Little Island, New York, NY
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Field Sessions: Little Island with Signe Nielsen

New York, NY

While the morning Field Session is sold out, due to demand, an Afternoon Session has been added, 2:00-3:30 PM. Register Now!

Please contact if you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the morning tour, 10:00 - 11:30 AM. 

All events will be subject to local guidelines on gatherings, including social distancing, wearing face coverings, and stay-at-home orders. Attendance is limited not only to maximize the safety of those attending but to promote an intimate learning experience. If this event needs to be postponed to comply with local ordinances, registrants will be notified directly.

Pier 54, once a starting point for trans-Atlantic travel and more recently an entertainment/concert space, is now an entry to Little Island (formerly Pier 55), a new park that is an initiative of Barry Diller of the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, in partnership with Hudson River Park Trust. Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA) collaborated with Heatherwick Studio to design Little Island, a dramatic 2.4-acre public park in the Hudson River. "Conceived as a leaf floating in the water," according to MNLA, "the pier is a topographic marvel that celebrates views, defines landscaped spaces, and provides resilience against climate change. 

Little Island, New York, NY
Little Island, New York, NY - Photo by Timothy Schenck, courtesy MNLA

"The lifted corners of the pier create distinct microclimates that reveal themselves through color, texture, light, and shadow. Whether meandering along paths, stairs, or boulders scrambles, the eye is at times directed downward to the rich palette of plants or outwards to spectacular views of the city and harbor. Little Island is a maritime botanic garden with 35 species of trees, 65 species of shrubs, and 290 varieties of grasses, perennials, vines, and bulbs, many of which have been selected for their fragrance and attractiveness to birds and pollinators. The landscape is one of sweeping swaths of textures and seasonally calibrated color themes punctuated by magnificent trees. Intended to delight and surprise, the captivating landscape offers visitor an oasis from urban life to play, relax, imagine, learn and restore." 

This Field Session is hosted in conjunction with the Courageous By Design symposium and will be led by Signe Nielsen and Dan Yannacconne. Click here for the full tour schedule. 

1.5 LA CES™ professional development hours will be available to attendees.

Refund Policy

Cancellations and Refunds will be granted according to the following schedule:

Up to two (2) weeks in advance: 90% (Deduction represents administrative processing fees)

Less than two (2) weeks in advance but up to seven (7) days prior: 70%

No refunds will be made for cancellations seven (7) days prior to event

No refunds will be made for “No Shows” (a person who registers for a program but who does not cancel registration or attend the program).

Refunds will be processed as they are received or after the conclusion of the program, depending on the program date and when cancellation occurs. Refunds may take five (5) to seven (7) business days to process.