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Nature, history, or just a good time, learn from New Yorkers and experts who have come to New York City's parks to share their stories. Check out these readings and discussions.

Talks Events

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Apr20

Hike the Trails of North Forty Natural Area

at Ryan Visitor Center (in ), Brooklyn

10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen and discover birds, early wildflowers, and hidden W.W. II military bunkers in this developing maritime woodland. Meet at the…
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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Apr26

Bird Walk

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Sherman Creek Park offers a diversity of ecosystems that provide habitat for many of New York City’s bird species. Come check out some of the best birding spots in Manhattan and…
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Apr26

Prospect Park Fair

at The Bandshell (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
The Prospect Park Alliance welcomes all Brooklynites to enjoy a day of family fun at the Prospect Park Fair. There will be live entertainment, vendors, food trucks, tennis demonstrations, a…
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Apr26

Arbor Day Celebration

at Tappen Park, Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
NYC Parks Forester, John Kilcullen will lead a discussion in Tappen Park about the importance of planting and caring for our neighborhood trees. Attendees will participate in planting Kousa…
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Apr26

Introduction to Bird Watching

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.  Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.
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Kids
Apr26

Urban Oasis: 30 Years Painting Bronx Parks by - Opening Reception

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park), Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join us at the opening reception of Daniel Hauben's Urban Oasis: 30 Years Painting Bronx Parks. Well known for his urban vistas, Daniel Hauben has spent many a lovely day painting…
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Apr26

What You Don't Know Can Hurt You: An Introduction to Copyright Protection

at Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center (in Herbert Von King Park), Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
An Introduction to Royalties Workshop led by Roger Meltzer, Founder, CEO, and Director of A&R at Capsicum Records. As Director of Artists and Repertoire, Meltzer is…
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Apr26

Talking about History - Rufus King's Reading in London: Using the History of Rome to Understand the French Revolution

at King Manor Museum (in Rufus King Park), Queens

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
From 1799-1803, when Rufus King was serving as Minister to Great Britain, he read Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and recorded excerpts from this book and…
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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Apr27

Hawk Watch at Freshkills Park

at Freshkills Park Parking Lot, Staten Island

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Spring migration is here! The Staten Island Museum, the Urban Park Rangers, and the Freshkills Park team are joining together to host a day of watching raptors at the top of Freshkills…
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Apr27

Earth Day Programming

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

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Alliance at the Audubon Center to celebrate Earth Day! Learn about responsible fishing from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. Have fun cleaning up the lakeshore,…
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Apr27

Delving into Isham Park's Past with Sidney Horenstein

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Sidney Horenstein, geologist and Educator Emeritus at the American Museum of Natural History, as he leads his geology, history, and natural history walk through Isham Park. Stroll…
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Saturday, May 3, 2014

May 3

Jane's Walk: Building Sustainability with Stewardship

at Clinton Avenue and Fulton Street

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Public green spaces contribute to the health and beauty of our city, and provide environmental benefits like cleaning the air and capturing stormwater. We need your help to keep them…
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May 3

Freshkills Park Tour

at St. George Ferry Terminal, Staten Island

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park will be almost three times the size of Central Park and the largest park developed in New York City in over 100 years. The transformation of what was…
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May 3

Introduction to Bird Watching

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.  Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.
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Kids

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May 4

Lecture Series: Gus Schumacher, Farming in Flushing

at Kingsland Homestead, Queens

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
An authority on all things food, Gus Schumacher’s family has been in the farming industry since his great-grandfather emigrated in 1848 from Germany to New York and rented some land…

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

May10

Introduction to Bird Watching

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.  Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.
Free!

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Kids
May10

Freshkills Park Hike

at Schmul Park, Staten Island

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Yearn for adventure? Join the Freshkills Park Staff as we hike areas we are developing into new parkland on Staten Island. This hike will bring you behind the scenes into natural sections of…
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Sunday, May 11, 2014

May11

Bones of an Old Dutch Farmhouse

at Lefferts Historic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance to examine the white oak timbers (the bones) of Lefferts Historic House and the many layers that were added, subtracted, and changed over the past 230…

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May11

Wildflower Walk in Sherman Creek

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Many native wildflowers are a rarity in New York City.  Fortunately, a wide variety of these species, from common flowers of the urban landscape to rare forest dwellers, can be found…
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Thursday, May 15, 2014

May15

Fashion Flashback: 1914

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

7:30 p.m.
To celebrate the centennial of both Bronx County and Bartow-Pell, we offer a look back at the fashions of 1914 by Bard Graduate Center scholar Sarah Pickman. Her studies in fashion history…

Saturday, May 17, 2014

May17

Introduction to Bird Watching

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.  Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.
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Kids

Sunday, May 18, 2014

May18

World's Fair Anniversary Festival

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens

1:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
We're celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the NYC World's Fair with a full day of free activities for all.  Interested in revisiting the 1939 and 1964 Fairs?…
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Saturday, May 24, 2014

May24

Summer on the Hudson: Nature Walks

at West 79th Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park), Manhattan

9:30 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Join Leslie Day, naturalist and author of Field Guide to the Natural World of New York City, and Field Guide to the Street Trees of New York City, (Johns Hopkins University Press) for a…
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May24

Introduction to Bird Watching

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.  Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, May 25, 2014

May25

Freshkills Park Birding Hike

at Eltingville Transit Center (in Freshkills Park), Staten Island

10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us as we search for the birds of Freshkills Park along the site's wetlands, creeks and meadows. Naturalists from the Staten Island Museum will be on hand to talk about habitats,…
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May25

Urban Park Ranger History Hike

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

11:00 a.m.
Learn about Revolutionary New York and the Battle of Pell’s Point on this fascinating hike of the area with an Urban Park Ranger. Comfortable shoes or boots, water, and a…
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

May31

Introduction to Bird Watching

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Look, up in the sky, it's a bird! But what kind? Join the Alliance to learn about the 250 species of birds that call Prospect Park home.  Led by the Brooklyn Brid Club.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, June 6, 2014

Jun 6

Waterfront Walk

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
From a competitive rowing hub to an illegal dumping ground, the Harlem River waterfront at Sherman Creek has seen a diversity of uses. Come see the latest developments! We will explore…
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

Jun 7

Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse Open House

at Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man made, in our city’s long history.  The Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse originated…
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Sunday, June 8, 2014

Jun 8

Genealogy Workshop

at Kingsland Homestead, Queens

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Queens Historical Society is happy to welcome back Wilhelmena Rhodes Kelley and the Daughters of the American Revolution for another genealogy discussion and workshop.  The Queens…

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jun12

Summer on the Hudson: Riverside Gallery Art in the Park

at Riverside Park South, Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Tour the Riverside Park open air gallery to see the 4th year presentations of the Art Students League Model to Monument public art project, featuring sculptures by seven accomplished…
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Saturday, June 14, 2014

Jun14

Afternoon of Romance Literary Festival

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Come join a wide array of New York City romance writers at  Morris-Jumel Mansion ! Meet authors of both contemporary, paranormal, and historic romance. Take a tour of the Mansion and…
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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Jun22

Sensory Perception Hike

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park), Queens 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 and places often off-limits to the general public.  On our hikes, you can gain orienteering…
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Jun22

History and Highlights of a World's Fair

at Kingsland Homestead, Queens

2:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Join World's Fair Historian Pierre Montiel for his second lecture at Queens Historical Society, which will cover the World’s Fairs held in Flushing, NY.  Montiel's…

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sep28

Sneak 'Peak' at Freshkills Park

at Freshkills Park Parking Lot, Staten Island

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
The signature annual event at Freshkills Park, Sneak 'Peak' is  a festival unlike any other.  The site is normally closed throughout the year as we continue park…
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