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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, April 28, 2018

Apr 28

Survival Series: Forest First Aid

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and that might just save your life.
Free!

Apr 28

Arbor Day Hike

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Go hiking with our park rangers and join the City Nature Challenge, a global challenge to see which city can make the most observations of nature and find the most species.
Free!

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Apr 28

Celebrate Arbor Day

at Highland Avenue Entrance (in Captain Tilly Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

Apr 28

Nature Photography: Wildflowers

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Go hiking with our park rangers and participate in the City Nature Challenge, a global challenge to see which city can make the most observations of nature and find the most species.
Free!

Apr 28

Nature Exploration: Spring Blossoms

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Go hiking with our park rangers and participate in the City Nature Challenge, a global challenge to see which city can make the most observations of nature and find the most species.
Free!

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Apr 29

City Nature Challenge Hike

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Over 60 cities will be competing to see who can make the most observations of nature, find the most species, and engage the most people in the worldwide 2018 City Nature Challenge.
Free!

Apr 29

Freshwater Fishing

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

Apr 29

Brooklyn Shoreline Bicycle Tour

at American Veterans Memorial Pier , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Rangers will lead the way along the scenic Brooklyn shoreline on bicycle while enjoying the sights and sounds of spring. Participants should bring their own bicycle and helmet.
Free!

Apr 29

Nature Exploration Hike

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park) , Manhattan

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!

Apr 29

Astronomy: Night Sky

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

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

Saturday, May 5, 2018

May 5

Urban Wildlife Festival

at West 172nd Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us for an opportunity to get up close and personal with NYC’s wild residents. Learn about squirrels, raccoons, coyotes, skunks, deer, and more.
Free!

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Sunday, May 6, 2018

May 6

Animal of the Month Club: Great Blue Heron Canoe Adventure

at Martling Avenue and Brooks Pond Place (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On this program, enjoy a paddle in Clove Lakes Park and view the incredible Great Blue Heron and other birds of this habitat. Ages 8+.
Free!

May 6

Freshwater Fishing

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

12:00 p.m.1:30 p.m.
All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

May 6

Rangers Choice: Three Sisters Garden Planting

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Three Sisters garden is a wonderful way to feel more connected to the history of this land, regardless of our ancestry.
Free!

May 6

Saltwater Fishing

at American Veterans Memorial Pier , Brooklyn

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

May 6

Rangers’ Choice: Gather Around The Campfire

at Rockaway Beach , Queens

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join us around our roaring campfire for an evening of s'mores, games, and storytelling.
Free!

Friday, May 11, 2018

May 11

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.
Camping affords us the opportunity to unplug from the diversions of everyday life and to laugh and play with our families. Registration is required. Registration opens on May 2.
Free!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

May 12

Survival Series: Water Filtration Techniques

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and that might just save your life.
Free!

May 12

International Migratory Bird Day: Piping Plovers

at Rockaway Beach , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome.
Free!

May 12

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!

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Event
May 12

Nature's Workshop: Terrariums

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers at Marine Park to participate in this fun hands-on nature project!
Free!

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Kids
May 12

Historic New York: The High Bridge and Old Croton Aqueduct

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Learn more of the significance of NYC's oldest standing bridge and the history of the city's first water supply system.
Free!

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Event

Sunday, May 13, 2018

May 13

Alley Pond Park Super Hike

at Alley Pond Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Hiking and nature enthusiasts are welcome on this lengthy one-way, guided hike from Alley Pond Park to Oakland Lake. Registration is required.
Free!

May 13

Kids Salamander Exploration

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers connect children with nature to encourage active exploration of the natural world.
Free!

Best For
Kids
May 13

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you'll never forget.
Free!

May 13

Basic Canoeing

at Harlem Meer (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The rhythm of the waves, the sun on your face, and the exhilaration of slicing through the water all add up to an experience you'll never forget.
Free!

May 13

Archery

at Willowbrook Park , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
This program is a beginner's introduction to the sport of archery. Recommended for ages 8 and older. Registration is required.
Free!

May 13

Nature Photography: Wildflowers

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature's wild flowers.
Free!

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 18

Staten Island BioBlitz

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we take a night hike through Blue Heron Park while researchers survey the park’s flora and fauna.
Free!

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Event

Saturday, May 19, 2018

May 19

Horseshoe Crabs

at Plumb Beach Parking Lot

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The horseshoe crab has been around since before the dinosaurs. Every May and June, horseshoe crabs emerge from the ocean onto the beaches of Brooklyn.
Free!

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Event
May 19

The New York City Naturalist Club: Urban Wildlife

at East 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue (in Central Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as they guide you to just a few of the many birds, reptiles, and mammals that call New York City home.
Free!

May 19

Staten Island BioBlitz

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we walk through Blue Heron Park while researchers conduct a BioBlitz, surveying the park’s flora and fauna.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 19

Illustrating Birds

at Highland Avenue Entrance (in Captain Tilly Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for Nature's Workshop series. All supplies will be provided.
Free!

May 19

Hunter Island Sunset Hike

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

7:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the sunset from this nature sanctuary in NYC's largest park!
Free!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

May 20

Historic New York: Washington's Slow Retreat to Victory

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in exploring this pivotal moment from the American Revolution.
Free!

May 20

Freshwater Fishing

at Clove Lakes Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
All equipment is provided; this program is recommended for ages 8 years and older. Participation is first-come, first-served.
Free!

May 20

Nature's Workshop: Bees

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 connections between bees and other species and how to encourage them in urban landscapes.
Free!

May 20

Astronomy

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Astronomy programs feature the use of telescopes and binoculars to observe specific astronomical events.
Free!

May 20

Stargazing Club: The Full Moon

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
The Full Moon will be on full display for viewing through a telescope.
Free!

Friday, May 25, 2018

May 25

Family Camping: Bronx

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

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 is required. Registration opens on May 16.
Free!

Saturday, May 26, 2018

May 26

Birding: Hawk Watch

at Parking Lot (in Astoria Park) , Queens

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!

May 26

Ranger's Choice: Prospect Park Nature and History Bike Tour

at Prospect Park , Brooklyn  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!

May 26

Animal of the Month Club: Great Blue Heron

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join our park rangers at Wolfe's Pond for a chance to view and learn more about the Great Blue Heron, a little known resident species of Staten Island.
Free!

May 26

Conservation Hike

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

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

May 26

Ranger's Choice: Twilight Canoe Adventure

at Central Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Enjoy an evening canoeing as the twilight turns into evening. Participants must have prior canoe experience and must be able to demonstrate proper technique. Registration required.
Free!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

May 27

Birding

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

May 27

Outdoor Skills: Food Sources

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is the perfect fit for you.
Free!

May 27

Staten Island 1680-2018: Historic Houses of Conference House Park

at Conference House Park , Staten Island

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Located at the southernmost point of New York State, this park houses four historic buildings that trace the history of the borough over the course of three centuries.
Free!

May 27

Spring Garden Walk

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
On our nature hikes, you can take an hour to unplug from the world and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature.
Free!

May 27

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

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Kids

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