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Elizabeth Kolbert and Henry Fountain

Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future

Join Elizabeth Kolbert, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sixth Extinction” and a staff writer at the New Yorker, and Henry Fountain, climate correspondent at the New York Times, for a discussion of Kolbert’s new book, “Under a White Sky: The Nature of the Future,” in this virtual conversation on climate change sponsored by the Jay Heritage Center.

“Beautifully and insistently,” writes Helen Macdonald in the New York Times, “Kolbert shows us that it is time to think radically about the ways we manage the environment.”



I Love My Park Day

The 10th anniversary of Parks & Trails New York’s I Love My Park Day, held the first Saturday in May, drew thousands of volunteers from across the state to participate in cleanup, improvement, and beautification events at New York State parks and historic sites–including Jay Heritage and the Historic Jay Gardens!

This year we welcomed back renowned forager Tama Matsuoka Wong, author of “Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer’s Market,” who led workshops on identifying and harvesting edible invasive species for volunteer groups, including from Con Edison, a generous sponsor of some of JHC’s environmental and social justice programs.

Volunteers pulled garlic mustard, chickweed, stinging nettle, and other invasive weeds from throughout the Jay property. After a full morning’s work, they enjoyed free ice cream from Jimmy’s Soft Serve! SEE MORE PHOTOS FROM THE DAY HERE


Native Plant Month

Garden Volunteers Make a Difference!

April is Native Plant Month and one of the ways our volunteers have been making an impact is to remove invasive species like mugwort, Japanese knotweed and thistle to make more room for newly planted natives like Foamflower to thrive!

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