City Peek Tours
Get to know City Park
Do you want the inside scoop? Friends of City Park is hosting a trio of Behind the Scenes Tours with ‘City Peek’. Enjoy a hiking tour in Couturie Forest and Arboretum, be on the lookout for one of 280 species of Birds, or learn all about the history of City Park.
All events are open to current and new members. The number of participants who can register under one membership are outlined under each membership category. Every tour is exclusively for members and $10 per person/$7 for kids under 12.
City Peek Tour – Forest Natural History
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- Date: Saturday, May 8
- Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am
- Location: Meet at the Couturie Forest parking lot on Harrison Avenue in City Park
- Leaders: Meg Adams and Carro Gardner
About this tour: Join us for a casual guided nature walk through City Park’s Couturie Forest to spend some time in nature and learn about our local ecosystem. Topics include City Park and forest history, tree identification, local native and invasive species and their impacts, habitats, and organisms, the Park’s living lagoon system, and the benefits of natural spaces, especially in urban areas.
We will be walking on mulched trails, not more than a mile in length. Physical distancing will be required. Recommended: binoculars, closed-toed shoes, bug spray, refillable water bottle. Tour size is limited to 25 people.
About your Guides
Carro Gardner is an avid native plant and organic vegetable gardener. She was a founding member of
the Edible Schoolyard Task Force at Samuel Green School and has taught gardening as an afterschool
program in the Charter School system. She maintains her home garden as a Louisiana Certified Habitat
with over 50% native plants: a Silver Certification by the Louisiana Native Plant Society. She supplies a
local restaurant with the organic harvests from her urban vegetable garden. She is both a Master Gardener and a Louisiana Master Naturalist. She currently serves as an assistant leader for the twice-yearly Master Naturalist program. In addition, she leads her garden club on conservation and horticultural issues and is the Stewardship liaison to the City Park Improvement Association.
Meg Adams is the Director of Environmental Stewardship at City Park. She has been at the Park since 2007, when she joined the efforts to rebuild the Park in the aftermath of catastrophic Katrina flooding. While rebuilding the damaged areas, and managing the construction of new facilities, she started the Green Team and has expanded their impact from a small group of individuals who initiated recycling in the Park, to a staff-wide program to institute sustainable practices into all aspects of park operations. She is a Past President of the New Orleans Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers. She is a Certified Louisiana Master Naturalist, a member of the Native Plant Initiative and a Fellow of Environmental Communication at Loyola University.
City Peek Tour- Discover Equest Farm
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- Saturday, May 15, 2021
- 9:00 am – 10:30 am
- Location: Equest Farm Tour
- Leaders: Leslie Kramer, Equest Farm Director
The stables in City Park have attracted people for over 75 years. Through a long and illustrious history, the stables have survived in this urban setting. For one family, it has been a 50 year commitment to this sport and the special relationship between people and horses. Fifty years ago, Ben Brupbacher brought his two oldest daughters to ride at the stables. It began a life-long passion for the sport and the stables. Tour the grounds, with Leslie Kramer one of Ben’s daughters, to enjoy the refurbished barns, covered ring and manicured grounds. While touring, you will be treated to a morning viewing of riders practicing from the very beginner to the advanced show rider. A tour of the barns and an introduction to some of the horses in their houses will give you an idea of the personalities of not only the horses but their people. Join us for a view of this urban equestrian life in our own City Park. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing suited for the weather. Tour will meet at entrance to Equest Farm on Filmore and last 1.5 hours. Tour size will be limited to 25 people.