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Urban Park Rangers: History and Culture

Discover NYC's storied past with our expert Urban Park Rangers as your guide to historical events, people, and communities that have shaped our city and Parks.

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Urban Park Rangers: Celebrating 40 Years
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Urban Park Rangers this year by joining us on more Ranger programs for families, outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and more! 

Urban Park Rangers: History and Culture Events

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Jan25

Tompkins Square Park On-Screen

at Saint Marks Place and Avenue A (in Tompkins Square Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike to some of the iconic spots in Tompkins Square Park featured in television and motion pictures from the last few decades.
Free!

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Feb 1

Black History Month: African-American History in Parks

at Roy Wilkins ParkQueens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn about parks, sculptures, and other green spaces in New York City that highlight and honor the black experience in the United States.
Free!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Feb 8

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Visitors will get a chance to go inside with the Urban Park Rangers who will discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure.
Free!

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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Feb15

The Old Croton Aqueduct Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Built between 1837 and 1842, the Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City's first water supply system. Explore its history on a hike with our park rangers!
Free!

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Feb16

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Visitors will get a chance to go inside with the Urban Park Rangers who will discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure.
Free!

Must See
Event

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feb18

Kids Week: Fort Greene History and Colonial Games

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Step back in time and play some colonial games. The history of Fort Greene Park provides the perfect backdrop as we experience what Colonial-era kids played during their free time.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb18

Kids Week Staten Island: Lenape Bingo

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a fun afternoon of games and a little history about Native Americans.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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