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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! 

Urban Park Rangers Events

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
Feb19

Kids Week: Nature's Workshop: Create-a-Creature Crafts

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and create a cute creature craft by using materials provided by nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb19

Kids Week: Ranger Games

at Metcalf Avenue and Seward Avenue (in Soundview Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting nature games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb19

Kids Week: Animal Tracks

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of wildlife tracking. By the end, you will be skilled in recognizing differences between raccoon and common house cat tracks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb19

Kids Week: Trees and Winter Wildlife

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a winter walk as we look for wildlife clues while identifying winter trees.
Free!

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Feb20

Kids Week: Build a Bird Feeder

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn how to make your own bird feeder by using materials provided by nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb20

Kids Week: Winter Wildlife Crafts

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers hope to inspire and lift your creativity to create works of art using natural materials.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb20

Kids Week: Nature Sounds and Instruments

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Sticks, stones, and reeds can make music. Why not combine an exploration of music and nature to see what kind of inventive creations you can discover.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb20

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike for Kids

at Pelham Bay Park Nature Center (in Pelham Bay 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 Ranger's for free kids's week programs.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb20

Kids Week: Winter Crafts

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Create crafts using natural materials found outdoors with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb20

Kids Week: Reptiles and Amphibians

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers to learn about the unique characteristics of reptiles and amphibians.
Free!

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Feb21

Kids Week: Birding for Kids

at World's Fair Boathouse (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 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
Feb21

Kids Week: Birds of Prey

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Spend the afternoon with the Rangers as they discuss the life cycles and habits of hawks, eagles, and owls. Binoculars and field guides will be available.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb21

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb21

Kids Weeks Staten Island: Campfire Sing-Along

at Archery Field Parking Lot (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Carry a tune with the Urban Park Rangers and learn fire techniques, roast marshmallows, sing your favorite song and play instruments.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb21

Kids Week: Owl Pellets

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Whooo knows what we will find as we look through owl pellets and learn more about the adaptions of owls!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Feb22

Forest Park Super Hike

at Forest ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Registration is required for this program.
Free!

Feb22

Black History Month: Brooklyn and the Underground Railroad

at Brooklyn Bridge ParkBrooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The Underground Railroad was a network of sanctuaries for enslaved women and men escaping slavery. Join a walk through Brooklyn Bridge Park highlighting Brooklyn's link to freedom.
Free!

Feb22

Birding: Eagle Watch

at Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane (in Riverdale 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.
Free!

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Event
Feb22

Black History Month: African-American History of Staten Island

at Bay Street and Canal Street (in Tappen Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will provide historical information on points of interest that are focal points of the African-American story on Staten Island.
Free!

Feb22

Black History Month: Seneca Village

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn about the lives of Seneca Village residents in the 1800's and the community's place in pre-Central Park.
Free!

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Sunday, February 23, 2020

Feb23

Nature's Workshop: Linoleum Cut Fabric Printing

at Myrtle Avenue at Washington Park (in Fort Greene Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bring an old t-shirt and make it new with a nature design print! All art materials will be provided.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb23

Black History Month: Poetry Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Attendees will be able to view the beautiful natural vistas of the Bronx while experiencing the nature poetry of some of the greatest African-American poets.
Free!

Feb23

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors.
Free!

Feb23

Outdoor Skills: Animal Tracking

at Golden Pond (in Crocheron Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how to identify animal tracks to understand animal behavior.
Free!

Feb23

Astronomy: The Night Sky

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

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!

Saturday, February 29, 2020

Feb29

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

at 43rd Street and First AvenueBrooklyn

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. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Feb29

The Pelham Bay Super Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This challenging hike winds its way through the diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park. Registration for this program is required.
Free!

Feb29

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

at Comfort station (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors.
Free!

Feb29

Winter Wetlands Hike

at Union Turnpike Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Urban wetlands provide a variety of benefits, including improved water quality and storm water retention. They also serve as critical habitat for native wildlife.
Free!

Feb29

Historic New York: Washington Square

at Washington Square Arch (in Washington Square Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Washington Square Park has served various roles for its community throughout the years, adapting to meet its needs. Join the Rangers for a tour through the park and lean about its history.
Free!

Feb29

Alley Pond Winter Activities and Games

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us live animal encounters, mini curling, hot cocoa and s'mores, wildlife walks, and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, March 1, 2020

Mar 1

Nature's Workshop: Drawing from Nature

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in making your own artistic field guides using our specimens and other natural inspirations.
Free!

Mar 1

Nature Art: Scenery Sketches

at 41st Avenue Entrance (in Queensbridge Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Urban Park Ranger art programs allow you to interpret the natural world through artistic expression, while learning about nature and the environment.
Free!

Mar 1

Growing a Green Garden

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Start shaking off the winter blues by getting a head start on your garden! We'll be starting seeds so that when spring really gets going you'll be ready to plant.
Free!

Mar 1

Nature's Workshop: Terrariums

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Create your own beautiful living terrarium at the Salt Marsh Nature Center. All materials will be provided.
Free!

Mar 1

Birding: Owls

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Mar 1

Hunter Island Night Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers for this rare winter night hike on an island where owls, deer, and coyotes live. Registration is required.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, March 7, 2020

Mar 7

Women's History Month: Cass Gallagher

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn how to see through the eyes of a naturalist, as you walk with the Urban Park Rangers along the 1.4-mile nature trail named in honor of longtime Bronx resident and naturalist.
Free!

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Mar 7

Women's History Month: Historic Women in Queens

at Athena Statue (in Athens Square)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Celebrate Women's History Month with the Urban Park Rangers as we highlight Marie Curie, Gertrude Waldeyer, and other women significant to Queens.
Free!

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Mar 7

Winter Meditation Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Take a stroll through Prospect Park and immerse yourself in tranquility.
Free!

Mar 7

Nature Exploration Hike

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

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!

Mar 7

Nocturnal Nature Exploration Hike

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Allison Pond Park under the cover of darkness, and discover the many animals that call this park home.
Free!

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Mar 8

Historic New York: Fort Totten Tunnel Tour

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Tour the "hidden" areas of the Fort Totten battery with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

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Event
Mar 8

Living with Deer

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
We will find signs of deer in the park (buck rubs, deer scat, deer prints, chewed twigs) on a hike outdoors, and share five tips to follow to promote a healthy coexistence with these animals.
Free!

Mar 8

Bronx History: Williamsbridge Oval & Valentine Varian House

at Williamsbridge OvalBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers specialize in the interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city's long history. Registration required.
Free!

Mar 8

Science Discovery Workshop

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon filled with fun science experiments and games, while learning about the wonders of nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar 8

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!

Mar 8

Astronomy: The Full Moon

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events, all equipment is provided.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Mar14

Seal Exploration

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Exploration Series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Winter is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the NY harbor estuary.
Free!

Mar14

Women's History Month: Historic Women of Central Park

at Grand Army Plaza (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Some made music, some made noise, all made a difference. We celebrate women who broke records, broke ground, and blazed trails.
Free!

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Event
Mar14

Wildlife Viewing: All About Ducks

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.
Our Urban Park 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!

Mar14

Nature Exploration: Snails, Trails, and Vernal Pools

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Nature Exploration Series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons.
Free!

Mar14

Climate Change: Adapting in New York City

at Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Over the years, animals and plants have adapted to live in a city that's constantly changing. Join the Rangers for a hike through Prospect Park as we explore and learn more about its inhabitants.
Free!

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Mar15

Women's History Month: Gravesend Cemetery Tour

at Gravesend CemeteryBrooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on this historic tour of Gravesend Cemetery and learn about Lady Deborah Moody and her connections to Gravesend.
Free!

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Event
Mar15

Nature's Workshop: Natural Basket Weaving

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Try your hand at tying and weaving techniques using natural materials. All supplies provided. Registration is required.
Free!

Mar15

Rockaway Park Bike Tour

at Beach 94th Street Plaza (in Rockaway Beach)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bike along the Boardwalk at Rockaway Beach while enjoying the sights and sounds of the ocean.
Free!

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Event
Mar15

Historic New York: Morningside Park

at Morningside ParkManhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Discover the diverse history of Morningside Park. Learn about the fortifications that were built for the Battle of 1812 in the area of Morningside and Central Park North.
Free!

Mar15

Women's History Month: Anne Hutchinson

at Pelham and Split Rock Golf CourseBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will lead the way on this hike to Split Rock, highlighting the life and death of Anne Hutchinson, a key figure in the development of religious freedom in the English American colonies.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Mar21

Central Park Bridle Path Walk

at Central ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
We will explore the design of the bridle path, the history of equestrians in the park, and the changing use of this recreational path in recent times. Registration required.
Free!

Mar21

Scavengers of the Sky: Vultures

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
Often called ugly, disgusting, and unhygienic, vultures play a crucial role in the environment as nature’s best scavengers.
Free!

Mar21

Early Spring Gardening

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore vegetation in Van Cortlandt Park and prepare our garden for pollinators.
Free!

Mar21

Natures Workshop: Creating Music from Nature

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of musical creativity and fun. Learn how to make musical instruments from natural materials.
Free!

Sunday, March 22, 2020

Mar22

Birding: Spring Migrants

at Fountain Terrace (in Bryant Park)Manhattan

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!

Mar22

Nature's Workshop: Poetry in the Park

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Develop a skill, participate in a hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity.
Free!

Mar22

Eastchester Bay Beach Cleanup

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
World Water Day is an annual observance day that highlights the importance of freshwater. Join the Rangers for a beach cleanup of Eastchester Bay.
Free!

Mar22

Historic New York: Nature and Design of Prospect Park

at Arch at Grand Army Plaza (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walking tour at Prospect Park.
Free!

Mar22

Women's History Month: Women of the Lenape

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.
The Lenape are a significant part of the formation of our city. Women played a very important role in the culture. Learn how native tribes used the local waterways, native plants, and wildlife in everyday life.
Free!

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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Mar28

Composting 101

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Decomposition is a natural process that creates healthy new soil. Discover how to speed up this process and reduce your household waste through composting.
Free!

Mar28

Coastal Wildlife Adventure

at Beach 59th Street Playground (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

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!

Mar28

Northern Manhattan Parks Super Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off-limits to the general public
Free!

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Event
Mar28

Nature Exploration: Seton Falls Park

at East 233 Street and Baychester Avenue (in Seton Falls Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the Grand Canyon of the Bronx! Our Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks.
Free!

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Event
Mar28

Wildlife Viewing: City Squirrels

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Ever wonder how squirrels are able to thrive in an urban environment? Learn about the basic biology and habits of these abundant and curious mammals.
Free!

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Mar29

Nature Photography Hike

at Conservatory Garden (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bring your camera and join the Urban Park Rangers in Central Park, the perfect setting for outdoor photography.
Free!

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Event
Mar29

Outdoor Skills: Camp Cooking

at Van Cortlandt ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Become a campfire foodie! Learn the basics of camp etiquette, how to set up a campfire, and how to make a meal with a Dutch Oven. Registration required.
Free!

Mar29

Nature Exploration Hike

at Owl's Head Park House (in Owl's Head Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On this moderately-paced hike, discover the nature of Owl's Head Park. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots and packing water and a light snack.
Free!

Mar29

Nature Exploration Hike and Meditation

at 115th Street and Poppenhusen Avenue (in Hermon A. MacNeil Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This hike will take you through some quiet areas inside the park and allow the participant to disconnect from stress and clear their mind.
Free!

Mar29

Wildlife Viewing: Frog Watch

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Frog Watch invites individuals and families to learn about the wetlands in their communities and help conserve amphibians.
Free!

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