Urban Park Rangers
Connecting you to NYC Parks since 1979
Since 1979, the Urban Park Rangers have helped New Yorkers and visitors of all ages to discover and explore NYC's natural world through environmental education, outdoor recreation, wildlife management, and active conservation.
Join our Urban Park Ranger programs to explore NYC's rich history, hidden gems, and the incredible biodiversity of our parklands.
Owl Watching Events
Winter is the perfect time to see owls in our parks. Get a chance to see one on our owl watching walks in the woods with the Urban Park Rangers.
The Urban Park Rangers: An NYC Legacy
For more than 40 years, our Urban Park Rangers have been the embodiment of NYC’s spirit of public service and our guides to the urban jungle.
Urban Park Ranger Events
Our Urban Park Rangers offer programs for families, outdoor enthusiasts, history buffs, and more. Experience the marvels of NYC with an NYC park ranger as your ambassador to the outdoors! All Urban Park Ranger events are FREE. View all upcoming Urban Park Ranger events
Please note: Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation during COVID-19, we’ve put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. We're asking everyone to help us stay safe:
- Stay home if you are sick
- Maintain six feet of physical distance between households
- Wear a face covering
- Wash your hands
Additionally, we encourage participants to bring their own hand sanitizer to our programs.
Some programs may be modified, rescheduled or cancelled due to weather, health, or safety concerns.
Urban Park Ranger Programs
Our course features a zip line, wall climbing, trust-fall stations, a human swing shot, a catwalk, and more!
During the summer, our Rangers offer single day and overnight programs for summer camps and youth groups.
Invite the Urban Park Rangers to teach your class about NYC's urban ecosystems and the history and culture of our city!
Urban Park Rangers in the Wild
Our nature centers are in-park, community centers for nature exploration and are often the starting point of Ranger-led adventures. Stop by to meet our rangers, pick up a trail map, or learn more about exploring the natural world around you.
Our park rangers play a major role in helping us coexist with our wild neighbors. Our Rangers are on call to attend to injured wildlife and there to help us learn more about how to keep them wild and how to safely view our wildest residents.