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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, May 27, 2017

May 27

Ranger's Choice: Prospect Park Nature and History Bike Tour

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bike through Prospect Park while enjoying the sights and sounds of spring. Registration is required for this program. Register on May 17th.
Free!

May 27

Freshwater Fishing

at Eton Place and Richmond Avenue (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 27

Nature Exploration Hike (Moderate)

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

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!

May 27

Ranger's Choice: Twilight Canoe Adventure (Advanced)

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening canoeing as the twilight turns into evening. Registration is required.
Free!

Sunday, May 28, 2017

May 28

Wildlife Viewing: Birding

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

May 28

Basic Canoeing

at Oakland Lake (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Basic canoeing is great for all skill levels. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older. The line to participate may close prior to 3:00 p.m. due to demand.
Free!

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May 28

Basic Orienteering

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On an orienteering program, you will learn the skills to navigate using a map and compass.
Free!

May 28

Wildlife Viewing: Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 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!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Jun 3

Historic New York: Fort Totten Tunnel Tour

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Explore this historic fort in Queens with our Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Jun 3

Historic New York: Little Red Lighthouse Open House

at Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
A Ranger will be on hand to provide information about the history of this unique landmark while you tour the inside. Enter the park at 181st Street and Plaza Lafayette. First Come, First Served.
Free!

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Jun 3

Wildlife Viewing: Horseshoe Crabs

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing sports in the urban jungle.
Free!

Jun 3

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Marine Park , Brooklyn

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration is required.
Free!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

Jun 4

Kids Nature Hike

at Clinton Avenue and Prospect Avenue (in Goodhue Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 4

Basic Canoeing

at Van Cortlandt South and Major Deegan Expressway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you’ll never forget on your first canoe adventure.
Free!

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Event
Jun 4

Medicinal Plants Hike (moderate)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this nature hike, discover the medicinal and cultural uses of common plants found throughout New York City.
Free!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Jun 10

Saltwater Fishing

at American Veterans Memorial Pier , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel.
Free!

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Event
Jun 10

Ranger's Choice: Alley Pond Park Super Hike

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Hiking and nature enthusiasts are welcome on this lengthy one-way, guided hike from Alley Pond Park to Oakland Lake. Registration is required.
Free!

Jun 10

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Pre-registration is required.
Free!

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Event

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Jun 11

Freshwater Fishing

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.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp or chain pickerel. Participation is first-come, first-served
Free!

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Event
Jun 11

Seining

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 a.m.
Get ready to get your hands wet! Seining programs use nets to catch fish.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 11

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays.
Free!

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Event
Jun 11

Historic New York: The General Slocum Disaster

at Parking Lot (in Astoria Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The PS General Slocum was a passenger steamboat built in Brooklyn, New York, in 1891. During her service history, she was involved in a number of mishaps, including multiple groundings and collisions.
Free!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Jun 17

Revolutionary New York: Staten Island 1776

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

1:00 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Become a part of America's historic revolution and join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore and discuss this park's and Staten Island's connection to the War of Independence.
Free!

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Event
Jun 17

Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Nature scavenger hunts are a great way to connect to the natural world and get moving outside.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 17

Family Camping: Queens

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration is required.
Free!

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Event

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Jun 18

Tide Pool Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
We connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 18

Ranger's Choice: Archery

at Willowbrook Park , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This program is a beginner's introduction to the sport of archery.
Free!

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Event
Jun 18

Waterfall 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.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

Jun 18

Freshwater Fishing

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, June 23, 2017

Jun 23

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Jun 24

Summer on the Hudson: RiverFish Celebration

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Summer on the Hudson and the Urban Park Rangers connect you to the life living within the Hudson River with catch-and-release fishing and more!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 24

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jun 24

Saltwater Fishing

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
You can try to hook a pumpkinseed sunfish, carp, or chain pickerel. Participation is first-come, first-served
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun 24

CANCELLED: Intermediate Canoeing

at Beach 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park) , Queens

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Some experience is preferred; first-come, first-served.
Free!

Jun 24

Ranger's Choice: Camping Gear and How to Use It

at Fort Greene Garden (in Fort Greene Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This hands on workshop will give you a list of essentials to bring on your next camping trip.
Free!

Jun 24

Family Camping and Deer Exploration Hike: Staten Island

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Jun 25

Freshwater Fishing

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, June 30, 2017

Jun 30

Family Camping: Bronx

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event

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!

Best For
Kids

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