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Urban Park Rangers

The Urban Park Rangers connect New Yorkers to the natural world through environmental education, outdoor recreation, wildlife management and active conservation.

Ranger instructing child about plant watering

For over 30 years the Urban Park Rangers have helped New Yorkers of all ages to discover the great outdoors, uncovering the natural wonders that exist right here in their own backyard.

With a NYC Park Ranger as your ambassador to the natural world, you can experience the marvels of an urban ecosystem. NYC Park Rangers welcome school children and their teachers through The Natural Classroom, high school students through the Ranger Conservation Corps, families and adults through Weekend Adventures, and groups looking for team building opportunities through the Adventure Course and Custom Adventures.

NYC Park Rangers serve all levels of interest from the novice to the seasoned nature lover. No matter which activity you choose, the Urban Park Rangers will help you get in touch with the Big Apple’s wild side. Adventure, discovery, and the natural world are just blocks away. 

Custom Adventures

During the summer, the Urban Park Rangers offer single day and overnight programs for summer camps and youth groups. To find out how to schedule a program for your group, visit our Custom Adventures webpage

Outdoors in NYC

Outdoors in NYC is the Rangers’ quarterly newspaper and calendar. Find information about FREE hikes, campouts, canoe outings, fishing outings, bird tours, and workshops that enhance your outdoor skills — all offered in your neighborhood and across the city.

Download a copy of the latest issue of Outdoors in NYC (PDF)

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