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New York City's parks are a natural classroom. Enjoy this opportunity to learn through free and hands-on lectures on nature, history, gardening, and much more.

Education Events

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Dec12

Toddler Studio Art

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The classes will consist of painting, collage, and sculpture. Each week the group will look at a different artist or form of art.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 13, 2019

Dec13

Lantern Fest Fridays

at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Building C) (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Come early, stay late for Lantern Fest Fridays at Snug Harbor! Follow the lighted walkway to Snug Harbor’s front lawn to warm up and check out some amazing exhibitions while you’re here!

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Dec14

Compost Under the Microscope

at East River Park Compost Yard (in Corlears Hook Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
See bacteria, fungi, and more as we explore our compost piles under the microscope and see what organisms live in different stages and temperatures.
Free!

Dec14

A Victorian Holiday Party

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
The halls of the Morris-Jumel Mansion will be decked for our annual Victorian Holiday Party featuring a costume contest! Join us for a themed tour, a holiday reading, caroling, and a holiday photo booth!

Must See
Event
Dec14

Con Edison Family Day: Paper Ornaments & Pomanders

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Make an old-fashioned style paper ornament and fragrant holiday pomander to add to your tree or the mansion's community tree!

Best For
Kids
Dec14

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free!

Dec14

Nature's Workshop: Natural Cordage and Basket Weaving

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Try your hand at tying and weaving techniques using cordage made from plant fiber.
Free!

Dec14

Artist Talk: Robert Bunkin, "Under Construction"

at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Building C) (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
In this talk, Breaking Ground exhibiting artist Robert Bunkin discusses the process and technique involved in his fresco installation Under Construction.

Dec14

Winter Wellness: Syrups & Salves

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Learn about immunity-boosting herbs and make an herbal-infused syrup and topical salve for winter blues.

Dec14

Candlelight Tours

at Historic Richmond Town (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course)Staten Island

5:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Step back through time to taste, smell, and touch the holiday pleasures of centuries past.

Dec14

Explorer's Club: Navigating the Night Sky

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Learn how to use the night sky as a map by identifying key stars and constellations and earn a navigation stamp.
Free!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Dec15

Winter Tree ID

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
For this program, we will explore Van Cortlandt Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Dec15

Living with White-Tailed Deer

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger-led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe even see these majestic animals.
Free!

Monday, December 16, 2019

Dec16

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark - Printmaking Workshop

at Chelsea Recreation CenterManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:45 p.m.
Join artist Sonomi Kobayashi for a printmaking workshop. Participants will learn various printmaking without press techniques.
Free!

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Dec17

Studio Art

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)Bronx

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Each week, the group will look at a different artist and do a similar form of art in painting, collage, sculpture, or drawing.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Dec19

Toddler Studio Art

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The classes will consist of painting, collage, and sculpture. Each week the group will look at a different artist or form of art.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 20, 2019

Dec20

Lantern Fest Fridays

at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Building C) (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Come early, stay late for Lantern Fest Fridays at Snug Harbor! Follow the lighted walkway to Snug Harbor’s front lawn to warm up and check out some amazing exhibitions while you’re here!

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Dec21

Farmhouse Family Day: Festive Felt and Fiber Crafts

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec21

Ecosystem Explorers: Coniferous Trees

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they discuss the difference between coniferous trees and deciduous trees and their vital role in the ecosystem.
Free!

Dec21

Winter Solstice Walk

at Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks arborists for a Winter Solstice Walk at New York's southernmost park. Explore and learn about the unique trees, natural habitats, and shoreline found within the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec21

Candlelight Tours

at Historic Richmond Town (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course)Staten Island

5:00 p.m.11:00 p.m.
Step back through time to taste, smell, and touch the holiday pleasures of centuries past.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Dec22

Animal Tracks

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn to identify animal tracks to understand animal behavior.
Free!

Dec22

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

at Henshaw Street & Dyckman Street (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are well-versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Friday, December 27, 2019

Dec27

Lantern Fest Fridays

at Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art (Building C) (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Come early, stay late for Lantern Fest Fridays at Snug Harbor! Follow the lighted walkway to Snug Harbor’s front lawn to warm up and check out some amazing exhibitions while you’re here!

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Jan 7

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Jan11

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Jan14

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Jan21

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Jan28

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Jan28

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free!

Jan28

Chinese New Year Family Fitness

at Recreation Center 54Manhattan

2:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join us for a day of family fun as you make your way through various activities such as Tai Chi, fortune cookie making, dragon dancercise, Tae Kwon Do, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Feb 4

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Feb 8

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free!

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Feb11

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feb18

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Feb19

Citywide Spelling Bee

at St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
The 6th Annual Citywide Spelling Bee is an event held by NYC Parks Afterschool Program.
Free!

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Event

Friday, February 21, 2020

Feb21

A Conversation with André Aciman

at Tony Dapolito Recreation CenterManhattan

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a reading and Q&A with André Aciman, about his latest novel Find Me. Published in 2019, it is a sequel to his 2007 novel Call Me by your Name.
Free!

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Feb25

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Feb25

Turn & Learn Compost Work Day (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The best way to learn about compost is to make it, and attending our Turn & Learns will make you a pro. Bring a water bottle, wear closed toe shoes and clothes you don’t mind getting dirty.
Free!

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Mar 3

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Mar10

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Mar17

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Mar24

American Sign Language

at Poe Park Visitor Center (in Poe Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn basic American Sign Language. Classes are open to all: professionals working with special needs adults, family members, and anyone interested in learning ASL.
Free!

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