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Hiking

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Enjoy New York City’s great outdoors on these guided hikes through our parks. Hiking is a great way to get active and reduce stress while exploring the city. Discover the natural beauty, wildlife, history, and architectural beauty of our parklands with our Urban Park Rangers and other nature exploration groups. If you’re looking to explore on your own, visit our Hiking Trails page to find some of the best hiking trails across New York City.

Hiking Events

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jan 21

Finding Your Way: Maps and Compasses

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Use provided maps and compasses to locate hidden markers in the park.
Free!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Jan 27

Forest Park Trail Work

at Metropolitan Ave & Forest Park Drive (in Forest Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to protect forested areas in Forest Park!
Free!

Jan 27

Winter Super Hike

at East 60th Street and Fifth Avenue , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Jan 28

Winter Tree ID (Light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll with the Urban Park Rangers while learning how to identify a tree in the winter by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics
Free!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Feb 4

Nature Exploration: John Muir Trail (vigorous)

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Vigorous hikes are longer with hills and rugged terrain.
Free!

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Feb 4

Nature Exploration Hike (Light)

at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On Nature Exploration Hikes, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Our light hikes are leisurely strolls on mostly paved paths.
Free!

Feb 4

Birding: Winter Waterfowl (Light)

at West 90th Street and Central Park West

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program will focus on the different species of waterfowl that reside in our parks during the colder winter months. Birding programs sare appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Feb 10

Nature Exploration (Moderate)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city's rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced walks on rugged terrain.
Free!

Feb 10

Night Hike (Light)

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit.
Free!

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Feb 11

Ranger's Choice: George Wahington's Journey (Advanced)

at Winchester Boulevard, under Grand Central Parkway (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.1:30 p.m.
George Washington was our nation's first president. During his time as commander-in-chief, he was well traveled through our city. Learn of George Washington's travels through Long Island.
Free!

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Feb 17

Winter Tree ID (Light)

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city's urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Our light hike is a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths.
Free!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Feb 18

The New York City Naturalist Club: Manhattan Rocks! Hike

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The island of Manhattan is built on three strata know as Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. Join our Urban Park Rangers on this one-way hike and find out why Manhattan Rocks!
Free!

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Feb 19

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a look into how geology influenced the landscape and design of New York City's Central Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Feb 20

Kids Week Bronx: Nature Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

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Kids

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Feb 21

Sea Shore Winter Walk and Coastal Arts and Crafts

at Conference House Park Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us for a winter recess family-friendly winter beach walk and arts and crafts workshop.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Feb 22

Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Crafts

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Create insects, animals, and pictures using natural materials that we find outside with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, February 23, 2018

Feb 23

Kids Week Bronx: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 23

Kids Week Queens: Nature Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The natural world is the best playground in New York City. Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of Forest Park.
Free!

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Kids
Feb 23

Kids Week Staten Island: Animal Tracks

at Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a walk through Conference House Park to discover and follow different footprints of animals and see where they lead us.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Feb 24

Rangers' Choice: Lantern Night Hike

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will discuss history and nocturnal wildlife on this night hike ending at Belvedere Castle. Please note: Registration is required.
Free!

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