By Maya Major, Director of Operations and Corporate Relations
Growing up, some of my favorite memories of autumn were on tree walks with my dad. We would pack up a thermos of cider or hot chocolate and walk through the streets of the neighborhood picking up leaves and putting them into a little burlap bag. We would try to find every type of leaf we could find - orange, red, green, pointy, brown, round, and then we would go home and lay them out on the table to dry and press between newspapers. I remember being the tree identifying helper (“the tree detective”) and would help match the leaves with the trees in the Audubon book. At the time, I had no idea what a Ginkgo was, but I could match the yellow leaf with the the yellow picture and the red leaf with the red picture. Looking back, I know this was a smart way for my dad to tire me out, teach me colors, and make sure I had plenty of dry leaves to collage with during the week. This time of year is still my favorite because as the leaves change I feel at home.
Our #weekendactivity suggestion is to go enjoy the last moments of autumn, in Central Park, Prospect Park, or somewhere on your block. Take in the colors, bring a few leaves home to get you through the winter, and maybe even learn to identify a tree or two. A few suggestions of Fall walks HERE come from @MommyNearest (Look out for the Ginkgo, it’s my favorite!).