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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 26, 2020

Jan26

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.
Enjoy the subtle beauty of trees in winter. We will explore Prospect Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Jan26

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Registration has ended for this event.
Free!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Feb 2

Winter Hibernation Hike

at Martling Avenue and Brooks Pond Place (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.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!

Feb 2

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 2

Photo Scavenger Hunt Hike (Light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of family fun as we go on a scavenger hunt using digital cameras or smartphones.
Free!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Feb 8

Winter Wonderland Hike

at Parking Lot (in Astoria Park)Queens 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.
Free!

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Feb 9

Valentine's Day Hike and Craft

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers on a light winter walk on the lookout for "lovebirds". We will end back at the Nature Center to build your own nature valentine for your sweetheart!
Free!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Feb12

Adult Afternoon Hikes

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist.
Free!

Friday, February 14, 2020

Feb14

Cunningham Park Trail Maintenance Hike

at SE corner of Union Turnpike and Francis Lewis Blvd. (in Cunningham Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
During this two-hour hike, you’ll learn about the geology and ecology of NYC’s natural areas while helping to maintain the trail systems.
Free!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Feb15

Ecology Park Winter Tree ID and Tour

at Ecology Park

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On January 18 and February 15, participants will learn how to identify native and invasive trees within the 14 plant communities in this park’s boundaries.
Free!

Feb15

Birding: Birds Along Broadway

at West 142nd Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers to explore John James Audubon's old neighborhood while we seek and find the birds painted along Broadway as part of the Audubon Mural Project.
Free!

Feb15

The Old Croton Aqueduct Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Built between 1837 and 1842, the Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City's first water supply system. Explore its history on a hike with our park rangers!
Free!

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Feb16

Nature Exploration Hike

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On this moderately-paced hike, discover the nature of Clove Lakes Park.
Free!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Feb17

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

at Elmhurst Park Grand Avenue Entrance (in Elmhurst Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The natural world is the best playground in New York City! Join the Urban Park Rangers on hike through the wonders of Elmhurst Park.
Free!

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Kids
Feb17

Kids Week: 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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Feb20

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

at Pelham Bay Park Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The kids are out of school, now get them out of the house. Head to the park and join the Urban Park Ranger's for free kids's week programs.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, February 21, 2020

Feb21

Kids Week: 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

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Feb22

Forest Park Super Hike

at Forest ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Registration is required for this program.
Free!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Feb23

Black History Month: Poetry Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Attendees will be able to view the beautiful natural vistas of the Bronx while experiencing the nature poetry of some of the greatest African-American poets.
Free!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Feb26

Adult Afternoon Hikes

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist.
Free!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Feb29

The Pelham Bay Super Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This challenging hike winds its way through the diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park. Registration for this program is required.
Free!

Feb29

Winter Wetlands Hike

at Union Turnpike Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Urban wetlands provide a variety of benefits, including improved water quality and storm water retention. They also serve as critical habitat for native wildlife.
Free!

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Mar11

Adult Afternoon Hikes

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist.
Free!

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Mar25

Adult Afternoon Hikes

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

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the crisp winter weather as we stroll through different Staten Island Greenbelt trails with Greenbelt educators and a naturalist.
Free!

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