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Wild NYC is at the other end of your doorstep! Explore New York's urban forests, streams, and wildlife with these fun outdoor activities.

Nature Events

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Nov 27

Blooming Naturalists: Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
So you think you're a naturalist? Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center in this Introduction to Bird Watching series.
Free!

Nov 27

Nature on the Go!

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
A naturalist leads children and families to areas near the Audubon Center to discover the flora and fauna in the park.
Free!

Nov 27

Animal Encounter at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Park is a nature wonderland. Come discover all its joys.
Free!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Nov 28

Run for the Trail: Thanksgiving Reunion Run 5K

at Parade Ground (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.
Revisit your route from yesterday or yesteryear.

Must See
Event
Nov 28

Blooming Naturalists: Introduction to Bird Watching

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
So you think you're a naturalist? Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center in this Introduction to Bird Watching series.
Free!

Nov 28

Nature on the Go!

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
A naturalist leads children and families to areas near the Audubon Center to discover the flora and fauna in the park.
Free!

Nov 28

Animal Encounter at Prospect Park

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Park is a nature wonderland. Come discover all its joys.
Free!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nov 29

Bird Walk with NYC Audubon

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

8:00 a.m.
NYC Audubon experts lead the way as we marvel at quirky but logical bird behavior and delicate feathers in exquisite patterns. Bring binoculars if you have them and wear sturdy…
Free!

Nov 29

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Nov 29

Birding: Waterfowl

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Nov 29

Nature Exploration Hike (moderate)

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.
On Nature exploration hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Free!

Nov 29

Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 29

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
Explore the Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle.
Free!

Nov 29

Hunter Island Hike (moderate)

at Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Nov 29

Fall Foliage Hike (light)

at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to some amazing trees found in New York City.
Free!

Nov 29

Wave Hill Gallery Tour

at Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join a curatorial fellow for a tour of current exhibitions. In the main gallery, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds is inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, a former resident of Wave Hill who had…

Nov 29

Astronomy

at Wolfe's Pond Park House (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nov 30

Birding for Families

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Experience the coming of fall in Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 30

Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 30

Salt Marsh Exploration Hike (moderate)

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.
On Nature exploration hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Free!

Nov 30

Modern Survival Skills

at Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
Learn about modern tools and techniques that could help you survive in the wilderness.
Free!

Nov 30

Garden Highlights Walk

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Nov 30

Nocturnal Wildlife

at West 100 Street and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dec 1

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Central Park Perimeter Wall , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights.
Free!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Dec 2

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Learn about the park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality.

Dec 2

Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail.
Free!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Dec 4

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
Explore the park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle.
Free!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Dec 5

Central Park Tour: The Ramble

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Pass over streams and under arches on a maze of pathways in this secluded, 38-acre woodland on this route, which involves many hills and stairs.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dec 6

Flora and Fauna Tour of Inwood Hill Park with Author Leslie Day

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Come take a bird, mammal and plant walk with author Leslie Day in Inwood Hill Park.
Free!

Dec 6

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Dec 6

Family Art Project: Season's Greetings

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
See the inspiring signs of fall shifting to winter at Wave Hill. Draw your own cold-weather tales in a variety of surprise, pop-up holiday cards that come alive with seasonal scenes.…

Best For
Kids
Dec 6

Holiday Workshop Weekend: Miniature Arrangements

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Fashion a trio of sweet miniature arrangements in tiny containers…

Dec 6

Holiday Workshop Weekend: Natural Wreaths And Swags

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Craft one-of-a-kind holiday decorations using fresh greens…

Dec 6

Holiday Workshop Weekend: Linocut Cards

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Carve and print an edition of holiday cards with Public Programs…

Dec 6

Wave Hill Gallery Tour

at Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join a curatorial fellow for a tour of current exhibition. Recapturing the Scenic Wilds is inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, a former resident of Wave Hill who had a lifelong passion for…
Free!

Dec 6

Inspiring Insects with Dr. A!

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Join Dr. Leonissa Ardizzone of Storefront Science for this free workshop on incredible insects. Learn why insects are essential to many other species, including humans!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 6

Birding: Owls

at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec 7

Birding for Families

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Experience the coming of fall in Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Discovery Walks for Families: Harlem Meer

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Bring your family for a guided Discovery Walk around the Harlem Meer and take part in hands-on exploration led by Central Park Conservancy educators and Discovery Guides.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Family Art Project: Season's Greetings

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
See the inspiring signs of fall shifting to winter at Wave Hill. Draw your own cold-weather tales in a variety of surprise, pop-up holiday cards that come alive with seasonal scenes.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Wilderness Survival

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Nature Exploration Hike:John Muir Trail (Vigorous)

at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.
On Nature exploration hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Free!

Dec 7

Holiday Workshop Weekend: Miniature Arrangements

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Fashion a trio of sweet miniature arrangements in tiny containers…

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Holiday Workshop Weekend: Natural Wreaths And Swags

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Craft one-of-a-kind holiday decorations using fresh greens…

Dec 7

Fall Foliage Hike: Trees of McGolrick Park

at Driggs Avenue and N Henry Street (in Msgr. McGolrick Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to some amazing trees found in New York City.
Free!

Dec 7

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Dec 7

Wildlife Workshop with Bobby Horvath

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.
Get to know your New York City wildlife! Join us for a two hour program with wildlife rehabilitators, Bobby Horvath and Cathy St. Pierre to meet some of the wildlife and learn about…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Space Travel: The Next Frontiers

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Wagner College astronomy professor and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Harold Kozak, will explore the ways humans will not only travel in outer space, but also terraform other worlds.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 7

Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Dec 7

Central Park Tour: North Woods

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:15 p.m.
View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the Park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan.
Free!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Dec 9

Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail.
Free!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dec 10

Alley Creek Watershed Project Community Meeting

at Alley Pond Park Environmental Center , Queens

6:00 p.m.
Help us create a road map for improving the habitat of the Alley Creek Watershed. This is the third and final meeting in the development process for a watershed…
Free!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Dec 11

Central Park Tour: North Woods

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:15 p.m.
View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the Park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan.
Free!

Dec 11

Art Exhibit: From Nests to Nets

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Alliance in partnership with Audubon NY welcomes artist Rebecca Jewell to display her newest exhibit,From Nests to Nets.
Free!

Dec 11

NYC's Aquatic 'Gentle Giants': An Evening Talk with Paul Sieswerda, Executive Director of Gotham Whale

at Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Paul Sieswerda, Executive Director of Gotham Whale will give an evening talk and presentation on the increasing number of whales being found off the shores of NYC.
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, December 12, 2014

Dec 12

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Central Park Perimeter Wall , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights.
Free!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dec 13

Winter Wildlife Viewing

at Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.
This time of year is perfect to spot migrating birds and waterfowl which will call our parks home for the winter.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 13

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Dec 13

Get Active Hiking

at Van Cortlandt Park Station: Last Stop on the #1 Train (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.
Wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack on this hike with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park
Free!

Dec 13

Family Art Project: Colorful Candles and Winter Berries

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful clay-like wax, mix and mold an inventive image of nature onto your candle. Add berries and boughs to decorate a candle holder and create a…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 13

Signs of the Season Saunter

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Search for animal tracks, calling birds, evergreen trees and shrubs, and more as the trails reveal how merry and bright they can be this holiday season.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 13

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
Explore the park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle.
Free!

Dec 13

Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond

at 6th Avenue and Central Park South (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:15 p.m.
Take a break to enjoy this walk through the Park's smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours and limited open hours April through October.

Dec 13

Inwood Owl Prowl

at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street Entrance (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Bring the whole family as you roam the winter woods in search of owls with expert naturalist Mike Feller.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 13

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

7:00 p.m.
The Geminids is one of the best meteor showers in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dec 14

Birding

at Ridgewood Reservoir , Queens  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 14

Winter Birding

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

9:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel…
Free!

Dec 14

Family Art Project: Colorful Candles and Winter Berries

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful clay-like wax, mix and mold an inventive image of nature onto your candle. Add berries and boughs to decorate a candle holder and create a…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 14

Winter's Adornment Family Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
After the Family Art Project, continue exploring the theme on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands, led by naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow. Let winter…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 14

Wave Hill Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Dec 14

Central Park Tour: The Ramble

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Pass over streams and under arches on a maze of pathways in this secluded, 38-acre woodland on this route, which involves many hills and stairs.

Dec 14

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.
The Geminids Meteor shower is one of the best in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak!
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec 15

Arts, Culture & Fun; New Horizons; Exploring Pluto

at Tony Dapolito Recreation Center , Manhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
The New Horizons spacecraft has been on its way to Pluto since 2006, and will be making its closest approach to the former planet in just 9 short months. Before it gets there, come…
Free!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Dec 16

Central Park Tour: North Woods

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:15 p.m.
View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the Park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan.
Free!

Dec 16

Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.1:00 a.m.
Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail.
Free!

Dec 16

Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail.
Free!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Dec 18

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Learn about the park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Dec 19

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
Explore the park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle.
Free!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dec 20

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Dec 20

Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Celebrate the end of fall and look forward to the cozy winter days ahead.

Best For
Kids
Dec 20

Central Park Tour: North Woods

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:15 p.m.
View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the Park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan.
Free!

Dec 20

Emergency Preparedness: Extreme Winter Weather

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
On these fun, family-friendly programs you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Dec 20

Ranger's Choice: Hunter Island Night Hike

at Orchard Beach Parking Lot (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.
Owls, deer, coyotes and raccoons are among the many animals that call Pelham Bay Park home.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 20

Astronomy

at North Side of the Great Lawn (in Central Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Dec 21

Family Art Project: Snow-Globe Gift Boxes

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Choose from live evergreen boughs and their wonderful scents and textures to create a winter wonderland snow-globe box. Add inhabitants and decorate it with shiny foil, snowy shapes…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 21

Winter Wonderland Hike (vigorous)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.
On the shortest day of the year, join us for one of our longest hikes as we explore Central Park from top to bottom.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 21

Animal Tracks

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will teach you the basics about wildlife tracking. By the end you will be skilled in recognizing differences between raccoon and common housecat tracks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 21

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.2:45 p.m.
Explore the park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle.
Free!

Dec 21

The Science behind the Solstice

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Learn myths and legends surrounding the season’s shortest day, as well as the science behind the shorter days and the snow to come.

Best For
Kids
Dec 21

Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Dec 21

Winter Solstice Celebration

at Van Cortlandt Golf House & Lower Putnam Trail (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.
Enjoy hearthside stories, hot cider, and a candle light walk on the Putnam Trail with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dec 22

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Learn about the park's history and how its designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, struggled to make their vision our reality.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Dec 23

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Central Park Perimeter Wall , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.12:45 p.m.
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights.
Free!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Dec 27

Family Art Project: Create Your Year - Hello 2015!

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Learn from gardeners, who plant according to the phases of the moon. What might your year look like if it was designed according to the lunar calendar? Capture your vision of seasonal…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 27

Primitive Survival Skills

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
If you were in the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back, could you make a fire, build a shelter, or gather clean drinking water?
Free!

Dec 27

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Central Park Perimeter Wall , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.2:45 p.m.
Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Park highlights.
Free!

Dec 27

The Night Sky

at Passarelle Ramp at David Dinkins Circle (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

6:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dec 28

Seal Exploration

at Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

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Event
Dec 28

Family Art Project: Create Your Year - Hello 2015!

at Wave Hill , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Learn from gardeners, who plant according to the phases of the moon. What might your year look like if it was designed according to the lunar calendar? Capture your vision of seasonal…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 28

Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jan 4

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Feb 1

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mar 1

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Apr 5

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, May 3, 2015

May 3

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Jun 7

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Jul 5

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Aug 2

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Sep 6

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Oct 4

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Nov 1

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Dec 6

Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons" through the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

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