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Volume XXIX, Number 6080
Friday, Apr 18, 2014

This Weekend In Parks

Saturday, April 19

Birding: Spring Migrants

Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.

New York City is directly under the Atlantic Flyway migration route for many bird species. Check out which species are visiting NYC. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.

Archery

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

11:00 a.m.

Our trained Rangers will demonstrate the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Archery is a wonderful way to improve focus, develop patience, and develop upper body strength. Archery programs are for ages 8 and up. Registration is required.

Free!

Central Park Arches and Bridges

Central Park, Manhattan

12:00 p.m.

Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history. Enjoy this walking tour over, under, and through these iconic and unique structures. Registration required.

The Squirrel and the Caterpillar: A Puppet Show

Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park), Queens

1:00 p.m.

Urban Park Rangers are role models who encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere. "The Squirrel and the Caterpillar" puppet show is a story about an unlikely friendship between two young creatures of the forest who learn about growing up and changing in their environment. A wise old owl helps to tell this fun and lively tale that is also a lesson in environmental education.

Sunday, April 20

Nature Exploration Hike: Salt Marsh (light)

Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park), Brooklyn

12:00 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. On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world.

Kids Beach Exploration

Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park), Bronx

1:00 p.m.

Urban Park Rangers connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world. We will encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

Earth Day Upcycling Ideas and Crafts

Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park), Queens

1:00 p.m.

Join the Rangers in this celebration of Earth Day. Engage your creative side and breathe new life into reusable items. All supplies provided.

Salamander Exploration

Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park), Staten Island

1:00 p.m.

Salamanders are an indicator species of a healthy environment. Let the Urban Park Rangers guide you through the woods in search of amphibians and other forest floor critters.

Nature Exploration Hike (moderate)

Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

2:00 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. On our hikes, discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"Barring that natural expression of villainy which we all have,

the man looked honest enough."

Mark Twain

(1835 - 1910)

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