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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

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sep21

East Village Gardens Walk

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Tour the neighborhood with our Urban Park Rangers, and discover some of these "hidden" gardens that unite local residents.
Free!

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!

Best For
Kids

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

Nature Exploration Hike: Seton Falls Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a 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!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sep29

Jamaica Bay Greenway Bike Tour

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bike along Jamaica Bay while enjoying the sights and sounds of fall. ?Tour will end back at meeting location.
Free!

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Oct 2

Aquatic Plants for the Garden Pond

at La Plaza Cultural (in )Manhattan

5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers for a look at some of the aquatic plants that can grow in small urban ponds.
Free!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Oct 5

Coastline Ecology

at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and explore the shore along Rockaway Beach and learn about the many different types of plants and animals that live along our coastline.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Oct 6

Manhattan Gardening Club: Bedding Down the Garden

at 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Cooler weather has arrived, and it's time to put the garden to bed for the winter! We'll do some late mulching and ensure our plants are protected from the frost.
Free!

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oct12

Fall Nature Bike Tour

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the changing colors of autumn on a bicycle with the Urban Park Rangers. Lottery regisration begins on Wednesday, October 2.
Free!

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