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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

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Apr 1

Nature’s April Fools’

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
See some examples of camouflage, mimicry, and other adaptations in nature, then take a short walk along the Nature Center Trail in search of serendipitous surprises.
Free!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Apr 2

Nature Exploration Hike (moderate)

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

Apr 2

Family Nature Hike (light)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a family hike through Central Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 2

Greenbelt Summer Camp Open House at High Rock Park

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Has cabin fever set in? If so, join the Greenbelt Educators for a preview of your child's summer camp experience.
Free!

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Event

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Apr 5

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

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Event
Apr 5

FrogWatch USA Monthly Frog Monitoring Hike

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join FrogWatch USA for a hike within High Rock Park to listen for frogs.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Apr 8

Nature Exploration Hike (Vigorous)

at Parking Area (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through High Rock Park while learning about the forest.
Free!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Apr 9

Hike the Vanderbilt Motor Parkway (Moderate)

at 73rd Avenue and Hollis Hills Terrace (in Cunningham Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. For hiking, wear comfortable hiking shoes and pack water and a light snack.
Free!

Apr 9

Trail of the Month: Blue Trail (Northeast)

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Meet at High Rock Park where we will begin this day hike through the Blue trail to Deere Park (behind Petrides Educational Complex) then return the same way back to High Rock.
Free!

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Event

Monday, April 10, 2017

Apr 10

Kids Week Brooklyn: Bug Exploration

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take the kids to the park to enjoy a family-friendly, guided hike filled with learning activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 10

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology for Kids

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in Central Park to learn about rocks of the world and the geology of New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Apr 11

Kids Week Bronx: Nature Exploration

at West 246th Street and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

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 Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 11

Kids Week Brooklyn: Sea Shore Exploration

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take the kids to the park to enjoy a family-friendly, guided hike filled with learning activities. You never know what you may observe on these sea shore exploration.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Apr 12

Kids Week Staten Island: Nature Bingo!

at Forest Avenue and Silver Lake Park Road (in Silver Lake Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Discover plants, animals, and insects with the Urban Park Rangers and see if you can get Bingo!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 12

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Apr 13

Kids Week Queens: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on our exciting exploration hike through Forest Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 13

Kids Week Bronx: Orienteering for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to navigate using a map and compass.The Urban Park Rangers will teach you how to navigate to hidden objects placed around the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Apr 15

Ranger's Choice: Nature Photography

at Clove Lakes Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
Photograph the diverse wildlife and natural beauty of this Staten Island park as the Urban Park Rangers lead you through the most scenic spots. Registration is required.
Free!

Apr 15

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress.
Free!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Apr 16

Kids Sensory Perception Hike

at East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

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 while you learn orienteering skills and explore our city's urban forests.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 16

Kids Sensory Perception Hike

at Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive (in Forest Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Apr 19

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Apr 22

Fitness Hike (Vigorous)

at West 246th Street and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a vigorous hike through Van Cortlandt Park and discover the hidden gems of this urban forest.
Free!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Apr 23

Earth Day Hike (Light)

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a leisurely stroll through Marine Park.
Free!

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Event
Apr 23

Split Rock Hike (Moderate)

at Split Rock Golf House (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

Apr 23

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Apr 26

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Apr 30

Ranger's Choice: Nature Photography

at Silver Lake Park , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we capture the scenic beauty of the reservoir, the natural environment surrounding it, and the changes of the spring season.
Free!

Apr 30

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 7

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

May 10

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

May 17

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20

Rangers Choice: Calvert Vaux Park Discovery Hike

at Calvert Vaux Park , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
This beautifully-restored parkland holds remnants of sunken barges that have been taken over by nature.
Free!

May 20

Ranger's Choice: Hunter Island Sunset Hike

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Witness the wonder of sunset with the largest park in New York City as your backdrop. Registration Required for this program.
Free!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

May 24

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May 27

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South (in Forest Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 28

Basic Orienteering

at Forest Avenue and Silver Lake Park Road (in Silver Lake Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On an orienteering program, you will learn the skills to navigate using a map and compass.
Free!

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

May 31

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jun 4

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Jun 7

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jun 11

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Jun 14

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Jun 21

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jun 25

Science in the Park: WOODLANDS

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Jun 28

Evening Group Hike and Trail Run

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

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy for a hike or trail run on Wednesday evenings. Pick one!
Free!

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