Wildlife

A turtle hangs out on a rock in Morningside Park

Meet and learn about NYC's wildlife neighbors, from the fish and crabs of our waters to the hawks and eagles of our skies. Our expert Urban Park Rangers, Parks Wildlife Unit, and our partners and friends lead wildlife-viewing tours and lectures all across the New York City. Join us! To learn more about NYC's wildlife and what to do when encountering wildlife, please visit our Urban Wildlife page

Wildlife Events

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Jul27

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Jul28

Hudson River Tours: Tide Deck

at Hudson River Park's Pier 26Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Learn all about our Tide Deck's ecological communities that represent the Park's native landscapes, including woodland forests, rocky tidal zones and the Hudson River itself.
Free!

Thursday, July 29, 2021

Jul29

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Jul29

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Jul31

Beginner Fishing

at Brookville Boulevard and 147th Avenue (in Brookville Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our experienced Urban Park Rangers teach the ethics of fishing and the ecology of our waterways on every fishing program.
Free!

Must See
Event
Jul31

All About Bats

at 81st Street and Central Park West (in Central Park)Manhattan

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an evening of fun-filled facts about these amazing mammals.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jul31

Sunset Hike

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

7:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
As the sun hangs low over on the horizon, the park morphs into a magical realm. Witness the wonder of sunset with the Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

Must See
Event

Sunday, August 1, 2021

Aug 1

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Aug 3

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Aug 4

River Project: Diversity Digest

at Virtual/Online Workshop

12:00 p.m.12:30 p.m.
During Diversity Digest, you'll learn what it means to be a naturalist, cataloging local wildlife with the free iNaturalist app and sharing your observations with the HRPK community!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 5, 2021

Aug 5

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Aug 5

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Saturday, August 7, 2021

Aug 7

Sensory Garden Tour

at Touchdown of the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
This tour invites participants to enjoy our gardens in ways beyond sight.
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!

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

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
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!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Aug10

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Aug11

River Project: Ask a Scientist

at Virtual/Online Workshop

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Dive into a fascinating science topic each month, explore current Park research with a local STEM expert and ask your burning science questions during a live Q&A session!
Free!

Best For
Kids
Aug11

Hudson River Tours: Tide Deck

at Hudson River Park's Pier 26Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Learn all about our Tide Deck's ecological communities that represent the Park's native landscapes, including woodland forests, rocky tidal zones and the Hudson River itself.
Free!

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Aug12

Indigo Dye Workshop with Iviva Olenick

at Outdoors at Old Stone House (in J.J. Byrne Playground)Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.9:45 a.m.
Join artist Iviva Olenick for this hands-on workshop. Learn how to naturally dye silk with indigo leaves!
Free!

Aug12

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Aug12

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Friday, August 13, 2021

Aug13

Biodiversity Walk

at Freshkills Park Event EntranceStaten Island This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Lace up your shoes for a nature walk at Freshkills Park! Freshkills Park researchers will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, August 14, 2021

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

Summer on the Hudson: Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Come see the Billion Oyster Project on the Baylander’s Jungle Deck. Learn about the project's latest effort to restore our harbor!
Free!

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Aug15

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Aug17

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Aug18

River Project: Shell-ebrate Oysters

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

6:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Join the HRPK River Project staff and learn how to monitor oysters, restore local habitat and understand the beneficial ecological impacts that oysters provide for the Park’s Estuarine Sanctuary.
Free!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Aug19

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Aug19

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Aug20

Summer on the Hudson: Birding Tour

at 120th Street and Riverside Drive (in Riverside Park)Manhattan

5:30 p.m.7:00 p.m.
Explore Riverside Park on a family-friendly bird walk. Who knows what birds we'll discover while taking in views of the Hudson River! In partnership with NYC Audubon.
Free!

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Aug21

Urban Farm Volunteer Drop-in Day

at Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Whether you are new to our Farm or have been a tried-and-true weekly volunteer, come and join us for the morning or just for an hour. No registration needed.
Free!

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!

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Aug22

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Aug24

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Thursday, August 26, 2021

Aug26

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Aug26

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Aug28

Summer on the Hudson: Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Come see the Billion Oyster Project on the Baylander’s Jungle Deck. Learn about the project's latest effort to restore our harbor!
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!

Sunday, August 29, 2021

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!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Aug31

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Sep 1

River Project: Diversity Digest

at Virtual/Online Workshop

12:00 p.m.12:30 p.m.
During Diversity Digest, you'll learn what it means to be a naturalist, cataloging local wildlife with the free iNaturalist app and sharing your observations with the HRPK community!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, September 2, 2021

Sep 2

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Sep 2

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Sep 7

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Sep 8

River Project: Ask a Scientist

at Virtual/Online Workshop

12:00 p.m.1:00 p.m.
Dive into a fascinating science topic each month, explore current Park research with a local STEM expert and ask your burning science questions during a live Q&A session!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, September 9, 2021

Sep 9

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Sep 9

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Sep11

Summer on the Hudson: Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Come see the Billion Oyster Project on the Baylander’s Jungle Deck. Learn about the project's latest effort to restore our harbor!
Free!

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Sep14

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Sep16

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Sep16

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Sep21

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Thursday, September 23, 2021

Sep23

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Sep23

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Saturday, September 25, 2021

Sep25

Summer on the Hudson: Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at 125th Street and Marginal Street (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Come see the Billion Oyster Project on the Baylander’s Jungle Deck. Learn about the project's latest effort to restore our harbor!
Free!

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Sep28

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Sep30

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Sep30

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Oct 5

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Oct 6

River Project: Diversity Digest

at Virtual/Online Workshop

12:00 p.m.12:30 p.m.
During Diversity Digest, you'll learn what it means to be a naturalist, cataloging local wildlife with the free iNaturalist app and sharing your observations with the HRPK community!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Oct 7

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Oct 7

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Oct12

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Thursday, October 14, 2021

Oct14

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Oct14

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Oct19

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Oct21

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Oct21

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Oct26

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Oct28

River Project: Live From the Field

at Virtual/Online Workshop

2:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Tune into @HudsonRiverPark's Instagram Live for an insider’s look into the Park's Estuarine Sanctuary as we study environmental DNA, analyze microplastics, sample fish populations and so much more!
Free!

Oct28

River Project: Wetlab Look-Ins

at Hudson River Park's Pier 40Manhattan This is an Accessible location

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Experience the Park like never before by meeting Hudson River wildlife face to face at our Wetlab on HRPK's Pier 40!
Free!

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