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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, December 26, 2014

Dec 26

Heart of the Park Walking Tour

at West 72nd and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Let the Urban Park Rangers guide you through the Heart of Central Park. Starting at Strawberry Fields, visit iconic locations like Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge while…
Free!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

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!

Must See
Event
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!

Must See
Event

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!

Must See
Event

Monday, December 29, 2014

Dec 29

Heart of the Park Walking Tour

at West 72nd and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Let the Urban Park Rangers guide you through the Heart of Central Park. Starting at Strawberry Fields, visit iconic locations like Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge while…
Free!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dec 30

Heart of the Park Walking Tour

at West 72nd and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Let the Urban Park Rangers guide you through the Heart of Central Park. Starting at Strawberry Fields, visit iconic locations like Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge while…
Free!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dec 31

Heart of the Park Walking Tour

at West 72nd and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Let the Urban Park Rangers guide you through the Heart of Central Park. Starting at Strawberry Fields, visit iconic locations like Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge while…
Free!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Jan 3

Astronomy: Quadrantids Meteor Shower

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  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. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Jan 4

Nature Exploration

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Jan 4

Astonomy: Quadrantids Meteor Shower

at Cunningham Park Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park) , Queens  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. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Jan 10

Birding: Eagles

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

9:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. We offer birding programs…
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 10

Light Hike: Winter Tree ID

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Jan 10

Nature's Workshop: Medicinal Plants

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

1:00 p.m.
This winter, join us for the Nature's Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on…
Free!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Jan 11

Seal Exploration

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

10:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Exploration Series focuses on…
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 11

North Manhattan Parks Super Hike

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.
Each season we feature some of the Rangers' favorite Weekend Adventure experiences. Discover the hidden gems found in the parks of northern Manhattan. Hikers will see…
Free!

Jan 11

Fitness Hike (vigorous)

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Jan 11

Build a Birdfeeder

at Marine Park at E. 36th Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
This winter, join the Urban Park Rangers for the Nature's Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Jan 17

Finding Your Way: Maps and Compasses

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world,…
Free!

Jan 17

Nature Exploration: Hunter Island

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. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Jan 18

Finding Your Way

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world,…
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 18

Birding: Winter BIrds

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

11:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. We offer birding programs…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan 18

Nature's Workshop: Indoor Composting Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.
This winter, join the Urban Park Rangers for the Nature's Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a…
Free!

Jan 18

A Park for the People: Central Park

at Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. This historic walking tour focuses on the…
Free!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Jan 24

Citizen Science Birdfeeder Workshop

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

11:00 a.m.
This winter, join the Urban Park Rangers for the Nature's Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan 24

Ranger's Choice: Pioneering Skills Building with Ropes and Wood

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
Each season we feature some of the Ranger's favorite Weekend Adventure experiences. Many plants can produce natural cordage, which our ancestors used to construct many…
Free!

Jan 24

Nature Exploration: Salt Marsh Nature Trail

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  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. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Jan 25

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

11:00 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. We offer birding programs…
Free!

Jan 25

Historic New York: Split Rock, Anne Hutchinson, and the Battle of Pell's Point

at Bartow Pell Mansion , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
Historic New York programs highlight the history and architecture of selected neighborhoods or parks. Split Rock is a glacial boulder, divided in half with a large crevice between…
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Jan 31

New York and the American Revolution

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

1:00 p.m.
Hear the stories surrounding Ft Greene Park and enjoy learning about our past.
Free!

Jan 31

Astronomy

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

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. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Feb 1

Nature's Workshop: Seed Germination

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers Nature Centers are your gateway to New York City parks. Each serves as an in–park community center for public education, recreational activities, and…
Free!

Friday, February 6, 2015

Feb 6

Astronomy: Jupiter at Opposition

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

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. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and…
Free!

Must See
Event
Feb 6

Astronomy: Jupiter at Opposition

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

7:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and…
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Feb 7

Nature Exploration Hike

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Feb 7

Winter Tree ID Hike

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Feb 7

Shelter Building Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world,…
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Feb 8

Nature's Workshop: Weather Exploration and Monitoring

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

1:00 p.m.
Winter is the best time to learn about weather, weather anomalies, and our changing climate through some fun weather experiments and outdoor exploration.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Feb 14

Nature's Workshop: Winter Journal Writing

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

1:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers Nature Centers are your gateway to New York City parks. Each serves as an in–park community center for public education, recreational activities, and…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Feb 15

Nature Exploration Hike

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island  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. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Feb 15

Animal Tracking

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world,…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 15

Hunter Island Night Hike

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

6:00 p.m.
Owls, deer, coytoes, and raccoons are among the many animals that call Pelham Bay Park home. Join the Urban Park Rangers for this rare winter night hike.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Feb 21

Birding: Eagles

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

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

Best For
Kids
Feb 21

Nature's Workshop: Owls and Pellets

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

1:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers Nature Centers are your gateway to New York City parks. Each serves as an in–park community center for public education, recreational activities, and…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 21

The Night Sky

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  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, February 22, 2015

Feb 22

Knot Tying Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world,…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 22

Nature's Workshop: Taste of Nature

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

1:00 p.m.
During this workshop, you will learn about the suprising origins of everday food. Discover how many familiar tastes are created with common plants.
Free!

Feb 22

The Night Sky

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

7:00 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

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Feb 28

Fire Making Skills

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Fire is mankind's greatest discovery. Learn primitive and modern…
Free!

Feb 28

Lantern Night Hike

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.
Discover Central Park and the Belvedere Castle at night.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mar 1

Nature Exploration Hike

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 the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Mar 7

Nature's Workshop: Nature's Music

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.
Learn about what trees and natural materials are used to build modern day and tribal musical instruments.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar 7

Nature Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Mar 7

The Night Sky

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

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, March 8, 2015

Mar 8

Nature Exploration: John Muir Trail

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just…
Free!

Mar 8

Fire Making Skills

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world,…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mar 14

Ranger's Choice Nature Photography Winter Woods

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

11:00 a.m.
Bring your camera and get inspired by the powerful images of nature in winter.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar 14

The Night Sky

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

5:00 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, March 15, 2015

Mar 15

Ranger's Choice: Camp Cooking 101

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

1:00 p.m.
Become a campfire foodie! Learn the basics of camp etiquette, how to set up a campfire, and make a meal with a Dutch Oven.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mar 21

Ranger's Choice Nature Photography Urban Parks

at Astoria Park Lawn (in Astoria Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
Bring your camera and get inspired by the powerful images of urban parks in winter.
Free!

Mar 21

The Night Sky

at Visitor Center (in Conference House 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

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mar 28

Ranger's Choice: Gravesend Cemetery Tour

at Gravesend Cemetery , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.
Dating back to 1643, Gravesend Cemetery is the final resting place of many prominent early residents of old Brooklyn. We will explore the cemetery while sharing their stories. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

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