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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, February 24, 2018

Feb 24

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at Parking Lot (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

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

Must See
Event
Feb 24

Black History Month: The Birthplace of Hip Hop

at Cedar Playground , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On August 11, 1973, hip hop was born in The Bronx. Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about the history of the popular music genre that began as an underground urban movement.
Free!

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Event
Feb 24

Nature's Workshop: Natural Fibers

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 how to extract fiber and dyes from natural plants, and try your hand at tying and weaving techniques using cordage made from plant fiber.
Free!

Feb 24

Stargazing Club: The Night Sky

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

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

Feb 24

Rangers' Choice: Lantern Night Hike

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will discuss history and nocturnal wildlife on this night hike ending at Belvedere Castle. Please note: Registration is required.
Free!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Mar 4

Historic New York: Nature and Design

at Grand Army Plaza Arch (in Grand Army Plaza) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpreting historic turning points, both natural and man-made in our city's long history.
Free!

Mar 4

Women's History Month: Historic Women of Queens

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 Women's History Month with the Urban Park Rangers as they highlight the environmental activism efforts of Gertrude Waldeyer and other women significant to Queens.
Free!

Mar 4

Animal of the Month: Seals and Whales

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots.
Free!

Mar 4

Nature's Workshop: Plants and Pollinators

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Learn how plants and pollinators have relied on each other for life itself. Find out about the connections between plants and pollinators.
Free!

Mar 4

Hunter Island Night Hike

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Owls, deer coyotes, and raccoons are among the many animals that call Pelham Bay Park home. Join the Rangers for this rare winter night hike. Registration is Required.
Free!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Mar 10

Women's History Month: Gretta Moulton

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join us to learn about the passionate woman who helped save 300 acres from development so that we can all enjoy this wonderful park.
Free!

Mar 10

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at Winchester Boulevard, under Grand Central Parkway (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Fire is mankind's greatest discovery. Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors. Registratioin is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar 10

Seal Exploration

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the NY harbor estuary. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal.
Free!

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Event
Mar 10

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at East 88th Street and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

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. Ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Mar 10

Survival Skills: 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!

Mar 10

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

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

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!

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Mar 11

Rangers Choice: Camp Cooking 101

at Van Cortlandt Park , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Become a campfire Foodie! Learn the basics on camp etiquette, how to set up a campfire, and how to make a meal with a Dutch Oven. Registration required.
Free!

Mar 11

Nature's Workshop: Science Discovery

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Engage in fun science experiments and games to learn about the wonders of nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar 11

Historic New York: The Highbridge and the Croton Aqueduct

at West 174 Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on this hitoric walk along Highbridge and learn how New York City's oldest bridge brought water from the Bronx to Manhattan, and allowed our city to grow.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar 11

Nocturnal Hike (Light)

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Flushing Meadows Corona Park under the cover of darkness.
Free!

Mar 11

Astronomy: Night Sky

at Wolfe's Pond Park Comfort Station (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

7:30 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets.
Free!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Mar 17

Survival Series #4: The Ten Essentials

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Mar 17

Ranger's Choice: Photography

at Vermont Place Parking Lot (in Highland Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Bring your camera and see how many shades of green you can find. Registration is required for this program. Registration opens on March 7.
Free!

Mar 17

Wildlife Viewing: Woodpeckers

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

Mar 17

Animal of the Month: Seals and Whales

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our park rangers at Conference House Park, NYC's southernmost park, for a chance to seals and whales in our waterways.
Free!

Mar 17

Astronomy: New Moon

at Payson Center (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan  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!

Mar 17

Astronomy: The Night Sky

at East Drive and Lincoln Road (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn

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, March 18, 2018

Mar 18

Women's History Month: Gravesend Cemetery Tour

at Gravesend Cemetery , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on this historic tour of Gravesend Cemetery and learn about Lady Deborah Moody and her connections to Gravesend. Registration is required.
Free!

Mar 18

Native American Games

at Chapin Parkway and 85th Avenue (in Captain Tilly Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a fun afternoon of games and a little history about Native American games.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar 18

Living with Urban Coyotes

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
This program will teach participants about the basics of coyote biology and the best tips for coexisting with coyotes in our urban environment.
Free!

Mar 18

The Forts of Central Park

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers and learn the history of the park, get insight into the studies in the area, and appreciate the recent restorations undertaken.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar 18

Nature Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on this family-friendly nature scavenger hunt and discover the hidden treasures of Blue Heron Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Mar 24

The Pelham Bay Super Hike (Vigorous)

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

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. This challenging hike winds its way through many diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar 24

Survival Skills: Maps and Compasses

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Mar 24

Nature's Workshop: Musical Instruments

at Payson Avenue and Dyckman Street (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Discover which trees and natural materials are used to build modern day and tribal musical instruments. Registration is required.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar 24

Nature's Workshop: Sounds of Nature

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 the Rangers in discovering music in nature by using natural materials and exploring the sounds inside the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar 24

Nocturnal Animals

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Whether you live in the country or a busy city, wildlife is all around you. Join the Urban Park Rangers as they search for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night.
Free!

Mar 24

Nature's Workshop: Wildlife Illustration

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

11:00 p.m.12:30 p.m.
Find your muse in nature. This workshop will inspire you to illustrate the landscape and wildlife found in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Mar 25

Nature's Workshop: Three Sisters Garden

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Three Sisters garden is a wonderful way to feel more connected to the history of this land, regardless of our ancestry.
Free!

Mar 25

Women's History Month: Anne Hutchinson

at Split Rock Golf House (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our park rangers will lead the way on this hike to Split Rock, highlighting the life and death of Anne Hutchinson, a key figure in the development of religious freedom in the English American colonies.
Free!

Mar 25

Scavenger Hunt Hike (Light)

at Clifton Place and Marcy Avenue (in Herbert Von King 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
Mar 25

Early Spring Hike (Moderate)

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and a fun way to reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit.
Free!

Mar 25

Ranger's Choice: Story Time

at Parking Lot (in Astoria Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon of story time and enjoy sharing your nature-related stories with the Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Mar 31

Women's History Month: Influential Women Van Tour

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
We celebrate women who broke records, broke ground, and blazed trails. Join us on a van trip to explore women who have played important roles in the city's history.
Free!

Mar 31

Orienteering

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On an orienteering program, you will learn the skills to navigate using a map and compass.
Free!

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Event
Mar 31

Survival Series #5: Natural Survival Materials

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life.
Free!

Mar 31

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!

Must See
Event
Mar 31

Stargazing Club: The Blue Moon

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Apr 7

Arts, Culture & Fun: Make Your Mark - Hike and Paint

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

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Meet with an artist trained in watercolors to put discoveries from our hike on to paper. Turn nature into art!
Free!

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