Instructor: Ken Chaya

Ken Chaya
Ken Chaya is an artist, art director, cartographer, and urban naturalist who has produced numerous books on travel, American history, and nature. He has extensive experience working on projects in the New York City area, and recently created Central Park Entire, The Definitive Illustrated Map, which locates over 19,000 trees and identifies them by species. He is currently President of the Linnaean Society of New York.

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Classes by this instructor

With its variety of habitats and position on the Atlantic Flyway, NYC is a bird-lover's paradise! Over 300 distinct resident or migratory species live or pass through here each year, including many nesting species such as Peregrine Falcons, Red-tailed Hawks, more...
244NAT317BL 04/10 We 10:00am-12:00pm Chaya

Delve into the fascinating world of the creatures that make up 84% of the Animal Kingdom—what renowned biologist E.O. Wilson once called "the little things that run the world." We'll discuss the roles that insects play—both in maintaining healthy ecosystems more...
244NAT322BL 06/20 Th 10:00am-12:00pm Chaya
251NAT322BBL 08/28 We 10:00am-12:00pm Chaya

Whether you are an experienced birder or a beginner, this single-day walk and talk will sharpen your skills and provide fascinating insight into the world of birds. Learn how to observe and identify migrant and local birds—such as Peregrine Falcons, more...
244NAT234 05/10 Fr 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya

NYBG's lush grounds and various habitats provide a remarkable opportunity to observe and study butterflies. Join naturalist Ken Chaya in search of a wide variety of colorful butterflies known to feast on summer flowers in our area. You'll learn how more...
251NAT328 07/20 Sa 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya

With lushly cultivated gardens, native plants, and variety of natural habitats, NYBG is a haven for observing many species of pollinators and other fascinating insects. During the summer pollination season, dozens of species of butterflies, dragonflies, bees, beetles, wasps, flies, more...
251NAT216 08/14 We 10:00am-1:00pm Chaya