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, March 7, 2021

Mar 7

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

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!

Mar 7

Deer Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots as we explore the park in search of one of white-tailed deer!
Free!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Mar 9

FrogWatch USA Virtual Training

at Virtual/Online Workshop

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
earn how to identify local frog species, their importance in wetland ecosystems, and more. This 90-minute online training session will certify participants as FrogWatch USA volunteers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Mar10

Greenbelt @ Home: Meet Our Animal Ambassadors

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Get up close and personal with snakes, turtles, frogs, and much more! Our educators will address your questions and help the group learn about the natural history of these amazing animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, March 11, 2021

Mar11

Tidy Thursdays

at Starlight ParkBronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help clean up Starlight Park. Masks, gloves, grabbers, hand sanitizer, and temperature checks for COVID-19 provided.
Free!

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Mar13

Crazy for Composting: Food Waste Edition!

at Virtual/Online Workshop

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the NYC Compost Project hosted by NYBG online for their fun and informative Crazy for Composting: Food Waste Edition to discover ways to compost your food scraps and more!
Free!

Mar13

The Pelham Bay Super Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This challenging hike winds its way through many diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

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Mar13

A Horse of Course

at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South (in Forest Park)Queens

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and our Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Unit to learn about our specialized enforcement unit in Parks. We will also take a nature walk on the bridle path at Forest Park.
Free!

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Mar13

Nature's Workshop: Creating Music from Nature

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Discover which trees and natural materials are used to build modern-day musical instruments.
Free!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Mar14

Nature Craft with Angel - Make Your Own Bird Feeder Ornaments

at Virtual/Online Workshop

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Join Environmental Educator Angel Ehlers on this hands-on virtual journey, as she takes you through the easy process of making your own bird feeder from a few simple materials and ingredients.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar14

Historic New York: Putnam Greenway Bike Tour

at Van Cortlandt ParkBronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Hop on your bike and take a spin along this historic trail with the Rangers. Lottery registration is required.
Free!

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Mar14

Birding: Raptor Watch

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Mar14

Spring Ahead Night Hike

at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street (in Conference House Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our City's rich history and diverse culture, or just unplug form the world to clear your head. Registration required.
Free!

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Mar17

Restoration Wednesdays

at Shoelace Park (in Bronx Park)Bronx, Bronx River Forest at Burke Bridge (in Bronx Park)Bronx, Muskrat CoveBronx This is an Accessible location, Starlight ParkBronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Support the conservation crew in green infrastructure maintenance and litter collection in one of our Bronx Parks.
Free!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Mar18

Tidy Thursdays

at Starlight ParkBronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help clean up Starlight Park. Masks, gloves, grabbers, hand sanitizer, and temperature checks for COVID-19 provided.
Free!

Mar18

Story Time | Hopping into Spring with Frogs

at Virtual/Online Workshop

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Springtime is the frogs' most noisy season of all, so come on by to see what all the hubbub is about! We will learn fun facts, read a great storybook, and make a creative frog craft together.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Mar20

Hike & Pick! (Blue Trail)

at Blue Trail Head (in Forest Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteers will be provided with trash pickers and garbage bags to clean as they hike the trail!
Free!

Mar20

Nature Exploration: Marine Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers for a nature exploration walk through Marine Park.
Free!

Mar20

Signs of Spring Hike

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Celebrate Women's Histroy Month with the Urban Park Rangers. Join the Rangers as we discuss the impactful affect of women in wildlife conservation, past and present.
Free!

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Mar20

Nature Exploration: Seton Falls Park

at East 233 Street and Baychester Avenue (in Seton Falls Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a nature exploration hike through the Grand Canyon of the Bronx! Our Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks.
Free!

Mar20

Historic New York: Fort Tryon

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in exploring the natural and human history of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mar21

Birding: Spring Migrants

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. On this program, we search for birds that have gotten an early start on the Spring migration season.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar21

Birding: Gulls and Shorebirds

at Sand Lane and Father Capadanno Boulevard (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Registration is required.
Free!

Mar21

Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt

at Crotona Park E & Charlotte Street (in Crotona Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Stretch out the winter wearies with a hike through Crotona Park in search of buds, blooms, birds, and other signs of spring.
Free!

Mar21

Central Park Rocks! Geology Hike

at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 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 Central Park rocks!
Free!

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Mar25

Tidy Thursdays

at Starlight ParkBronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help clean up Starlight Park. Masks, gloves, grabbers, hand sanitizer, and temperature checks for COVID-19 provided.
Free!

Mar25

Seasonal Wonders Natural History Hike | Bloodroot Valley Venture

at Virtual/Online Workshop

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
We will pass stands of pine, serpentine rocks, and signs of spring. We will cross a sparkling stream and, if we're lucky, we might come across the elusive Bloodroot plant.
Free!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Mar27

Birding: Spring Migrants

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. On this program, we search for birds that have gotten an early start on the Spring migration season.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar27

Hike & Pick! (Blue Trail)

at Blue Trail Head (in Forest Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Volunteers will be provided with trash pickers and garbage bags to clean as they hike the trail!
Free!

Mar27

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at Archery Field Parking Lot (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

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

Mar27

Women's History Month: Anne Hutchinson

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Rangers will hike to Split Rock, highlighting the life and death of Anne Hutchinson, a key figure in the development of religious freedom in the English American colonies.
Free!

Mar27

Wildlife Viewing: City Squirrels

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

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

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Mar28

Birding: Birding 101

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. On this program, learn the very basics of bird watching as a hobby.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar28

Welcome Spring Scavenger Hunt & Seed Swap

at Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Come down to the Park from 10 am – Noon to participate in family friendly Springtime fun! Join our scavenger hunt, swap seeds or cuttings, and take home a plant grow kit.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar28

Nature Exploration: Clove Lakes Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration Hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Registration is required.
Free!

Mar28

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

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

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

Mar28

Coastal Scavenger Hunt

at Beach 86th Street (in Rockaway Beach)Queens

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
You never know what you may observe on this exploration of clues left behind by some of the species that call this area their home.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar28

Spring Nocturnal Hike

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
As the sun sets the darkness-loving creatures come out. We will explore northern Central Park at night and try to find the things that squeak, growl, or hoot in the night!
Free!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Mar30

Facebook Live! Nature Walk at Freshkills Park

at Virtual/Online Workshop

12:00 p.m.12:30 p.m.
Freshkills Park was once the site of the world’s largest landfill and is currently becoming a 2200-acre park, scheduled to be completed in 2036. Freshkills Park staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

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