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Urban Park Rangers: Kids and Families

Our Urban Park Rangers connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.  Children who spend time outdoors develop strong imaginations and learn to socialize better with others. Urban Park Rangers are role models who encourage children to let their imaginations run wild in a safe, supportive atmosphere.

A park ranger holds up a peregrine falcon

Urban Park Rangers: Celebrating 40 Years
Come 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! 

kids interact with a turtle in a bin with water

Nature Center Adventures
This summer, join our Adventure Guides for some wild fun at our nature centers! Kids and families can join us for up close and personal explorations of the natural world. 

Urban Park Rangers: Kids and Families Events

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sep20

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Prospect ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping with the Urban Park Rangers and your family is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and create lasting memories. Participants are selected by lottery. Registration opens on Sept 11.
Free!

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Sep20

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camp overnight in Inwood Hill Park, home to Manhattan's last remaining natural forest and owls! Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration begins on Wednesday, September 11.
Free!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sep21

Coastal Exploration

at Beach 59th Street Playground (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on Rockaway Beach to explore the ecological diversity of our coastal shorelines.
Free!

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Kids
Sep21

Family Camping: Bronx

at Van Cortlandt ParkBronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on September 11.
Free!

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sep22

Ecosystem Explorers: Micro-Ecosystems

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

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

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sep28

Saltwater Fishing

at East 10th Street and FDR Drive (in John V. Lindsay East River Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep28

Family Camping: Queens

at Alley Pond ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration begins on Wednesday, September 18.
Free!

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Sep28

Family Camping: Staten Island

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camp overnight in Staten Island's wild side! Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration ends on August 3.
Free!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sep29

Sunset and S'mores

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers lead you on this sunset hike through Van Cortlandt Park. Afterward, participants will be treated to s'mores over an open fire. Registration is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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