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Park rangers lead a canoeing program in a lake in the park

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! 

A park ranger holds up a peregrine falcon

Urban Park Rangers: Celebrating 40 Years
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Urban Park Rangers with us all year long with expanded, new, and refreshed programming across NYC!

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 Events

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Aug17

The Explorer's Club: Navigating The Woods

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers while we map and navigate parts of New York City’s largest park and earn a navigation stamp.
Free!

Aug17

BioBlitz Nature Walk

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we walk through Blue Heron Park while researchers conduct a BioBlitz, surveying the park’s flora and fauna.
Free!

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Aug17

Canoeing (Intermediate)

at Canoe Launch Point on Norton Avenue and B36th Street (in Bayswater Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget.
Free!

Aug17

White Island Sunset Canoe Trip (Advanced)

at Marine ParkBrooklyn

5:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Explore the waters of Gerritsen Creek and paddle by this special island where only wildflowers and wild birds reside. Prior canoe experience required. Registration ends on August 10.
Free!

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

Aug18

Fort Totten Fair Adventure Quest

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
This challenge leads teams through the park on a part scavenger hunt, part walking tour that combines easy physical challenges, photo clues, and searches while testing your park knowledge.
Free!

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Aug18

'Over The Hill' Hilltop Hike: Tallapoosa Point

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Please note: Registration has ended.
Free!

Aug18

Basic Canoeing

at Eton Place and Richmond Avenue (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
First-come, first-serve. For ages 8 years old and up. Line may close prior to scheduled program end time due to demand.
Free!

Aug18

Nature's Workshop: Natural Dyes and Plant Oil Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
You will learn how to identify the fruits, seeds, and leaves of local plants to use in dyes. Learn how to extract dyes from a variety of plants to create natural colors.
Free!

Aug18

The New York City Naturalist Club: The Ramble

at East 72nd Street and Fifth AvenueManhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they guide you to just a few of the many birds, reptiles, and mammals that call New York City home.
Free!

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Aug23

Family Camping: Staten Island

at Willowbrook ParkStaten Island

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 opens on Wednesday, August 14.
Free!

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

Aug24

Historic New York: Orchard Beach

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Orchard Beach has a rich and significant history dating back to The Great Depression. Take a journey through time and learn about Orchard Beach past and present.
Free!

Aug24

Queens Park of the Month: Fishing at Brookville Park

at Brookville Boulevard and 147th Avenue (in Brookville Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Aug24

Family Camping & Astronomy: Brooklyn

at Marine ParkBrooklyn

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an overnight adventure that includes star gazing. Registration is required.
Free!

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Aug24

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Fort Tryon ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Sleep under the stars at our free overnight family camping program in the beautiful and majestic Fort Tryon Park! Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration is required.
Free!

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Sep 7

Family Camping: Queens

at Fort Totten ParkQueens

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 opens on Wednesday, August 28.
Free!

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Sep 8

Nature Discovery: Pond Life

at 88th Street and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Get hands-on in our pond, using dip nets to comb the pond and learn all about these species.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 8

Nature Bike Tour

at Sand Lane and Father Capadanno Boulevard (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bike through Brookfield Park while enjoying the vistas and nature. Registration is required. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Sep 8

The Explorer's Club: Survival Crash Course

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this fun, family-friendly program 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
Sep 8

Basic Canoeing

at Harlem Meer (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older. Line to participate may be closed prior to 2:30 p.m. due to demand.
Free!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Sep14

Raptor Fest

at East Meadow (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Experience the thrill of viewing New York's premier predators live and up close. Join NYC Parks at the annual Raptor Fest, hosted by the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sep15

Nature Exploration Hike: Bugs and Butterflies

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Sep15

Queens Park of the Month: Idlewild Park

at Idlewild Park at 225th Street (in Idlewild Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This park in southeast Queens is a popular landing location for migrating birds.
Free!

Sep15

Birding: Fall Migrants

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield 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!

Sep15

Inwood Rocks! Geology Hike

at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The island of Manhattan is built on three strata know as Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. Join our Urban Park Rangers on this hike and find out why Manhattan rocks!
Free!

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

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
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

Prospect Park Super Hike

at Prospect ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Our moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain. Registration begins on Wednesday, Sept. 11
Free!

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Sep22

The New York City Naturalist Club: Fall Migration

at Isham Street and Seaman Avenue (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Sep22

Queens Park of the Month: Idlewild Birding by Canoe Adventure

at Idlewild ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a peaceful paddle in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay and view the incredible birds in this habitat. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on September 11.
Free!

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
Sep22

Birding Along the Bronx River Foodway

at Inside the park at Bruckner Boulevard (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a walk through Concrete Plant Park and learn about the Foodway while discovering the birds in your community.
Free!

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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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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Event
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

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!

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
Sep29

Nocturnal Wildlife Hike

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they search for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday, September 18
Free!

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