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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, October 14, 2019

Oct14

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct14

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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

Oct14

Rain Garden and Green Infrastructure Workshop

at St. Mary's Recreation Center (in St. Mary's Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Come out to learn the latest about NYC Parks’ Rain Gardens and Green Infrastructure!
Free!

Oct14

Pumpkin Patch

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Patch activities include harvest-themed photo opportunities, pumpkin decorating, crafts, and botanical demonstrations.

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Oct15

Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon

at Netherland Monument (in The Battery)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Join us for a bird walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery.
Free!

Oct15

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct15

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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

Oct15

Central Park Tour: Southern Welcome Tour

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 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!

Oct15

The River Project Wetlab Look-ins

at Pier 40 Wetlab This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Tour the Pier 40 Wetlab, a dynamic exhibit of native Hudson River animals that changes based on current populations living in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Oct16

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct16

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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

Oct16

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Oct16

Adult Afternoon Hikes: Reed Basket Willow/Yellow Trail

at Spring Street & Richmond Road (in Reed's Basket Willow Swamp Park)Staten Island

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join us for a leisurely walk through our different parks. Enjoy the picturesque views of each park, as we point out a few of the unique features that make each park special.
Free!

Oct16

AIANY Urban Ecology Boat Tour

at Hudson River Park's Pier 62Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:45 p.m.4:30 p.m.
On this full circumnavigation of Manhattan, explore the green infrastructure designed by NYC Parks and other agencies to restore the region’s marine ecology and to buffer against the effects of climate change.

Must See
Event
Oct16

Central Park Tour: Stroll to Strawberry Fields

at Columbus Circle Information Kiosk (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.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Oct17

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct17

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-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
Oct17

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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

Oct17

Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three- and Four-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
Oct17

Tour The Battery

at Netherland Monument (in The Battery)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens, and so much more!
Free!

Oct17

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Oct17

Central Park Tour: The Belvedere: Beautiful View

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sweeping vistas of the Great Lawn from the newly restored Belvedere Castle while learning about its history and preservation.

Oct17

The River Project Wetlab Look-ins

at Pier 40 Wetlab This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Tour the Pier 40 Wetlab, a dynamic exhibit of native Hudson River animals that changes based on current populations living in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Friday, October 18, 2019

Oct18

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct18

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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

Oct18

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Pick a pumpkin to take home and enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, arts and crafts, face-painting, and all of your favorite autumnal activities!

Best For
Kids
Oct18

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Saturday, October 19, 2019

Oct19

Fall Stewardship Day: Idlewild Park Forest Restoration

at 149th Avenue and Springfield Lane (in Idlewild Park)Queens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants and also participate in a seeding project in order to help restore natural areas and create a healthier ecosystem.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct19

Ecology Park - Forest Restoration

at Ecology Park

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy in Ecology Park! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore…
Free!

Oct19

Edenwald Green Neighborhood - Seton Falls Park Forest Restoration

at Crawford Avenue and Palmer Avenue (in Seton Falls Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks Stewardship's monthly Green Neighborhood event in Seton Falls Park in The Bronx!
Free!

Oct19

Central Park Tour: Iconic Views of Central Park

at Dairy Visitor Center & Gift Shop (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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

Oct19

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Pick a pumpkin to take home and enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, arts and crafts, face-painting, and all of your favorite autumnal activities!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

It's My Park at Morningside Park

at 113th Street and Manhattan Avenue (in Morningside Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Morningside Park Conservancy for bulb planting as we prepare for next Spring’s daffodil! Children are welcome. Please RSVP at MorningsideParkConservancy@gmail.com
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

Buzzin! Native Bees and Honeybees Workshop

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join Grow to Learn, the school gardens program of GrowNYC, and an expert from The Honeybee Conservancy on a native bee walk in The Battery, followed by a honeybee hive demonstration.…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

Urban Farm Exploration Days

at Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Explore the Urban Farm's variety of crops, rice paddies, and fragrant herbs, and meet the chickens, too! All ages welcome.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

Ocean Breeze Green Team Volunteer Days

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks to volunteer in a trail maintenance project at Ocean Breeze Park. Participants will help with invasive weed removal and cutting branches of invasive trees for trail closure.
Free!

Oct19

Fall Foliage Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of canoeing while our Urban Park Rangers explain why leaves change colors. Be sure to bring your camera. First come, first served.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct19

Pinhole Camera Workshop with Nancy Paredes

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Experience the magical beginnings of photography by building your own pinhole camera from recyclable material. Students will leave the workshop with a handmade camera, photos, and a fundamental understanding of photography.

Best For
Kids
Oct19

2019 Red Hook Harvest Festival

at Red Hook Community FarmBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Join us at the Columbia Street Farm for the annual Red Hook Harvest Festival - a celebration of urban farming, youth empowerment, community connections, and a bountiful fall harvest!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

Central Park: Conservatory Garden Tour

at Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a staff-led tour through three gardens in one, from a magnificent wrought-iron gate made in 1894 to a sculptural tribute to The Secret Garden.

Oct19

Fall Open House

at Prospect FarmBrooklyn

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Please join us for a community gathering to celebrate the end of the growing season. Activities for all ages: bulb planting, composting, music, scavenger hunt, tours, bake sale, and more!
Free!

Oct19

Roots Saturdays

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Socrates Sculpture Park for drop-in workshops, food demos, and activities for kids and families.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

Rummage Sale Fundraiser at El Sol Brillante Jr. Garden

at El Sol Brilliante Jr. (in )Manhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
On Saturday, October 19th, El Sol Brillante Jr. Garden will have their annual rummage sale to benefit El Sol Brillante Jr. Garden. Items available will include, clothes, knickknacks,…

Oct19

Soundscape: The Sound of Seeds

at LaGuardia Corner Community GardenManhattan

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Sound, art and creativity....all blossoming in a community garden! Musician, Eileen Ain, and artist, Francine Demeulenaere, present a Soundscape performance at LaGuardia Corner Community Garden. Rain Date: Sunday, October 20th
Free!

Oct19

ASP Compost Windrows

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
In this workshop, you’ll learn everything you need to make compost using the method of aerated static piles.

Oct19

Ecology Park Tour

at Ecology Park

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of the 15 different plant communities found all across New York City, in one location. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
Free!

Oct19

Fall Walks

at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Walk with us through our gardens, woodland trail, and wetlands to see the colorful changes happening on the Island.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

Family Camping: All Things Autumn

at Van Cortlandt ParkBronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Campers will create fall crafts, cook treats on a campfire, embark on a night hike, and end the evening sleeping under the stars.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct19

High Vibrational Dinner & Movie NIght

at Hattie Carthan Community GardenBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
The Hattie Carthan Food Justice Leadership Collective Presents: A delicious heritage meal and short films.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

Oct20

Riverdale Park Tree Planting

at Spaulding Lane Parking Lot (in Riverdale Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to plant trees in Riverdale Park!
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct20

Audubon Bird Walk

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds— like water, shelter, and insects to eat.

Best For
Kids
Oct20

Birding: Raptor Watch

at Gateway Drive and Erskine Street (in Spring Creek Park)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Oct20

Fall Foliage Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
With nearly 30,000 acres of public parkland, New York City is the perfect place for fall leaf-peeping. Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for the kaleidoscope of colors.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct20

Ecosystem Explorers: Deciduous Forests

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Deciduous forests are most important as habitat areas. Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct20

Treebed Planting Day

at West Farms MTA Bus TerminalBronx

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Participants will weed out tree beds and plant pollinator-friendly native perennials while engaging the community and meeting new friends.
Free!

Oct20

Open House New York: Conference House Park Edition

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

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
As part of the citywide Open House New York Weekend, the historic houses of Conference House Park will be open for self-guided tours.
Free!

Must See
Event

Monday, October 21, 2019

Oct21

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Oct22

Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon

at Netherland Monument (in The Battery)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Join us for a bird walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery.
Free!

Oct22

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct22

The River Project Wetlab Look-ins

at Pier 40 Wetlab This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Tour the Pier 40 Wetlab, a dynamic exhibit of native Hudson River animals that changes based on current populations living in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Oct23

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct23

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Oct24

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct24

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-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
Oct24

Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three- and Four-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
Oct24

Tour The Battery

at Netherland Monument (in The Battery)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens, and so much more!
Free!

Oct24

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Oct24

The River Project Wetlab Look-ins

at Pier 40 Wetlab This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Tour the Pier 40 Wetlab, a dynamic exhibit of native Hudson River animals that changes based on current populations living in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Oct24

Evening Cocktail & Craft: Pumpkin Carving

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join us for a Halloween-themed Cocktail & Craft to learn techniques on how to carve your own pumpkin.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Oct25

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct25

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Pick a pumpkin to take home and enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, arts and crafts, face-painting, and all of your favorite autumnal activities!

Best For
Kids
Oct25

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Oct25

Free Community Friday

at Westchester Avenue Park Entrance (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

4:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Bronx River Alliance on the last Friday of the month from June through October for fun activities including Foodway tours, free paddling, art workshops, and more!
Free!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Oct26

Fall Stewardship Day: Pelham Bay Forest Restoration

at Rodman's Neck Parking Lot (in Pelham Bay Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to install deer guards to protect young trees in Pelham Bay Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct26

Ecology Park - Forest Restoration

at Ecology Park

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy in Ecology Park! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore…
Free!

Oct26

Audubon Bird Walk

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds.

Best For
Kids
Oct26

Coastal Cleanup

at Riverside Park Bird Sanctuary (in Riverside Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Riverside Park Conservancy partners with TRASH HERO NY to remove trash and recyclables that are brought in with the tides and pile up along the Hudson River coastline.
Free!

Oct26

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

10:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Pick a pumpkin to take home and enjoy an old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, arts and crafts, face-painting, and all of your favorite autumnal activities!

Best For
Kids
Oct26

Fall Foliage Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Oct26

Central Park: Conservatory Garden Tour

at Vanderbilt Gate (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us for a staff-led tour through three gardens in one, from a magnificent wrought-iron gate made in 1894 to a sculptural tribute to The Secret Garden.

Oct26

Halloween Harvest Festival

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Inspired by the Haitian Festival of the Ancestors, our Halloween festival features a Gede song workshop, card readings, dance and drum performances, as well as a doggie costume contest!
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct26

Roots Saturdays

at Socrates Sculpture ParkQueens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join Socrates Sculpture Park for drop-in workshops, food demos, and activities for kids and families.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct26

Fall Harvest Party

at Red Shed GardenBrooklyn

12:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Fall harvest party at Red Shed Community Garden. Music, contests, painting, and a potluck.
Free!

Oct26

Life and Death Celebration: Dia de los Muertos

at Hattie Carthan Community Farmers MarketBrooklyn

12:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join gardeners and the community for the Annual Life and Death Celebration on Oct. 26th at the Hattie Carthan Saturday Market to share in remembering and honoring your ancestral heritage through food and other festivities on October 26th from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct26

Natures Workshop: Autumn Crafts

at 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Autumn provides us with an abundance of colors which inspire creativity. Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of creativity using materials provided by mother nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct26

Ecosystem Explorers: Hidden Habitats

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks! Explore the life that moves all around you in places you never thought to look.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct26

Queens Park of the Month: Highland Park Fall Foliage

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
With nearly 30,000 acres of public parkland, New York City is the perfect place for fall leaf-peeping. Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for the kaleidoscope of colors.
Free!

Oct26

Ecology Park Tour

at Ecology Park

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of the 15 different plant communities found all across New York City, in one location. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
Free!

Oct26

Halloween Party

at Mobilization for Change Community Garden (in )Manhattan

2:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Mobilization for Change Community Garden will have a free Halloween costume party on October 26th, 2019, complete with music, food, face painting, pumpkin carving, and a parade through…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct26

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Marine ParkBrooklyn

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Selected families will be notified of meeting locations and other details. Registration is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Oct27

New York City Naturalist Club: Inwood Rocks

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on this hike and learn about Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. In other words, learn why Inwood Rocks!
Free!

Oct27

Halloween at the Garden

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Everything you need to celebrate Halloween: trick or treat trail, seasonal crafts, performances including a magic show, a carnivorous plant display, and a costume dance party.

Best For
Kids
Oct27

Outdoor Skills: Survival 101

at George Seuffert Bandshell (in Forest Park)Queens

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. Ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Oct27

All About Bats

at Bloomingdale Park Playground (in Bloomingdale Park)Staten Island

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an evening of fun-filled facts about these amazing mammals.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, October 28, 2019

Oct28

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Oct29

Bird Walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon

at Netherland Monument (in The Battery)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Join us for a bird walk at The Battery with NYC Audubon! Explore the diversity of migrating birds that find food and habitat in The Battery.
Free!

Oct29

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct29

The River Project Wetlab Look-ins

at Pier 40 Wetlab This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Tour the Pier 40 Wetlab, a dynamic exhibit of native Hudson River animals that changes based on current populations living in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Oct30

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct30

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Oct31

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Oct31

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-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
Oct31

Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three- and Four-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
Oct31

Tour The Battery

at Netherland Monument (in The Battery)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Learn about the park's rich history, many important landmarks and monuments, the Seaglass Carousel, 195,000 square feet of beautiful perennial gardens, and so much more!
Free!

Oct31

Garden Highlights Walk

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

1:00 p.m.1:45 p.m.
Join a Wave Hill Garden Guide for a public tour of seasonal garden highlights.

Oct31

The River Project Wetlab Look-ins

at Pier 40 Wetlab This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Tour the Pier 40 Wetlab, a dynamic exhibit of native Hudson River animals that changes based on current populations living in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Oct31

Harlem Grown's Halloween Festival

at Harlem Grown 134th Street FarmManhattan

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Celebrate the season with some spooky fun on our farm! Face painting, wicked arts and crafts, candied apples, a haunted house, and more! This is a FREE public event open to all ages.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct31

Halloween Boo Bash

at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:30 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Join us for crafts, games, treats, and spooky fun before you go trick-or-treating.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, November 1, 2019

Nov 1

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Nov 2

Ecology Park - Forest Restoration

at Ecology Park

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy in Ecology Park! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore…
Free!

Nov 2

Conference House Park Green Neighborhood - Forest Restoration

at Lenape Playground (in Conference House Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks Stewardship's monthly Green Neighborhood event in Conference House Park in Staten Island!
Free!

Nov 2

Mycological Society Walk

at Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us as we partner with the New York Mycological Society to hunt for fungi in all its many forms.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 2

Ocean Breeze Green Team Volunteer Days

at Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks to volunteer in a trail maintenance project at Ocean Breeze Park. Participants will help with invasive weed removal and cutting branches of invasive trees for trail closure.
Free!

Nov 2

Ecology Park Tour

at Ecology Park

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of the 15 different plant communities found all across New York City, in one location. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
Free!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Nov 3

Audubon Bird Walk

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Register for one or all five free nature walks in this special series with NYC Audubon! Spot and identify creatures of flight and learn how QBG provides important resources for birds.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 3

Pumpkin Smash 2019

at Corlears Hook ParkManhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Bring Pumpkins, Jack-o-Lanterns, and Gourds for a Smashing Good Time! You smash them and the NYC Compost Project will turn them into compost for City parks and green spaces.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Monday, November 4, 2019

Nov 4

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Nov 5

Greening Group Garden Workday

at West FarmsBronx

8:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Volunteer to beautify West Farms at a new garden pilot project. We will add pollinator-friendly native wildflowers and mulch the garden trees.
Free!

Nov 5

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Nov 5

The River Project Wetlab Look-ins

at Pier 40 Wetlab This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Tour the Pier 40 Wetlab, a dynamic exhibit of native Hudson River animals that changes based on current populations living in HRPK’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Nov 6

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Nov 7

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Nov 7

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-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 7

Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three- and Four-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 7

Evening Cocktail & Craft: Harvest Wreaths

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Create your own festive holiday wreath and learn about the types of conifers on a visit to QBG’s Pinetum.

Friday, November 8, 2019

Nov 8

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Nov 8

Canarsie Forest Restoration

at Canarsie Park at 108th Street (in Canarsie Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore natural areas and create a healthier ecosystem.
Free!

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Nov 9

Ecology Park - Forest Restoration

at Ecology Park

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy in Ecology Park! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore…
Free!

Nov 9

Calvert Vaux Wetland Cleanup

at South end of the Calvert Vaux Parking Lot (in Calvert Vaux Park)Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team at Calvert Vaux Park!
Free!

Nov 9

Ocean Breeze Park Trail Work

at Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants as well as close desire lines in order to help restore the forest and create a healthier ecosystem.
Free!

Nov 9

Ecology Park Tour

at Ecology Park

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of the 15 different plant communities found all across New York City, in one location. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
Free!

Monday, November 11, 2019

Nov11

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Nov12

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Nov13

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Nov14

FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park

at Arsenal (in Central Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
FASTNET: Plein-Air Drawings at Freshkills Park is an exhibition of plein-air drawings and ink studies made within a 20-foot shipping container.
Free!

Nov14

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-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
Nov14

Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three- and Four-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

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Nov16

Ecology Park - Forest Restoration

at Ecology Park

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy in Ecology Park! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore…
Free!

Nov16

Cunningham Forest Restoration

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

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore natural areas and create a healthier ecosystem.
Free!

Nov16

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
Nov16

Honey Bee Extravaganza

at Lentol GardenBrooklyn

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join NYU and Queens Botanical Garden for a Honey Bee Extravaganza!
Free!

Nov16

Ecology Park Tour

at Ecology Park

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of the 15 different plant communities found all across New York City, in one location. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
Free!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Nov17

Raoul Wallenberg Forest Tree Planting

at Raoul Wallenburg ForestBronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to plant trees in Raoul Wallenburg Forest!
Free!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Nov20

Meet the Rangers and Box Turtle

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)Bronx

4:30 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Children ages 2 – 13 are invited to meet the Urban Park Rangers at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center and learn about the animals that live in our parks. The Rangers will…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Nov21

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-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
Nov21

Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three- and Four-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

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Nov23

Ecology Park - Forest Restoration

at Ecology Park

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and the Natural Areas Conservancy in Ecology Park! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore…
Free!

Nov23

Ecology Park Tour

at Ecology Park

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a guided tour of the 15 different plant communities found all across New York City, in one location. Tours will last approximately 30 minutes.
Free!

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Dec 5

Greenbelt Peepers for Two-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 5

Greenbelt Tree Tots for Three- and Four-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

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Dec21

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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