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Urban Park Rangers

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

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nov 25

Historic New York: Colonial Cooking

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

1:00 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn about the traditions of colonial cooking and the people who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago.
Free!

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Nov 25

History of Van Cortlandt Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on an exploration of trails and artifacts that unveil this hidden history of Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Nov 25

Deer Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe seven see these majestic animals.
Free!

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Nov 25

Fall Foliage Photography Hike

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

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Bring your own digital camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of Inwood Hill Park during the golden hour before sunset.
Free!

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

Nov 26

Ranger's Choice: The World's Fair Adventure Quest

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn about the World's Fair and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park as you've never experienced before. Registration is required.
Free!

Nov 26

Historic New York: Brooklyn Bridge

at Corner of Furman and Old Fulton Streets (in Brooklyn Bridge Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Explore the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, from the time when it was first built to the present day, and also discover Brooklyn Bridge Park, the modern park which shares its namesake.
Free!

Nov 26

Modern Survival Skills

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Nov 26

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on this nocturnal exploration of wildlife found in Central Park.
Free!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Nov 30

Urban Park Rangers : Box Turtle Feeding

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval) , Bronx

3:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers are coming to visit with their box turtle. We will be learning about their habitat, lifestyles, and what they eat. We will then feed the…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Dec 2

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Pelham Bay 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. Come learn about one of our more fascinating neighbors—the coyote.
Free!

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Event
Dec 2

Our Solar System

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Discover the mysteries of the solar system and take a closer look at the sun.
Free!

Dec 2

Winter Wildlife Viewing

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

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!

Dec 2

Birding: Owls

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels. Registration is required for this program.
Free!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Dec 3

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whether it be cold, rain, sleet, or snow you will experience how to build a shelter out of natural materials. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Dec 3

Outdoor Skills: Orienteering and Compasses

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

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. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Dec 3

Winter Tree ID Hike (Light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head.
Free!

Dec 3

Astronomy: Super Moon

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Using a reflecting telescope, The Urban Park Rangers will show you where the six Apollo missions that landed on the moon actually touched down.
Free!

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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Dec 9

Winter Wildlife Viewing

at Park Drive East and 73rd Terrace (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Our Wildlife Viewing program focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons.
Free!

Dec 9

Historic New York: Square Parks

at Madison Square Park , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Be our guest as we begin our stroll through Madison Square Park and other square parks in Manhattan. Registration is required for this program.
Free!

Dec 9

Nature Exploration Hike: John Muir Trail (Vigorous)

at Mosholu Avenue and Broadway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Vigorous hikes are longer with hills and rugged terrain.
Free!

Dec 9

Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park

at Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history.
Free!

Dec 9

Birding: Owls

at Parking Area (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we listen for calls and look for this nocturnal bird of prey.
Free!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Dec 10

Seal Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us at Orchard Beach in Pelham Bay Park for a chance to see seals!
Free!

Dec 10

Winter Wonderland Hike (Vigorous)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for one of our longest hike, as we explore Central Park from top to bottom. Central Park will be decorated for the holidays, so bring your camera. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec 10

Deer Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots as we explore the park for one of Staten Island's most popular residents—white-tailed deer!
Free!

Dec 10

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. Stargazing is best on clear, cloud-free nights.
Free!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Dec 15

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
See one of the best meteor showers, producing up to 120 multi-colored meteors per hour at its peak. Meteors are best viewed on cloud-free nights, but this program is rain or shine.
Free!

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

Dec 16

Birding: Waterfowl

at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard (in Baisley Pond Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 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!

Dec 16

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
What can you use to build a fire? Explore this Forever Wild site with the Urban Park Rangers as we look for different materials and ways to construct a fire.
Free!

Dec 16

Cold Weather Survival

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are well-versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Dec 16

Photography Scavenger Hunt

at Clifton Place and Marcy Avenue (in Herbert Von King Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests. Bring your own digital camera or smartphone.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Dec 17

Central Park Christmas Bird Count

at Central Park , Manhattan  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
Dec 17

Birding: Waterfowl

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels. Beginners are welcome.
Free!

Dec 17

Ranger's Choice: Forest Park Super Hike (Vigorous)

at Forest Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This extensive one-way hike highlights Forest Park's history and its surrounding neighborhoods of Kew Gardens, Glendale, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven. Registration is required.
Free!

Dec 17

Winter Solstice Candle Light Walk

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
This season, the Urban Park Rangers celebrate history, wildlife, the cosmos, and the holidays with a fun-filled, candlelight walk on the Putnam Trail.
Free!

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Event
Dec 17

Ursids Meteor Shower

at Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Originating near the constellatioin Ursa Minor, or the "Little Dipper," this meteor shower is active during the period spanning December 17 to 25.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Dec 23

Ranger's Choice: Birding Van Tour: Owls

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

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

Dec 23

Birding Jamaica Bay

at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you t the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Dec 25

Nature Exploration Hike

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 Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

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