couldn't agree more!

In the meantime, we wanted to share some of our favorite
I Love My Park Day photos from last year, plus activities that you can do at home including cooking and crafting with invasive species in your own yard.
Make a pesto with garlic mustard !
This nasty and ubiquitous invasive blooms from April to June and can be found all over New York State. But it makes a great pesto! Here's the recipe , which was created by forager Tama Matsuoka Wong and Restaurant Daniel chef Roger Ma .

Check out Tama's website and her cookbook "Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard" for more recipes using locally found invasives.
Looking for a weekend project with kids?
As long as you're foraging for invasives, making homemade paper is a fun Saturday afternoon project with kids. Mine used tall grasses from our yard. All you need is a blender (one you don't also cook with), soda ash, and some easy-to-find crafting supplies.

The book " Papermaking with Garden Plants and Common Weeds " by Helen Hiebert is a great resource, as are the free online articles for beginners by Hand Papermaking magazine.

Happy foraging!

What do the Jay Heritage Center and the Cooper Hewitt have in common? A rich architectural history that includes distinctive features like this herringbone brick. Why did Andrew Carnegie and Warner Van Norden's architects introduce this feature?

Find out from NYT architecture critic Michael Kimmelman and Columbia professor of historic preservation and architectural historian Andrew Dolkart. Read more here.

 Jay Heritage Center at the
Jay Estate
A National Historic Landmark
210 Boston Post Road
Rye, NY 10580 

(914) 698-9275
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