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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

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Jun24

Family Art Project: Butterfly Habitat Hats

at Wave HillBronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
See them and sketch them flying among the meadow grasses or on the butterfly bush in Wave Hill’s Flower Garden.

Best For
Kids
Jun24

Science in the Park: Bay Waters

at Cryders Lane and Utopia Parkway (in Little Bay Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
We'll grab a seining net and learn about the various creatures that live in the bay. Boots will be provided.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Jun24

Science in the Park: Woodlands

at 76th Avenue and Springfield Boulevard (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join Alley Pond Environmental Center and New York Hall of Science for fun, FREE, hands-on science programming in Alley Pond Park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Jun26

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring

at South end of the Calvert Vaux Parking Lot (in Calvert Vaux Park)Brooklyn

7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
Join us for an evening of horseshoe crab monitoring! We'll walk the beach to count the number of crabs present and tag them to keep track of how many we've already seen.
Free!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Jun28

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring

at Calvert Vaux ParkBrooklyn

8:30 p.m.10:30 p.m.
Join the Stewardship Team for an evening of horseshoe crab monitoring!
Free!

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Jun30

Bird Walks

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on a walk through the park to observe the many species of birds in Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Jun30

Union Square: Crossroads of New York Walking Tour

at Barnes & NobleManhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Experience Union Square in a new way by participating in the Union Square Partnership's free walking tour - Union Square: Crossroads of New York.
Free!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Jul 3

FrogWatch USA in the Greenbelt: Monthly Monitoring Sessions

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

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
We will hike within the Greenbelt to listen for frogs, and record data as part of a national citizen science initiative.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Jul 7

Wildlife Tour: High Line as Habitat

at The High LineManhattan

8:00 a.m.9:15 a.m.
Tour the High Line with horticulturist and resident wildlife expert, Maryanne Stubbs.
Free!

Jul 7

Bird Walks

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on a walk through the park to observe the many species of birds in Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Jul 7

Plover Day Festival

at Beach 86th Street and Shorefront Parkway (in Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk)Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Join us to celebrate nesting shorebirds! Enjoy educational activities and crafts at this family friendly event that raises awareness about the piping plover.
Free!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Jul 8

Summer Birding

at Perkins Visitors Center (in Wave Hill)Bronx

9:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Naturalist Gabriel Willow contributes his extensive knowledge of diverse bird species and their behavior on these walks through the gardens and woodlands.

Jul 8

Family Nature Walk

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)Bronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a family-friendly walk through the gardens or woodlands.

Best For
Kids

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jul12

Nocturnal Wildlife Presentation: Creatures of the Night

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)Bronx This is an Accessible location

7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Get up close with some of Volunteers for Wildlife’s “Animal Ambassadors”—perhaps an owl, opossum and nocturnal snake—while uncovering unique adaptations and behaviors.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Jul13

Summer on the Hudson: Birding Walks

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 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!
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Jul14

Bird Walks

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on a walk through the park to observe the many species of birds in Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Jul14

Ridgewood Reservoir Community Tour

at Ridgewood ReservoirQueens This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Join us to explore this incredible natural resource in the heart of NYC.
Free!

Jul14

Birding: Osprey Watch

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

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!

Jul14

Summer on the Hudson: Baylander Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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!

Best For
Kids
Jul14

The New York City Naturalist Club: Evening Hawk Watch

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

5:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle.
Free!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Jul17

Nature Nick's Animal Adventure

at Flushing Meadows Corona Park Zoo Picnic Area

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join Nature Nick, New York's favorite zoologist, for a fast-paced and originally-scripted show featuring exotic wildlife from all corners of the world.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Jul21

Bird Walks

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

9:00 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Join NYC Audubon on a walk through the park to observe the many species of birds in Van Cortlandt Park.
Free!

Jul21

Animal of the Month Club: Northern Harrier

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
The Norhtern Harrier is considered one of the most agile and acrobatic raptor in North America. Join the Urban Park Rangers in Brookfield Park as we look for the Northern Harrier.
Free!

Jul21

Living with Urban Wildlife

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Rangers to learn about our interesting neighbors, such as birds, squirrels, raccoons, opossums, snakes, and many more.
Free!

Jul21

Fort Tryon Kids: Nature in Disguise

at 190th Street Subway Terrace (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Come join us as we meet and touch live animals, and learn about what makes them unique.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Jul22

Orchard Beach Lagoon Birding Excursion (Intermediate)

at Pelham Bay ParkBronx

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Few experiences compare with being on the open water in New York City. Prior canoe experience preferred; for ages 8 and older. Registration is required.
Free!

Jul22

The New York City Naturalist Club: Raptors of Inwood Hill Park

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

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
The New York City Naturalist Club hosts a birding expedition, during which guests of all skill levels can watch for eagles under the guidance of the Urban Park Rangers. Binoculars are encouraged.
Free!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Jul26

Queens Botanical Garden Extended Summer Evenings

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
QBG is extending its open hours so you can enjoy twilight at the garden every Thursday evening in July and August.

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Event
Jul26

Marvelous Moths Walk and Talk

at Wave Hill House (in Wave Hill)Bronx This is an Accessible location

8:00 p.m.9:30 p.m.
In recognition of National Moth Week, join environmental educator and moth enthusiast Pam Golben for a special, twilight, mothing adventure.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Jul28

Summer on the Hudson: Baylander Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Jul29

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.
The Urban Park Rangers will present information about urban coyotes and share tips of coexisting with coyotes.
Free!

Jul29

Animal of the Month: Northern Harrier

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 in Brookfield Park as we look for this acrobatic raptor, the Norther Harrier.
Free!

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Aug 4

Wildlife Tour: High Line as Habitat

at The High LineManhattan

8:00 a.m.9:15 a.m.
Tour the High Line with horticulturist and resident wildlife expert, Maryanne Stubbs.
Free!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Aug 7

FrogWatch USA in the Greenbelt: Monthly Monitoring Sessions

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park)Staten Island

8:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.
We will hike within the Greenbelt to listen for frogs, and record data as part of a national citizen science initiative. Please bring a headlamp or flashlight. Program suitable for…
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Aug11

Summer on the Hudson: Baylander Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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!

Best For
Kids
Aug11

Summer on the Hudson: Underwater Neighbors of Riverside Park

at The Plaza at 66th Street (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

3:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Join the educators from Hudson River Sloop Clearwater to catch, observe, and identify fish and invertebrates.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Aug23

Queens Botanical Garden Extended Summer Evenings

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

6:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
QBG is extending its open hours so you can enjoy twilight at the garden every Thursday evening in July and August.

Best For
Kids

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Aug25

Summer on the Hudson: Baylander Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Sep 1

Wildlife Tour: High Line as Habitat

at The High LineManhattan

8:00 a.m.9:15 a.m.
Tour the High Line with horticulturist and resident wildlife expert, Maryanne Stubbs.
Free!

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Sep 8

Summer on the Hudson: Baylander Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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!

Best For
Kids

Friday, September 14, 2018

Sep14

Summer on the Hudson: Birding Walks

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 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!
Free!

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Sep22

Bird Watching at the Reservoir

at Ridgewood ReservoirQueens This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Free!

Must See
Event
Sep22

Summer on the Hudson: Baylander Billion Oyster Project Presentation

at On the Pier (in West Harlem Piers)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

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!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Sep29

Get Hooked!

at Southern waterfront across from the 103rd Street Footbridge (in Randall's Island Park)Manhattan

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Get up close and personal with the fish and wildlife that live along our shoreline. Try your hand at fishing while learning about amazing underwater habitats at this free event.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Oct27

Bird Watching at the Reservoir

at Ridgewood ReservoirQueens This is an Accessible location

8:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Start your day with an early morning bird watching walk led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
Free!

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