Urban Park Rangers

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! 

Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation during COVID-19, we’ve put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. We're asking everyone to help us stay safe:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.  

Some programs may be modified, rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, health, or safety concerns.

Urban Park Rangers Events

Saturday, November 28, 2020

Nov28

Nature Exploration: Inwood Hill Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 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!

Nov28

Living with White-Tailed Deer

at Greenbelt Nature Center (in Blood Root Valley)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 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!

Nov28

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

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

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

Nov28

Seal Watch

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Winter is an amazing time of year to observe seals in Long Island Sound. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal.
Free!

Nov28

Historic New York: Forest Park Buddy Monument

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
This sculpture near Forest Park's Memorial Drive represents a standard infantryman known as a “doughboy.” Learn about the significance of the statue and others surrounding this area of Forest Park.
Free!

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Nov29

Nature Exploration: Clove Lakes Park

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On this moderately-paced hike, discover the nature of Clove Lakes Park.
Free!

Nov29

Birding: Winter Birds

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Discover the amazing variety of birds that winter here in NYC. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Nov29

Fort Tryon Park Highlights

at Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 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!

Nov29

Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Cleanup

at 155th Street and Baisley Boulevard (in Baisley Pond Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Please join the Urban Park Rangers to clean and beautify Alley Pond Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!
Free!

Nov29

Historic New York: Native Americans Past and Present

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how native tribes used the local waterways, native plants, and wildlife in everyday life, and how the Lenape legacy lives on today through their words and artifacts still being discovered.
Free!

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Dec 5

Birding: Winter Birds

at Wolfe's Pond ParkStaten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Discover the amazing variety of birds that winter here in NYC. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Dec 5

Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Cleanup

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
This season, please join the Urban Park Rangers to clean and beautify Calvert Vaux Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!
Free!

Dec 5

Mindful Meditation Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers to practice being mindful while walking through the North Woods of Central Park.
Free!

Dec 5

Winter Tree ID

at Cunningham Park Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
For this program, we will explore beautiful Cunningham Park while learning how to identify trees by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Dec 5

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Discover the amazing variety of birds that winter here in NYC. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Dec 6

Nature Exploration: Invasive Insects

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Learn about three of the winged invasive insects that have and are impacting New York City's green spaces, including the most relevant Spotted Lanternfly.
Free!

Dec 6

Historic New York: Prospect Park Nature and Design

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the The Urban Park Rangers for a walking tour at Prospect Park.
Free!

Dec 6

Great Trees of Inwood Hill Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Trees have a special place in our environment. 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!

Dec 6

Holiday Hike and Craft

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers for a light hike, collecting natural materials along the way to create your own crafts.
Free!

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Dec 6

Gather Around the Campfire

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join us in Alley Pond Park for campfire activities! Learn about campfire safety, and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers. Participants will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Free!

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