Nature

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

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Sep29

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!

Sep29

Greenbelt Night Hike

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

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join Greenbelt Environmental educators after the sun goes down as we explore Buttonbush Swamp, and learn about nocturnal wildlife such as bats, deer, insects, frogs, owls and much more.
Free!

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Event

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Sep30

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!

Thursday, October 1, 2020

Oct 1

Family Nature Walk

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

3:00 a.m.5:00 a.m.
Lace up your shoes for a nature walk at Freshkills Park! Freshkills Park staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

Oct 1

Tour of The Battery Urban Farm

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of The Battery Urban Farm to learn about how we grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City.
Free!

Oct 1

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, October 2, 2020

Oct 2

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Oct 3

Fall Bird Walk

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

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Learn about the amazing adaptations of birds as they thrive in the Island’s restored habitats.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 3

Virtual Fall Festival

at Virtual/Online Workshop

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Join us for our annual fall festival on Facebook Live! Enjoy fun cooking demos. Pop in anytime or all day for a fun day of fall festivities!
Free!

Oct 3

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct 3

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct 3

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event
Oct 3

Nature Exploration: Marine Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Oct 3

Unexpected History of Common Plants Tour

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Take a guided tour with an expert horticulturist along the Water’s Edge Garden to the Woodland Garden and learn the fascinating history of common garden plants.
Free!

Oct 3

Maze By Moonlight

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Queens Farm’s Maze by Moonlight adds a new element of challenge to the Amazing Maize Maze experience. Somehow the rustling of the corn and the crickets seem amplified as darkness sets in.

Must See
Event

Sunday, October 4, 2020

Oct 4

Bird Tour at Freshkills Park

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
On this tour, you will learn about the different birds found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands at Freshkills Park.
Free!

Oct 4

Birding: Fall Migrants

at Arch at Grand Army Plaza (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The early bird catches the worm! Join the Urban Park Rangers on this morning birding tour as we look for fall migrants.
Free!

Oct 4

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct 4

Accessible Birding Exploration

at Ben Abrams Playground (in Bronx Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bring your own binoculars as the Urban Park Rangers lead you down a paved and accessible path, in search of Fall migrants along the Bronx River.
Free!

Oct 4

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct 4

CANCELLED: Harvest Festival

at Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan, Field 62 - 63 (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Join the Randall’s Island Park Alliance for a free, family-friendly celebration of fall!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 4

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Oct 7

Hudson River Virtual Walks

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live with HRPK’s River Project to enjoy virtual programs and connect with the Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary. Discover HRPK’s dynamic shoreline with guided tours!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Oct 8

Tour of The Battery Urban Farm

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of The Battery Urban Farm to learn about how we grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City.
Free!

Oct 8

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 8

Farm Workshop at The Battery: Medicinal Plants

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

4:30 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Stroll through the park with The Battery Conservancy’s staff and learn the healing properties of plants.
Free!

Friday, October 9, 2020

Oct 9

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Oct10

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct10

Fall Foliage Hike

at Buddy Monument (in Forest Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for the kaleidoscope of colors.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct10

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct10

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event
Oct10

Nature Exploration: Central Park

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

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

Oct10

Autumn Walk in the Park

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.
Join RIPA’s staff for a guided walk along our waterfront to view the fall colors. Learn the reasons behind changes in leaf color, the chemical representation of each of the…
Free!

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Oct11

Family Nature Walk

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Freshkills Park staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct11

Van Cortlandt Super Hike

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This challenging eight-mile hike winds its way through most of the park's many diverse forests and ecosystems. Registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct11

Birding: Fall Migrants

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds.
Free!

Oct11

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct11

CANCELLED: Waterfront Walks: Guided Park Tours in Brooklyn Bridge Park

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join our docents on a tour to learn about the history of the Brooklyn waterfront, Brooklyn Bridge Park’s sustainable design, and how the Park came to life!
Free!

Oct11

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct11

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event
Oct11

Kayak Tour

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
This two-mile round-trip paddle is a chance to explore the creeks and shorelines of Freshkills Park and experience the wildlife while the site is closed to the public.
Free!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Oct15

Tour of The Battery Urban Farm

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of The Battery Urban Farm to learn about how we grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City.
Free!

Oct15

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct15

Farm Workshop at The Battery: Seed Saving

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

4:30 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Take a guided tour of The Battery Urban Farm and learn to save seeds from our flower plants before the end of the season.
Free!

Friday, October 16, 2020

Oct16

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Oct17

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct17

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct17

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event
Oct17

Nature Exploration: Hunter Island

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Join our hikes to explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just clear your head.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct17

Great Trees of Kissena Park

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park)Queens

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!

Must See
Event
Oct17

Autumn Walk in the Park

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.
Join RIPA’s staff for a guided walk along our waterfront to view the fall colors. Learn the reasons behind changes in leaf color, the chemical representation of each of the…
Free!

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Oct18

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct18

Nature Exploration: Baisley Pond Park

at Baisley Pond Park Parking Lot (in Baisley Pond Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, and discover our city’s urban forests.
Free!

Oct18

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct18

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event
Oct18

Nature Exploration: Inwood Hill Park

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

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

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Oct21

Ask a Scientist

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Engage with real scientists in real time! Each month, we invite you to explore current park research with a local STEM expert followed by a live Q&A session.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Oct22

Tour of The Battery Urban Farm

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of The Battery Urban Farm to learn about how we grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City.
Free!

Oct22

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, October 23, 2020

Oct23

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Oct24

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct24

Fall Foliage Hike: Cornucopia of Trees!

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!

Oct24

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct24

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Oct25

Fort Tryon Park Beautification Day and Bulb Planting

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Activities will include some or all of the following: painting, planting preparations, planting, weeding, and more.
Free!

Oct25

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids
Oct25

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Registration is required.
Free!

Oct25

Inwood Rocks! Geology Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The island of Manhattan is built on three strata know as Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. Join our Urban Park Rangers on this hike and find out why Manhattan rocks!
Free!

Oct25

Harvest Weekends

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
See the fall foliage, sccop up pumpkins from the farm's Pumpkin Patch, enjoy hayrides and fresh cider, and more!
Free!

Oct25

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Oct27

Open Orchard School: Fall Fruit Tree Planting

at Virtual/Online Workshop

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
In this workshop, you’ll learn how these special trees should be planted and cared for once in the ground, as well as best practices for planting fruit trees of all kinds.
Free!

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Oct28

Shell-ebrate Oysters

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for virtual oyster monitoring sessions to learn about the history and important environmental role of this keystone species.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Oct29

Tour of The Battery Urban Farm

at Battery Urban Farm (in The Battery)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a tour of The Battery Urban Farm to learn about how we grow produce in the heart of downtown New York City.
Free!

Oct29

Live from the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Tune in live as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations, and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, October 30, 2020

Oct30

The Amazing Maize Maze

at Queens County Farm Museum (in Queens Farm Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Find your way through Queen's Farm famous corn maze this fall!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Oct31

Pumpkin Picking at Decker Farm

at Decker FarmStaten Island

11:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Search the patch for the perfect pumpkin, enjoy an old-fashioned hay-ride pulled by a tractor, and indulge in delicious fall food favorites, all without leaving Staten Island!

Best For
Kids

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