There are many ways to visit Green-Wood’s 478 acres…

SHARON MATT-ATKINS
Director of Curatorial Affairs, Brooklyn Museum

our natural environment

Green-Wood is a world-renowned arboretum featuring a dynamic living collection of trees and shrubs. Some of Green-Wood’s oldest specimens predate the Cemetery’s founding in 1838, and the collection continues to grow—each new planting is selected for its climate adaptiveness, wildlife value, enhancement of the beauty of the landscape, and resilience. Every year Green-Wood’s living collection is responsible for sequestering 264,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide, removing 12,000 lbs. of pollution from the air we breathe, and mitigating 2,620,000 gallons of stormwater from overwhelming Brooklyn’s sewage system.

Green-Wood App

Available now on the App Store and Google Play.

Rethinking Urban Grasslands

Teaming up with Cornell University to battle climate change.

New Beetle Species

Discovered through collaboration with the United States Forest Service.

Walk on Your Own

Follow the steps of New Yorkers and Americans dating back to 1838. Grab a free map (PDF here) at any entrance and stroll the grounds on your own, or download our free Mobile App, available in English and Spanish from the App Store and Google Play. You will discover a peaceful oasis amid the urban bustle of New York.

Green-Wood App

Available now on the App Store and Google Play.

Rethinking Urban Grasslands

Teaming up with Cornell University to battle climate change.

New Beetle Species

Discovered through collaboration with the United States Forest Service.

Trees

wildlife

Landscape

Phenology Project

Tracking the seasons at Green-Wood

Tree Finder

Learn about our diverse Living Collection.

PHENOLOGY PROJECT

Tracking the seasons at Green-Wood


TREE FINDER

Learn about our diverse Living Collection.

  • monk parakeets
    Monk parakeets, Myiopsitta monachus (Credit: Evan Rabeck)

Acres Restored

50

To managed meadow

Trees Planted

407

In 2019

Tree DIVERSITY

690

Unique tree species and cultivars

Species Discovered

1

In partnership with the U.S. Forest Service

year-round birding

Explore the bird species found at Green-Wood with Birding in Peace walking tours.

hear from our experts

We invite you to listen to the reflections of individuals who have been involved in studying our rich cultural and natural history and shaping the future of Green-Wood

EXPERIENCE GREEN-WOOD
Art Presson, Vice President of Design & Landscape

CEMETERIES & THE ENVIRONMENTAL TRADITION
Aaron Sachs, Ph. D, Prof. History at Cornell University

WILDLIFE AT GREEN-WOOD
Michael McGraw, Wildlife Biologist

THE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE
Faye Harwell, FASLA, Landscape Architect

GREEN-WOOD AS ARBORETUM
Joseph Charap, Director of Horticulture and Curator

HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
Jeffrey Richman, Green-Wood Historian

PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION
Neela Wickremesinghe, Manager of Restoration and Preservation

Photo Credits (from top, left to right, approximate, excluding thumbnails): Header by Evan Rabeck, App by Art Presson, Urban Grasslands by Art Presson, Beetle by Mark Bohne of the USFS, Phenology by Sara Evans, Tree Finder by Art Presson, Birding by Evan Rabeck