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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

Saturday, May 7, 2016

May 7

Urban Wildlife Appreciation Day

at 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Learn about squirrels, coyotes, skunks, urban birds, and more. The Urban Park Rangers will also inform you about the best places to see wildlife in NYC.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, May 8, 2016

May 8

Ranger's Choice: Woodland Fairy House Walk

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
In folklore, the woodland fairies awaken the forest and bring about spring. We'll observe the fanciful plants and animals which inhabit the forest floor.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 8

Spring Wildflower Hike (light)

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

May 8

Seining

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet, seining programs use nets to catch fish
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 8

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

May 14

Birding: Spring Migration

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

May 14

Birding: Ridgewood Reservoir

at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 14

Butterfly Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

May 15

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
. The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

May 15

Kids Salamander Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 15

Freshwater Fishing

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, May 21, 2016

May 21

Basic Canoeing

at Martling Avenue and Brooks Pond Place (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 21

Ranger's Choice: Calver Vaux Park Discovery Hike

at Calvert Vaux Park , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This beautifully restored parkland holds remnants of sunken barges that have been taken over by nature.
Free!

May 21

Ranger's Choice: Gather Around the Campfire

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us around our roaring campfire for an evening of s'mores, games, and storytelling. Registration required.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 21

Ranger's Choice: Hunter Island Sunset Hike

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Enjoy a sunset hike through New York City's largest park with the Urban Park Rangers. Registration required.
Free!

May 21

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May 22

Birding: Hawk Watch

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

May 22

Basic Canoeing

at Harlem Meer 110th Street and Lenox Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

May 22

Revolutionary New York: Washington’s Slow Retreat to Victory

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points in our city’s long history. Join the Rangers in exploring this pivotal moment from the American Revolution.
Free!

May 22

Seining

at Broad Channel American Ball Fields , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet; seining programs use nets to catch fish.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 22

Horseshoe Crabs

at Plumb Beach parking lot

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 28

Ranger's Choice: Prospect Park Nature and History Bike Tour

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bike through Prospect Park while enjoying the sights and sounds of spring with the Urban Park Rangers. Registration is required.
Free!

May 28

Freshwater Fishing

at Eton Place and Richmond Avenue (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 28

Nature Exploration Hike (light)

at Kissena Corridor Park at 56th Avenue (in Kissena Corridor Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

May 28

Family Camping: Bronx

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
To enter your family in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, May 18.
Free!

May 28

Ranger's Choice: Twilight Canoe Adventure (Advanced)

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening canoeing as the twilight turns into evening. Participants must have prior canoe experience. Registation required
Free!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

May 29

Horseshoe Crabs

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban
Free!

May 29

Basic Canoeing

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

May 29

Basic Orienteering

at Forest Avenue and Silver Lake Park Road (in Silver Lake Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On an orienteering program, you will learn the skills to navigate using a map and compass.
Free!

May 29

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Illustrator Giada Crispiels for a unique coloring project celebrating her new book Wildlife of New York which captures the diverse beauty of the city.
Free!

May 29

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

9:00 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Jun 4

Basic Canoeing

at Eton Place and Richmond Avenue (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

Jun 4

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Registration is required.
Free!

Jun 4

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.8:00 a.m.
To enter your family in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, May 25.
Free!

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Jun 5

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Jun 5

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jun 5

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Jun 11

Kids Nature Hike

at Clinton Avenue and Prospect Avenue (in Goodhue Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 11

Ethnobotany and Medicinal Plants Hike (light)

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this nature hike, discover the medicinal and cultural uses of common plants found throughout New York City.
Free!

Jun 11

Saltwater Fishing

at American Veterans Memorial Pier , Brooklyn

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 11

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.8:00 a.m.
To enter your family in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, June 1.
Free!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Jun 12

Seining

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet as seining programs use nets to catch fish
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 12

Freshwater Fishing

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first come, first served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 12

Intermediate Canoeing

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

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Jun 18

Build a Bird Feeder

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to build a bird feeder at this free, family-friendly Urban Park Ranger program this weekend. Registration is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 18

Family Camping: Queens

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
To enter your family in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, June 8.
Free!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Jun 19

Ranger's Choice: Archery

at Willowbrook Park , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our trained Rangers will demonstrate the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Registration is required.
Free!

Jun 19

Waterfall Hike (light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

Jun 19

Tide Pool Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 19

Saltwater Fishing

at 10th Street Walking Bridge (in John V. Lindsay East River Park ) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, June 24, 2016

Jun 24

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
To enter your family in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, June 15.
Free!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jun 25

Saltwater Fishing

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. All equipment is provided.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 25

Summer on the Hudson: RiverFish Celebration

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Summer on the Hudson and the Urban Park Rangers invite you to spend a day in West Harlem Piers Park connecting to the life living within the Hudson River.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 25

Basic Canoeing

at Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jun 25

Intermediate Canoeing

at Beach 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jun 25

Ranger's Choice: Camp Food and Campfire Cooking

at Fort Greene Park , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Participants will learn fire making skills and how to cook on an open flame. The Urban Park Rangers will also share expert ways to pack food and cooking gear for a backwoods trip.
Free!

Jun 25

Family Camping: Staten Island

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
To enter your family in the lottery, visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, June 15.
Free!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Jun 26

Freshwater Fishing

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 26

Orienteering, Maps, and Compasses

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our orienteering hikes you will learn the skills needed to navigate using only a map and compass.
Free!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Jul 15

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Jul 22

Arts, Culture & Fun: Wildlife of New York

at Al Oerter Recreation Center (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join artist Giada Crispiels as she leads an art workshop at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park, with her new book, Wildlife of New York, a Five-Borough Coloring…
Free!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sep 24

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 with Urban Park Ranger-led ticketed tours, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors, and activities for the whole family!
Free!

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