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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, December 10, 2016

Dec 10

Winter Wildlife Viewing

at Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

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!

Dec 10

Historic New York: Square Parks

at Madison Square Park , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Be our guest as we begin our stroll through Madison Square Park and other square parks in Manhattan.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 10

Historic New York: Monuments of Prospect Park

at Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Historic New York programs highlight the history and architecture of selected neighborhoods or parks.
Free!

Dec 10

Birding: Owls

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Dec 10

Astronomy: Long Nights Moon

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Using a reflecting telescope, the Urban Park Rangers will show you where the 6 Apollo missions that landed on the moon actually touched down.
Free!

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Event

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dec 11

Winter Wonderland Hike (Vigorous)

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Central Park will be decorated for the holidays, so be sure to bring your camera.
Free!

Dec 11

Living with Urban Coyotes

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Come learn about one of our more fascinating neighbors—the coyote.
Free!

Dec 11

Deer Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots as we explore the park for one of Staten Island's most popular residents—white-tailed deer!
Free!

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Event
Dec 11

Astronomy: Mercury at Elongation

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events.
Free!

Dec 11

Astronomy: The Geminids Meteor Shower

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
See one of the best meteor showers in the heavens, producing up to 120 multi-colored meteors per hour at its peak, which is predicted to take place on December 14.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Dec 17

Outdoor Skills: Fire 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.
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!

Dec 17

Birding: Waterfowl

at Baisley Pond Park Parking Lot (in Baisley Pond Park) , Queens

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

Dec 17

Photography Scavenger Hunt

at Clifton Place and Marcy Avenue (in Herbert Von King Park) , Brooklyn  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. Bring your own digital camera or smartphone.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Dec 17

Cold Weather Survival

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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 the perfect fit for you.
Free!

Dec 17

Astronomy

at North Side of the Great Lawn (in Central Park) , Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dec 18

Christmas Bird Count: Central Park

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join NYC Audubon, Urban Park Rangers, and the Central Park Conservancy as we count birds in every section of the park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 18

Birding: Waterfowl

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots.
Free!

Dec 18

Ranger's Choice: Forest Park Super Hike (Vigorous)

at Forest Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This extensive one-way hike highlights Forest Park's history and its surrounding neighborhoods of Kew Gardens, Glendale, Richmond Hill, and Woodhaven.
Free!

Dec 18

Winter Solstice Candle Light Walk

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
This season, the Urban Park Rangers celebrate history, wildlife, the cosmos, and the holidays with a fun-filled, candlelight walk on the Putnam Trail.
Free!

Must See
Event
Dec 18

Ursids Meteor Shower

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
The Ursids Shower originate near the constellation Ursa Minor, or the Little Dipper. It is active during the period spanning December 17 to 23.
Free!

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Dec 24

Birding Jamaica Bay

at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Dec 31

Ranger's Choice: Birding Van Tour - Owls

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Winter is the best time of year to spot owls as the leaves are gone, making it harder for them to hide. The days are also shorter, which is perfect for our nocturnal residents
Free!

Dec 31

Arts, Culture & Fun: Central Park in the Movies

at Pulitzer Fountain (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Hundreds of TV shows and movies have been filmed in Central Park. Hike along some of the pathways of lower Central Park to see where some of these iconic films were made.
Free!

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