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! 

Please note: For everyone's safety, we are asking all participants to observe the following guidelines:  

  • Please wear a mask if you are unvaccinated, or if it makes you feel more comfortable  
  • All individuals should maintain social distancing of six feet during programming, regardless of vaccination status  
  • Please wear a mask if social distancing cannot be maintained  
  • Wash your hands before attending a program  
  • Stay home if you are sick  

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

Urban Park Rangers Events

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Aug 7

Basic Canoeing

at Willowbrook ParkStaten Island

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older. Participants are chosen by lottery.
Free!

Aug 7

Historic New York: Bronx River History

at East 174th Street and Sheridan Boulevard (in Starlight Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a guided walk along the Bronx River to learn about the rich history behind the formation of the parks through which it flows.
Free!

Aug 7

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Summer Fun

at Dr. Ronald E. McNair PlaygroundManhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun games and nature and wildlife activities with the Urban Park Rangers!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 7

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Central ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

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 July 28-31.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 7

Gather Around the Campfire

at Rockaway BeachQueens

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us at Rockaway Beach for campfire activities! Learn about campfire safety, and sing along to some fun campfire songs with the Urban Park Rangers. Registration Required.
Free!

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Aug 8

Birding: Early Birding

at Wolfe's Pond Park House (in Wolfe's Pond Park)Staten Island This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.10:00 a.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!

Aug 8

Alley Pond Park 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!

Aug 8

Nature Exploration: Plants and Pollinators

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they explore the ways pollinators help to beautify Marine Park.
Free!

Aug 8

Great Trees of Astoria Park

at Parking Lot (in Astoria Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Learn about some of the many and varied tree species that can be found in this neighborhood park and learn some ways to identify them on this walk.
Free!

Aug 8

Doggie Day Hike

at Palisade Avenue and Spaulding Lane (in Riverdale Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Take a stroll through the forest with your four-legged friend on this dog friendly hike. Dogs are required to be on-leash.
Free!

Aug 8

Harlem Rocks! Geology Hike

at 110th Street and Morningside Drive (in Morningside Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join our park rangers on a geology walk of Harlem to explore the dramatic rock outcroppings. Registration required.
Free!

Aug 8

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Aug14

Nature Meditation Hike

at Rochester Avenue and Eastern Parkway (in Lincoln Terrace / Arthur S. Somers Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on our leisurely meditation hike and enjoy the serenity nature offers.
Free!

Aug14

Staten Island BioBlitz 2021: Pond Ecology

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
This community science event will survey some of the biodiversity within the boundaries of Blue Heron Park with the help of scientists, naturalists, educators and the public.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug14

Nature Exploration: Powell's Cove

at 130th Street and 11th Avenue (in Powell's Cove Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we explore this unique waterfront park.
Free!

Aug14

Island Hopping by Canoe (Advanced)

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

11:00 a.m.1:30 p.m.
Spend a day exploring the islands that surround the Orchard Beach Estuary by canoe. Participants are chosen by lottery. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens Aug. 4-7.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug14

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
A prominent feature of Marcus Garvey Park and its neighborhood, the historic Mount Morris Fire Watchtower serves as an important landmark for the Harlem community.
Free!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Aug15

Alley Pond Park 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!

Aug15

Outdoor Skills: Orienteering

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on our Orienteering program and learn how to read a compass and map to help guide your way in the forest.
Free!

Aug15

Nature Exploration: Clove Lakes Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration Hikes we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest.
Free!

Aug15

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on Aug. 4-7.
Free!

Aug15

Camping 101

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Thnking about camping soon? Join the Urban Park Rangers to learn everything you need to know to be confident spending your first night in the woods.
Free!

Aug15

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Aug15

Intermediate Canoeing

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
All canoe programs are for ages 8 years and older. Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 4-7.
Free!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Aug16

Monday Morning Pitch-In and Urban Park Ranger Nature Exploration Hike at Inwood Hill Park

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

8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Show your park some love and join a Monday Morning Pitch-In! New York City’s parks are being used more than ever before as a result of the pandemic, which often means more litter.
Free!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Aug17

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Summer Fun

at Dr. Ronald E. McNair PlaygroundManhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun games and nature and wildlife activities with the Play Mobile and the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, August 20, 2021

Aug20

Family Camping: Manhattan

at Riverside ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

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 August 11-14.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug20

Family Camping: Queens

at Fort Totten ParkQueens

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 Aug. 11-14.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Aug21

Lake Ecology

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Curious to know what lives in your local lake? The Urban Park Rangers will take you around Van Cortlandt Lake while learning about local ecology.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug21

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Through an Urban Park Ranger-led hike, you will learn about the impacts and signs of deer on Staten Island, and maybe even see these majestic animals!
Free!

Aug21

White Island Sunset Canoe Excursion (Advanced)

at Marine ParkBrooklyn

5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in the Advanced Level canoeing program as they paddle out to White Island in Marine Park. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens Aug. 11-14.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Aug22

Alley Pond Park 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!

Aug22

Fossil Exploration Workshop

at Bush Terminal Park Entrance on 43rd Street (in Bush Terminal Park)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
The rocks that make up the jetty at Bush Terminal Piers Park are full of tiny fossils. Learn how they formed, how they got to Brooklyn, and see them up close. Registration Required.
Free!

Aug22

Insect Exploration Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Don't be afraid of getting your hands dirty as we explore high and low in search of amazing insects to discover their important connection to us.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug22

Historic New York: Fort Totten

at Fort Totten ParkQueens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
A pristine stretch surrounding a preserved Civil War fortress, Fort Totten Park provides a fascinating glimpse into New York's past. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens Aug. 11-14.
Free!

Aug22

Outdoor Skills: Primitive Survival Skills

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 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!

Best For
Kids
Aug22

Great Trees of Tompkins Square Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Trees have a special place in our environment. Join us for a hike of Tompkins Square Park in search of different species and learn some ways to identify these trees during the summer season.
Free!

Aug22

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park. Participants chosen by lottery. Registration opens on Aug. 16.
Free!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Aug24

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Summer Fun

at Dr. Ronald E. McNair PlaygroundManhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun games and nature and wildlife activities with the Play Mobile and the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, August 27, 2021

Aug27

Family Camping: Staten Island

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

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. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on August 18-21.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Aug28

Tree Identification Hike

at 80th Street Entrance (in Juniper Valley Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
If you've ever spent time in the woods, you've probably encountered a tree or two that you can't readily identify. You don't need to be a forestry expert to figure it out.
Free!

Aug28

Outdoor Skills: Maps and Navigational Skills

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike around Crotona Park where you will learn how to read maps and other techniques to reach your destination.
Free!

Aug28

Nature Exploration: Inwood Hill Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
On Nature Exploration, we will discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides.
Free!

Aug28

Family Camping: Brooklyn

at Marine ParkBrooklyn

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration opens on Aug. 18-22.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Aug29

Alley Pond Park 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. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on Aug. 23.
Free!

Aug29

Seining

at 3rd Avenue and 147th Street (in Francis Lewis Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for this special seining event! Get up close to fish and other species we net as we explore what lives beneath the surface in the East River.
Free!

Aug29

Urban Wildlife Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
oin the Rangers to learn about our interesting neighbors, such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, snakes and many more.
Free!

Aug29

Nature Exploration Hike and Cleanup

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers to soak in and maintain the beauty of Pelham Bay Park as we explore nature and clean up along the way.
Free!

Aug29

Historic New York: Mount Morris Fire Watchtower

at Mount Morris Fire Watchtower (in Marcus Garvey Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
A prominent feature of Marcus Garvey Park and its neighborhood, the historic Mount Morris Fire Watchtower serves as an important landmark for the Harlem community.
Free!

Aug29

Alley Pond Park Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:30 p.m.4:00 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication and team building at Alley Pond Park. Participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens on Monday, Aug 23.
Free!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Aug31

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Summer Fun

at Dr. Ronald E. McNair PlaygroundManhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun games and nature and wildlife activities with the Play Mobile and the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Sep 7

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Summer Fun

at Dr. Ronald E. McNair PlaygroundManhattan

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun games and nature and wildlife activities with the Play Mobile and the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Sep14

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Summer Fun

at Dr. Ronald E. McNair PlaygroundManhattan

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun games and nature and wildlife activities with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sep21

Dr. Ronald E. McNair Playground Summer Fun

at Dr. Ronald E. McNair PlaygroundManhattan

2:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Enjoy fun games and nature and wildlife activities with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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