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Urban Park Rangers

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!

kids interact with a turtle in a bin with water

Nature Center Adventures
This summer, join our Adventure Guides for some wild fun at our nature centers! Kids and families can join us for up close and personal explorations of the natural world. 

Urban Park Rangers Events

Friday, September 20, 2019

Sep20

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Prospect ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping with the Urban Park Rangers and your family is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and create lasting memories. Participants are selected by lottery. Registration opens on Sept 11.
Free!

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Sep20

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camp overnight in Inwood Hill Park, home to Manhattan's last remaining natural forest and owls! Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration begins on Wednesday, September 11.
Free!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

Sep21

East Village Gardens Walk

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Tour the neighborhood with our Urban Park Rangers, and discover some of these "hidden" gardens that unite local residents.
Free!

Sep21

Coastal Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on Rockaway Beach to explore the ecological diversity of our coastal shorelines.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep21

Family Camping: Bronx

at Van Cortlandt ParkBronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on September 11.
Free!

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Sep22

Prospect Park Super Hike

at Prospect ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Our moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced hikes on rugged terrain. Registration begins on Wednesday, Sept. 11
Free!

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Sep22

The New York City Naturalist Club: Fall Migration

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Sep22

Queens Park of the Month: Idlewild Birding by Canoe Adventure

at Idlewild ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy a peaceful paddle in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay and view the incredible birds in this habitat. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on September 11.
Free!

Sep22

Ecosystem Explorers: Micro-Ecosystems

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep22

Birding Along the Bronx River Foodway

at Inside the park at Bruckner Boulevard (in Concrete Plant Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a walk through Concrete Plant Park and learn about the Foodway while discovering the birds in your community.
Free!

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Sep28

Nature Exploration Hike: Seton Falls Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 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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Sep28

Saltwater Fishing

at East 10th Street and FDR Drive (in John V. Lindsay East River Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature. All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep28

Family Camping: Queens

at Alley Pond ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

6:00 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 begins on Wednesday, September 18.
Free!

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Sep28

Family Camping: Staten Island

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camp overnight in Staten Island's wild side! Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration ends on August 3.
Free!

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Sunday, September 29, 2019

Sep29

Jamaica Bay Greenway Bike Tour

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bike along Jamaica Bay while enjoying the sights and sounds of fall. ?Tour will end back at meeting location.
Free!

Sep29

Sunset and S'mores

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Urban Park Rangers lead you on this sunset hike through Van Cortlandt Park. Afterward, participants will be treated to s'mores over an open fire. Registration is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep29

Nocturnal Wildlife Hike

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they search for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night. Lottery registration opens on Wednesday, September 18
Free!

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Oct 5

Secret Life of Squirrels

at Staten Island Boulevard and Shields Place (in Deere Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and discover some fun and interesting facts about the eastern gray squirrel.
Free!

Oct 5

Coastline Ecology

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and explore the shore along Rockaway Beach and learn about the many different types of plants and animals that live along our coastline.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 5

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 readings of the eponymous children's book, fishing clinics, live music, food and art vendors, Urban Park Ranger presentations, and more!
Free!

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Oct 5

Explorer's Club: Sustainable Overnight Camping

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Learn about Leave No Trace and other tips for a more sustainable camping trip with the Urban Park Rangers. Registration is required for this program. Registration begins on Sept. 25.
Free!

Oct 5

Discovery Hike: Nocturnal Wildlife

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on our nocturnal discovery hike and find out some interesting facts about the noctural wildlife in Marine Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Oct 6

Birding: Warbler Watch

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we look for and learn about the variety of these small visitors during their migratory passage.
Free!

Oct 6

Birding: Fall Migrants

at 223rd Street and 46th Avenue (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

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Oct 6

Historic New York: Green-Wood Cemetery

at Green-Wood Cemetery

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore the rolling acres that surround the graves, tombs and mausoleums of this historic cemetery. Registration is required.
Free!

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Oct 6

Manhattan Gardening Club: Bedding Down the Garden

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Cooler weather has arrived, and it's time to put the garden to bed for the winter! We'll do some late mulching and ensure our plants are protected from the frost.
Free!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Oct11

Family Camping: Queens

at Fort Totten ParkQueens

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping and we look forward to welcoming your family. Registration is required. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Oct12

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers as they hike up the hills of the Bronx-Pelham Landfill, the decommissioned landfill is now home to an abundance of wildlife. Registration is required.
Free!

Oct12

Birding: Fall Migration

at Hester Street and Forsyth Street (in Sara D. Roosevelt Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in New York City to see fall migratory birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Oct12

Fall Nature Bike Tour

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the changing colors of autumn on a bicycle with the Urban Park Rangers. Lottery regisration begins on Wednesday, October 2.
Free!

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