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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, 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!

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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, September 9, 2017

Sep 9

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Sep 9

Urban Starfest in Central Park

at Sheep Meadow (in Central Park) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
New York City parks are the perfect places within the city to stargaze and learn more about the night sky.
Free!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sep 10

Historic New York: Old Croton Aqueduct

at 170th Street and University Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Water is life! Hike across the High Bridge with the Urban Park Rangers and learn how New York City's oldest standing bridge(completed in 1848) brought water from the Bronx to Manhattan.
Free!

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Sep 10

Seining

at Bayview Avenue and Johnston Terrace (in Lemon Creek Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Get ready to get your hands wet; seining programs use nets to catch fish. First-come, first-served.
Free!

Sep 10

Thomas Jefferson Park to Randall's Island Hike (Moderate)

at 112th Street and First Avenue (in Thomas Jefferson Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the urban wildlife and landscaping of Thomas Jefferson Park. Then journey along the greenway to Randall's Island to explore the salt marshes and waterside views of the city.
Free!

Sep 10

Seaside Wildlife Exploration

at Canarsie Park House (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

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 for seaside creatures.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 10

Nature Scavenger Hunt

at Highland Avenue Entrance (in Captain Tilly Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
In 1908, the landowners deeded the property to New York City for one dollar, insisting only that it always be used as a park. Join the Rangers as they introduce you to this hidden gem.
Free!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sep 16

Raptor Fest

at Stadium Ball Fields (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This event is a great way for kids to learn about hawks, owls, falcons, and other birds of prey, get up close and personal with them, and watch them perform amazing aerial feats.
Free!

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

Sep 17

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

at Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Fire is mankind's greatest discovery. Learn how to safely and responsibly make a fire by using primitive and modern methods. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Sep 17

Fort Tryon Park Highlights

at Heather Garden (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take in the scenic views of the Hudson River on this hike through Fort Tryon Park, highlighting its natural features, historic landmarks, and wildlife.
Free!

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Sep 17

Rangers Choice: Gather Around The Campfire

at Rockaway Beach , Queens

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us around our roaring campfire for an evening of s'mores, games and storytelling. Participants chosen by lottery. Register on September 6.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Sep 23

Ranger's Choice: Birding Road Trip

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will offer this expedition to a variety of Brooklyn parks in search of early fall migrants. Registration is required. Registration opens on September 13.
Free!

Sep 23

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

at Staten Island Boulevard and Shields Place (in Deere Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike of Deere Park while learning about the forest. Moderate Hikes are long, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain.
Free!

Sep 23

Birding

at 138th Place and 11th Avenue (in Powell's Cove Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides.
Free!

Sep 23

Night Hike (Light)

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks. On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history.
Free!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sep 24

Birding: Fall Migrants

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
The early bird catches the worm! Join the Urban Park Rangers on this morning birding tour as we look for fall migrants.
Free!

Sep 24

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger-led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe even see these majestic animals!
Free!

Sep 24

Historic New York: Gerritsen Grist Mill and Farmhouse

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Explore the area surround the Gerritsen Mill, one of the first water-powered mills in North America and discover its value both past and present.
Free!

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Sep 24

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

at Forest Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
This extensive one-way hike highlights Forest Park's history, flora, and fauna. Registration is required. Registration opens on September 13.
Free!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sep 26

They Only Come Out at Night: Inviting Bats to your Garden

at Green Oasis Community Garden/Gilbert's Garden (in ) , Manhattan

5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Bats love eating mosquitoes, so we love bats! Join NYC Urban Park Rangers for a workshop on how to create bat habitat in your garden.
Free!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sep 29

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Marine Park , Brooklyn

7:00 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 September 20.
Free!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sep 30

Ranger's Choice: Paddle and Hike Orchard Beach

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a paddle across the lagoon as we explore the salt marsh and the rich biodiversity found within. We well then land on the shores of the Hunter Island Nature Preserve for a hike.
Free!

Sep 30

Kids Shapes and Colors Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Compare leaves of all shapes and colors on a guided Fall Foliage Hike through Silver Lake Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 30

Fall Foliage Walk

at Rose and Oak Avenues (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for the kaleidoscope of colors.
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!

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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!

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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