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Our Urban Park Rangers are full of knowledge about history, astronomy, animals, plants, and more. Attend a Ranger-led event with your family and see how much fun learning can be!

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Urban Park Rangers Events

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Dec16

Central Park Christmas Bird Count

at Central ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join NYC Audubon, Urban Park Rangers, and the Central Park Conservancy as we count birds in every section of the park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec16

Animal of the Month Club: Northern Cardinal

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we discuss the Northern Cardinal. This vibrant bird can be seen and heard in our parks throughout the winter season.
Free!

Dec16

Photography Scavenger Hunt

at Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street (in McCarren Park)Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This guided hike through McCarren Park will challenge your photography skills as you work to complete a photo scavenger hunt.
Free!

Dec16

Ranger's Choice: Fire Making Skills

at Alley Pond ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Fire is mankind's greatest discovery. Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors. Registration is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec16

The Night Sky: Comets

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events.
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, December 21, 2018

Dec21

Winter Solstice Celebration

at Van Cortlandt Golf House (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Explore the park on a night hike and celebrate the end of the celestial year around a campfire!
Free!

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Event

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Dec22

Ranger's Choice: Birding Van Trip

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Winter is the best time of year to spot owls. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec22

Nature Photography: Winter Landscapes

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature's vistas and winter landscapes.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec22

Nature Exploration Hike: The North Woods

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 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.
Free!

Dec22

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec22

Astronomy

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events. Many programs feature astronomy experts and all equipment is provided.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Dec23

The New York City Naturalist Club: Eagle Watch

at Payson Avenue and Dyckman Street (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Winter is a great time to spot bald eagles. In the winter, birds of prey tend to fly further south to New York City in search of food. Our park rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec23

Historic New York: History of Crocheron Park

at John Golden Parking Lot (in John Golden Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Crocheron Park has a rich history dating back to the late 17th century. Learn more about this local park and its significant history.
Free!

Dec23

Living with White-Tailed Deer

at Hanover Avenue and Palma Drive (in Eibs Pond Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn about deer ecology and behavior as you look for clues of deer presence. Join in a discussion about the impacts of deer in an urban environment.
Free!

Dec23

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec23

Nature's Workshop: Winter Nature Crafts

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Find your muse in nature. This workshop will inspire you to create art collages and animal figures with objects from nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Dec26

Kids Week: Wilderness Survival Skills

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On this fun, family-friendly program (recommended ages 8 and up) you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec26

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The natural world is the best playground in New York City. Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec26

Kids Week: All About Owls

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whooo knows what we will find as we look through owl pellet's and learn more about the adaptions of owls!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec26

Kids Week: Nature Crafts Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec26

Kids Week: Nature Crafts Workshop

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Dec27

Kids Week: Ranger Games

at Fort Totten Visitor's Center (in Fort Totten Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting nature games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Birds of Prey

at Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will show you a fantastic example of an active red-tail nest and discuss the life cycles and habits of these spectacular urban predators.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Campfire Activities

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join us for campfire activities around a colonial hearth. Learn about campfire safety and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec27

Kids Week: Winter Wildlife Hike for Kids

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a winter walk looking for signs of wildlife.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, December 28, 2018

Dec28

Kids Week: Nature Crafts Workshop

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Create crafts using natural materials found outside with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Campfire Activities

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of fun and outdoor activities as we gather around the campfire and enjoy the outdoors.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Build a Birdfeeder

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to build a birdfeeder for your own back yard.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec28

Kids Week: Sounds of Nature

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in discovering music in nature by using natural materials and exploring the sounds inside the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike: Van Cortlandt Park (Light)

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, why not start outdoors? Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to the park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike: Prospect Park (Light)

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, why not start outdoors? Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to the park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike: Forest Park (Light)

at Buddy Monument (in Forest Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, why not start outdoors? Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to the park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike: Bloomingdale Park (Light)

at Bloomingdale Park Playground (in Bloomingdale Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, why not start outdoors? Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to the park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike (Light)

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
If your New Year’s resolution is to get healthy, why not start outdoors? Dress warmly, put on your hiking shoes, and head to the park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Jan 6

Ecosystem Explorers: Grasslands

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
We will identify and view the many different birds, mammal, insect and plant species of a grassland ecosystem.
Free!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Jan12

The New York City Naturalist Club: Bald Eagle Watch

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in the urban jungle. All skill levels are welcomed.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan12

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Come learn about one of our more fascinating neighbors—the coyote.
Free!

Jan12

Arts, Culture & Fun: Astronomy

at Willowbrook Park Archery Range (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Astronomy programs with our park rangers feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events.
Free!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Jan13

Seal Exploration

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.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.
Free!

Jan13

Queens Park of the Month: Baisley Pond Park

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Jan13

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Hylan Boulevard and Edgewater Street (in Alice Austen Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our park rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Jan13

Historic Brookfield Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers as we learn more about the history of this area and the story of the park that expanded our city to over 30,000 acres of parkland.
Free!

Jan13

The Bartow-Pell Mansion Winter Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

12:30 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers on a winter hike of the Mansion’s grounds and surrounding nature trails. Lottery registration begins on Wednesday, January 2.
Free!

Jan13

Nature's Workshop: Natural Jewelry Making

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers and learn how to make jewelry using materials from nature. Basic materials provided. Lottery registration begins Wednesday Jan. 2
Free!

Jan13

The New York City History Club: Central Park

at West 72nd and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program will focus on the history behind New York City's most iconic urban space: Central Park.
Free!

Jan13

Outdoor Skills: Wilderness Survival

at Winchester Boulevard, under Grand Central Parkway (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Jan19

Birding: Winter Birds

at Green-Wood Cemetery at 25th StreetBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!

Jan19

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Our birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan19

Ecosystem Explorers: Deciduous Forest

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Deciduous forests host many different tree species, and all kinds of wildlife from birds to deer can be seen in their natural environment
Free!

Jan19

The Explorer's Club: Fire Making

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of fire building with the Rangers to earn your survival skills stamp.
Free!

Jan19

Nature Exploration Hike

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks.
Free!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Jan20

Animal of the Month: Northern Harrier

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in Brookfield Park as we look for this acrobatic raptor, the Norther Harrier.
Free!

Jan20

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Jan20

Survival Series: Survival 101

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this fun, family-friendly program (recommended ages 8 and up) you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan20

Nature's Workshop: Nature Illustrations

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Find your muse in nature. This workshop will inspire you to illustrate the landscapes, woodlands, and wildlife of Forest Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan20

Winter Mythology: Stories Around the Campfire

at Prospect ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Long winter nights have inspired countless tales for passing time and staying warm by the fire. Join the Urban Park Rangers to share in this ancient tradition. Registration required.
Free!

Jan20

Arts, Culture & Fun: Astronomy - The Supermoon

at 106th Street and Central Park West

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
The Moon will put on a rare show tonight as both a "Supermoon" and lunar eclipse will occur during the late night hours.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Jan26

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
This program will focus on the different species of waterfowl that reside in our parks during the colder winter months. Birding programs sare appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Jan26

Nature Scavenger Hunt

at Golden Pond (in Crocheron Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Get to know the park by hunting for some common and uncommon objects and artifacts.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan26

Winter Wildlife: Squirrels

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how squirrels are able to thrive in an urban environment? Learn about the basic biology and habits of these abundant and curious mammals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan26

Survival During the American Revolution

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Before they could fight for our freedom, harsh winters forced the Continental Army to fight for their lives. Learn about their secrets of survival during this arduous time in U.S. history.
Free!

Jan26

Queens Park of the Month: Baisley Pond Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks. January will focus on Baisley Pond Park.
Free!

Jan26

Arts, Culture & Fun: Astronomy - The Winter Sky

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events.
Free!

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Jan27

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we look for this bird of prey. Participants are selected by lottery. Lottery registration begins on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Free!

Jan27

Nature's Workshop: Nature Journals

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Each program in this series explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity. All supplies provided.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan27

Gather Around the Campfire

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join us around a campfire for an evening of stories, songs, and fun activities. Registration is required. Register on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan27

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Brookville Boulevard and Caney Road (in Brookville Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program will focus on the different species of waterfowl that reside in our parks during the colder winter months. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Jan27

Winter Tree ID

at School Road and Bay Street (in Von Briesen Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
For this program, we will explore beautiful Von Briesen Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

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