CNH 2015 Meeting


NYBG LogoThe 2015 Consortium of Northeastern Herbaria meeting will be held on June 25 & 26 at the New York Botanical Garden. There will be a single day of talks and business activities on Thursday, June 25 and workshops, demonstrations, and tours of the Garden on Friday, June 26. More details will be available soon.


Agenda

A detailed agenda can be downloaded here. This year's meeting focuses on the use of digitized data for research, which includes a broad variety of topics from data clean-up to research and conservation endeavors that rely on digitized specimen data. However, talk about other activities taking place in regional collections, about topics related to herbarium-based biodiversity research and conservation or about knowledge on digitization and other museum informatics technologies will be presented.

In the afternoon of Thursday, 26 May, we will offer tours of NYBG facilities, including the Herbarium, the Library and the Pfizer Laboratory. You are also welcome to use the Herbarium or Library, or to explore the grounds on your own (Friday afternoon is another option for exploring on your own), this could be the day before the start of the meeting.

Logistics

Registration


Registration is closed.

Meeting fee: $25 (due April 24, $15 for students)

Meeting Location


The meeting will be held in the Pfizer Laboratory. There will be a sign in front of the Lab indicating where to enter, and how to find the conference room once inside.

Lodging


A block of rooms at a special rate have been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites, Yonkers (www.yonkerssuites.hamptoninn.com), 160 Corporate Blvd, Yonkers, NY.

The special rate is availble for the nights of June 23 to 26, and you must make your reseverations by May 23 to receive the discount. You can make reservations online or by telephone (914-377-1144). Please use the group code "CNH" to receive the special rate.

Breakfast is included in the hotel rate, a buffet with cold and some hot food options.  I think coffee and tea are available all day in the lobby.  The hotel also has a bar in the lobby.

The hotel where you are staying is in an office park, where there appears to be nothing particularly interesting or useful in the immediate area. However, the hotel will drive you anywhere within a several mile radius, including to a small shopping center where you can find a bank and a pharmacy, grocery, etc., and there actually are some places of at least mild interest nearby. 

Getting to the Garden


The best route from the Hampton Inn to the Garden is to take the Saw Mill Parkway – the trip takes between 20-30 minutes, depending on traffic.  Enter the Garden through the Mosholu Gate.  At the Security station, tell the attendant that you are here for the NEVP/CNH meeting, and ask them to direct you to parking near the Pfizer Laboratory.  There will be a sign in front of the Lab indicating where to enter, and how to find the conference room once inside.  The NYBG website has more information that may be helpful: http://www.nybg.org/visit/.  Note that you will not have to pay the entrance fee.  Link to a map of the grounds:  http://www.nybg.org/map/

 

If you need transportation between the hotal and the Garden, email Barbara Thiers.

Parking


Hampton Inn: Parking is free at hotel. If you need transportation between the hotal and the Garden, email Barbara Thiers.

 

NYBG: At the Security station, tell the attendant that you are here for the NEVP/CNH meeting, and ask them to direct you to parking near the Pfizer Laboratory.

Food


Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided for the mornings on Thursday and Friday mornings. Lunch will be on your own. There are three different lunch venues on the Garden grounds, and there are several more outside the grounds within a five minute walk. If you bring your lunch, you can sit outside on the patio outside the conference room where we will be meeting.

We will make a reservation for a group dinner on Thursday 26 May at an Italian restaurant called Gina's, an easy walk from your hotel. For other options, nearby (less than 2 miles) in the town of Hastings-On-Hudson you can find a wide variety of restaurants, ranging from basic to very fancy. For a reasonable restaurant with good ambiance and a decent beer selection, we like Maud's Tavern.

The hotel does not have a restaurant, but does have a small shop for snacks and a few amenities.  Unlike most hotels of this chain, the hotel does have a bar.  I believe you will find information in your room about food delivery to your room from local restaurants, as well.

At your leisure


If you are feeling adventurous after you arrive, you could take the commuter train to Manhattan.  The train station closest to the hotel is Greystone and the trip into Manhattan will take about 40 minutes each way.  The train is part of the Metro North network, and the particular line that stops at Greystone is called the Hudson Line. You can walk to the train station as well (about 2 miles each way), but be aware that there is a steep hill to walk up and down between the train station and hotel. But of course the hotel will drive you and pick you up.  You can find the Metro North schedule here: http://as0.mta.info/mnr/schedules/sched_form.cfm

If you want just a small adventure, there is an interesting  little park that is about a mile from your hotel.  You can read about the garden here: http://www.untermyergardens.org/.  

If you do make this walk, be aware that there are no sidewalks on the Broadway section – there is room to walk next to the road, usually on the grass – the road is usually only moderately busy.  You can walk there, see the Garden and return in about an hour to an hour and a half.  If the sky is clear, take your camera for some nice Hudson River and Manhattan views.  Again, the hotel would also drive you and pick you up.

Another interesting little trip (shorter than Untermyer) is to stroll past the ruins of the Boyce Thompson Laboratory, on whose former grounds the office park where you are staying was built.  You can learn more about Boyce Thompson here http://www.scoutingny.com/?p=679 Or here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boyce_Thompson_Institute_for_Plant_Research

You could actually enjoy at bit of nature if you cross Broadway to Lenoir Preserve, but although it has some nice mature trees, it also has a lot of poison ivy, so beware.