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Urban Park Rangers: Nature Exploration

Explore the marvels of New York City's diverse ecosystems with an Urban Park Ranger to learn about bugs, trees, and other plants and animals, as well as growing a garden in New York City. 

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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! 

Urban Park Rangers: Nature Exploration Events

Sunday, November 17, 2019


Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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.


Mushroom ID Hike

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
We will take a closer look at these fascinating fungi and learn basic mushroom identification.

Saturday, November 23, 2019


Living with Deer

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join Staten Island Greenbelt Conservancy and the Urban Park Rangers to learn about deer, as well as tips to follow to promote healthy coexistence with these animals.

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Sunday, November 24, 2019


Trees of New York City

at Chapin Parkway and 85th Avenue (in Captain Tilly Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 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.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Dec 1

Ecosystem Explorers: Trail Cleanup

at Forest Hill Road and Alaska Place (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Be an environmental warrior as you join the Urban Park Rangers on this hike and clean up the trail while learning the importance of trail maintenance.

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