NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2014 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sun, 23 Nov 2014 05:05:29 GMT NYC Parks News 25 25 http://www.nycgovparks.org/sub_things_to_do/upcoming_events/events_search.php http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/parks_leaf_thumb.gif <![CDATA[Birding for Families]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/birding-for-families http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/birding-for-families Date: November 23, 2014

Experience the coming of fall in Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot! Join experts from NYC Audubon Society and Conservancy Discovery Guides on this walk to learn how to spot our feathered neighbors and their foreign cousins as they make their trip across the globe. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Dana Discovery Center.

Ages 5+. Free, registration not required. Space is limited; arrive early for check in. Members: enjoy pre-registration to secure your spot!

Programs take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 860-370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5410b0bf550ef.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:48 EST
<![CDATA[Fitness Hike (vigorous)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/fitness-hike-vigorous http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/fitness-hike-vigorous Date: November 23, 2014

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 Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate (longer, faster paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 772-3751

Location: Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 11:00 am 40.8701, -73.9211 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:35 EST
<![CDATA[Discovery Walks for Families: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/discovery-walks-for-families-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/discovery-walks-for-families-north-woods Date: November 23, 2014

Bring your family for a guided Discovery Walk around the North Woods and take part in hands-on exploration led by Central Park Conservancy educators and Discovery Guides.

Families only, maximum of three children per parent or guardian; no groups. Ages 5+. Space is limited; advance registration required. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the Walk to allow time for check in.

Programs take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees..

School groups interested in particicipating in a Discovery Walk can learn more here.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:30 pm

Contact phone: (917) 841-2081

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 11:00 am 12:30 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5410a906355e0.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:16 EST
<![CDATA[Nature Playtime!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/nature-playtime http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/nature-playtime Date: November 23, 2014

Join us as for special Nature Playtime! Pop-Up Audubon activities at the Zucker Natural Exploration Area.

Nature Playtime! creates fun, safe, and creative ways for your family to explore and play in nature together. Nature Playtime Guides will be facilitating seasonal nature play activities in outdoor locations around Prospect Park and the Prospect Park Zoo. Participating families will receive a Nature Playtime! Park Guide to help inspire more nature play. Let’s get outside together!

What is Nature Playtime? Nature Playtime is a partnership with Prospect Park Zoo, Tinkergarten, and the Prospect Park Alliance. Funding for this program is made possible by Disney Conservation Fund. Visit www.tinkergarten.com to learn more.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Zucker Natural Exploration Area (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 12:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6678, -73.9681 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/545a9758ecdfe.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:46 EST
<![CDATA[Birding: Owls]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/birding-owls http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/birding-owls Date: November 23, 2014

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 parks. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.

Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 1:00 pm 40.8704, -73.7867 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:49 EST
<![CDATA[Fall Foliage Walk: Great Trees of Kissena (light)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/fall-foliage-walk-great-trees-of-kissena http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/fall-foliage-walk-great-trees-of-kissena Date: November 23, 2014

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 and exotic trees found in New York City.

Light hikes are a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths. For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park)

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Q024 Kissena Park 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 1:00 pm 40.7498, -73.8076 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:27 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour Date: November 23, 2014

Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Central Park highlights. The route involves moderate inclines and some stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: Central Park Perimeter Wall

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2014-11-23 2014-11-23 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 40.7646, -73.9736 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/53063cd04714f.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:43 EST
<![CDATA[Healthful Harvest]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/healthful-harvest http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/healthful-harvest Date: November 23, 2014

Learn about harvest traditions around the world, including a discussion on sustainable agriculture, and next year's garden preparation (gardening tips and ideas, when to plant, what to plant etc).

Sample some of the seasonal bounty, including herbs and teas. This program is suitable for adults ages 16 and up.

Registration and pre-payment required.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:54 EST
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/garden-highlights-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/23/garden-highlights-walk Date: November 23, 2014

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-11-23 2014-11-23 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/544e83060f964.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:45 EST
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/25/garden-highlights-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/25/garden-highlights-walk Date: November 25, 2014

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-11-25 2014-11-25 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/544e832a5bcfd.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:45 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/25/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/25/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: November 25, 2014

View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan. The route involves many hills and stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-11-25 2014-11-25 12:00 pm 1:15 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/538cbb5b47555.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:39 EST
<![CDATA[Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/25/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/25/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary Date: November 25, 2014

Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail and see how Central Park Conservancy is turning this once-weed-filled promontory into a native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes.

This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. Please, no groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided, no registration needed. Space is limited.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 776-1067

Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-11-25 2014-11-25 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.7657, -73.9761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/541744392f812.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:50 EST
<![CDATA[Blooming Naturalists: Introduction to Bird Watching]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/27/blooming-naturalists http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/27/blooming-naturalists Date: November 27, 2014

So you think you're a naturalist? Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center in this Introduction to Bird Watching series. Using fun games and activities, learn what makes birds so special in a different lesson every week!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-11-27 2014-11-27 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5422e306872ef.png Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:50 EST
<![CDATA[Nature on the Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/27/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/27/nature-on-the-go Date: November 27, 2014

Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center to learn about the nature that is all around us. A naturalist leads children and families to areas near the Audubon Center to discover the flora and fauna in the park. Meet at the Audubon Center.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-11-27 2014-11-27 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5422e3898b691.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:46 EST
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/27/animal-encounter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/27/animal-encounter Date: November 27, 2014

Curious as to how "Snappy" the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join the Alliance at the Audubon Center to learn more about the animals in our collection. Discover what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal!

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-11-27 2014-11-27 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5422e40bd9f77.png Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:30 EST
<![CDATA[Run for the Trail: Thanksgiving Reunion Run 5K]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/run-for-the-trail-thanksgiving-reunion-run-5k http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/run-for-the-trail-thanksgiving-reunion-run-5k Date: November 28, 2014

Revisit your route from yesterday or yesteryear.

Register at here with old running pals or by yourself. Proceeds benefit VCP Conservancy’s XC trail initiative.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: Parade Ground (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-11-28 2014-11-28 10:00 am 40.8947, -73.8952 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:13 EST
<![CDATA[Blooming Naturalists: Introduction to Bird Watching]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/blooming-naturalists http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/blooming-naturalists Date: November 28, 2014

So you think you're a naturalist? Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center in this Introduction to Bird Watching series. Using fun games and activities, learn what makes birds so special in a different lesson every week!

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-11-28 2014-11-28 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5422e306872ef.png Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:50 EST
<![CDATA[Nature on the Go!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/nature-on-the-go http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/nature-on-the-go Date: November 28, 2014

Join the Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center to learn about the nature that is all around us. A naturalist leads children and families to areas near the Audubon Center to discover the flora and fauna in the park. Meet at the Audubon Center.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-11-28 2014-11-28 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5422e3898b691.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:46 EST
<![CDATA[Animal Encounter at Prospect Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/animal-encounter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/28/animal-encounter Date: November 28, 2014

Curious as to how "Snappy" the turtle got her name? Want to watch the snake gobble up a mouse? Join the Alliance at the Audubon Center to learn more about the animals in our collection. Discover what it takes to care for these amazing creatures and assist in an actual feeding. There will also be opportunities to get up close and personal!

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-11-28 2014-11-28 3:00 pm 4:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5422e40bd9f77.png Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:30 EST
<![CDATA[Bird Walk with NYC Audubon]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/bird-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/bird-walk Date: November 29, 2014

NYC Audubon experts lead the way as we marvel at quirky but logical bird behavior and delicate feathers in exquisite patterns.

Influential birders such as Roger Tory Peterson and Allan D. Cruickshank learned their craft on Van Cortlandt Park’s ecologically diverse grounds, and these walks celebrate the tradition set by them. Participants will look for resident and migrant species and discuss a wide range of avian topics. No registration necessary. No limit. Free. When birding on your own, check the Nature Sightings log in front of the Nature Center before you head out. At the end of walks, please add your sightings to the log, so others may be aware of recent nature happenings in the park.

Bring binoculars if you have them and wear sturdy shoes!

For more information about the birding program, visit: http://www.vcpark.org/the-park/features/9-birding.html

Start time: 8:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 430-1890

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 8:00 am 40.8911, -73.894 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/545b9c23a4fbe.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:46 EST
<![CDATA[Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park Date: November 29, 2014

Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting, or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut while getting great exercise. We are there every Saturday morning.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 442-0336

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/535b12e79fe5e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:04 EST
<![CDATA[Birding: Waterfowl]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/birding-waterfowl http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/birding-waterfowl Date: November 29, 2014

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 parks. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.

Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 10:00 am 40.6047, -73.9298 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:49 EST
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration Hike (moderate)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/nature-exploration-hike-moderate http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/nature-exploration-hike-moderate Date: November 29, 2014

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 Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.

On Nature exploration hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate (longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)

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Q001 Alley Pond Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 10:00 am 40.7428, -73.7359 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:44 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/family-art-project-harvest-time-hangings http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/family-art-project-harvest-time-hangings Date: November 29, 2014

Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/544e7f611625a.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:28 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: November 29, 2014

Explore Central Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. This route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/53063d734c462.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:31:38 EST
<![CDATA[Hunter Island Hike (moderate)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/hunter-island-hike-moderate http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/hunter-island-hike-moderate Date: November 29, 2014

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 Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.

Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate (longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain). For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 319-7258

Location: Orchard Beach Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 1:00 pm 40.8704, -73.7867 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:09 EST
<![CDATA[Fall Foliage Hike (light)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/fall-foliage-hike http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/fall-foliage-hike Date: November 29, 2014

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 amazing trees found in New York City.

Light hikes are a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths. For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 772-3751

Location: Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 1:00 pm 40.8701, -73.9211 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:27 EST
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Gallery Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/gallery-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/gallery-tour Date: November 29, 2014

Join a curatorial fellow for a tour of current exhibitions. In the main gallery, Recapturing the Scenic Wilds is inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, a former resident of Wave Hill who had a lifelong passion for discovering and collecting specimens for the public to appreciate. Exhibiting contemporary artists investigate the natural history display and what it says about our relationship to nature. In the Sunroom Project Space, Hilary Lorenz creates an immersive environment by experimenting with the arrangement of large shaped paper constructions printed with plant and animal imagery that appears to dance around the room, Tours take place Tuesdays and Saturdays at 2 p.m.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8989, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/544e8743b62d0.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:42 EST
<![CDATA[Astronomy]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/astronomy http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/29/astronomy Date: November 29, 2014

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 guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.

Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Wolfe's Pond Park House (in Wolfe's Pond Park)

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R031 Wolfe's Pond Park 2014-11-29 2014-11-29 6:00 pm 40.5173, -74.1905 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:43 EST
<![CDATA[Birding for Families]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/birding-for-families http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/birding-for-families Date: November 30, 2014

Experience the coming of fall in Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot! Join experts from NYC Audubon Society and Conservancy Discovery Guides on this walk to learn how to spot our feathered neighbors and their foreign cousins as they make their trip across the globe. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Dana Discovery Center.

Ages 5+. Free, registration not required. Space is limited; arrive early for check in. Members: enjoy pre-registration to secure your spot!

Programs take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 860-370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-11-30 2014-11-30 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5410b0bf550ef.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:48 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Harvest Time Hangings]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/family-art-project-harvest-time-hangings http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/family-art-project-harvest-time-hangings Date: November 30, 2014

Gather fall leaves, cones, pods and seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens and meadows to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the bounty and beauty of the season.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-11-30 2014-11-30 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/544e7f8795d7d.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:28 EST
<![CDATA[Salt Marsh Exploration Hike (moderate)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/salt-marsh-exploration-hike-moderator http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/salt-marsh-exploration-hike-moderator Date: November 30, 2014

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 Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On Nature exploration hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate (longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain).

For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2014-11-30 2014-11-30 11:00 am 40.6047, -73.9298 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:13 EST
<![CDATA[Modern Survival Skills]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/modern-survival-skills http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/modern-survival-skills Date: November 30, 2014

Learn about modern tools and techniques that could help you survive in the wilderness.

Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness. 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.

All programs are family-friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older. Wilderness survival programs feature hands-on activities in an outdoor setting. Please dress appropriately for cold weather.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 319-7258

Location: Pelham Bay Ranger Station (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2014-11-30 2014-11-30 1:00 pm 40.8516, -73.8266 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:32 EST
<![CDATA[Garden Highlights Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/garden-highlights-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/garden-highlights-walk Date: November 30, 2014

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-11-30 2014-11-30 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/544e8351568cf.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:45 EST
<![CDATA[Nocturnal Wildlife]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/nocturnal-wildlife http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/11/30/nocturnal-wildlife Date: November 30, 2014

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 parks. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 772-3751

Location: West 100 Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-11-30 2014-11-30 5:00 pm 40.7942, -73.9628 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:49 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/01/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/01/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour Date: December 1, 2014

Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Central Park highlights. The route involves moderate inclines and some stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: Central Park Perimeter Wall

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2014-12-01 2014-12-01 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7646, -73.9736 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/53063cd04714f.jpg Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/02/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/02/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park Date: December 2, 2014

See some of the park's most iconic places, like Bethesda Terrace and the Lake, and learn about its history, design, and magnificent restoration of these landscapes.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available for purchase onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-02 2014-12-02 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7691, -73.9741 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/538cbde512b41.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/02/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/02/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary Date: December 2, 2014

Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail and see how Central Park Conservancy is turning this once-weed-filled promontory into a native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes.

This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. Please, no groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided, no registration needed. Space is limited.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 776-1067

Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-02 2014-12-02 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.7657, -73.9761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/541744392f812.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:50 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/04/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/04/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 4, 2014

Explore Central Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. This route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-04 2014-12-04 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d18e90c0e8.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: The Ramble]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/05/central-park-tour-the-ramble http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/05/central-park-tour-the-ramble Date: December 5, 2014

Pass over streams and under arches on a maze of pathways in this secluded, 38-acre woodland on this route, which involves many hills and stairs.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-05 2014-12-05 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7793, -73.9691 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d194cc75ed.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Flora and Fauna Tour of Inwood Hill Park with Author Leslie Day]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/walk-in-inwood-hill-park-with-leslie-day http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/walk-in-inwood-hill-park-with-leslie-day Date: December 6, 2014

With winter around the corner take a walk in Inwood Hill Park with author and naturalist Leslie Day to discover what our year-round birds and mammals and the plants they depend upon are doing to prepare for winter. Meet at the Payson Park House. If the weather is inclement Leslie will give a talk and PowerPoint presentation on our wildlife's' winter preparation.

This program is generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Photo courtesy of Dr. Aliza Holtz.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 10:30 am

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 9:00 am 10:30 am 40.8673, -73.929 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5435680dd97c0.JPG Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:43 EST
<![CDATA[Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park Date: December 6, 2014

Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting, or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut while getting great exercise. We are there every Saturday morning.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 442-0336

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/535b12e79fe5e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:04 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Season's Greetings]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/family-art-project-seasons-greetings http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/family-art-project-seasons-greetings Date: December 6, 2014

See the inspiring signs of fall shifting to winter at Wave Hill. Draw your own cold-weather tales in a variety of surprise, pop-up holiday cards that come alive with seasonal scenes. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54610252042dc.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:28 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Workshop Weekend: Natural Wreaths And Swags]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/holiday-workshop-weekend-natural-wreaths-and-swags http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/holiday-workshop-weekend-natural-wreaths-and-swags Date: December 6, 2014

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Craft one-of-a-kind holiday decorations using fresh greens harvested from Wave Hill’s gardens. Each participant designs a verdant wreath or swag accented with natural materials and elegant accessories. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day demonstrates simple floral techniques and provides plenty of materials to fuel your creative spirit. Children eight and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5461052fb152d.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:03 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Workshop Weekend: Linocut Cards]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/holiday-workshop-weekend-linocut-cards http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/holiday-workshop-weekend-linocut-cards Date: December 6, 2014

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Carve and print an edition of holiday cards with Public Programs Manager Shannon Murphy. Join in a card-making fiesta and learn about the materials and process of linoleum relief printing. Personalize your cards with illustrations that show your loved ones how much you care. Children eight and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546104c709734.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:03 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Workshop Weekend: Miniature Arrangements]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/holiday-workshop-weekend-miniature-arrangements http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/holiday-workshop-weekend-miniature-arrangements Date: December 6, 2014

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Fashion a trio of sweet miniature arrangements in tiny containers using fresh greens, pinecones and other natural materials. Give your arrangements as gifts, or enjoy them on your own holiday table. Creative guidance offered by Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer. Children eight and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5461050596bc7.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:03 EST
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Gallery Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/gallery-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/gallery-tour Date: December 6, 2014

Join a curatorial fellow for a tour of current exhibition. Recapturing the Scenic Wilds is inspired by Theodore Roosevelt, a former resident of Wave Hill who had a lifelong passion for discovering and collecting specimens for the public to appreciate. Contemporary artists in the exhibition investigate the natural history display and what it says about our relationship to nature. This is the final tour for this exhibition.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Glyndor Gallery (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8989, -73.9119 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:42 EST
<![CDATA[Inspiring Insects with Dr. A!]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/inspiring-insects-with-dr-a http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/inspiring-insects-with-dr-a Date: December 6, 2014

Join Dr. Leonissa Ardizzone of Storefront Science for this free workshop on incredible insects. Learn why insects are essential to many other species, including humans! An in-depth workshop on insects in our ecology and the role they play in making our natural realm thrive.

Appropriate for ages 6 to 11. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This is an indoor venue and is ADA accessible.

Start time: 3:00 pm

End time: 4:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 3:00 pm 4:30 pm 40.8672, -73.9289 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546cdf6847f60.jpg Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Birding: Owls]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/birding-owls http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/06/birding-owls Date: December 6, 2014

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 parks. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.

Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 772-3751

Location: Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-12-06 2014-12-06 5:00 pm 40.8701, -73.9211 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:49 EST
<![CDATA[Birding for Families]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/birding-for-families http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/birding-for-families Date: December 7, 2014

Experience the coming of fall in Central Park when it becomes a precious bird habitat and migration hot spot! Join experts from NYC Audubon Society and Conservancy Discovery Guides on this walk to learn how to spot our feathered neighbors and their foreign cousins as they make their trip across the globe. Binoculars can be borrowed from the Dana Discovery Center.

Ages 5+. Free, registration not required. Space is limited; arrive early for check in. Members: enjoy pre-registration to secure your spot!

Programs take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 860-370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/541859555db95.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:48 EST
<![CDATA[Discovery Walks for Families: Harlem Meer]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/discovery-walks-for-families-harlem-meer http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/discovery-walks-for-families-harlem-meer Date: December 7, 2014

Bring your family for a guided Discovery Walk around the Harlem Meer and take part in hands-on exploration led by Central Park Conservancy educators and Discovery Guides.

Families only, maximum of three children per parent or guardian; no groups. Ages 5+. Space is limited; advance registration is required. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the Walk to allow time for check in.

Programs take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees.

School groups interested in particicipating in a Discovery Walk can learn more here.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (917) 841-2081

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 10:00 am 11:30 am 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5410ac8408223.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:16 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Season's Greetings]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/family-art-project-seasons-greetings http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/family-art-project-seasons-greetings Date: December 7, 2014

See the inspiring signs of fall shifting to winter at Wave Hill. Draw your own cold-weather tales in a variety of surprise, pop-up holiday cards that come alive with seasonal scenes.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54610205a1481.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:28 EST
<![CDATA[Wilderness Survival]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/wilderness-survival http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/wilderness-survival Date: December 7, 2014

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 you find water? 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.

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. 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.

All programs are family-friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older. Wilderness survival programs feature hands-on activities in an outdoor setting. Please dress appropriately for cold weather.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park)

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R119 Blue Heron Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 11:00 am 40.5309, -74.1778 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:52 EST
<![CDATA[Nature Exploration Hike:John Muir Trail (Vigorous)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/nature-exploration-hike-john-muir-trail-vigorous http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/nature-exploration-hike-john-muir-trail-vigorous Date: December 7, 2014

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.

On Nature exploration hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light (leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths), to moderate (longer, faster paced hikes on rugged terrain), to vigorous (long distance, with hills and rugged terrain).

For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 11:00 am 40.9044, -73.8964 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:44 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Workshop Weekend: Miniature Arrangements]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/holiday-workshop-weekend-miniature-arrangements http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/holiday-workshop-weekend-miniature-arrangements Date: December 7, 2014

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Fashion a trio of sweet miniature arrangements in tiny containers using fresh greens, pinecones, and other natural materials. Give your arrangements as gifts, or enjoy them on your own holiday table. Creative guidance offered by Assistant Director of Public Programs Laurel Rimmer. Children eight and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 543-3344

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546105bc69e79.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 16:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Holiday Workshop Weekend: Natural Wreaths And Swags]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/holiday-workshop-weekend-natural-wreaths-and-swags http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/holiday-workshop-weekend-natural-wreaths-and-swags Date: December 7, 2014

Drop by this weekend to create your own gifts and holiday decorations inspired by Wave Hill’s wintry landscape. Craft one-of-a-kind holiday decorations using fresh greens harvested from Wave Hill’s gardens. Each participant designs a verdant wreath or swag accented with natural materials and elegant accessories. Horticultural Interpreter Charles Day demonstrates simple floral techniques and provides plenty of materials to fuel your creative spirit. Children eight and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 11:00 am 3:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546105e4328ee.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Fall Foliage Hike: Trees of McGolrick Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/fall-foliage-hike-trees-of-mcgolrick-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/fall-foliage-hike-trees-of-mcgolrick-park Date: December 7, 2014

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 amazing trees found in New York City. Light hikes are a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths. For all hiking programs we recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, and packing water and a light snack.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Driggs Avenue and N Henry Street (in Msgr. McGolrick Park)

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B114 Msgr. McGolrick Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 1:00 pm 40.7232, -73.9432 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:27 EST
<![CDATA[Garden Walking Tour in Fort Tryon Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/garden-walking-tour-in-fort-tryon-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/garden-walking-tour-in-fort-tryon-park Date: December 7, 2014

Take a tour of the "Park for All Seasons." Take a walking tour of the Heather and Alpine Gardens of Fort Tryon Park. Discover which plants are in bloom in each of the seasons, even in the dead of winter. Learn about the gardens' history, future, and secrets from a member of Fort Tryon's expert horticulture staff.

These tours are wheelchair accessible but persons with mobility issues may find them challenging because of the park's many steep paths.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park)

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M029 Fort Tryon Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.8606, -73.9338 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:45 EST
<![CDATA[Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/garden-and-conservatory-highlights-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/garden-and-conservatory-highlights-walk Date: December 7, 2014

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546109f28eba3.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: December 7, 2014

View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan. The route involves many hills and stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 2:00 pm 3:15 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d1c092d0ea.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Wildlife Workshop with Bobby Horvath]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/wildlife-workshop-with-bobby-horvath http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/wildlife-workshop-with-bobby-horvath Date: December 7, 2014

Get to know your New York City wildlife! Join us for a two hour program with wildlife rehabilitators, Bobby Horvath and Cathy St. Pierre to meet some of the wildlife and learn about the work of Wildlife In Need Of Rescue & Rehabilitation.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone:

Location: Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 2:00 pm 40.8672, -73.9289 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546cdfd4d6c42.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:05 EST
<![CDATA[Space Travel: The Next Frontiers]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/space-travel-the-next-frontiers http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/07/space-travel-the-next-frontiers Date: December 7, 2014

The future of mankind lies in exploring Mars and other worlds, as well as tourism beyond the earth's gravitational field. How can people prepare for such a flight? How will astronauts prepare for a flight to Mars? Why will all our descendants in the future have to make such a journey?

Wagner College astronomy professor and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Harold Kozak, will explore the ways in which humans will not only travel in outer space, but also eventually terraform Mars, as well as other worlds. In addition, he will explain why it will be imperative for our descendants to find other habitable planets in the future. This presentation is geared to ages 7 and up. Free program. Registration required.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2014-12-07 2014-12-07 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:42 EST
<![CDATA[Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/09/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/09/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary Date: December 9, 2014

Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail and see how Central Park Conservancy is turning this once-weed-filled promontory into a native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes.

This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. Please, no groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided, no registration needed. Space is limited.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 776-1067

Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-09 2014-12-09 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.7657, -73.9761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/541744392f812.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:50 EST
<![CDATA[Alley Creek Watershed Project Community Meeting]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/10/alley-creek-watershed-project-community-meeting http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/10/alley-creek-watershed-project-community-meeting Date: December 10, 2014

Help us create a road map for improving the habitat of the Alley Creek Watershed. This is the third and final meeting in the development process for a watershed plan.

This is an opportunity for the community to hear an overview of the Watershed Plan and learn how community concerns voiced during the public comment period were incorporated. The presentation at this meeting will provide a review of ten strategies and priority recommendations including ecological restoration, stormwater management, community outreach, partnerships, research and more.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 360 1446

Location: Alley Pond Park Environmental Center

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2014-12-10 2014-12-10 6:00 pm 40.762, -73.7536 Wed, 19 Nov 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/11/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/11/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: December 11, 2014

View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan. The route involves many hills and stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-11 2014-12-11 12:00 pm 1:15 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d1c092d0ea.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Art Exhibit: From Nests to Nets]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/11/from-nests-to-nets http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/11/from-nests-to-nets Date: December 11, 2014

The Prospect Park Alliance in partnership with Audubon NY welcomes artist Rebecca Jewell to display her newest exhibit, From Nests to Nets, which will be on view at the Audubon Center during its public hours through December 20. Enjoy refreshments and light hors d'oeuvres as Jenney Newell of the American Museum of Natural History moderates a conversation with the artist.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 8:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)

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B073 Prospect Park 2014-12-11 2014-12-11 6:00 pm 8:00 pm 40.6607, -73.9654 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546b749ca26ff.jpg Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[NYC's Aquatic 'Gentle Giants': An Evening Talk with Paul Sieswerda, Executive Director of Gotham Whale]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/11/nycs-aquatic-gentle-giants-an-evening-talk-with-paul-siewerda-excutive-director-of-gotham-whale http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/11/nycs-aquatic-gentle-giants-an-evening-talk-with-paul-siewerda-excutive-director-of-gotham-whale Date: December 11, 2014

As part of Conference House Park's ongoing program Dunes, Drawing and Dendrology, a thematic series of free nature walks, talks, and art workshops, designed to encompass the various natural elements of the Park and the surrounding environs, Paul Sieswerda, Executive Director of Gotham Whale will give an evening talk and presentation on the increasing number of whales being found off the shores of NYC.

With the waters in and around New York Harbor and the New York 'Bight' becoming cleaner and better able to support more fish and other food sources, these gentle giants are also being drawn to these waters.

Pleae join us for an entertaining and informative evening.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time: 9:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 227-1463

Location: Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park)

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R006 Conference House Park 2014-12-11 2014-12-11 7:00 pm 9:00 pm 40.5026, -74.2518 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546667c76fe7c.jpg Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/12/central-park-tour-southern-welcome-tour Date: December 12, 2014

Travel from Grand Army Plaza, past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and stop at the Dairy on this trip through the southern Central Park highlights. The route involves moderate inclines and some stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-6564

Location: Central Park Perimeter Wall

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2014-12-12 2014-12-12 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7646, -73.9736 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/53063cd04714f.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Winter Wildlife Viewing]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/winter-wildlife-viewing http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/winter-wildlife-viewing Date: December 13, 2014

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 parks.

This time of year is perfect to spot migrating birds and waterfowl which will call our parks home for the winter. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels, and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)

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Q099 Flushing Meadows Corona Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:00 am 40.7227, -73.827 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:53 EST
<![CDATA[Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park Date: December 13, 2014

Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting, or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut while getting great exercise. We are there every Saturday morning.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 442-0336

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/535b12e79fe5e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:04 EST
<![CDATA[Get Active Hiking]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/get-active-hiking1 http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/get-active-hiking1 Date: December 13, 2014

Wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack on this hike with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.

For more information please visit the Friends of VCP's website.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 601-1553

Location: Van Cortlandt Park Station: Last Stop on the #1 Train (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 40.8892, -73.8986 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:45 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Colorful Candles and Winter Berries]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries Date: December 13, 2014

Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful clay-like wax, mix and mold an inventive image of nature onto your candle. Add berries and boughs to decorate a candle holder and create a source of natural light for any occasion. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54610292558f0.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Signs of the Season Saunter]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/signs-of-the-season-saunter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/signs-of-the-season-saunter Date: December 13, 2014

December isn’t as “deep and dark” as some may say.

Search for animal tracks, calling birds, evergreen trees and shrubs, and more as the trails near the Greenbelt Nature Center reveal how merry and bright they can be this holiday season.

This trail walk is at least an hour in length and geared towards ages 6 and up. Carolers and ugly sweaters welcome! Registration is required.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:36 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 13, 2014

Explore Central Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. This route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d18e90c0e8.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-hallett-nature-sanctuary-and-the-pond http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/central-park-tour-hallett-nature-sanctuary-and-the-pond Date: December 13, 2014

Take a break to enjoy this walk through Central Park's smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours and limited open hours April through October. Route involves hills and wood chipped trails.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: 6th Avenue and Central Park South (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 2:00 pm 3:15 pm 40.7657, -73.9761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d1dde27fe7.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Inwood Owl Prowl]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/inwood-owl-prowl http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/inwood-owl-prowl Date: December 13, 2014

Whoooo goes there?

Bring the whole family and find out as you roam the winter woods in search of owls with expert naturalist Mike Feller. It's the beginning of their mating season so you may observe some interesting behaviors. Mike will demonstrate how to attract owls using calls.

Mike Feller's Nature Walks in Northern Manhattan Parks are generously supported by the Greenacre Foundation and the Fort Tryon Park Trust.

Start time: 4:00 pm

End time: 5:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: Seaman Avenue and Isham Street Entrance (in Inwood Hill Park)

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M042 Inwood Hill Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 4:00 pm 5:30 pm 40.87, -73.9211 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:11 EST
<![CDATA[Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/13/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower Date: December 13, 2014

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 guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.

The Geminids is one of the best meteor showers in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 548-0912

Location: Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park)

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X092 Van Cortlandt Park 2014-12-13 2014-12-13 7:00 pm 40.8911, -73.894 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:43 EST
<![CDATA[Birding]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/birding http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/birding Date: December 14, 2014

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 parks. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.

Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Ridgewood Reservoir

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2014-12-14 2014-12-14 9:00 am 40.6864, -73.8892 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:48 EST
<![CDATA[Winter Birding]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winter-birding http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winter-birding Date: December 14, 2014

The Hudson River valley hosts an impressive diversity of bird species, even during the winter months. Explore Wave Hill’s tranquil gardens and woodlands with naturalist Gabriel Willow to observe birds in their winter habitats. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. Birders of all levels welcome! Severe weather cancels. Free with admission to the grounds. (NYC Audubon Members enjoy two-for-one admission.) Registration required, online at www.wavehill.org or at the Perkins Visitor Center.

Start time: 9:30 am

End time: 11:30 am

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 9:30 am 11:30 am 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546108d407e4e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Colorful Candles and Winter Berries]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/family-art-project-colorful-candles-and-winter-berries Date: December 14, 2014

Take a simple candlestick and, using colorful clay-like wax, mix and mold an inventive image of nature onto your candle. Add berries and boughs to decorate a candle holder and create a source of natural light for any occasion.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546102c728970.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Winter's Adornment Family Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winters-adornment-family-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/winters-adornment-family-walk Date: December 14, 2014

After the Family Art Project, continue exploring the theme on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands, led by naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow. Let winter surprise you with an adornment of color. Join us on a walk through the gardens and woodlands to investigate vibrant berries, colorful twigs and dazzling patterns. Ages six and older welcome with an adult.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 2:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 1:00 pm 2:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546109ab040e7.jpg Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Wave Hill Garden and Conservatory Highlights Walk]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/garden-and-conservatory-highlights-walk http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/garden-and-conservatory-highlights-walk Date: December 14, 2014

Join us for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.8991, -73.9119 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54610a1eaf227.jpg Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: The Ramble]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/central-park-tour-the-ramble http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/central-park-tour-the-ramble Date: December 14, 2014

Pass over streams and under arches on a maze of pathways in this secluded, 38-acre woodland on this route, which involves many hills and stairs.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase recommended. Tickets available onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Belvedere Castle (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 2:00 pm 3:30 pm 40.7793, -73.9691 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d194cc75ed.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/14/astronomy-the-geminids-meteor-shower Date: December 14, 2014

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 guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.

The Geminids Meteor shower is one of the best in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak! Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 7:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 421-2021

Location: Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)

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B057 Marine Park 2014-12-14 2014-12-14 7:00 pm 40.6047, -73.9298 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:43 EST
<![CDATA[Arts, Culture & Fun; New Horizons; Exploring Pluto]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/arts-culture-fun-new-horizons-exploring-pluto http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/15/arts-culture-fun-new-horizons-exploring-pluto Date: December 15, 2014

The New Horizons spacecraft has been on its way to Pluto since 2006, and will be making its closest approach to the former planet in just 9 short months. Before it gets there, come listen to a talk by Jaclyn Avidon, Chair of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York’s Education
and Educational Outreach Committees, as she explains all you need to know about Pluto –everything from what we currently know about the
dwarf planet, to why it lost its planetary status. After the talk, telescopes will be set up for observing on the rooftop (weather permitting).
Guests are welcome to bring their own binoculars and telescopes and set them up alongside the experts.

About the AAA: The Amateur Astronomers Association of New York was organized in 1927 to promote the study of Astronomy, emphasizing its cultural and inspirational value. The AAA holds observing and educational events throughout the 5 boroughs, and beyond. Visit aaa.org to find out more and check out their calendar of upcoming events!

Photo credit: NASA

Start time: 6:30 pm

End time: 8:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Tony Dapolito Recreation Center

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2014-12-15 2014-12-15 6:30 pm 8:30 pm 40.7295, -74.0055 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/5464c831921ba.JPG Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:40 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: December 16, 2014

View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan. The route involves many hills and stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-16 2014-12-16 12:00 pm 1:15 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d1c092d0ea.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Open Hours: Hallett Nature Sanctuary]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/16/open-hours-hallett-nature-sanctuary Date: December 16, 2014

Normally closed to visitors except on guided tours, visitors can come explore the Hallett at their own pace along the rustic trail and see how Central Park Conservancy is turning this once-weed-filled promontory into a native woodland garden for birds and other wildlife. The wood-chipped trail is uneven; please wear appropriate shoes.

This ecosystem is a protected area and home to many flora and fauna. Please, no groups, dogs, bikes, or strollers. Free and self-guided, no registration needed. Space is limited.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 776-1067

Location: Hallett Nature Sanctuary (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-16 2014-12-16 1:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.7657, -73.9761 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/541744392f812.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:33:50 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/18/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/18/central-park-tour-iconic-views-of-central-park Date: December 18, 2014

See some of the park's most iconic places, like Bethesda Terrace and the Lake, and learn about its history, design, and magnificent restoration of these landscapes.

Space is limited; advance ticket purchase is recommended. Tickets are available for purchase onsite with credit card only. Please arrive at the meeting location 15 minutes before the start of the tour to allow time for check in. For the courtesy of other guests, those arriving after the start time cannot be accommodated.

Ticket sales are final. Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:30 pm

Contact phone: (212) 794-4064

Location: Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-18 2014-12-18 12:00 pm 1:30 pm 40.7691, -73.9741 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/538cbde512b41.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/19/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/19/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 19, 2014

Explore Central Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. This route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 12:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-19 2014-12-19 12:00 pm 12:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d18e90c0e8.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/cleaningmaintaining-westerleigh-park Date: December 20, 2014

Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting, or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut while getting great exercise. We are there every Saturday morning.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 442-0336

Location: Westerleigh Park

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R029 Westerleigh Park 2014-12-20 2014-12-20 9:00 am 12:00 pm 40.6198, -74.1345 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/535b12e79fe5e.jpg Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:04 EST
<![CDATA[Goodbye Fall, Hello Winter]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/goodbye-fall-hello-winter http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/goodbye-fall-hello-winter Date: December 20, 2014

Celebrate the end of fall and look forward to the cozy winter days ahead.

Weather permitting, we will take a short walk and see how the forest has been preparing for winter. Then we will create a special craft that will add light to the season’s shorter, darker days as we cozy up near the fireplace and enjoy a warm cup of tea or hot cocoa.

This program is recommended for ages 4-8 with an adult chaperone.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 12:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2014-12-20 2014-12-20 11:00 am 12:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:46 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: North Woods]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/central-park-tour-north-woods http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/central-park-tour-north-woods Date: December 20, 2014

View tumbling cascades, rustic bridges, and picturesque pools in the park's largest woodland area, a landscape designed to offer a forest retreat right in Manhattan. The route involves many hills and stairs.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 m.p.h. or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 degrees or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:15 pm

Contact phone: (212) 860-1370

Location: Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-20 2014-12-20 12:00 pm 1:15 pm 40.7968, -73.9515 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d1c092d0ea.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[Emergency Preparedness: Extreme Winter Weather]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/emergency-preparedness-extreme-winter-weather http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/emergency-preparedness-extreme-winter-weather Date: December 20, 2014

Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques of wilderness survival and emergency preparedness.

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.

This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 352-1769

Location: Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)

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Q001 Alley Pond Park 2014-12-20 2014-12-20 1:00 pm 40.7428, -73.7359 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:32:20 EST
<![CDATA[Ranger's Choice: Hunter Island Night Hike]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/rangers-choice-hunter-island-night-hike http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/rangers-choice-hunter-island-night-hike Date: December 20, 2014

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.

Owls, deer, coyotes and raccoons are among the many animals that call Pelham Bay Park home. Join the Rangers for this rare winter night hike.

Participants are chosen by lottery. To enter your name in the lottery, visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, December 10th.

Start time: 5:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 319-7258

Location: Orchard Beach Parking Lot (in Pelham Bay Park)

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X039 Pelham Bay Park 2014-12-20 2014-12-20 5:00 pm 40.8687, -73.797 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:34:02 EST
<![CDATA[Astronomy]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/astronomy http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/20/astronomy Date: December 20, 2014

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 guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe. Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events.

Programs are best enjoyed on clear nights, so please call ahead if weather conditions are not clear.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 772-3751

Location: North Side of the Great Lawn (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-20 2014-12-20 6:00 pm 40.7825, -73.9657 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:43 EST
<![CDATA[Family Art Project: Snow-Globe Gift Boxes]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/family-art-project-snowglobe-gift-boxes http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/family-art-project-snowglobe-gift-boxes Date: December 21, 2014

Choose from live evergreen boughs and their wonderful scents and textures to create a winter wonderland snow-globe box. Add inhabitants and decorate it with shiny foil, snowy shapes and natural objects, such as cones, dried herbs and spices.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 549-3200

Location: Wave Hill

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X209 Wave Hill 2014-12-21 2014-12-21 10:00 am 1:00 pm 40.8987, -73.9125 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/54610336a32ab.jpg Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:00:03 EST
<![CDATA[Winter Wonderland Hike (vigorous)]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/winter-wonderland-hike-vigorous http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/winter-wonderland-hike-vigorous Date: December 21, 2014

On the shortest day of the year, join us for one of our longest hikes as we explore Central Park from top to bottom. Central Park will be decorated for the holidays, so be sure to bring your camera.

Pre-registration is encouraged. If registrations exceed program capacity, participants will be chosen through lottery to ensure fairness in the selection process. To register please visit www.nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register on Wednesday, December 10th.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time:

Contact phone: (212) 772-3751

Location: Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-21 2014-12-21 11:00 am 40.7971, -73.9515 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:53 EST
<![CDATA[Animal Tracks]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/animal-tracks http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/animal-tracks Date: December 21, 2014

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 parks. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.

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.

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time:

Contact phone: (718) 967-3542

Location: Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park)

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R005 Clove Lakes Park 2014-12-21 2014-12-21 1:00 pm 40.619, -74.1061 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:30:30 EST
<![CDATA[Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/central-park-tour-midpark-welcome-tour Date: December 21, 2014

Explore Central Park’s central features, including the Lake and Ramble woodland, then marvel at the views from Belvedere Castle. This route involves many hills, stairs, and uneven paths.

Tours take place rain or shine, except in extreme weather conditions (heavy rain, sustained winds of 30 mph or more, snowstorms, and a wind chill below 25 or heat index above 95 degrees).

Groups of seven or more must schedule a custom tour three weeks in advance at tours@centralparknyc.org.

For the latest information or to see more dates for this tour, check the Central Park Conservancy calendar. Tour dates and times are subject to change without notice.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 2:45 pm

Contact phone: (212) 772-0288

Location: Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park)

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M010 Central Park 2014-12-21 2014-12-21 2:00 pm 2:45 pm 40.7794, -73.9734 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/546d18e90c0e8.jpg Fri, 21 Nov 2014 17:00:04 EST
<![CDATA[The Science behind the Solstice]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/the-science-behind-the-solstice http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2014/12/21/the-science-behind-the-solstice Date: December 21, 2014

Learn myths and legends surrounding the season’s shortest day, as well as the science behind the shorter days and the snow to come.

Join us for a short hike along the nature center trail in search of seasonal changes, then cozy up by the fireplace to a cup of hot cocoa or tea.

This program is geared for ages 10 and up.

Start time: 2:00 pm

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 351-3450

Location: Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)

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R129 Blood Root Valley 2014-12-21 2014-12-21 2:00 pm 3:00 pm 40.5884, -74.1391 Mon, 17 Nov 2014 15:35:23 EST