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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

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!

Must See
Event

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!

Must See
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!

Must See
Event
Dec 23

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!

Must See
Event

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!

Must See
Event

Monday, January 1, 2018

Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike (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 (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 a park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike (Light)

at Blue Heron Nature Center (in Blue Heron Park) , Staten Island  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 a park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike (Light)

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park) , Queens

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 a park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 1

New Year's Day Hike (Light)

at Seaman Avenue and Isham Street (in Inwood Hill 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 a park.,
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Jan 14

Birding: Owls

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  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. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration begins on January 3.
Free!

Jan 14

North Manhattan Parks Super Hike (Moderate)

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our Urban Par Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration is required.
Free!

Jan 14

Animal of the Month Club: Aquatic Rodents

at Historic Richmond Town (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we view beavers and muskrats in their natural habitat and see how their lives impact New Yorkers.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 14

Nature's Workshop: Natural Dyes and Colors

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to make dyes using natural materials found right here in Pelham Bay Park!
Free!

Jan 14

Astronomy: The Night Sky

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.
Free!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Jan 20

The New York City Naturalist Club: Eagle Watch

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

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!

Jan 20

Birding: Winter Birds

at Green-Wood Cemetery at 25th Street , Brooklyn  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!

Jan 20

Survival Series #1: Fire Making Skills

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly. All programs are family friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Jan 20

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard (in Baisley Pond 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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!

Jan 20

Astronomy: The Night Sky

at LaTourette Park Parking Lot

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.
Free!

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Jan 21

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island  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 Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. All skill levels are welcomed.
Free!

Jan 21

Historic New York: Split Rock

at Split Rock Golf House (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Split Rock has been a Pelham landmark, some say, for as long as there has been a Pelham.
Free!

Jan 21

Nature's Workshop: 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.
Free!

Jan 21

Finding Your Way: Maps and Compasses

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Use provided maps and compasses to locate hidden markers in the park.
Free!

Jan 21

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.
This winter, join us for the Nature's Workshop series. Each program in this series explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity.
Free!

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Jan 27

Winter Super Hike

at East 60th Street and Fifth Avenue , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Jan 27

Animal of the Month Club: Aquatic Rodents

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

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!

Jan 27

Historic New York: 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.
Harsh winters forced the Continental Army to fight for their lives. Learn about their secrets of survival during this arduous time and strife in American history.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan 27

Animal Adaptations

at Union Turnpike and 196th Street , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Adaptations are special characteristic that enable plants and animals to be successful in a particular environment. Our park rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots.
Free!

Jan 27

Astronomy: Winter Solar System

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 28, 2018

Jan 28

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

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. Registration is required.
Free!

Jan 28

Winter Survival Skills

at 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue (in Sunset Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. Learn ways to stay warm and sruvive in harsh winter weather.
Free!

Jan 28

Winter Tree ID (Light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a leisurely stroll with the Urban Park Rangers while learning how to identify a tree in the winter by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics
Free!

Jan 28

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Jan 28

Stargazing Club: The Supermoon

at Boardwalk at Beach 116th Street (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

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

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