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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, August 25, 2018

Aug25

Animal of the Month Club: Frogs

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we search for these amphibians and learn why they are unique.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug25

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!

Aug25

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 is required.
Free!

Aug25

Twilight Canoe Adventure

at Central ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening canoeing as the twilight turns into evening. Participants must have prior canoe experience and must be able to demonstrate proper technique. Registration required.
Free!

Aug25

Stargazing Club: The Full Moon

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
The full moon will be on full display for viewing through a telescope.
Free!

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Aug26

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park. Registration is required.
Free!

Aug26

Birding

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Aug26

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park. Registration is required.
Free!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Aug27

Nature Programs

at Beach 94th Street Plaza (in Rockaway Beach)Queens

10:30 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join us in the Rockaways for various Urban Park Rangers programs, fishing games, animal identification, button making, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sep 1

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.
This program will teach participants about the basics of shelter building in wilderness situations.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Sep 2

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 2

Freshwater Fishing

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.
Our experienced Rangers will teach you the ethics of catch-and-release fishing, and how to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 2

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Friday, September 7, 2018

Sep 7

Family Camping: Staten Island

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

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Registration for this program is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sep 8

Animal of the Month Club: Butterflies

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we search for monarchs, cabbage whites, tiger swallowtails and other species of butterflies.
Free!

Sep 8

Family Camping: Queens

at Fort Totten ParkQueens

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. Registration required.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 8

Family Camping & Astronomy: Queens

at Fort Totten ParkQueens

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!

Best For
Kids
Sep 8

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Registratioin is required. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sep 9

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 9

Survival Series: Natural Materials and Water Filtration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Sep 9

Historic New York: Old Croton Aqueduct

at West 170th Street and University Avenue (in Highbridge Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Water is life! Hike across the High Bridge with the Urban Park Rangers and learn how New York City's oldest standing bridge(completed in 1848) brought water from the Bronx to Manhattan.
Free!

Sep 9

Tree ID Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This hike is of light intensity, featuring a leisurely stroll on mostly paved paths and an introduction to tree identification.
Free!

Sep 9

The Art and Literature of the Brooklyn Bridge

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers lead the way through Brooklyn Bridge Park discussing some of the great short stories, poems, novels, paintings and other works inspired by the bridge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 9

Nature's Workshop: Create A Conservation Mural

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene 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 a mural to environmental conservation.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 9

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sep15

Raptor Fest

at Stadium Ball Fields (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Experience the thrill of viewing New York's premier predators live and up close. Activities are provided by the Urban Park Rangers; live flying demonstrations by Skyhunters in Flight.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sep16

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep16

Ranger's Choice: Fishing on the Hudson River

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep16

Birding: Fall Migrants

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in 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 viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds.
Free!

Sep16

Nature Discovery: Pond Life

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

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
Sep16

An Introduction to Seining

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.
Use nets to catch fish with the help of our Urban Park Rangers. First-come, first-served.
Free!

Sep16

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sep22

Birding: Fall Migrants

at Beach 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds.
Free!

Sep22

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger-led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe even see these majestic animals.
Free!

Sep22

The New York City History Club: The Hidden Streams and Wetlands of Manahatta South

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we discuss the hidden parkland of Manhattan South, formerly known as Manahatta.
Free!

Sep22

Night Hike

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Van Cortlandt Park under the cover of darkness.
Free!

Sep22

Nature Exploration Hike: Bugs and Butterflies

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

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

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sep23

Birding: Fall Migrants

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring binoculars, or ask a ranger to borrow a pair.
Free!

Sep23

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep23

Survival Series: Shelter Building

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is perfect fit for you.
Free!

Sep23

Historic New York: Hike to Hamilton Grange

at Morningside ParkManhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This hike will take you through Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights enroute to Hamilton Grange at St. Nicholas Park, where Alexander Hamilton lived the last two years of his life.
Free!

Sep23

Historic New York: Gerritsen Grist Mill and Farmhouse

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Come for a guided exploration of the area surrounding one of the first water-powered mills in North America, and discover its value both past and present.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep23

Animal of the Month Club: Butterflies

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we search for Monarchs, Tiger Swallowtails, and other species of butterflies .
Free!

Sep23

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep23

Rangers’ Choice: Gather Around The Campfire

at Rockaway BeachQueens

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us around our roaring campfire for an evening of s'mores, games, and storytelling.
Free!

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sep29

Birding: Fall Migrants

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Sep29

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!

Sep29

Ranger's Choice: Paddle and Hike Orchard Beach

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Join a paddle across the lagoon as we explore the salt marsh and the rich biodiversity found within. We well then land on the shores of the Hunter Island Nature Preserve for a hike.
Free!

Sep29

Nature's Workshop: Charcoal Art

at Fort Greene Park Visitor Center (in Fort Greene 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.
Free!

Sep29

The New York City History Club: The Hidden Streams and Wetlands of Manahatta North

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we discuss the hidden parkland of Manhattan North, formerly known as Manahatta.
Free!

Sep29

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)Brooklyn 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. Registration required.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Sep30

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep30

Historic New York: The World's Fair

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park hosted two world's fairs, in 1939 and 1964. Relive the stories from those times and learn about World's Fair structures still present in the park today.
Free!

Sep30

Birding: Shore Birds

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City. Wildlife viewing is a perfect activity for any age.
Free!

Sep30

The New York City Naturalist Club: Nature Exploration

at Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan 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!

Sep30

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep30

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!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Oct 7

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct 7

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Oct14

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct14

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Oct21

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct21

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Oct28

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct28

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, the Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

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