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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

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Apr 30

Birding: Ospreys

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

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!

Apr 30

Ranger's Choice: Nature Photography

at Silver Lake Park , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we capture the scenic beauty of the reservoir, the natural environment surrounding it, and the changes of the spring season.
Free!

Apr 30

Freshwater Fishing

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 30

Historic New York: Coney Island

at Parachute Jump (in ) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walking tour of this famous amusement park.
Free!

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

May 6

Urban Wildlife Festival

at West 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join NYC Parks, the Urban Park Rangers, and the Fort Tryon Park Trust at Urban Wildlife Festival to get up close and personal with owls, hawks, porcupines, tortoises, and more.
Free!

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Event
May 6

CANCELLED: Freshwater Fishing

at Meet inside the park at Kissena Lake (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our experienced Urban Park Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program. You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 6

Meet Birds of Prey

at East 16th Road to East 18th Road on Cross Bay Boulevard (in Broad Channel Park) , Queens

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This is an exciting chance to meet live hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the many adaptations that make these animals some of the most skilled hunter on the planet.
Free!

Sunday, May 7, 2017

May 7

Ranger's Choice: Woodland Fairy House Walk

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
In folklore, the woodland fairies awaken the forest and bring about spring. We'll observe the fanciful plants and animals which inhabit the forest floor.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 7

Nature Exploration: Seton Falls Park

at East 233 Street and Baychester Avenue (in Seton Falls Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Explore one of NYC's hidden treasures with our park rangers. The park hosts a marshland which supports many wildlife, as well as rock outcroppings, cliffs, and a temperate forest.
Free!

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Event
May 7

Seining

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet, seining programs use nets to catch fish.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, May 13, 2017

May 13

Birding: Spring Migration

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

May 13

Birding: Ridgewood Reservoir

at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland 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 the urban jungle.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 13

Butterfly Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come view the many different species of butterflies that call New York their home.
Free!

May 13

Revolutionary New York: Fort Greene Park

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 and dress of the colonial people and Native Americans who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago.
Free!

May 13

Meet Birds of Prey

at Beach 87th Street (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

4:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
This is an exciting chance to meet live hawks, owls, and falcons. Learn about the many adaptations that make these animals some of the most skilled hunters on the planet.
Free!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14

Kids Salamander Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 14

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Basic canoeing is great for all skill levels. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 14

Ranger's Choice: Archery

at Willowbrook Park , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
A beginner's introduction to the sport of Archery. Our trained Urban Park Rangers will demonstrate the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Registration Required.
Free!

May 14

Nocturnal Wildlife

at Winchester Boulevard, under Grand Central Parkway (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

8:00 p.m.9:30 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!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 20

Rangers Choice: Calvert Vaux Park Discovery Hike

at Calvert Vaux Park , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
This beautifully-restored parkland holds remnants of sunken barges that have been taken over by nature.
Free!

May 20

For The Birds Festival: A Celebration of All Things Avian

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

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Come discover and celebrate NYC's avian residents at Conference House Park's For The Birds Festival.
Free!

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Event
May 20

Historic New York: The Flushing Freedom Mile

at Northern Boulevard and Linden Place (in Daniel Carter Beard Mall) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This walk highlights historic sites in Flushing, dating back as early as late 1600's. Registration is required for this program.
Free!

May 20

Basic Canoeing

at Martling Pond (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older,great for all skill levels. First-come, first-served.
Free!

May 20

Ranger's Choice: Hunter Island Sunset Hike

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Witness the wonder of sunset with the largest park in New York City as your backdrop. Registration Required for this program.
Free!

May 20

Wildlife Viewing: Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

May 21

Birding: Hawk Watch

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will teach you how to use your eyes and ears to find these birds of prey in this enchanting woodland.
Free!

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Event
May 21

Revolutionary New York: Washington's Slow Retreat to Victory

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points in our city’s long history. Join the Rangers in exploring this pivotal moment from the American Revolution.
Free!

May 21

Wildlife Viewing: Horseshoe Crabs

at Plumb Beach Parking Lot

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.
Free!

May 21

Basic Canoeing

at Harlem Meer (in Central Park) , Manhattan  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. Basic Canoeing is great for all skill levels. For ages 8 years and older. First-come, first-served.
Free!

May 21

Seining

at Broad Channel American Ball Fields , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet; seining programs use nets to catch fish. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, May 26, 2017

May 26

Family Camping

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration is required.
Free!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

May 27

Ranger's Choice: Prospect Park Nature and History Bike Tour

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bike through Prospect Park while enjoying the sights and sounds of spring.
Free!

May 27

Freshwater Fishing

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 27

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

May 27

Ranger's Choice: Twilight Canoe Adventure (Advanced)

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening canoeing as the twilight turns into evening. Registration is required.
Free!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 28

Wildlife Viewing: Birding

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

May 28

Basic Canoeing

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Basic canoeing is great for all skill levels. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older. The line to participate may close prior to 3:00 p.m. due to demand.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 28

Basic Orienteering

at Forest Avenue and Silver Lake Park Road (in Silver Lake Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On an orienteering program, you will learn the skills to navigate using a map and compass.
Free!

May 28

Wildlife Viewing: Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 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!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jun 24

Summer on the Hudson: RiverFish Celebration

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Summer on the Hudson and the Urban Park Rangers connect you to the life living within the Hudson River with catch-and-release fishing and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

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