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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! 

A park ranger holds up a peregrine falcon

Urban Park Rangers: Celebrating 40 Years
Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Urban Park Rangers with us all year long with expanded, new, and refreshed programming across NYC!

Urban Park Rangers Events

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Jan18

Sustainable Crafts: Making Seed Paper and Nature Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn the process in making seed paper, followed by a nature hike. All paper and seeds will be provided.
Free!

Jan18

Birding: Raptor Watch

at Arthur Kill Road and Brookfield Avenue (in Brookfield Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Jan18

Nature Art: Weaving Workshop

at Henshaw Street and Dyckman Street (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn about invasive plants, work as a group to build a large phragmites sculpture, and take home your own unique woven creation.
Free!

Jan18

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Jan18

Nature's Workshop: Nature Journals

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity. All supplies provided.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Jan19

Birding: Owls

at Alley Pond Adventure Course (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Leafless trees provide perfect viewing opportunities of some resident and migrating owl species. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan19

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Visitors will get a chance to go inside with the Urban Park Rangers who will discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan19

Outdoor Skills: Animal Tracking

at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Who says you can't see critters in the winter? Become a "Nature Scene Investigator" and learn the animal-spotting tricks from the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Jan19

Seal Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Catch a glimpse of these marine mammals during low tide on rocky outcroppings off the shores of the city.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan19

Winter Tree ID

at School Road and Bay Street (in Von Briesen Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
For this program, we will explore beautiful Von Briesen Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Jan19

Winter Mythology: Stories Around the Campfire

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Long winter nights have inspired countless tales for passing time and staying warm by the fire. Join the Urban Park Rangers to share in this ancient tradition.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Jan25

Tompkins Square Park On-Screen

at Saint Marks Place and Avenue A (in Tompkins Square Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a hike to some of the iconic spots in Tompkins Square Park featured in television and motion pictures from the last few decades.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan25

Nature Scavenger Hunt

at 80th Street Entrance (in Juniper Valley Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Use all of your senses and explore the park, searching high and low for clues with the Urban Park Rangers as your guide.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jan25

Outdoor Skills: Navigation and Orienteering

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program focuses on navigation, including compass usage and map reading.
Free!

Jan25

Astronomy: The Winter Sky

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

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!

Jan25

Astronomy: Night Sky

at Potter Avenue and Royal Oak Road (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

7:00 p.m.8:30 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, January 26, 2020

Jan26

Winter Tree ID

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the subtle beauty of trees in winter. We will explore Prospect Park while learning how to identify a tree by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Free!

Jan26

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at West 90th Street and Central Park West

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk around the reservoir as we look for these cold hardy birds.
Free!

Jan26

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike, as we look for this bird pr prey.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jan26

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Jan26

Upcycling: Terrarium Building

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bring an old glass jar and create it into a home for a succulent plant to grow.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 1, 2020

Feb 1

Winter Jam NYC

at Rumsey Playfield (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Enjoy skiing, snowshoeing, ice bowling, curling, dodgeball, and more at our annual winter festival!
Free!

Must See
Event
Feb 1

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Feb 1

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!

Feb 1

Conservation 101: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and More

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
What happens when we throw something "away"? Join us for a discussion about the fascinating history of New York City's trash system.
Free!

Feb 1

Black History Month: African-American History in Parks

at Roy Wilkins ParkQueens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn about parks, sculptures, and other green spaces in New York City that highlight and honor the black experience in the United States.
Free!

Feb 1

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at Driggs Avenue and Lorimer Street (in McCarren Park)Brooklyn

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 perfect for you.
Free!

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Feb 2

Winter Hibernation Hike

at Martling Avenue and Brooks Pond Place (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Bear the cold with the Urban Park Rangers as you learn about the wildlife that hibernate during the winter, and learn ways to spot possible dens and burrows.
Free!

Feb 2

Nature's Workshop: Creating with Nature

at Chapin Parkway and Gothic Drive (in Captain Tilly Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and create beautiful works of art by using materials provided by Mother Nature. Create crafts that incorporate natural elements and imagination.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb 2

Nature Exploration: John Muir Trail (Vigorous)

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The John Muir Nature Trail (established in 1997) is Van Cortlandt’s only east-west path, traversing the steep terrain at the park’s center.
Free!

Feb 2

Photo Scavenger Hunt Hike (Light)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of family fun as we go on a scavenger hunt using digital cameras or smartphones.
Free!

Feb 2

Birding: Owls

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Be wise and join this Urban Park Ranger-led hike as we look for this bird of prey.
Free!

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Feb 8

Birding: Bald Eagle Watch

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!

Must See
Event
Feb 8

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at Oriental Boulevard and Falmouth Street (in Manhattan Beach Park)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.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!

Feb 8

Birding: Winter Residents

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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. All skill levels are welcome.
Free!

Feb 8

Wildlife Viewing: Urban Forest Wildlife

at Comfort station (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers to learn about our interesting neighbors, such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, snakes and many more.
Free!

Feb 8

Winter Wonderland Hike

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

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!

Feb 8

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Visitors will get a chance to go inside with the Urban Park Rangers who will discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Feb 9

Valentine's Day Hike and Craft

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers on a light winter walk on the lookout for "lovebirds". We will end back at the Nature Center to build your own nature valentine for your sweetheart!
Free!

Feb 9

Seal Exploration

at Lemon Creek Pier (in Lemon Creek Park)Staten Island

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 in the urban jungle.
Free!

Feb 9

Geology: Highbridge Rocks!

at W. 164th Street and Edgecombe Avenue (in Highbridge Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Although much of Manhattan’s natural landscape has been flattened, there are still places to see glacier-carved Manhattan schist. Join the Rangers and find out why Highbridge Rocks!
Free!

Feb 9

Astronomy: The Full Snow Moon

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

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

Must See
Event
Feb 9

Astronomy: The Full Snow Moon

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

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!

Must See
Event
Feb 9

Astronomy: The Full Snow Moon

at Pelham Bay Park Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)Bronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
View the first supermoon of the New Year, the Full Snow Moon, with the Urban Park Rangers!
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Feb15

Birding: Birds Along Broadway

at West 142nd Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers to explore John James Audubon's old neighborhood while we seek and find the birds painted along Broadway as part of the Audubon Mural Project.
Free!

Feb15

Nature Photography: Winter Landscapes

at 43rd Street and Seventh Avenue (in Sunset Park)Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger Nature Photography program allows you to interpret the natural world while learning about the local environment.
Free!

Feb15

The Old Croton Aqueduct Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Built between 1837 and 1842, the Old Croton Aqueduct was New York City's first water supply system. Explore its history on a hike with our park rangers!
Free!

Must See
Event
Feb15

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Feb15

Basic Photography and Beach Exploration

at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bring your own digital camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of Rockaway Beach. Dress for the outdoors.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Feb16

Winter Wildlife: Animal Tracks

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers are skilled in the techniques and development of diverse outdoor skills. In this program, learn how to identify animal tracks to understand animal behavior.
Free!

Feb16

Winter Tree ID: Evergreens

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn how to identify evergreen trees and shrubs in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Free!

Feb16

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Visitors will get a chance to go inside with the Urban Park Rangers who will discuss the significance and history of this recently restored structure.
Free!

Must See
Event
Feb16

Seal Exploration

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our park rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Feb17

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

at Elmhurst Park Grand Avenue Entrance (in Elmhurst Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The natural world is the best playground in New York City! Join the Urban Park Rangers on hike through the wonders of Elmhurst Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb17

Kids Week: Find My Way: Maps and Compasses

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Navigate your way through Marine Park. Learn how to use a map and compass for safe hiking, then try out your skills on an orienteering trail!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb17

Kids Week: Orienteering for Kids

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will teach you how to navigate to hidden objects placed around the park using a map and compass.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb17

Kids Week: All About Owls

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Mysterious and nocturnal, owls hold a special place in our hearts and our minds. Learn more about this special family of birds and the different types of owls with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Must See
Event
Feb17

Kids Week Manhattan: Geology Rocks!

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a look into how geology influenced the landscape and design of New York City's Central Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Feb18

Kids Week: Fort Greene History and Colonial Games

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Step back in time and play some colonial games. The history of Fort Greene Park provides the perfect backdrop as we experience what Colonial-era kids played during their free time.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb18

Kids Week: Nature Puppet Show

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Animal puppets tell very interesting stories about nature. Our Urban Park Ranger programs are the perfect additions to your family's activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb18

Kids Week: Shelter Building

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Learn tips and tricks from the Urban Park Rangers that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Must See
Event
Feb18

Kids Week: Survival Skills

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The kids are out of school, now get them out of the house. Head to the park and join the Urban Park Rangers' free Kids Week programs.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb18

Kids Week Staten Island: Lenape Bingo

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a fun afternoon of games and a little history about Native Americans.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb18

Kids Week Manhattan: Birds of Prey

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers to learn about eagles, hawks, and falcons, and the important role they play in nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Feb19

Kids Week: Gather Around the Campfire

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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