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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

Friday, October 26, 2018

Oct26

Fort Totten Historic Lantern Tours

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

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Rangers will use lanterns to guide you through this Civil War-era fort, highlighting its significance in New York City history.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Oct27

Van Cortlandt Super Hike (Vigorous)

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This challenging eight-mile hike winds its way through most of the park's many diverse forests and ecosystems. Registration is required.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct27

Nature's Workshop: Land Art and Nature Sculptures

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Each program in this series explores its topic in depth and allows you to develop a skill, participate in hands-on project, and indulge your curiosity.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct27

Nature's Workshop: Composting

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Composting is an amazing way to reduce personal waste that is shipped to landfills. It also creates amazing supersoil for your own plants or nearby gardens.
Free!

Oct27

Fort Totten Historic Lantern Tours

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

6:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Take a break from the spooks of the Halloween season and tour the Fort Totten Water Battery at night. Rangers will use lanterns to guide you through this Civil War era fort.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct27

Astronomy: The Night Sky

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 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, October 28, 2018

Oct28

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On Sundays, 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
Oct28

The New York City Naturalist Club: Hawk Watch

at East 72nd Street Information Kiosk (in Central Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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

Oct28

Fall Foliage Hike: Crotona Park

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct28

Ranger's Choice: Green-Wood Cemetery History Tour

at Green-Wood Cemetery

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn about the famous New Yorkers buried here as we explore the rolling acres that surround the graves, tombs, and mausoleums of this peaceful place. Registration is required.
Free!

Oct28

Alley Pond 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.3:30 p.m.
On Sundays, 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
Oct28

Ghosts of Conference House

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Is Conference House Park Staten Island's most haunted park? Find out on a nighttime hike through an ancient burial ground and into the Conference House. Registration is required.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Nov 3

Shelter Building

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Do you have what it takes to survive in the wilderness? Develop skills that will help you create a shelter from natural and man-made objects.
Free!

Nov 3

Fall Foliage Hike: Highland Park

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
Our park rangers will explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our forests.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 3

Outdoor Skills: Shelter Building

at Audubon Center at the Boathouse (in Prospect 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!

Nov 3

Survival Series: Fire Building

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn primitive and modern methods for making fire safely and responsibly while exploring the outdoors.
Free!

Nov 3

The New York City Naturalist Club: Owl Prowl

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Our park rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Registration required.
Free!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Nov 4

Animal of the Month Club: Turkey Vulture

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

10:00 a.m.11:30 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!

Nov 4

Fall Foliage Hike: Trees of Herbert Von King Park

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.
Let our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in Herbert Von King Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 4

Nature's Workshop: Leaf Art

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Find your muse in nature. This workshop will inspire you to create art collages and animal figures with leaves and other objects from nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 4

Rocks of New York City

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a look into the geological formations of Orchard Beach.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov 4

Wilderness Skills: Fire Making

at 218th Street and Indian Road (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!

Nov 4

Ranger's Choice: Gather Around the Campfire

at Alley Pond ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join us around a campfire for an evening of stories, songs, and fun activities. Registration is required. Register on Wednesday, October 24.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Nov10

Native American Games

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

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

Best For
Kids
Nov10

Historic New York: Native Americans Past and Present

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn how native tribes used the local waterways, native plants, wildlife in everyday life and how the Lenape legacy lives on today through their words and artifacts still being discovered.
Free!

Nov10

Northern Manhattan Parks Super Hike (Moderate)

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join our park rangers on a vigorous hike through Inwood Hill Park's old growth forest, Rock Shelters, Overlook Meadow and Ft Tryon's Alpine Garden, Linden Terrace and Heather Garden.
Free!

Nov10

Birding: Winter Birding

at 68th Street and Colonial Road (in Owl's Head Park)Brooklyn

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

Nov10

Astronomy

at Pelham Bay Nature Center (in Pelham Bay Park)Bronx 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!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Nov11

Fall Foliage Hike: Northeast Forest

at 242nd Street and Van Cortlandt Park East (in Van Cortlandt Park)Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Let our Urban Park Ranger's explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov11

Fall Foliage Canoeing

at Clove Lakes ParkStaten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Enjoy an afternoon of canoeing while our Urban Park Ranger naturalists explain why leaves change colors and introduce you to the diversity of trees found in our urban forests.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov11

Bridges and Arches of Central Park

at East 60th Street and Fifth AvenueManhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we highlight the most scenic and iconic bridges and arches of Central Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov11

Ranger's Choice: Storytime

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

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

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Nov13

Meet Your Neighbors

at Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center (in Williamsbridge Oval)Bronx

4:30 p.m.6:00 p.m.
The Urban Park Rangers will bring the live turtles as well as pelts, skulls, and other bio-facts to teach about the urban wildlife in New York City.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nov17

Ranger's Choice: Advanced Fire Making

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn to use creativity and ingenuity to start a fire and keep it going. Registration is required for this program.
Free!

Nov17

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

Best For
Kids
Nov17

Historic New York: Native Americans Past and Present

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn how native tribes used the local waterways, native plants, and wildlife in everyday life, and how the Lenape legacy lives on today through their words and artifacts still being discovered.
Free!

Nov17

Ranger's Choice: Lenape Harvest

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Participants will learn about the Lenape people's daily customs and their knowledge of the forest, and sample forest-sourced food items, which were the staples of a Lenape diet. Registration required.
Free!

Nov17

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 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!

Nov17

Astronomy: Leonids Meteor Shower

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Originating near the constellation Leo, the Leonids Meteor Shower produce up to 15 meteors per hour during peak viewing.
Free!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Nov18

Historic New York: Brooklyn Bridge

at Corner of Furman and Old Fulton Streets (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Explore the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, from the time when it was first built to the present day, and also discover Brooklyn Bridge Park, the modern park which shares its namesake.
Free!

Nov18

Developing an Eye for Nature

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers on this hike that will teach you how to find the hidden gems within our urban environment.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Nov18

Survival Series: Wilderness Navigation

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, a survival program is perfect for you. Recommended for age 8 years and older.
Free!

Nov18

Fall Foliage Photography Hike

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Bring your own digital camera or smartphone to capture the beauty of Central Park during the golden hour before sunset.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov18

Wilderness Skills: Fire Making

at Seuffert Bandshell Parking lot (in Forest Park)Queens

6:00 p.m.7:30 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!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Nov23

Black Friday Hike: The Alley Giant

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The Alley Giant—a tulip tree—is the tallest and oldest living organism in the city. It is estimated to be between 350 and 450 years of age. Come meet a tree older than the United States
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov23

Black Friday Hike: Central Park South to North Hike

at Doris Freedman Plaza (in Central Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Get outside and have your walking shoes ready as the Urban Park Rangers hike with you through iconic and natural areas throughout Central Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov23

Black Friday Hike: Greenbelt

at LaTourette Park Parking Lot

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City on the Greenbelt's White Trail.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov23

Black Friday Hike: Prospect Park

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Step back in time with a walk through Brooklyn’s oldest remaining forest.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov23

Black Friday Hike: Northwest Woods

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join us and obverse how the flora and fauna change while we pass through these varied ecosystems.
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov23

Black Friday Hike: Hunter Island Hike

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our city's urban forests, or just unplug from the world to clear your head. Moderate hikes are longer, faster-paced on rugged terrain.
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Nov24

Nature Exploration Hike

at Beach 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive (in Bayswater Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. On our hikes, you may explore nature, and discover our city’s urban forests.
Free!

Nov24

The Pelham Bay Super Hike (Vigorous)

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

11:00 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
Nov24

Ranger's Choice: Central Park Ranger Bike Tour

at Central ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Bike through Prospect Park while enjoying the sights and sounds of spring. Participants should bring their own bike and helmet. Registration is required. Registration opens on May 16.
Free!

Nov24

Animal of the Month Club: Turkey Vulture

at Parking Lot (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 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!

Nov24

Historic New York: Fort Greene

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 about the significance of the Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, the Battle of Brooklyn, and the circumstances of the prisoners’ internment on the prison ships.
Free!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Nov25

Ranger's Choice: The World's Fair Adventure Quest

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
This challenge leads teams through the park on a part scavenger hunt, part walking tour that combines easy physical challenges, photo clues, and searches while testing your knowledge of local history.
Free!

Nov25

Salt Marsh Exploration Hike

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

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.
Free!

Nov25

Fall Wetlands

at Snug Harbor Road and Cottage Row Parking Lot (in Snug Harbor Cultural Center)Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Urban wetlands provide a variety of benefits, including improved water quality and storm water retention. They also serve as critical habitat for native wildlife.
Free!

Nov25

Birding: Owls

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Lottery registration begins on Wednesday, November 14.
Free!

Nov25

Ranger's Choice: Gather Around the Campfire

at Inwood Hill ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us around a campfire for an evening of stories, songs, and fun activities. Registration is required. Register on Wednesday, Nov. 14.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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