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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

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Sep 26

They Only Come Out at Night: Inviting Bats to your Garden

at Green Oasis Community Garden/Gilbert's Garden (in ) , Manhattan

5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Bats love eating mosquitoes, so we love bats! Join NYC Urban Park Rangers for a workshop on how to create bat habitat in your garden.
Free!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Sep 29

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Marine Park , Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on September 20.
Free!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Sep 30

Ranger's Choice: Paddle and Hike Orchard Beach

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join a paddle across the lagoon as we explore the salt marsh and the rich biodiversity found within. We well then land on the shores of the Hunter Island Nature Preserve for a hike.
Free!

Sep 30

Kids Shapes and Colors Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Compare leaves of all shapes and colors on a guided Fall Foliage Hike through Silver Lake Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 30

Fall Foliage Walk

at Rose and Oak Avenues (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be sure to bring your camera and prepare for the kaleidoscope of colors.
Free!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Oct 1

Nature Exploration Hike: Bugs and Butterflies (Light)

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  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!

Best For
Kids
Oct 1

Historic New York: Long Island City Parks

at Vernon Boulevard and Main Avenue (in Hallets Cove Playground) , Queens

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This one-way hike will highlight parks along the East River. We will visit Socrates Sculpture, Rainey Park, Queensbridge Park, and end at Hunters Point South. Registration is required.
Free!

Oct 1

Wildlife Walk

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Oct 14

Open House New York: Prison Ship Martyrs Monument

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

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Step inside this historic monument and learn about Fort Greene Park history, the Revolutionary War, and the stories of those who perished during the war.
Free!

Oct 14

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they search for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night.
Free!

Oct 14

Astronomy: Phases of the Moon

at Pats Lawn (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Get set to hike up the the dark sections of the park away from the neighborhood lights. The Overlook Meadow provides a great viewing location of the night sky.
Free!

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oct 15

Open House New York: Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse

at 181 Street and Riverside Drive (in Fort Washington Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Rediscover the history of this unique landmark. As part of Open House New York, join the Urban Park Rangers on guided tours of Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse.
Free!

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Event
Oct 15

Ranger's Choice: Primitive Survival Skills

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
If you were dropped into the wilderness with nothing but the clothes on your back, could you make a fire, build, a shelter, or gather clean drinking water?
Free!

Oct 15

Ranger's Choice: Green-Wood Cemetery History Tour

at Green-Wood Cemetery

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn about the famous New Yorkers buried here as we explore the rolling acres that surround the graves, tombs, and mausoleums of this peaceful place.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct 15

Astronomy

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

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

Oct 15

Astronomy: Constellations

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

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

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Oct 21

Central Park: Olmsted's Vision

at West 72nd and Central Park West (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Ranger's for a stroll through Central Park and discover the vision Frederick Olmsted had for the design of the park.
Free!

Oct 21

Ranger's Choice: Greenbelt Hike (Moderate)

at Forest Hill Road and Alaska Place (in LaTourette Park & Golf Course) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Experience a fall hike with the Urban Park Rangers through the woods of La Tourette Park. The elevated multipurpose trails reveals the beauty of Richmond Creed. Registration is required.
Free!

Oct 21

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at Alley Pond Park Adventure Center (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens  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. All programs are family-friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Oct 21

The Night Sky

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.
Free!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Oct 22

Historic New York: High Bridge

at West 170th Street and University Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join our park rangers on a tour of the historic High Bridge, the oldest standing bridge in New York City.
Free!

Oct 22

Rangers Choice: Nature Art

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and create beautiful nature creations by using materials provided by mother nature. Registration is required for this program. Register on October 11.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 22

Fall Foliage Hike

at Lenevar Avenue and Ramona Avenue (in Bloomingdale Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The changing colors of autumn are in full swing! Come with the Urban Park Rangers and explore the many different tree species of Bloomingdale Park.
Free!

Oct 22

Astronomy: Orionids Meteor Shower

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system. The Orionids is an average shower, producing up to 20 meteors per hour at its peak.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Oct 28

Ghosts of Conference House

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Is Conference House Park Staten Island's most haunted park? Find out on a nighttime hike through an ancient burial ground and into the Conference House. Registration is required.
Free!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Oct 29

Fall Foliage Hike: Cornucopia of Trees!

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Oct 29

Birding: Raptor Migration

at Gateway Drive and Erskine Street (in Spring Creek Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair.
Free!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Oct 31

A Haunting We Will Go

at Cedar Grove Avenue and Seafoam Street (in Great Kills Park) , Staten Island

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Enjoy a frightful time with bugs, snakes, ghosts, goblins and the Urban Park Rangers. An event that is fun for all ages! Costumes and bravery welcome.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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