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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, March 30, 2019

Mar30

Historic New York: Fort Totten Tunnel Tour

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Tour the "hidden" areas of the Fort Totten battery with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Mar30

Conservation Hike

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

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!

Mar30

Animal Tracks

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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 a raccoon's and common housecat's tracks.
Free!

Mar30

Birding: Hawk Watch

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

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

Mar30

Survival Series: Cordage and Rope Making

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

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!

Mar30

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!

Best For
Kids
Mar30

Northern Manhattan Parks Super Hike (Moderate)

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our park rangers on a vigorous hike through Inwood Hill Park's old growth forest and Ft Tryon's Alpine Garden, Linden Terrace, and Heather Garden. Registration is required.
Free!

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mar31

WIldlife Viewing: Waterfront Wildlife

at Bush Terminal Piers Park (in Bush Terminal Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This waterfront park features a variety of birds and other wildlife. Learn about the local ecosystem and the important role it plays in the lives of wildlife.
Free!

Mar31

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Parking Lot (in Astoria Park)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!

Mar31

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. All programs are family friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Mar31

Nature Exploration Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. On this hike, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Free!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Apr 6

The Explorer's Club: Birding for Kids

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, spring migration is an exciting time to be out observing birds in the parks.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr 6

The New York City History Club: The Hidden Streams and Wetlands of Manahatta: Collect Pond

at Lafayette Street and Franklin Street (in Collect Pond Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we discuss the hidden parkland of the area formerly known as Manahatta.
Free!

Apr 6

Historic New York: Revolutionary and Colonial Cooking

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 of colonial cooking and the people who lived in this area of Brooklyn centuries ago.
Free!

Apr 6

Queens Park of the Month: Kissena Park

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Apr 6

Ecosystem Explorers: Nocturnal Species

at Comfort station (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Apr 7

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

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. Registration is required.
Free!

Apr 7

Animal of the Month Club: Northern Gannet

at Ocean Breeze Pier, Seaview Avenue and Father Capodanno Boulevard (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join our park rangers at Ocean Breeze for a chance to view abd learn more about Northern Gannets, a little known resident species of Staten Island.
Free!

Apr 7

Survival Series: Backpacking Preparation

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Do you pack life-saving items when you go hiking? The Urban Park Rangers will show you the essentials to pack as they lead you through this natural preserve.
Free!

Apr 7

Wake Up the Garden

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Whether you are a new gardener or an experienced one, we can help you learn new things and grow your garden.
Free!

Apr 7

Understanding Urban Wildlife

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers to learn about our interesting neighbors, such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, snakes, and many more.
Free!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Apr13

Freshwater Fishing

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr13

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

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 Urban Park Rangers are well versed in outdoor lore. This program focuses on fire-making skills, and is recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Apr13

The Secret Life of Muskrats

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we view beavers and muskrats in their natural habitat and see how their lives impact New Yorkers.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr13

Hunter Island Sunset Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Witness the wonder of sunset with the largest park in New York City as your backdrop. Registration is required
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr13

Little Red Lighthouse Lantern Tour

at Fort Washington ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us as we explore this unique landmark at night. Space is limited and participants are chosen via lottery. Registration opens on April 3.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Apr14

The New York City Naturalist Club: Micro Organisms Hike

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Microorganisms have a macro impact in our parks. Challenge your perspective on this hike as we marvel in the natural world from a micro scale.
Free!

Apr14

Over the Hill: Hilltop Hike with the Urban Park Rangers

at Jamaica Avenue and Elton Street (in Highland Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers during our 40th Anniversary as we hike "over the hill" inside of our parks. This hike features Highland Park. Hike uphill across border lines to explore this hidden gem.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr14

Birding: Raptors

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.
Free!

Apr14

Historic New York: Old Croton Aqueduct

at 242nd Street and Van Cortlandt Park East (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our park rangers on a walk through Van Cortlandt Park to learn about the Old Croton Aqueduct, NYC's first water supply system.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr14

Survival Series: Build your Own Fire Starting Kit

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 primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors. Recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Apr20

The New York City Naturalist Club: Spring Bird Walk

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in New York City.
Free!

Apr20

Basic Canoeing

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

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

Apr20

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 helps create healthy new soils. Discover how to speed up this process and reduce household waste by learning the basics of home composting.
Free!

Apr20

Earth Day Crafts and Games

at Redwood Playground (in Cunningham Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in this celebration of Earth Day. Engage your creative side and participate in fun games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr20

The Explorer's Club: Celestial Navigation

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Using the stars for navigation is an ancient human practice. Learn how to use the night sky as a map by identifying key stars and constellations.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Apr21

Wilderness Skills: The Basics

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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 the perfect fit for you.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr21

Historic New York: Coney Island

at Parachute Jump (in )Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States. Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walking tour of this famous amusement park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr21

Earth Day Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City parks.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr21

Queens Park of the Month: Kissena Park

at Rose Avenue and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Queens Park of the Month series programs features some historical and natural highlights of some local favorite parks.
Free!

Apr21

Sensory Perception Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Monday, April 22, 2019

Apr22

Kids Week: Earth Day Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers as we explore nature on a short hike through Pelham Bay Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Insect Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we explore high and low in search of amazing insects to discover their important connection to us.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Geology Rocks!

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Today is all about rocks and geology. Let's explore, examine, and climb a rock or two. Be prepared to get your hands dirty and become geologists for the day.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Celebrate Earth Day

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers as we explore nature on a short hike through Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr22

Kids Week: Recycling Crafts

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in this celebration of Earth Day. Engage your creative side and breathe new life into reusable items.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Apr23

Kids Week: Ranger Games

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Spend an afternoon of fun with the Urban Park Rangers playing and learning new and exciting nature games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Kids Week: Nature Exploration Hike

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

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 a hike through the wonders of north Central Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Kids Week: Sea Shore Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Take the kids to the park to enjoy a family-friendly, guided hike filled with fun learning activities
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Kids Week: Fort Greene History and Colonial Games

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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
Apr23

Kids Week: Insect Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we explore high and low in search of amazing insects to discover their important connection to us.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr23

Kids Week: Beach Scavenger Hunt

at Midland Avenue and Father Capodanno Boulevard (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Search and collect the many coastal treasures on this sandy beach with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Apr24

Kids Week: Orienteering for Kids

at Crotona Nature Center (in Crotona 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
Apr24

Kids Week: Wilderness Survival

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On this fun, family-friendly program (recommended ages 8 and up) you will learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: Birds of Prey

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Spring is a spectacular season for observing birds of prey in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure with our Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: Nature Puppet Show

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Animal puppets tell very interesting stories about nature. Urban Park Ranger programs are the perfect additions to your family's activities.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr24

Kids Week: All About Owls

at Ocean Breeze Track & Field Athletic Complex (in Ocean Breeze Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

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

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Apr25

Kids Week: Coastal Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore the shore while looking for wildlife living along the bay.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Kids Week: Nature Art

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers hope to inspire and lift your creativity and create works of art using natural materials.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Kids Week: Campfire Activities

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 us in Fort Greene 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
Apr25

Kids Week: Bug Hunt

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we search high and low for amazing insects to discover their important connection to us, and the importance of parks to provide habitats for them.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr25

Kids Week: Ranger Games

at Playground (in Juniper Valley Park)Queens

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
Apr25

Kids Week: Archery

at Willowbrook Park Archery Range (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program is a beginner's guide to archery, and archery equipment is provided. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, April 26, 2019

Apr26

Kids Week: Insect Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we explore high and low in search of amazing insects to discover their important connection to us.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr26

Kids Week: Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Can you find the herring gull or spot sumac? Enjoy exploring the trails of Marine Park while searching for the items on the hunt list.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr26

Kids Week: All About Owls

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan 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.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Apr26

Kids Week: Birding for Kids

at Willow Lake entrance (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Whether you are a beginner or an experienced birdwatcher, spring migration is an exciting time to be out in the park. Bring your own binoculars or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Exploration Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity Blitz

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Exploration Hike

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.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Spring Blossoms

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr27

City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Apr28

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Our birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

Apr28

City Nature Challenge: Biodiversity Blitz

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2019 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Must See
Event
Apr28

Ecosystem Explorers: Wetlands

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

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

Apr28

Nature Exploration Hike

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City.
Free!

Apr28

Freshwater Fishing

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first come, first served.
Free!

Saturday, May 11, 2019

May11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Hike and Paint

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Take a short hike with an Urban Park Ranger and collect natural objects of interest then meet with a trained watercolor teaching artist and we'll put those discoveries on paper, turning nature into art.
Free!

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