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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, September 5, 2015

Sep 5

Seaside Wildlife Exploration

at Remsen Avenue and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals; Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Our Rangers…
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 5

Astronomy

at Beach 116 (in Rockaway Beach) , Queens

8:00 p.m.9:30 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 6, 2015

Sep 6

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Sep 6

Saltwater Fishing

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

12:00 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. Most programs are first-come, first-served
Free!

Sep 6

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 6

Ranger's Choice: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Space is limited and registration is required. To register, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Thursday, August 27th.
Free!

Sep 6

Historic New York: Gerritsen Grist Mill and Farmhouse

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore the area surrounding one of the first water-powered mills in North American and discover its value both past and present.
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, September 11, 2015

Sep 11

Family Camping at Fort Totten Park

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Participants are selected by lottery, to enter visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register 9/1
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Sep 12

Birding

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Sep 12

Family Camping at Pelham Bay Park

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Participants are chosen by lottery. To enter visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on September 2
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 12

The Night Sky

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Sep 13

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Sep 13

Seining

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

11:00 a.m.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 13

Thomas Jefferson Park to Randall's Island Hike

at First Avenue at 112th Street (in Thomas Jefferson Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy the urban wildlife and landscaping of Thomas Jefferson Park. Then journey along the greenway to Randall's Island to explore the salt marshes and waterside views of the city.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 13

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 13

Ranger's Choice: Archery

at Willowbrook Park Archery Range (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for a beginners introduction to the sport of archery for ages 8 and up. Enter the lottery on Wednesday, September 2nd to participate.
Free!

Sep 13

Freshwater Fishing

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

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. Most programs are first-come, first-served.
Free!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sep 19

Nature Exploration Hike: John Muir Trail

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Vigorous hikes are long distance with hills and rugged terrain.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 19

Family Camping at Prospect Park

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
To enter visit nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, September 9.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 19

The Night Sky: Constellation Stories

at West 173 Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, highlighting the science, history and folklore of the season's constellations.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 19

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals; wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Our Rangers…
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sep 20

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Sep 20

Historic New York: Old Croton Aqueduct

at W. 170th Street & University Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Hike across the High Bridge with the Urban Park Rangers and learn how NYC's oldest bridge brought water from the Bronx to Manhattan, and allowed our City to grow into the 20th century
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 20

Historic New York: Photography Pioneers

at Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points in our city's long history.Get inspiration from the vistas and grounds at Alice Austen Park
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 20

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 20

Basic Canoeing

at Golden Pond In Crocheron Park (in Crocheron Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Basic canoe programs are great for all skill levels. Children aged 8 and older are welcome.
Free!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Sep 26

Birding: Fall Migrants

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

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

Sep 26

Birding: Brooklyn Road Trip

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

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
The Rangers are taking you on a road trip in search of early fall migrants.
Free!

Sep 26

Nature Photography Hike

at School Road and Bay Street (in Von Briesen Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest and have your camera ready.
Free!

Sep 26

Summer on the Hudson: 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 tours, readings of eponymous children’s book, fishing clinics, and more.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 26

Night Hike (light)

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

7:00 p.m.9:00 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.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sep 27

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Sep 27

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 27

Ranger's Choice: Lunar Eclipse

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
The full moon will put on a rare show tonight as a total lunareclipse will occur.
Free!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Oct 4

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Oct 4

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Oct 10

Ranger's Choice: A DIY Guide to Camping

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Learn what everyday items can be used to make DIY. gear to save you money and maximize your fun.
Free!

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Oct 11

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Oct 11

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Oct 18

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Oct 18

Ranger's Choice: Survival Bracelets

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
A survival bracelet is not just trendy, it could save your life in a survival situation.
Free!

Oct 18

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Oct 25

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Oct 25

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Nov 1

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Nov 1

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.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Dec 26

Ranger's Choice: Central Park in the Movies

at Grand Army Plaza , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Hundreds of TV shows and movies have been filmed in Central Park.Hike along some of the pathways of lower Central Park to see where some of these iconic films were made.
Free!

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