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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

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Feb16

Great Backyard Bird Count 2019

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Using smartphone apps and official, field-data forms, track and record the birds in Wave Hill’s backyard, guided by naturalist Gabriel Willow.

Feb16

Winter Nature Walk of Highbridge Park with Ken Chaya

at W 158th Street and Edgecombe Avenue (in Highbridge Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.11:30 a.m.
Bundle up, bring a hot beverage, and explore signs of invasive species and their effects on the Highbridge Park landscape, and wildlife’s winter adaptations.
Free!

Feb16

Seal Exploration

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

3:00 p.m.4:30 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!

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Feb17

Ecosystem Explorers: Micro-Ecosystems

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks!
Free!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Feb19

Kids Week Queens: Who Lives Here

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

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!

Best For
Kids
Feb19

Kids Week Manhattan: Reptiles and Amphibians

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join our Urban Park Rangers to learn about the unique characteristics of reptiles and amphibians.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Feb20

Kids Week Bronx: Birds of Prey

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for an afternoon and learn about eagles, hawks, and owls, and the important role they play in nature.
Free!

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Feb20

Kids Week Manhattan: Trees and Winter Wildlife

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a winter walk looking for wildlife clues while identifying winter trees.
Free!

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Kids

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Feb21

Kids Week Brooklyn: Birds of Prey

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 for an afternoon and learn about eagles, hawks, and owls, and the important role they play in nature.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb21

Kids Week Manhattan: Birds of Prey

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter is a spectacular season for observing birds of prey in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure with our Urban Park Rangers.
Free!

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Feb21

Kids Week Staten Island: Winter Scavenger Hunt

at School Road and Bay Street (in Von Briesen Park)Staten Island

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Friday, February 22, 2019

Feb22

Conference House Park Kids Winter Shore Walk

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

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us for a winter recess family-friendly winter beach walk and arts and crafts workshop.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb22

Kids Week Queens: Birding for Kids

at Rose and Oak Avenues (in Kissena Park)Queens

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers for a walk through Kissena Park and learn about the different birds that live in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb22

Kids Week Bronx: Winter Scavenger Hunt

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. Let's find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails in the park.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Feb22

Kids Week Manhattan: All About Owls

at Dana Discovery Center (in Central Park)Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Mysterious and nocturnal, owls hold a special place in our hearts and our minds. Learn more about this special family of birds and the different types of owls.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Feb23

Animal Tracks

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will teach you the basics of wildlife tracking. By the end, you will be skilled in recognizing differences between raccoon and common housecat tracks.
Free!

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Event
Feb23

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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

11:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.
New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our park rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Feb24

Birding: Winter Waterfowl

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 park rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. Appropriate for all skill levels.
Free!

Feb24

Winter Wildlife Night Hike

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Inwood Hill Park under the cover of darkness.
Free!

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Mar 2

Wolfe's Pond Park Nocturnal Hike

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

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
What lurks around at night? Find out as the Urban Park Rangers lead a hike through Wolfe's Pond Park under the cover of darkness and discover the many animals that call this park home.
Free!

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Mar 3

Birding Along the Bronx River Foodway

at Concrete Plant ParkBronx

1:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Enjoy a walk through Concrete Plant Park and learn about the Foodway while discovering the birds in your community.
Free!

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Mar 3

Living With White-Tailed Deer

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

1:00 p.m.2:30 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!

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

Mar16

Family Wildlife Workshop with Bobby Horvath

at Highbridge Recreation Center (in Highbridge Park)Manhattan

2:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Have you ever wanted to meet an eagle owl? Pet a fox? Hold a red-tailed hawk? Here’s your chance to get up close and personal with live animals.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, March 23, 2019

Mar23

Discovery Hike: Bring in Spring

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

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Stretch out the winter wearies with a hike through the central Greenbelt in search of buds, blooms, birds, and other signs of spring.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mar31

Plastics: Pelagic Peril - Extended

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.
NOW EXTENDED! This exhibition focuses on the serious problem of ocean trash that affects the health of people, marine life, and local economies. It also features poignant images of marine life by local artists.
Free!

Best For
Kids

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