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.
Volunteer with the Rangers
Join our Urban Park Rangers as we care for parks and habitats for wildlife and pollinators.
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: For everyone's safety, we are asking all participants to observe the following guidelines:
- Please wear a mask if you are unvaccinated, or if it makes you feel more comfortable
- All individuals should maintain social distancing of six feet during programming, regardless of vaccination status
- Please wear a mask if social distancing cannot be maintained
- Wash your hands before attending a program
- Stay home if you are sick
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.