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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

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jan19

Ecosystem Explorers: Deciduous Forest, High Rock Park

at High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers and Greenbelt Educators as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!

Jan19

Nature Exploration Hike

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks.
Free!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Jan20

Hibernation Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bear the cold with the Urban Park Rangers as you learn about the wildlife that hibernate during the winter, and learn ways to spot possible dens and burrows.
Free!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Jan23

Adult Afternoon Hike: Blue Heron Park

at Blue Heron ParkStaten Island This is an Accessible location

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Become more familiar with various areas of the Greenbelt and Staten Island parks as you enjoy picturesque views and discover unique features within our parks.
Free!

Jan23

Evening Group Hike in the Greenbelt

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

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles.
Free!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jan26

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at West 100 Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.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!

Jan26

Queens Park of the Month: Baisley Pond Park

at Baisley Pond Park Parking Lot (in Baisley Pond Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks. January will focus on Baisley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Jan27

Winter Seasonal Stroll

at Alley Pond Environmental CenterQueens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a naturalist on this wintery guided interactive stroll. A cup of hot cocoa included to bring along on the walk.

Jan27

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we look for this bird of prey. Participants are selected by lottery. Lottery registration begins on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan27

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Brookville Boulevard and Caney Road (in Brookville Park)Queens

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 are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Jan27

Winter Tree ID

at School Road and Bay Street (in Von Briesen Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
For this program, we will explore beautiful Von Briesen Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan27

Discovery Hike: Natural and Cultural History, High Rock Park

at High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Learn about the notable figures that helped preserve and protect the Greenbelt as we discover more about the flora, fauna, and natural features of our beloved parkland.
Free!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Jan30

Evening Group Hike in the Greenbelt

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

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles.
Free!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Feb 3

Winter Tree ID

at Chapin Parkway and Gothic Drive (in Captain Tilly Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Explore Captain Tilly Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics. Enjoy the subtle beauty of trees in winter.
Free!

Feb 3

Nature Exploration: John Muir Trail (vigorous)

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The John Muir Nature Trail (established in 1997) is Van Cortlandt’s only east–west path, traversing the steep terrain at the park’s center.
Free!

Feb 3

Winter Tree ID

at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Explore Central Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics. Enjoy the subtle beauty of trees in winter.
Free!

Feb 3

Queens Park of the Month: Powell's Cove Park

at 130th Street and 11th Avenue (in Powell's Cove Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Feb 6

Evening Group Hike in the Greenbelt

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

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles.
Free!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Feb 9

Nature Photography Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bring your own camera on this nature hike and take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

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Event

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Feb10

Trail of the Month: Pink Trail William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge

at Meet at the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Meet at the William T. Davis Wildlife Refuge for this short hike on the Pink trail. Approximately .75 miles.
Free!

Feb10

Winter Tree ID

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Explore Prospect Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics. Enjoy the subtle beauty of trees in winter.
Free!

Feb10

Brookfield West Mound Hike

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Staten Island's Brookfield Park has gone from a toxic blight to a beautiful natural area with plenty of walking trails and paths for intrepid city travelers.
Free!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Feb13

Adult Afternoon Hikes

at Long Pond ParkStaten Island

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Become more familiar with various areas of the Greenbelt and Staten Island Parks on a leisurely-paced hike while enjoying picturesque views and discovering unique features at Parks.
Free!

Feb13

Evening Group Hike in the Greenbelt

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

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles.
Free!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Feb16

Queens Park of the Month: Powell's Cove Park

at 130th Street and 11th Avenue (in Powell's Cove Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Feb16

Birding: Winter Birds

at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Whether you're an experienced birder or just looking for a fun winter activity outdoors, birding is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and stay active.
Free!

Feb16

Brookfield East Mound Hike

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Staten Island's Brookfield Park has gone from a toxic blight to a beautiful natural area with plenty of walking trails and paths for intrepid city travelers.
Free!

Feb16

Nature Exploration Hike

at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, and discover our city’s urban forests.
Free!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feb17

Historic New York: George Washington's Path

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Monday, February 18, 2019

Feb18

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology Rocks!

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
Feb18

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!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Feb19

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!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Feb20

Evening Group Hike in the Greenbelt

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

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles.
Free!

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Feb21

Kids Week Staten Island: Winter Scavenger Hunt

at School Road and Bay Street (in Von Briesen Park)Staten Island

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

Friday, February 22, 2019

Feb22

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

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Feb24

Winter Wildlife Night Hike

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Inwood Hill Park under the cover of darkness.
Free!

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Feb27

Adult Afternoon Hike: Southwest LaTourette (End of Old Mill Road )

at Latourette Golf Course ClubhouseStaten Island This is an Accessible location

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Become more familiar with various areas of the Greenbelt and Staten Island Parks as you hike on a leisurely-paced hike while enjoying picturesque views and discovering unique features.
Free!

Feb27

Evening Group Hike in the Greenbelt

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

6:00 p.m.7:45 p.m.
Join us for our weekly evening, guided hike where we will cover 4/5 miles.
Free!

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Mar10

Trail of the Month: Pouch Camp Conservation Easement

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Discover Pouch Camp on this last winter hike with the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy.
Free!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mar13

Adult Afternoon Hike: Bloomingdale Park

at Drumgoole Road West and Maguire Avenue (in Bloomingdale Park)Staten Island

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Become more familiar with various areas of the Greenbelt and Staten Island Parks as you hike on a leisurely-paced hike while enjoying picturesque views and discovering unique features.
Free!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Mar17

Lucky Pups Pack Hike

at High Rock Gate (in High Rock Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This is a fun and informative way to socialize with your dog while getting some outdoor exercise.
Free!

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