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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, July 28, 2017

Jul 28

Family Camping and Early Morning Birding

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan

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.
Free!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Jul 29

Birding: Osprey Watch

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

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.
Free!

Jul 29

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: 10 Year Anniversary Extravaganza

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

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us as we open our doors and host a free day with our most popular feature: the zip line!
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Ranger's Choice: Idlewild Birding by Canoe Excursion (Advanced)

at Idlewild Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this program, enjoy a paddle in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay and view the incredible birds of this habitat.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts, and games and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 29

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.
Family Camping programs take place in all five boroughs, but space is limited and families are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Jul 30

Historic New York: Fort Totten

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Come learn about Fort Totten, a historic former army base in Northeast Queens that is now a public park with spectacular views and majestic buildings.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 30

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on July 24.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Highbridge Park History

at 165th Street and Edgecombe Avenue

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Named after New York City's oldest bridge, Highbridge Park is home to an unusual geologic makeup and an early engineering marvel that greet visitors who stroll in the pathways north and south.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 30

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx  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 the urban jungle.
Free!

Jul 30

Intermediate Canoeing

at Paerdegat Avenue North and 11th Street

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Experienced canoe paddlers can enjoy this Urban Park Ranger-led program. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older. Some experience is preferred; first-come, first-served.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Register on July 24.
Free!

Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts, and games and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 30

Nature Center Adventures

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Nature Center Adventure programs include scavenger hunts, nature crafts and games, and getting up close and personal with our nature center animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, August 4, 2017

Aug 4

Family Camping: Fort Totten, Queens

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on July 26.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Aug 5

Family Camping: Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on Juy 26.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 5

Family Camping: Wolfe's Pond Park, Staten Island

at Wolfe's Pond Park , Staten Island

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on July 26
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 5

Ranger's Choice: Little Red Lighthouse Lantern Tour

at Fort Washington Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Join us as we explore this unique landmark at night. Space is limited and participants are chosen via lottery. Register on July 26.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 5

Astronomy

at Owl's Head Park House (in Owl's Head Park) , Brooklyn

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

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Aug 6

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on July 31.
Free!

Aug 6

Basic Canoeing

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

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Basic Canoeing programs are great for all skills levels. Canoe programs are limited to ages 8 years and older. Program is first-come, first-served. Due to demand, line may close prior to end time.
Free!

Aug 6

Intermediate Canoeing

at Burnett Street and Avenue U (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Some experience is required. Canoe programs are limited to ages 8 years and older. Program is first-come, first-served. Due to demand, line may close prior to end time.
Free!

Aug 6

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.
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!

Aug 6

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Register opens on July 31.
Free!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Aug 11

Family Camping: Staten Island

at Conference House Park , Staten Island

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 2.
Free!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Aug 12

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Program is for ages 8 years and older. First-come, First-served. The line may close prior to 2:00 p.m. due to demand.
Free!

Aug 12

Historic New York: Astoria Park Highlights

at Hoyt Avenue North and 19th Street

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

Aug 12

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 2.
Free!

Aug 12

Inwood Golden Hour Photography Hike (Light)

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

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Explore the beauty of Inwood Hill Park as it basks in the summer sun. Bring your own camera or smartphone.
Free!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Aug 13

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 7.
Free!

Aug 13

Birding in Central Park

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Go birding with the Urban Park Rangers in Central Park. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a park ranger to borrow a pair.
Free!

Aug 13

Freshwater Fishing

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 13

Canoeing (Intermediate)

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some canoe experience is preferred for intermediate programs. First-come, first-served. The line to participate may be closed prior to 12:30 p.m., due to demand.
Free!

Aug 13

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 7.
Free!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Aug 19

Seining

at Fort Totten Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet as seining programs use nets to catch fish. Participation is first-come, first-served. Program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 19

Family Camping: Bronx

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

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 August 9.
Free!

Aug 19

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Space is limited and families are chosen by lottery. To enter your family in the lottery, please register August 9.
Free!

Aug 19

Ranger's Choice: Gather Around the Campfire

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers around a campfire for an evening of games, songs, and fun activities. Space is limited. Registration opens on August 9.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 19

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Blue Heron under the cover of darkness.
Free!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Aug 20

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 14.
Free!

Aug 20

Nature Exploration Hike (Light)

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world.
Free!

Aug 20

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 14.
Free!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Aug 26

Basic Canoeing

at 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Basic canoeing is great for all levels. Program is first-come, first-served. Recommended for children 8 years and older. Due to demand, line may close prior to end time.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 26

Historic New York: Colonial Life

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 about the traditions, dress, and games of the colonial people and Natiave Americans who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago.
Free!

Aug 26

Family Camping: Queens

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 16.
Free!

Aug 26

Astronomy: The Night Sky

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 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, August 27, 2017

Aug 27

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 21.
Free!

Aug 27

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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 21.
Free!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Oct 7

Summer on the Hudson: Little Red Lighthouse Festival

at Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with visits to the lighthouse interior, readings of eponymous children’s book, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

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