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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

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aug 25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Friday, August 26, 2016

Aug 26

Family Camping: Brooklyn

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

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Families are selected via lottery. Pre-registration is required.
Free!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Aug 27

Hudson River Canoe Adventure (Advanced)

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Prior canoeing or kayaking experience is required. Canoe programs are limited to ages 8 years old and older. Pre-registration is required.
Free!

Aug 27

Family Camping: Queens

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  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. Space is limited, participants are chosen via lottery. Pre-registration is required.
Free!

Aug 27

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

at Hylan Boulevard and Cornelia Avenue (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

8:00 p.m.9:30 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, August 28, 2016

Aug 28

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

9:30 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 28

Medicinal Plants Hike (Light)

at Prospect Park Picnic House (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

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 parks, and teach you about medicinal plants in the area.
Free!

Aug 28

Living with Urban Coyotes

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in Inwood Hill Park to learn about coyotes, an often misunderstood member of our local habitat.
Free!

Aug 28

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 28

Seining

at Seaside Wildlife Nature Park , Staten Island

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Aug 30

Living with Deer

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Come learn more about local white-tailed deer!
Free!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sep 1

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Sep 2

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Space is limited and participants are selected through lottery. Pre-registration is required.
Free!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sep 3

Wildlife Viewing: Raptor Watch

at Schmul Park , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in their search for raptors—predators of the sky.
Free!

Sep 3

Seaside Wildlife Exploration

at Canarsie Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Remsen Avenue and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

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 spots for seaside creatures.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 3

Neptune at Opposition

at Boardwalk at Beach 116th Street (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk) , Queens

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Sep 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights: Neptune at Opposition

at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 116th St (in Rockaway Beach) , Queens

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join us for an Astronomy evening: Neptune at Opposition at Beach 116th Street at the Boardwalk NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the s…
Free!

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Sep 4

Gerritsen Grist Mill and Farmhouse

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Wood pilings still remain more than 360 years after the original foundation of Gerritsen Mill was first laid down.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep 4

Saltwater Fishing

at West Harlem Piers Park , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Our experienced park rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.
Free!

Sep 4

Ranger's Choice: Hawk Watch

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join a small group of birdwatchers at the old Pelham Bay landfill, a great place to watch migrating birds of prey. Pre-registration is required.
Free!

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sep 9

Family Camping: Queens

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
We camp to create lasting memories, connect with the natural world, and bond with our families. Space is limited, participants are selected via lottery. Participants are chosen by a lottery.
Free!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sep 10

Seining

at Burnett Street and Avenue U (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Our experienced Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.
Free!

Sep 10

Ranger's Choice: Archery

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This program is a beginner's introduction to the sport of archery.Recommended for ages 8 and up. Participants are chosen via lottery.
Free!

Sep 10

Family Camping Bronx

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

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.
Free!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sep 11

Birding

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Come join the Urban Park Rangers on a birding walk through Fort Greene Park!
Free!

Sep 11

Thomas Jefferson Park to Randall's Island Hike (Moderate)

at Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center (in Thomas Jefferson Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy the urban wildlife and landscaping of Thomas Jefferson Park, then journey along the greenway to Randall’s Island to explore the salt marshes and waterside views of the city.
Free!

Sep 11

Freshwater Fishing

at 164th Street and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sep 17

Nature Exploration: John Muir Trail (Vigorous)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world.
Free!

Sep 17

Nocturnal Wildlife

at Albert H. Mauro Playground (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they search for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night.
Free!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sep 24

Birding: Fall Migrants

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
The early bird catches the worm! Join the Urban Park Rangers on this morning birding tour as we look for Fall migrants.
Free!

Sep 24

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 Urban Park Ranger-led ticketed tours, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors, and activities for the whole family!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 24

Night Hike (Light)

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world.
Free!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sep 25

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come learn about white-tailed deer with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

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