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

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Nov29

Fort Tryon Park: Dog Run Stewardship Day

at Sir William's Dog Run (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Get to know the Fort Tryon Park's dog owner community while helping to improve Sir William’s Dog Run - the largest Dog Run in Manhattan!
Free!

Nov29

Nature Exploration: Clove Lakes Park

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On this moderately-paced hike, discover the nature of Clove Lakes Park.
Free!

Nov29

Birding: Winter Birds

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Discover the amazing variety of birds that winter here in NYC. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Nov29

Fort Tryon Park Highlights

at Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Take in the scenic views of the Hudson River on this hike through Fort Tryon Park, highlighting its natural features, historic landmarks, and wildlife.
Free!

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Dec 2

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 2

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 2

COASTAL CLASSROOM AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
The Coastal Classroom After school Program is designed to support middle school students to create meaningful relationships with their waterfront parks. Starting in mid October...
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Dec 3

Adult Hike | Heyerdahl Hill

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Take in the winter scenery as we hike to the historic foundation of the Heyerdahl farmhouse. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center.
Free!

Dec 3

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 3

COASTAL CLASSROOM AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
The Coastal Classroom After school Program is designed to support middle school students to create meaningful relationships with their waterfront parks. Starting in mid October...
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 4, 2020

Dec 4

Canarsie Park Forest Restoration

at Seaview Avenue and East 108th Street (in Fresh Creek Nature Preserve)Brooklyn

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

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Dec 5

Rockaway Beach Piping Plover Fencing

at Rockaway Beach and 56th Street (in Rockaway Beach)Queens, 56th street

10:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the NYC Parks Stewardship Team as we care for the habitat and nesting grounds of these endangered shorebirds and plants. Volunteers will be removing the fencing that protects the nesting area so that it is not damaged over the winter.
Free!

Dec 5

Mindful Meditation Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers to practice being mindful while walking through the North Woods of Central Park.
Free!

Dec 5

Winter Tree ID

at Cunningham Park Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
For this program, we will explore beautiful Cunningham Park while learning how to identify trees by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Dec 5

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Discover the amazing variety of birds that winter here in NYC. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Dec 6

Nature Exploration: Invasive Insects

at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street (in Conference House Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Learn about three of the winged invasive insects that have and are impacting New York City's green spaces, including the most relevant Spotted Lanternfly.
Free!

Dec 6

Historic New York: Prospect Park Nature and Design

at Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the The Urban Park Rangers for a walking tour at Prospect Park.
Free!

Dec 6

Great Trees of Inwood Hill Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Trees have a special place in our environment. Join us for a hike of Inwood Hill Park in search of different species and learn some ways to identify these trees during the changing season.
Free!

Dec 6

Gather Around the Campfire

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us in Alley Pond Park for campfire activities! Learn about campfire safety, and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers. Participants will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Free!

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Dec 9

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 9

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Dec10

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 11, 2020

Dec11

Inwood Street Tree Care

at Ellwood Street and Sherman AvenueManhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. They will also learn about the important roles street trees play in New York City.
Free!

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Dec12

12/12 Conference House Park Forest Restoration

at Lenape Playground (in Conference House Park)Staten Island

9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore the forest and create a healthier ecosystem.
Free!

Dec12

Bilingual Tour of the Mansion and Grounds (en Espanol)

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 p.m.11:30 p.m.
Learn more about the history of the house, its architecture, garden, and grounds in this 30-minute outdoor overview. After this 30 minute orientation, the remainder of the tour will be self-guided and take place inside the mansion.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Dec16

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

1:30 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec16

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

3:30 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec16

The Ultimate Houseplant Starter Guide For Beginners

at Virtual/Online Workshop

5:30 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Bring the garden home with you this winter! This workshop will teach all eager houseplant learners basic houseplant care, such as lighting, watering, and humidity.
Free!

Thursday, December 17, 2020

Dec17

CITYPARKS GREEN GIRLS EMPOWERED BY ING AFTER SCHOOL

at Virtual/Online Only

2:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Green Girls Afterschool is an environmental science club that will engage middle school girls throughout the school year in fun-filled online adventures about New York City’s…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 18, 2020

Dec18

Soundview Park Wetland Restoration

at Leland Avenue and O'Brien Avenue (in Soundview Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will remove debris and learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore this natural area.
Free!

Saturday, December 19, 2020

Dec19

Alley Pond Park Forest Restoration

at Northern Boulevard and 234th Street (in Alley Pond Park)Queens 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 the forest and create a healthier ecosystem.
Free!

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Jan13

Rat Academy: Keeping the Garden Rat-Free

at Virtual/Online Workshop

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
In this workshop with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, participants will learn proper rat prevention measures, how to look for signs of rats, and how to correct the conditions that attract rats.
Free!

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