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Wild NYC is at the other end of your doorstep! Explore New York's urban forests, streams, and wildlife with these fun outdoor activities.

Nature Events

Monday, November 20, 2017

Nov 20

Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:15 p.m.
Enjoy this walk through the park's smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours and limited open hours.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nov 21

Bi-weekly Gardening Club

at Stuyvesant Square , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us twice a week as we spruce up Stuyvesant Square and make it a better place for everyone.
Free!

Nov 21

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Nov 21

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Nov 22

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore some of the park's best-known features, including the Lake and the Ramble, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Nov 23

Bi-weekly Gardening Club

at Stuyvesant Square , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us twice a week as we spruce up Stuyvesant Square and make it a better place for everyone.
Free!

Friday, November 24, 2017

Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Nature Exploration (Moderate)

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 24

Post Thanksgiving Day Hike: Staten Island's North Shore 'Greenbelt'

at Franklin Avenue at Arnold Street (in Jones Woods Park) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Burn off some Turkey Day calories! Explore some of Staten Island's North Shore natural areas on this post Thanksgiving Day hike.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 24

14th Annual Day After Thanksgiving Hike

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Greenbelt educators for a 2.5 hours hike through the Greenbelt's serene woods.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 24

The Painted Rock Project

at St. Mary's Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
The Painted Rock Project is a collaboration between St. Mary's Recreation Center, Senior Marlins and Bronx Works. Starting in the beginning of October, painted rocks will be…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 24

Black Friday Meditation

at Ecology Building (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Avoid “Black Friday” busyness! Join us for a community meditation focused on gratitude and clearing your mind of holiday clutter. Get inspired by nature's peace and tranquility.

Nov 24

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Post-Thanksgiving Super Hike (Vigorous)

at Willowbrook Park Archery Range (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Instead of waiting on lines, opt outside and join the Urban Park Rangers through a vigorous hike on the White Trail. Vigorous hikes feature long distances and occasionally, uneven terrain.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Central Park South to North Hike

at Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Get outside and have your walking shoes ready as the Urban Park Rangers hike with you through iconic and natural areas throughout Central Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: Hunter Island Hike (Moderate)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced on rugged terrain.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 24

Black Friday Hike: The Midwood Trail

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Step back in time with a walk through Brooklyn’s oldest remaining forest.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nov 25

Bird Walks

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

8:00 a.m.9:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on birding walks through Van Cortlandt Park to discover wildlife happenings in the park.
Free!

Nov 25

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - The North Woods

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification along the…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 25

Claremont in Motion Bike Ride

at Claremont Neighborhood Center , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us on Saturdays for our Bike Riding Program, featuring bike riding classes, fun activities for families, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 25

Family Art Project: Natural Weavings for Harvest Time

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Gather fall leaves, cones, pods & seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the season's bounty & beauty.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 25

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Nov 25

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Nov 25

Deer Exploration 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.
Through an Urban Park Ranger led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe seven see these majestic animals.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 25

Discovery Walks for Families: Towering Trees

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take a hike through the North Woods and learn how to tell a maple from an oak! Discover how trees - from seeds and leaves to logs - contribute to the health of an urban park woodland…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 25

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Nov 25

Fall Foliage Photography Hike

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

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Bring your own digital camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of Inwood Hill Park during the golden hour before sunset.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Nov 26

Discovery Walks for Families: Beginning Birders - Hallett Nature Sanctuary and The Pond

at Chess & Checkers House (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification along the…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 26

Family Art Project: Natural Weavings for Harvest Time

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Gather fall leaves, cones, pods & seed heads. Weave them together with other materials from the gardens to create a decorative wall hanging celebrating the season's bounty & beauty.

Best For
Kids
Nov 26

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore some of the park's best-known features, including the Lake and the Ramble, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Nov 26

Modern Survival Skills

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Nov 26

Discovery Walks for Families: Hallett Nature Sanctuary

at Chess & Checkers House (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join us as we venture into the Hallett Nature Sanctuary, and investigate the design of this living laboratory. Discover what plants and animals call this secluded Park woodland their…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 26

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Nov 26

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Nov 26

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on this nocturnal exploration of wildlife found in Central Park.
Free!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Nov 27

Central Park Tour: Northern Forts

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
See sites that played important strategic roles in the American Revolution and the War of 1812, and enjoy the stunning overlook to the Harlem Meer.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Nov 28

Bi-weekly Gardening Club

at Stuyvesant Square , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us twice a week as we spruce up Stuyvesant Square and make it a better place for everyone.
Free!

Nov 28

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for an hour-long tour of seasonal garden highlights.
Free!

Nov 28

Central Park Tour: West Side Stories

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Discover some of the secret spots that the park's West Siders know and love: a lost village, a poetic garden, and a bridge with a spectacular view.
Free!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nov 29

Central Park Tour: Northern Welcome Tour

at East 106th Street Entrance (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an introduction to the Park's northernmost highlights, including Conservatory Garden, the Harlem Meer, and the North Woods.
Free!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nov 30

Greenbelt Peepers (for 2 year olds)

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

9:45 a.m.10:15 a.m.
Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two-year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

Best For
Kids
Nov 30

Tree Tots (for 3 and 4 year olds)

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

11:00 a.m.11:45 a.m.
Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

Best For
Kids
Nov 30

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Nov 30

Urban Park Rangers : Box Turtle Feeding

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers are coming to visit with their box turtle. We will be learning about their habitat, lifestyles, and what they eat. We will then feed the…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 1, 2017

Dec 1

The Painted Rock Project

at St. Mary's Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
The Painted Rock Project is a collaboration between St. Mary's Recreation Center, Senior Marlins and Bronx Works. Starting in the beginning of October, painted rocks will be…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 1

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dec 2

Sunset Park Street Tree Care

at 4th Avenue and 40th Street, Brooklyn , Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.1:00 a.m.
Come work with NYC Parks Stewardship to care for local street trees in Sunset Park! Learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees.
Free!

Dec 2

Discovery Walks for Families: Statues and Monuments

at East 72nd Street Information Kiosk (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Why do birds flock to Central Park every spring and fall? We’ll find out as we explore Central Park’s woodlands, and learn the basics of bird identification along the…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 2

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Dec 2

Fort Tryon Kids: Conifers, Pine Cones, and Evergreens

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Discover various conifers and evergreens through art and create a collage of mixed media using recycled, natural, and other various materials.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 2

Living with Urban Coyotes

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Come learn about one of our more fascinating neighbors—the coyote.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 2

Winter Wildlife Viewing

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Dec 2

Central Park Tour: The Art of the Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Discover the Park's most artfully designed pastoral landscapes and romantic vistas on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.

Dec 2

Birding: Owls

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels. Registration is required for this program.
Free!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dec 3

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Dec 3

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whether it be cold, rain, sleet, or snow you will experience how to build a shelter out of natural materials. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Dec 3

Heather Garden Conifers Tour with Author Leslie Day

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Find out which conifers pre-date the park, and which have been added in recent park restoration projects to add to the year-round beauty and horticultural appeal of the park.
Free!

Dec 3

Outdoor Skills: Orienteering and Compasses

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Dec 3

Winter Tree ID Hike (Light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Dec 3

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Travel past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and on to the Dairy, with this tour of southern park highlights led by Central Park Conservancy tour guides.
Free!

Dec 3

Astronomy: Super Moon

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Using a reflecting telescope, The Urban Park Rangers will show you where the six Apollo missions that landed on the moon actually touched down.
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, December 4, 2017

Dec 4

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Dec 5

Central Park Tour: North Woods

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Step out of the bustling city and see the part of Central Park that most resembles the Adirondack Mountains.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Dec 6

Farm & Garden Work Days (NYC Compost Project)

at Heritage Farm (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We’ll be getting our hands and knees dirty with tasks that include soil care, weeding, planting, bed preparation, composting, etc.
Free!

Dec 6

Central Park Tour: West Side Stories

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Discover some of the secret spots that the park's West Siders know and love: a lost village, a poetic garden, and a bridge with a spectacular view.
Free!

Dec 6

Turn & Learn (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working on the NYC Compost Project demonstration site. Learn sustainable landscape management practices and help us make compost.
Free!

Dec 6

Children's Sculptures in Central Park

at Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Central Park is well-known for its collection of outdoor sculpture, which includes war memorials, historical figures, and important works of 19th-century art — but probably the…

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Dec 7

Greenbelt Peepers (for 2 year olds)

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

9:45 a.m.10:15 a.m.
Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two-year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Tree Tots (for 3 and 4 year olds)

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

11:00 a.m.11:45 a.m.
Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

Best For
Kids
Dec 7

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Dec 8

The Painted Rock Project

at St. Mary's Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
The Painted Rock Project is a collaboration between St. Mary's Recreation Center, Senior Marlins and Bronx Works. Starting in the beginning of October, painted rocks will be…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 8

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dec 9

Winter Wildlife Viewing

at Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Our Wildlife Viewing program focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons.
Free!

Dec 9

Discovery Walks for Families: Statues and Monuments

at East 72nd Street Information Kiosk (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join us on a kid-friendly adventure as we discover the secrets and mysteries of Central Park’s most beloved children’s sculptures! Central Park Conservancy Guides will lead…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 9

Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:15 p.m.
Enjoy this walk through the park's smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours and limited open hours.

Dec 9

Nature Exploration Hike: John Muir Trail (Vigorous)

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Vigorous hikes are longer with hills and rugged terrain.
Free!

Dec 9

Turn & Learn (NYC Compost Project)

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
earn sustainable landscape management practices and help us make compost.
Free!

Dec 9

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Dec 9

Children's Sculptures in Central Park

at Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Central Park is well-known for its collection of outdoor sculpture, which includes war memorials, historical figures, and important works of 19th-century art — but probably the…

Dec 9

Kids Wildlife Workshop with Bobby Horvath

at J. Hood Wright Recreation Center (in J. Hood Wright Park) , Manhattan

2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to meet an eagle owl? Pet a fox? Hold a red-tailed hawk? Here's your chance to get up close and personal with Northern Manhattan Parks' wildlife.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 9

Birding: Owls

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we listen for calls and look for this nocturnal bird of prey.
Free!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dec 10

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Dec 10

Seal Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park for a chance to see seals!
Free!

Dec 10

Winter Wonderland Hike (Vigorous)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for one of our longest hike, as we explore Central Park from top to bottom. Central Park will be decorated for the holidays, so bring your camera. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec 10

Deer Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots as we explore the park for one of Staten Island's most popular residents—white-tailed deer!
Free!

Dec 10

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dec 11

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore some of the park's best-known features, including the Lake and the Ramble, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dec 12

Coastal Clean-Up in Riverside Park South

at 59th Street Mound (in Riverside Park South) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join TRASH HERO New York, in partnership with Riverside Park Conservancy and NYC Parks, to clean up the Hudson River shoreline in Riverside Park South. Volunteers give…
Free!

Dec 12

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Dec 13

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Travel past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and on to the Dairy, with this tour of southern park highlights led by Central Park Conservancy tour guides.
Free!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Dec 14

Greenbelt Peepers (for 2 year olds)

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

9:45 a.m.10:15 a.m.
Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, two-year-olds and their caregivers will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

Best For
Kids
Dec 14

Tree Tots (for 3 and 4 year olds)

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

11:00 a.m.11:45 a.m.
Through hands-on activities, crafts, and stories, children will become familiar with the sights and sounds of the forest.

Best For
Kids
Dec 14

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Dec 15

The Painted Rock Project

at St. Mary's Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
The Painted Rock Project is a collaboration between St. Mary's Recreation Center, Senior Marlins and Bronx Works. Starting in the beginning of October, painted rocks will be…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 15

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Dec 16

Discovery Walks for Families: Statues and Monuments

at East 72nd Street Information Kiosk (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join us on a kid-friendly adventure as we discover the secrets and mysteries of Central Park’s most beloved children’s sculptures! Central Park Conservancy Guides will lead…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 16

Farm & Garden Work Days: NYC Compost Project

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
We’ll be getting our hands and knees dirty with tasks that include soil care, weeding, planting, bed preparation, composting, etc.
Free!

Dec 16

Central Park Tour: West Side Stories

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Discover some of the secret spots that the park's West Siders know and love: a lost village, a poetic garden, and a bridge with a spectacular view.
Free!

Dec 16

Birding: Waterfowl

at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard (in Baisley Pond Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Dec 16

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
What can you use to build a fire? Explore this Forever Wild site with the Urban Park Rangers as we look for different materials and ways to construct a fire.
Free!

Dec 16

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 16

Cold Weather Survival

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are well-versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Dec 16

Photography Scavenger Hunt

at Clifton Place and Marcy Avenue (in Herbert Von King Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests. Bring your own digital camera or smartphone.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 16

Turn & Learn: NYC Compost Project

at Compost Demonstration Site (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings while working on the NYC Compost Project demonstration site. Learn sustainable landscape management practices and help us make compost.
Free!

Dec 16

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Dec 16

Storefront Science: What Do Animals Do During Winter?

at Highbridge Recreation Center (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
We've heard that bears hibernate and squirrels hide their acorns, but what do other animals do when winter is coming? What changes do they make? Why do animals prepare for winter?
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Dec 17

Birding: Waterfowl

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels. Beginners are welcome.
Free!

Dec 17

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore some of the park's best-known features, including the Lake and the Ramble, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Dec 17

Ranger's Choice: Forest Park Super Hike (Vigorous)

at Forest Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This extensive one-way hike highlights Forest Park's history and its surrounding neighborhoods of Kew Gardens, Glendale, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec 17

Central Park Tour: North Woods

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Step out of the bustling city and see the part of Central Park that most resembles the Adirondack Mountains.

Dec 17

Winter Solstice Candle Light Walk

at Van Cortlandt Golf House (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
This season, the Urban Park Rangers celebrate history, wildlife, the cosmos, and the holidays with a fun-filled, candlelight walk on the Putnam Trail.
Free!

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Event

Monday, December 18, 2017

Dec 18

Central Park Tour: Hallett Nature Sanctuary and the Pond

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:15 p.m.
Enjoy this walk through the park's smallest woodland area, open to visitors only on guided tours and limited open hours.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Dec 19

Central Park Tour: Northern Forts

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
See sites that played important strategic roles in the American Revolution and the War of 1812, and enjoy the stunning overlook to the Harlem Meer.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Dec 20

Central Park Tour: The Art of the Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Discover the Park's most artfully designed pastoral landscapes and romantic vistas on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Dec 21

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Dec 22

The Painted Rock Project

at St. Mary's Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
The Painted Rock Project is a collaboration between St. Mary's Recreation Center, Senior Marlins and Bronx Works. Starting in the beginning of October, painted rocks will be…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 22

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dec 23

Central Park Tour: North Woods

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Step out of the bustling city and see the part of Central Park that most resembles the Adirondack Mountains.

Dec 23

Ranger's Choice: Birding Van Tour: Owls

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Winter is the best time of year to spot owls. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec 23

Birding Jamaica Bay

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you t the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Dec 23

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Travel past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and on to the Dairy, with this tour of southern park highlights led by Central Park Conservancy tour guides.
Free!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Dec 24

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Dec 24

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Dec 25

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Dec 26

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Dec 27

Central Park Tour: Mid-Park Welcome Tour

at Alexander von Humboldt statue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore some of the park's best-known features, including the Lake and the Ramble, and then marvel at the view from Belvedere Castle, on this tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Dec 28

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Friday, December 29, 2017

Dec 29

The Painted Rock Project

at St. Mary's Park , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
The Painted Rock Project is a collaboration between St. Mary's Recreation Center, Senior Marlins and Bronx Works. Starting in the beginning of October, painted rocks will be…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 29

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Dec 30

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Central Park Conservancy Kiosk at Merchant's Gate (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a tour of the southwestern corner of Central Park. Tour includes the Maine Monument, Sheep Meadow, Tavern on the Green, and Strawberry Fields.
Free!

Dec 30

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Outside the Dairy Gift Shop (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Some of New York’s most iconic sights are found in Central Park, including the fountain at Bethesda Terrace and Bow Bridge. Join Central Park Conservancy guides for an insider’s look.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Dec 31

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

at Inside the Park at Fifth Avenue and 61st Street (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Travel past the Pond and Gapstow Bridge, and on to the Dairy, with this tour of southern park highlights led by Central Park Conservancy tour guides.
Free!

Dec 31

Central Park Tour: Heart of the Park

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Visit some of the park's most famous landmarks, including Conservatory Water, Bethesda Terrace, and the Lake, on this east-to-west tour led by Central Park Conservancy guides.
Free!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jan 20

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Feb 17

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mar 17

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Apr 21

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 19

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Jun 16

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jul 21

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Aug 18

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sep 15

Farmhouse Family Day

at Wyckoff Farmhouse Museum (in Fidler-Wyckoff House Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Explore NYC's oldest house! Enjoy scavenger hunts, artifact investigation, gardening, self-guided exploration, and hands-on activities!
Free!

Best For
Kids

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