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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, June 30, 2017

Jun 30

Family Camping: Bronx

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

6:00 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!

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Event

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Jul 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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration is on June 26.
Free!

Jul 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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on June 26.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, July 7, 2017

Jul 7

Family Camping: Staten Island

at Willowbrook Park , Staten Island

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!

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Event

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Jul 8

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Schmul Park , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 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!

Jul 8

Earth Art: Creating Art in Nature

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This hands-on workshop will engage participants in their surrounding landscape to create site-specific art pieces from objects found in nature.
Free!

Jul 8

Freshwater Fishing

at The Pool (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 8

Paddling 101 (Basic)

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn to paddle with the Rangers and then use your new skills to explore the shores and learn about life at the lake. Registration is required.
Free!

Jul 8

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Buddy Monument (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

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!

Jul 8

CANCELLED: Rangers Choice: Family Camping and Fishing

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

5:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Join the Rangers for an overnight adventure that includes some evening fishing and a night in the park. Participants are chosen by lottery. Register on Wednesday, June 28.
Free!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Jul 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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Register opens on July 3.
Free!

Jul 9

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays.
Free!

Jul 9

Canoeing Willow Lake (Intermediate)

at Meadow Lake Drive and Jewel Avenue

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Prior canoeing experience is preferred for this program.
Free!

Jul 9

Little Red Lighthouse Open House

at Plaza Lafayette (in ) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Rediscover the history of this unique landmark. First-come, first-served.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 9

Freshwater Fishing

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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
Jul 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.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on July 3.
Free!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Jul 15

Rangers Choice: Island Hopping (Advanced)

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Spend a day exploring the islands that surround the Orchard Beach estuary by canoe.
Free!

Jul 15

White Island Birding Excursion (Advanced)

at Marine Park , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Explore the waters of Gerritsen Creek and paddle by this special island. Prior canoe experience required. Ages 8 years and older. Registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 15

Basic Canoeing

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Program is first-come first-served, for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Jul 15

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!

Must See
Event

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Jul 16

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 10.
Free!

Jul 16

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Hoyt Avenue North and 19th Street

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

Jul 16

Orienteering and Compasses

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

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

Jul 16

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 July 10.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 16

Family Camping: Bronx

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

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 22, 2017

Jul 22

Seining

at Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet, on our seining programs, we use nets to catch fish. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. First come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 22

Rangers Choice: Medicinal Plants

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how common plants have been used by humans throughout history to ease pain and cure diseases.
Free!

Jul 22

Family Camping and Early Morning Birding

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

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!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Jul 23

Freshwater Fishing

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.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home. Participation is first-come, first-served
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul 23

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 17.
Free!

Jul 23

Northern Manhattan Parks Hike (Vigorous)

at 110th Street and Morningside Drive (in Morningside Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 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!

Must See
Event
Jul 23

Orchard Beach Lagoon Birding Excursion (Intermediate)

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Prior canoe experience preferred; for ages 8 and older. Registration is required.
Free!

Jul 23

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 17.
Free!

Jul 23

Family Camping: Marine Park

at Marine Park , Brooklyn

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!

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

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

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

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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

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!

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

Friday, October 27, 2017

Oct 27

Haunted Lantern Tours

at Water Battery Gate (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on an outdoor, haunted tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten Park.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Oct 28

Haunted Lantern Tours

at Water Battery Gate (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on an outdoor, haunted tour of the historic Water Battery at Fort Totten Park.
Free!

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