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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

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Jul 28

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Jul 29

Family Camping: Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens from July 12 through July 19.
Free!

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Jul 30

Birding

at Bush Terminal Piers Park (in Bush Terminal Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Go birding with the Urban Park Rangers at Bush Terminal Park, a waterfront park that recently opened in Brooklyn!
Free!

Jul 30

Ranger's Choice: Idlewild Birding by Canoe Excursion (advanced)

at Idlewild Park , Queens  This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.4:30 p.m.
Enjoy a paddle in the wetlands of Jamaica Bay and view incredible birds. Pre-registration required.
Free!

Jul 30

Family Camping: Blue Heron Park, Staten Island

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

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Space is limited and participants are chosen by lottery. Registration opens from July 12 to July 19.
Free!

Jul 30

Astronomy

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

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!

Jul 30

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights

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

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history and folkloreof the universe. Join us to explore the evening sky at Pelham Bay P…
Free!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Jul 31

Alley Pond 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!

Must See
Event
Jul 31

Living with Urban Coyotes

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Come learn about an oft-misunderstood member of our local habitat—the urban coyote.
Free!

Jul 31

Highbridge Park History

at 165th Street and Edgecombe Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Named after New York City’s oldest bridge, Highbridge Park is home to an unusual geologic makeup and an early engineering marvel that greet visitors who stroll the pathways north and south.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul 31

Historic New York: Fort Totten

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Come learn about Fort Totten, a historic former army base in Northeast Queens that is now a public park with spectacular views and majestic buildings.
Free!

Jul 31

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Aug 4

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Aug 5

Family Camping: Queens

at Fort Totten Park , Queens

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.
Free!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Aug 6

Family Camping: Bronx

at Pelham Bay Park , Bronx

6:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Connect to the natural world and bond with our family at our free overnight camping adventure in New York City's largest park.
Free!

Aug 6

Family Camping: Staten Island

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

6:00 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.
Free!

Aug 6

Astronomy

at Owl's Head Park House (in Owl's Head Park) , Brooklyn

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

Aug 6

Ranger's Choice: Little Red Lighthouse Lantern Tour

at Fort Washington Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Join us as we explore this unique landmark at night.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Aug 7

Alley Pond 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!

Must See
Event
Aug 7

Basic Canoeing

at Lasker Pool & Rink (in Central Park) , Manhattan , Harlem Meer (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Basic canoe programs are great for all skill levels. Canoe programs are limited to ages 8 years and older.
Free!

Must See
Event
Aug 7

Living with Urban Coyotes

at Forest Park Visitor Center (in Forest Park) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers in learning about coyotes, an oft-misunderstood member of our local habitat.
Free!

Aug 7

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug 7

Intermediate Canoeing

at Burnett Street and Avenue U (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a canoe adventure at Marine Park.
Free!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Aug 11

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Aug 12

Family Camping: Staten Island

at Conference House Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.7:00 a.m.
Camp overnight in Conference House Park with our Urban Park Rangers. We'll provide tents.
Free!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Aug 13

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
This program is perfect for beginners and those looking to practice their skills.
Free!

Aug 13

Canoeing (Intermediate)

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

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers on a canoeing adventure at Bayswater Park. Some prior canoeing or kayaking experience preferred.
Free!

Aug 13

Perseids Meteor Shower

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park) , Manhattan

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, using binoculars and telescopes to observe specific astronomical events.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Aug 14

Alley Pond 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!

Must See
Event
Aug 14

Birding in Central Park

at Belvedere Castle (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Come birding with the Urban Park Rangers in Central Park!
Free!

Aug 14

Historic New York: The World's Fair

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Come learn about the famous World's Fairs at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Free!

Aug 14

Freshwater Fishing

at Van Cortlandt South and Major Deegan Expressway (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Aug 14

Basic Canoeing

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

11:00 a.m.2:00 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!

Aug 14

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Aug 18

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Aug 20

Ranger's Choice: Hike and Paddle Gerritsen Creek

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

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join us for a vigorous hike through the sandy paths of Marine Park then launch a canoe from Gerrittsen Beach. Prior canoe experience preferred, ages 8 years and older only.
Free!

Aug 20

Seining

at Fort Totten Front Gate (in Fort Totten Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Aug 20

Nocturnal Wildlife

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

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers as we search for local wildlife that only comes out at night!
Free!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Aug 21

Alley Pond 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!

Must See
Event
Aug 21

Living with White-tailed Deer

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come learn more about local white-tailed deer with the Urban Park Rangers!
Free!

Aug 21

Nature Hike (Moderate)

at Union Turnpike Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park) , Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On our hikes, you can gain orienteering skills, explore our city’s rich history, or just take an hour to unplug from the world.
Free!

Aug 21

Tree Trail Walk

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of Fort Greene Park.
Free!

Aug 21

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Aug 25

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Aug 27

Hudson River Canoe Adventure (Advanced)

at Inwood Hill Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Prior canoeing or kayaking experience is required. Canoe programs are limited to ages 8 years old and older. Pre-registration is required.
Free!

Aug 27

Conjunction of Venus and Jupiter

at Hylan Boulevard and Cornelia Avenue (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

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, August 28, 2016

Aug 28

Alley Pond 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!

Must See
Event
Aug 28

Alley Pond Adventure Course: Free Public Sundays

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

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
The Alley Pond Park Adventure Course offers free outdoor adventure that fosters trust, communication, and team building at Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Sep 1

Arts, Culture & Fun: Regeneration: Randi Ehrhart

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

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Regeneration is a three-dimensional installation featuring hundreds of entomology-based miniature sculpted works constructed from dead branches, dried leaves, and other organic material.
Free!

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Sep 3

Seaside Wildlife Exploration

at Canarsie Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location , Remsen Avenue and Seaview Avenue (in Canarsie Park) , Brooklyn

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots for seaside creatures.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Sep 3

Arts, Culture & Fun: Dark Nights, Bright Lights: Neptune at Opposition

at Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 116th St (in Rockaway Beach) , Queens

8:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.
Join us for an Astronomy evening: Neptune at Opposition at Beach 116th Street at the Boardwalk NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the s…
Free!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Sep 10

Ranger's Choice: Archery

at Willowbrook Park Archery Range (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
This program is a beginner's introduction to the sport of archery.Recommended for ages 8 and up. Participants are chosen via lottery.
Free!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Sep 11

Freshwater Fishing

at 164th Street and Oak Avenue (in Kissena Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Catch-and-release fishing is a great way to get outdoors and discover nature just a few blocks from home.
Free!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Sep 24

Birding: Fall Migrants

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
The early bird catches the worm! Join the Urban Park Rangers on this morning birding tour as we look for Fall migrants.
Free!

Sep 24

Little Red Lighthouse Festival

at Little Red Lighthouse (in Fort Washington Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Celebrate Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse with Urban Park Ranger-led ticketed tours, fishing clinics, live music, food vendors, and activities for the whole family!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sep 25

Living with White-Tailed Deer

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Come learn about white-tailed deer with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

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