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Enjoy NYC parks from home! While you're staying home, socially distancing, or staying local, join us in the parks — online. Join live tours of our parks, relax and unwind with our meditation series, work out at home with tips from our fitness pros, get creative with art tutorials and jigsaw puzzles, and enjoy our music playlists and online art galleries.

Live Tours on Facebook LIVE

Explore the beautiful world of parks from anywhere! Follow us on Facebook at @nycparks on Wednesdays and Thursdays (and select Tuesdays) for live tours with our park experts, Urban Park Rangers, partners, and friends. Turn on your notifications; we'll go live around noon! Live tours take place outdoors in the park and may be cancelled due to weather. Watch all of our past live broadcasts on Facebook

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Wednesday Walks in the Park

WednesdaysTune in at noon every Wednesday (weather permitting) to join a live tour of a park. Discover hidden gems as we explore nature, wildlife, and history in the parks.

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LIVE with the Urban Park Rangers

ThursdaysJoin us and the Urban Park Rangers at noon every Thursday (weather permitting) for live adventures in the park! From scenic hikes to nature exploration activities, our live broadcasts are perfect for the whole family. 

Playlists, Puzzles, and Virtual Backgrounds

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Music Playlists

Celebrate some of your favorite seasons and park moments with our themed playlists curated by our staff. Listen now

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Virtual Backgrounds

Take your next meeting to the park — virtually! Check out our fun park-themed backgrounds through the seasons. Download a virtual background

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Jigsaw Puzzles

Enjoy NYC through the seasons as you put the pieces together. Check out our jigsaw puzzles

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Crossword Puzzle: Signs of Spring

Look back on a memorable spring 2021 with our fun crossword puzzle. Play now

Arts & Culture

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Art from the Heart Parkie Exhibition

We're celebrating our park workers! This online exhibit features art by our very own parkies and illuminates the talent behind their incredible service. View our Art from the Heart exhibition

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Virtual Creative Arts Seniors Showcase

Participants in our virtual Creative Arts Seniors class showcase the final artworks from their projects. View the showcase

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Staff Picks: Arts, Culture & Fun

Bored in the house? Check out our staff picks for the best at-home experiences in NYC, from live concerts and museum tours to art classes! View the list

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Art Tutorials with the Art Students League

The Art Students League Seeds of the League brings quality art instruction to our recreation centers and outdoor parks, and now you can enjoy classes from home! Enjoy Art as Meditation, Paper Cutting with Megumi, and DIY Origami Tulips and Botanical Printmaking with artist Sonomi Kobayashi! 

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Staff Picks: Movies in Parks At Home

Make movie night Parks-themed with our staff picks! From classics to rom-coms to new faves, watch our selection of films set in our near our parks. View our movie picks

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Learn to Draw

Learn how to draw squirrels, pretzels, and dogs. It's quick, easy, and fun! Watch now on YouTube

Nature & Education 

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Ask a Wildlife Expert

On Wednesdays, visit our Wildlife Team's series on IG Stories to ask questions about the animal of the week! Visit @nycparks on IG Stories

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Finding Your Sweet (Sit) Spot

Whether you're hanging on your stoop, at your window, or in your backyard, learn how you can get closer to nature. Get Started

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Home Gardening Tips

Our personal gardens, whether in the home, on the windowsill, or in our yard, bring nature to our fingertips. Learn how to care for your plants while they care for you with tips from our horticulture experts. Learn Home Gardening Tips and Tricks

Self Care

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Meditation Moments

Take a break and unwind from it all with soothing meditative exercises by our instructors at Shape Up NYC set to serene video footage from our parks. Watch all Meditation Moments episodes

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Fitness: Workout Tutorials

Just because you're staying at home doesn't mean you can't stay in shape. Our recreation specialists are here to help! Check out these basic exercises you can do from home — it's perfect for beginners!  View our tutorials on Twitter 


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