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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! 

Urban Park Rangers Events

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from October 26, 2021 to November 28, 2021

Saturday, October 30, 2021

Oct30

Nature Discovery Hike

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
On Nature Exploration, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides.
Free!

Oct30

Shoreline Meditation Hike

at Beach 32 and the Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk along the shore while we meditate and find inner peace and tranquility to the sounds of crashing waves in the distance.
Free!

Oct30

Birding: Raptor Watch

at West 116th Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure along the Hudson River in search of migratory birds of prey
Free!

Oct30

Historic New York: The Islands of Orchard Beach

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

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
The islands that surround Orchard Beach are shrouded in myth and legend. Discovery the truth of these historic places with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Oct30

Sunset Hike

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

5:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as the air chills and the critters come out while the sun sets over Brookfield Park
Free!

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Oct31

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

at Alley Pond Adventure Course (in Alley Pond Park)

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Oct31

Halloween Discovery Hike and Craft

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk into the woods searching for spiders and other critters. Enjoy fall foliage and try your hand at your choice of nature arts & crafts.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct31

Fossil Exploration Workshop

at 43rd Street and 1st Avenue (in Bush Terminal Park)Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
The rocks that make up the jetty at Bush Terminal Piers Park are full of tiny fossils. Learn how they formed, how they got to Brooklyn, and see them up close.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct31

Gather Around the Campfire

at Alley Pond Adventure Course (in Alley Pond Park)

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of campfire activities such as stories, songs, and s’mores!
Free!

Oct31

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

at Alley Pond Adventure Course (in Alley Pond Park)

1:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Oct31

Sunset Hike

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

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Hike to the Overlook with the Rangers to watch the sun set over the cliffs of the scenic Palisades with the mighty Hudson River below.
Free!

Oct31

Urban Wildlife: Nocturnal Creatures

at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street (in Conference House Park)Staten Island

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Walk with the Urban Park Rangers on the grounds of Conference House Park and learn about some nocturnal creatures that are associated with Halloween such as spiders, bats and more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, November 6, 2021

Nov 6

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

at Blue Heron Nature Center Classroom A (in Blue Heron Park)

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Rangers will teach you different methods of shelter building using natural materials.
Free!

Nov 6

Fall Foliage Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Discover the nature and history of Crotona Park on an autumn hike with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Nov 6

Nature Exploration: Hunter Island

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration hikes, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides.
Free!

Nov 6

Nature's Workshop: Hike and Craft

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 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!

Nov 6

Nature Exploration: Powell's Cove

at 130th Street and 11th Avenue (in Powell's Cove Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration hikes, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides.
Free!

Nov 6

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure.
Free!

Nov 6

Central Park Geocaching Adventure Quest

at Frederick Douglass Circle (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers for a 33 stage geocaching adventure quest exploring the bridges and arches of Central Park!
Free!

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Nov 7

Native American Heritage Month: The Lenape of Manahatta

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
During Native American Heritage Month, explore the past and present experience of Native Americans.
Free!

Nov 7

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building and Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Take a hike while learning different methods of shelter building using natural materials .
Free!

Nov 7

Fall Foliage Hike

at Shore Parkway and Rabbi Block Street (in Calvert Vaux Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Learn why leaves change color in fall as we hike around one of the most picturesque fall foliage spots in Brooklyn.
Free!

Nov 7

Native American Heritage Month: Native American Legacy in Queens

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
During Native American Heritage Month, explore the past and present experience of Native Americans.
Free!

Nov 7

Discovery Hike: Pond Ecology

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
oin the Urban Park Rangers as we explore the natural succession of Allison Pond Park and learn how these aquatic ecosystems prepare for winter.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, November 13, 2021

Nov13

Gather Around the Campfire

at Alley Pond Adventure Course (in Alley Pond Park)

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of campfire activities such as stories, songs, and s’mores!
Free!

Nov13

Birding: Owls

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Learn more about the various species of owls found in our parks. Registration required.
Free!

Nov13

Native American Heritage Month: The Lenape

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
During Native American Heritage Month, explore the past and present experience of Native Americans.
Free!

Nov13

Native American Heritage Month: Lenape Treasure Hunt

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
During Native American Heritage Month, explore the past and present experience of Native Americans.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov13

Historic New York: The High Bridge

at West 174 Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure. Registration required
Free!

Nov13

Autumn Nature Hike

at 242nd Street and Van Cortlandt Park East (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Enjoy the scenes of the fall season on this brisk hike through the forest. Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
Free!

Sunday, November 14, 2021

Nov14

Fall Foliage Hike

at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South (in Forest Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Discover the nature and history of Forest Park on an autumn hike with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Nov14

Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Clean-Up

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and fellow community members to clean and beautify Clove Lakes Park.
Free!

Nov14

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Rangers will teach you different methods of shelter building using natural materials.
Free!

Nov14

Fall Foliage Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Learn why leaves change color in fall as we hike around one of the most picturesque fall foliage spots in Manhattan.
Free!

Nov14

Doggie Day Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Take a stroll through the forest with your four legged friend on this dog-friendly hike. Dogs are required to be on-leash. Registration is required.
Free!

Saturday, November 20, 2021

Nov20

Historic New York: Conference House

at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street (in Conference House Park)Staten Island

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we tour the grounds of the numerous historic houses of Conference House Park that date back from the 17th to 19th century.
Free!

Nov20

Historic New York: Historic Harlem Parks Walking Tour

at W 146th Street and Bradhurst Avenue (in Jackie Robinson Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Learn more about the history and cultures of Jackie Robinson Park, Colonel Charles Young Playground and Holcombe Rucker Park.??Registration Required
Free!

Nov20

Photography 101

at Hoyt Avenue North and 19th Street (in Astoria Park)

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Whether you have a fancy camera or a just cell phone camera to learn how to frame natural features and landmarks through the lens.
Free!

Nov20

Deer Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Oh deer! Learn more about this majestic species and explore the park in search of signs and traces of its presence.
Free!

Nov20

Astronomy: The Night Sky

at Washington Avenue and Eastern Parkway (in Dr. Ronald McNair Park)Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a survey of the November night sky at this site named for Dr. Ronald McNair, the second African-American astronaut to travel into space.
Free!

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Nov21

Nature Exploration: Soundview Park

at Lafayette Avenue and Colgate Avenue (in Soundview Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration hikes, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides.
Free!

Nov21

Historic New York: Brooklyn Bridge Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Brooklyn Bridge Park did not always look the way it does now. Learn more about the dynamic history and evolution of this waterfront park.
Free!

Nov21

Turkey Time Hike and Craft

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Unleash your creativity through art. Create Thanksgiving and seasonal arts and crafts using natural materials found throughout the park. All ages welcome.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov21

Mushroom ID Hike

at Chapin Avenue and Salzburg Court (in Reed's Basket Willow Swamp Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
his Urban Park Ranger led hike will take you through the forest to learn how to identify fungi.
Free!

Nov21

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Baisley Blvd. & 157th Street (in Baisley Pond Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free!

Nov21

Central Park Highlights Hike

at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers on a walk?in the heart of Central Park?to learn about the Belvedere Castle, Shakespeare Garden, Bethesda Fountain and?much?more!
Free!

Nov21

Historic New York: The Highbridge Water Tower

at West 174 Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure. Registration required
Free!

Friday, November 26, 2021

Nov26

Black Friday Hike: Northern Manhattan Parks Super Hike

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
On Black Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. This hike will take you through the hills of Fort Tryon and Inwood Hill Parks.
Free!

Nov26

Black Friday Hike: The Alley Giant

at Alley Pond Adventure Course (in Alley Pond Park)

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
On Black Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. This hike will take you to the oldest living organism in New York, the Alley Giant.
Free!

Nov26

Black Friday Hike: The Blue Trail

at Old Mill Road and Richmond Hill Road (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course)Staten Island

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Black Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike in the Staten Island Greenbelt!
Free!

Nov26

Black Friday Hike: Prospect Park South to North

at Parkside Avenue and South Lake Drive (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Black Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike!
Free!

Nov26

Black Friday Hike: Pelham Bay South

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Black Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike! This hike will explore parts of NYC's largest park.
Free!

Nov26

Black Friday Hike: John Muir Trail

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
On Black Friday, work off your Thanksgiving feast while enjoying the great outdoors. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike!
Free!

Saturday, November 27, 2021

Nov27

Birding: Beginner Birding

at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.10:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding adventure around Kissena Park to look for Fall migrants that include warblers, raptors and more!
Free!

Nov27

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 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!

Nov27

Fall Ecology Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers on a hike exploring the diverse ecosystem of Central Park. Learn how all living species work with each other to survive and thrive through the Fall season.
Free!

Nov27

Native American Heritage Month: Native Americans Past to Present

at Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane (in Riverdale Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
During Native American Heritage Month, explore the past and present experience of Native Americans.
Free!

Nov27

Astronomy: The Night Sky

at Forest Hill Road and Alaska Place (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course)Staten Island

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a survey of the November night sky.
Free!

Sunday, November 28, 2021

Nov28

Birding: Woodland Birds

at Nevada Avenue Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.10:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free!

Nov28

Birding: Winter Birds

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars.
Free!

Nov28

Great Trees of Inwood Hill Park

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us for a hike of Inwood Hill Park in search of different species and learn some ways to identify these trees during the changing season.
Free!

Nov28

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 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!

Nov28

Historic New York: The 1964 World's Fair

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we tour the grounds of the 1964-65 World's Fair. Registration is required
Free!

Nov28

Nature Exploration: Van Cortlandt Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration hikes, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides.
Free!

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