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NYC Parks Weekend Fun Guide

January 18-20, 2020

Here are some highlights of free and low-cost things to do in NYC parks this weekend. For more upcoming events, please visit our Events Calendar.

1. Join our Raptor Watch on Staten Island

a hawk soars above a waterfront in the park

See some of NYC's majestic birds of prey as you explore Brookfield Park with our Urban Park Rangers this Saturday. Event info

2. Go ice skating 

folks ice skate at the rink at night

'Tis the season for ice skating! Spend time with family friends at our ice skating rinks in parks across NYC. More info

3. Learn how to identify trees in the winter

a park ranger points to the bark of a tree

During the wintertime, we look for the unique grooves, textures, and colors of tree barks to identify NYC's trees. Learn this fun skill on a Winter Tree ID hike with our Urban Park Rangers this Sunday. More info

4. Climb to the top of the Harlem Fire Watchtower

a tall steel watchtower with a bell at the top towers over the park

Our Urban Park Rangers are leading free tours of the last remaining fire watchtower in NYC! This Sunday is your next chance to come climb to the top of this recently restored landmark in Marcus Garvey Park. More info

5. Get a chance to see a seal in the Bronx

a seal lounges on a beach

It may be freezing in NYC, but are winters are relatively warm compared to up north. During the winter, seals travel to our city's warmer waters to fish. Meet with our Urban Park Rangers at Orchard Beach this Sunday for a chance to spot one. More info

6. Go looking for owls in Alley Pond Park with our park rangers

participants on an indoor basketball court follow exercise routines at a fitness class

Winter is a great time of year to spot owls living in our parks. Meet our resident owls on a walk through Alley Pond Park with our Urban Park Rangers this Sunday. Event info

7. Celebrate Edgar Allan Poe's birthday

poe cottage in Poe Park

Join us at Poe Park this Saturday as we celebrate the life and work of this great American poet through dance and a reading of his work. Event info

8. Volunteer on MLK Day of Service

a volunteer carries wood debris to a pile

On Monday, January 20, join us in giving back as we honor the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Find an MLK Day of Service volunteer event

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