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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

Monday, February 20, 2017

Feb 20

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 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 21, 2017

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
Feb 21

Kids Week Bronx: Nature Exploration

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (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

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Feb 22

Kids Week Staten Island: Animal Tracks

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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
Feb 22

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.
You never know what you may observe on these nature exploration hikes lead by the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 22

Kids Week Manhattan: Trees and Winter Wildlife Walk

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a winter walk looking for wildlife clues while identifying winter trees.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 22

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, February 23, 2017

Feb 23

Nature Journals

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We will be using paints, markers, and natural items to adorn the outside cover.

Best For
Kids

Friday, February 24, 2017

Feb 24

Dynamic Dinosaurs

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Millions of years ago, in the land before the Greenbelt, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Join us for an expedition in search of fossils of those long-lost creatures.

Best For
Kids
Feb 24

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 24

Kids Week Manhattan: Owl Pellets and Animal Tracking

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk while looking for signs of owls and other winter animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Feb 25

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. Registration Required.
Free!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Feb 26

Winter Tree ID (light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to ID a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics. Enjoy the subtle beauty of trees in winter.
Free!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Mar 1

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, March 4, 2017

Mar 4

Birding: Winter Birds

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.
Winter is a great time to spot bald eagles, peregrine falcons, red-tailed hawks, snowy owls, and many more bird species.
Free!

Mar 4

Hiking 101

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Discover how to decode trail blazes—those confusing symbols on the trees—and learn tips to keep your balance all while enjoying the sights and sounds around you.
Free!

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Mar 5

Fire Making Skills

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors. Registration Required.
Free!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Mar 8

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, March 15, 2017

Mar 15

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, March 18, 2017

Mar 18

Discovery Hike: Spring Forward

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Search for signs of spring along this round-trip hike. This hike will be approximately one hour long and is suitable for children aged six and older.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar 18

Living with Urban Coyotes

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program will teach participants about the basics of coyote biology and the best tips for coexisting with coyotes in our urban environment.
Free!

Mar 18

Nocturnal Hike (light)

at Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Interesting birds and raccoons are among the many animals that call Flushing Meadows Corona Park home.
Free!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Mar 19

Trail of the Month: Multipurpose Trail

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
We will hike a portion of the trail along Forest Hill Road before returning to the Nature Center. This is a fast-paced, three- to four-mile hike.
Free!

Mar 19

Women's History Month Hike (moderate)

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Women's History Month with this hike highlighting the environmental activism efforts of Gertrude Waldeyer and other women significant to parks in Bayside and Douglaston.
Free!

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mar 22

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, March 29, 2017

Mar 29

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, 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!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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!

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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