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! 

Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation during COVID-19, we’ve put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. We're asking everyone to help us stay safe:

  • Stay home if you are sick
  • Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
  • Wear a face covering
  • Wash your hands

Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.  

Some programs may be modified, rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, health, or safety concerns.

Urban Park Rangers Events

Saturday, March 13, 2021

Mar13

The Pelham Bay Super Hike

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This challenging hike winds its way through many diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar13

Women's History Month: Honoring Women in Central Park

at Central ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in exploring monuments of Central Park influenced by and dedicated to the contributions of historic women.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar13

A Horse of Course

at Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South (in Forest Park)Queens

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and our Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Unit to learn about our specialized enforcement unit in Parks. We will also take a nature walk on the bridle path at Forest Park.
Free!

Must See
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Mar13

Nature's Workshop: Creating Music from Nature

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Discover which trees and natural materials are used to build modern-day musical instruments.
Free!

Mar13

Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Cleanup

at Nelson Avenue and Tennyson Drive (in Seaside Wildlife Nature Park)Staten Island

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This season, please join the Urban Park Rangers to clean and beautify Seaside Wildlife Nature Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!
Free!

Sunday, March 14, 2021

Mar14

Historic New York: Putnam Greenway Bike Tour

at Van Cortlandt ParkBronx This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Hop on your bike and take a spin along this historic trail with the Rangers. Lottery registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar14

Women's History Month: Gravesend Cemetery Tour

at Gravesend CemeteryBrooklyn

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

Must See
Event
Mar14

Birding: Raptor Watch

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 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. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Mar14

Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Cleanup

at Bay 32nd Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
This season, please join the Urban Park Rangers to clean and beautify Bayswater Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!
Free!

Mar14

Spring Ahead Night Hike

at Hylan Boulevard and Satterlee Street (in Conference House Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our City's rich history and diverse culture, or just unplug form the world to clear your head. Registration required.
Free!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Mar20

Nature Exploration: Marine Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers for a nature exploration walk through Marine Park.
Free!

Mar20

Signs of Spring Hike

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Celebrate Women's Histroy Month with the Urban Park Rangers. Join the Rangers as we discuss the impactful affect of women in wildlife conservation, past and present.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar20

Nature Exploration: Seton Falls Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a nature exploration 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!

Mar20

Women's History Month: Explorers and Trailblazers

at Beach 96th Street & Boardwalk (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Come learn about trailblazing women, such as Victorian-era scientist Mary Anning and aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart, while the Rangers lead you on an exploration of Rockaway Beach and the Women Veterans Monument.
Free!

Must See
Event
Mar20

Historic New York: Fort Tryon

at Anne Loftus Playground (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in exploring the natural and human history of Fort Tryon Park.
Free!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Mar21

Birding: Spring Migrants

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. On this program, we search for birds that have gotten an early start on the Spring migration season.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar21

Birding: Gulls and Shorebirds

at Sand Lane and Father Capadanno Boulevard (in Franklin D. Roosevelt Boardwalk and Beach)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Registration is required.
Free!

Mar21

Signs of Spring Scavenger Hunt

at Crotona Park E & Charlotte Street (in Crotona Park)Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Stretch out the winter wearies with a hike through Crotona Park in search of buds, blooms, birds, and other signs of spring.
Free!

Mar21

Historic New York: Nature and Design of Prospect Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walking tour at Prospect Park.
Free!

Mar21

Central Park Rocks! Geology Hike

at 110th Street and Lenox Avenue (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
The island of Manhattan is built on three strata know as Manhattan Schist, Inwood Marble, and Fordham Gneiss. Join our Urban Park Rangers on this hike and find out why Central Park rocks!
Free!

Saturday, March 27, 2021

Mar27

Birding: Spring Migrants

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. On this program, we search for birds that have gotten an early start on the Spring migration season.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar27

Outdoor Skills: Fire Making

at Archery Field Parking Lot (in Willowbrook Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
What can you use to build a fire? Explore with the Urban Park Rangers as we look for different materials and ways to construct a fire. Registration is required.
Free!

Mar27

Women's History Month: Anne Hutchinson

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Rangers will 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!

Mar27

Wildlife Viewing: City Squirrels

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Mar27

Historic New York: Fort Totten

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
A pristine stretch surrounding a preserved Civil War fortress, Fort Totten Park provides a fascinating glimpse into New York's past.
Free!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

Mar28

Birding: Birding 101

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

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. On this program, learn the very basics of bird watching as a hobby.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar28

Nature Exploration: Clove Lakes Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration Hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. Registration is required.
Free!

Mar28

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the great outdoors.
Free!

Mar28

Coastal Scavenger Hunt

at Beach 86th Street (in Rockaway Beach)Queens

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
You never know what you may observe on this exploration of clues left behind by some of the species that call this area their home.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Mar28

Spring Nocturnal Hike

at West 100 Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
As the sun sets the darkness-loving creatures come out. We will explore northern Central Park at night and try to find the things that squeak, growl, or hoot in the night!
Free!

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