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Urban Park Rangers

Our Urban Park Rangers are full of knowledge about history, astronomy, animals, plants, and more. Attend a Ranger-led event with your family and see how much fun learning can be!

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Urban Park Rangers Events

Friday, August 29, 2014

Aug 29

Family Camping in Marine Park

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

6:00 p.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the divesions of everyday life…
Free!

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Aug 30

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 30

Hudson River Canoe Adventure (Advanced)

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.
Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 30

Ranger's Choice: Archery

at Willowbrook Park , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.
Our trained Rangers will demonstrate the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow.
Free!

Aug 30

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Aug 30

Family Camping in Fort Totten Park

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

6:00 p.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the divesions of everyday life…
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aug 31

Nature Exploration (light)

at Picnic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  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!

Aug 31

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 31

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Aug 31

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.
Inwood Hill Park comes alive at night with the activity of night herons, bats, raccoons, and skunks.
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sep 1

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 1

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Sep 2

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 2

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Sep 3

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 3

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Staycation

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Bring your sneakers and have a staycation with us!
Free!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Sep 5

Family Camping

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families.
Free!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Sep 6

Seining

at Burnett Street and Avenue U (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Seining programs, which use nets to catch fish and crustaceans close to shore, are great for kids of all ages.
Free!

Sep 6

Family Camping

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families.
Free!

Sep 6

Ranger's Choice: Fort Tour by Candlelight

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

7:30 p.m.
This is an exciting opportunity to visit this historic waterfront fortress in the twilight hours and walk through its tunnels by candlelight.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sep 7

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sep 7

Ranger's Choice: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
The Old Pelham Bay landfill remains closed to the public, making it a great place to watch migrating birds of prey.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 7

Saltwater Fishing

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 7

Gerritsen Grist Mill and Farmhouse

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

1:00 p.m.
Come for a guided exploration of the area surrounding one of the first water-powered mills in North America, and discover its value both past and present.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 7

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sep 7

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

7:00 p.m.
Alley Pond Park comes alive with the activity of its nocturnal residents: raccoons, bats, and sometimes owls.
Free!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sep 12

Family Camping in Alley Pond Park

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the divesions of everyday life…
Free!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Sep 13

Family Camping at Orchard Beach

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

6:00 p.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families.
Free!

Sep 13

The Night Sky

at Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

8:00 p.m.
The wonders of the universe are reay to be discovered and New York City parks are the perfect place to stargaze ad explore the night sky. Our Urban Park Rangers will be guides to…
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sep 14

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sep 14

Ethnobotany Hike (Light)

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

11:00 a.m.
On Nature Exploration Hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Ethnobotany looks at the cultural and historical uses of plants.
Free!

Sep 14

Ranger's Choice: Archery

at Willowbrook Park , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.
Our trained Rangers will demonstrate the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow.
Free!

Sep 14

Freshwater Fishing

at 164th Street and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of…
Free!

Sep 14

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sep 19

Family Camping

at High Rock Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with nature, and bond with our families. Camping affords us the opportunity to unplog from the diversions of everyday life and to…
Free!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sep 20

Basic Canoeing

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.
Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays.
Free!

Sep 20

Nature Exploration: John Muir Trail (vigorous)

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

1:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration Hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Free!

Sep 20

Family Camping

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life, and to laugh and play with our families.
Free!

Sep 20

The Night Sky

at The Great Hill (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sep 21

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sep 21

Historic New York: Estates of Pelham Bay

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

1:00 p.m.
Once there were many mansions on the shores of Pelham Bay. Now, only Bartow-Pell remains. Learn about the neighboring grand country estates on this fascinating hike.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 21

Revolutionary New York: Staten Island, 1776

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

1:00 p.m.
Discover Staten Island's role in the American Revolution and how those events shaped the Island of today.
Free!

Sep 21

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sep 21

Urban Park Ranger Hike at Bartow-Pell Mansion

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

1:00 p.m.
Once there were many mansions on the shores of Pelham Bay; now only Bartow-Pell remains. Learn about the other grand country estates that neighbored Bartow-Pell on this fascinating…
Free!

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Sep 27

Birding: Brooklyn Road Trip

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

10:00 a.m.
Take a trip in search of early fall migrants with our Rangers.
Free!

Sep 27

Hike the Greenbelt (vigorous)

at Parking Area (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

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

Sep 27

Night Hike (light)

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

7:00 p.m.
Our Night Hikes allow participants to see parks in a different light, and are great for families.
Free!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sep 28

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sep 28

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Oct 5

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Oct 5

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Oct 11

Little Red Lighthouse Festival

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

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse at the 22nd Little Red Lighthouse Festival! Including tours of the lighthouse with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oct 12

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Oct 12

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oct 19

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Oct 19

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oct 26

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Oct 26

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nov 2

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 10:00a.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

Nov 2

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Free programs are available for individuals aged 8 and above on a first–come,first-served basis on Sundays at 1:30 p.m. from May through November. Registration begins at…
Free!

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