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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

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Oct 25

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
Oct 25

Haunted Lantern Tours

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Leave your fear at home as the Urban Park Rangers lead your family through the haunted Fort Totten Water Battery.
Free!

Must See
Event

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

Historic New York: Riverdale Bell Tower

at Bell Tower Park , Bronx

11:00 a.m.
What do World War I, a Spanish Bell, a Mexican Monastery, and a general nicknamed "Old Fuss and Feathers" have to do with this quiet corner of the Bronx?
Free!

Oct 26

Fishing

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

11:00 a.m.
Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 26

Fall Photography Scavenger Hunt

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.
This guided walk will challenge you to capture through photography a list of natural items and themes along the way.
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!

Oct 26

Fall Foilage Hike

at Bloomingdale Park Playground (in Bloomingdale Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to some common trees found in New York City along the way.
Free!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nov 1

Wilderness Survival

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

1:00 p.m.
What would you do if you found yourself lost in the woods? Do you know how to build your own shelter, or start a fire without matches? What would you eat and where would…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 1

Heart of the Park: Central Park

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

1:00 p.m.
Let the Urban Park Rangers take you down to Strawberry Fields, visit the Angel of Bethesda Terrace, and experience the tranquility of Conservatory Water.
Free!

Nov 1

Historic New York: Sylvan Grove Cemetery

at Victory Boulevard and Alberta Avenue (in Sylvan Grove Cemetery) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.
Dating back to the 18th century, Sylvan Gove Cemetery holds the graves of prominent locals as well as British soldiers from the Revolutionary War.
Free!

Nov 1

Astronomy

at Owl's Head Park House (in Owl's Head Park) , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.
The wonders of the universe are ready to be discovered and New York City parks are the perfect place to stargaze and explore the night sky. Our Urban Park Rangers will be your…
Free!

Best For
Kids

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

Fall Foliage Walk: Cornucopia of Trees!

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

11:00 a.m.
Get inspired by the beauty of fall colors and enjoy the outdoors on this light hike. Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to some common trees found in New York…
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!

Nov 2

Historic New York: Native Americans

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

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. Historic New York Programs focus on the…
Free!

Nov 2

Nocturnal Wildlife

at Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nov 8

Van Cortlandt Super Hike (vigorous)

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

10:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Our Urban Park…
Free!

Nov 8

Wilderness Survival

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

11:00 a.m.
What would you do if you found yourself lost in the woods? Do you know how to build your own shelter, or start a fire without matches? What would you eat and where would…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 8

Wilderness Survival

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

1:00 p.m.
What would you do if you found yourself lost in the woods? Do you know how to build your own shelter, or start a fire without matches? What would you eat and where would…
Free!

Nov 8

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

6:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. From falcons and salamanders, to deer and seals, wildlife viewing opportunities exist year-round in all of our…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 8

Night Sky: The Moon and Taurid Meteor Shower

at Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.
The Taurid Meteor Shower produces 5-10 meteors per hour. In between, we will use telescopes to explore the bright Moon.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nov 9

Ranger's Choice: Long Island City Parks

at Broadway and Vernon Boulevard (in Socrates Sculpture Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.
This one-way 2.4 mile hike to Hunters Point South highlights little known parks along the way and their features.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 9

Fitness Hike (vigorous)

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

11:00 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit.
Free!

Nov 9

Wilderness Survival

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

1:00 p.m.
Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a wilderness survival program is perfect for you.
Free!

Nov 9

Astronomy

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Nov 11

Soldiers and Sailors Monument Open House

at Soldiers and Sailors Monument (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

12:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The monument's cornerstone was laid by New York Governor Theodore Roosevelt in 1899, and was officially dedicated in 1902.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nov 15

Fall Foilage Hike: Cass Gallagher Trail (light)

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to some common trees found in New York City along the tree trail.
Free!

Nov 15

Birding: Raptor Migration

at Gateway Drive and Erskine Street (in Spring Creek Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife-viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 15

Ranger's Choice: Lenape Thanksgiving

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
The Rangers will guide you to historic sites within the park and discuss the culture of the Lenape people.
Free!

Nov 15

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Ridgewood Reservoir , Queens  This is an Accessible location

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

Nov 15

Astronomy

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!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov 16

Birding

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

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

Nov 16

Wilderness Survival

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

1:00 p.m.
Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a wilderness survival program is perfect for you.
Free!

Nov 16

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Prospect Park South West (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nov 22

Ranger's Choice: Green-Wood Cemetery Bird Walk and History Tour

at Green-wood Cemetery

11:00 a.m.
Learn about the famous New Yorkers buried here, as well as the diverse bird population that thrives in the rolling acres that surround the graves, tombs, and mausoleums of this place.
Free!

Nov 22

Historic New York: Native Americans

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

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.
Free!

Nov 22

Wilderness Survival

at 116 Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.
Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a wilderness survival program is perfect for you.
Free!

Nov 22

Astronomy: New Moon

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.
With no moonlight to interfere, this is the best time of the month to observe faint objects such as galaxies and star clusters.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nov 23

Historic New York: Brooklyn Bridge

at Brooklyn Bridge Park Entrance at Old Fulton and Furman Streets (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.
Explore the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, from the time when it ws first built to its present day place in our growing city, and Brooklyn Bridge Park.
Free!

Nov 23

Fitness Hike (vigorous)

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

11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Nov 23

Birding: Owls

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 23

Fall Foliage Walk: Great Trees of Kissena (light)

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

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to some common and exotic trees found in New York City.
Free!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nov 29

Birding: Waterfowl

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

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

Nov 29

Nature Exploration Hike (moderate)

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens  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!

Nov 29

Hunter Island Hike (moderate)

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.
Free!

Nov 29

Fall Foliage Hike (light)

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 some amazing trees found in New York City.
Free!

Nov 29

Astronomy

at Wolfe's Pond Park House (in Wolfe's Pond 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

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Nov 30

Salt Marsh Exploration Hike (moderate)

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

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

Nov 30

Modern Survival Skills

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

1:00 p.m.
Learn about modern tools and techniques that could help you survive in the wilderness.
Free!

Nov 30

Nocturnal Wildlife

at West 100 Street and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan

5:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dec 6

Birding: Owls

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

5:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 6

Astronomy: The Full Moon

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

7:00 p.m.
The Moon will be directly opposite the Earth from the Sun and will be fully illuminated as seen from Earth.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec 7

Wilderness Survival

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

11:00 a.m.
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild? Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Nature Exploration Hike:John Muir Trail (Vigorous)

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

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

Dec 7

Fall Foliage Hike: Trees of McGolrick Park

at Driggs Avenue and N Henry Street (in Msgr. McGolrick Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to some amazing trees found in New York City.
Free!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dec 13

Winter Wildlife Viewing

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

9:00 a.m.
This time of year is perfect to spot migrating birds and waterfowl which will call our parks home for the winter.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 13

Four Squares Walk

at Madison Square Park , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.
Be our guest as we stroll through Madison Square Park, Union Square Park, Washington Square Park, and finally Tompkins Square Park.
Free!

Dec 13

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower

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

7:00 p.m.
The Geminids is one of the best meteor showers in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dec 14

Birding

at Ridgewood Reservoir , Queens  This is an Accessible location

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

Best For
Kids
Dec 14

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower

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

7:00 p.m.
The Geminids Meteor shower is one of the best in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak!
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dec 20

Emergency Preparedness: Extreme Winter Weather

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

1:00 p.m.
On these fun, family-friendly programs you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Dec 20

Ranger's Choice: Hunter Island Night Hike

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

5:00 p.m.
Owls, deer, coyotes and raccoons are among the many animals that call Pelham Bay Park home.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 20

Astronomy

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

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, December 21, 2014

Dec 21

Winter Wonderland Hike (vigorous)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.
On the shortest day of the year, join us for one of our longest hikes as we explore Central Park from top to bottom.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 21

Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park

at Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
The Historic New York Programs focus on the history of New York during the pre- and post-Colonial period.
Free!

Dec 21

Animal Tracks

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.
Our Rangers will teach you the basics about wildlife tracking. By the end you will be skilled in recognizing differences between raccoon and common housecat tracks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 21

Winter Solstice Celebration

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

4:00 p.m.
Enjoy hearthside stories, hot cider, and a candle light walk on the Putnam Trail with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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!

Best For
Kids
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!

Best For
Kids

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!

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