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. 

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AAPI Heritage Month

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Explore the significance of cherry blossoms in Asian cultures, visit the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden, learn about notable conservationists, naturalists, and environmentalists, and more!

Find an upcoming Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month event

The Urban Park Rangers: An NYC Legacy

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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.

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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!

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During the summer, our Rangers offer single day and overnight programs for summer camps and youth groups.

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Invite the Urban Park Rangers to teach your class about NYC's urban ecosystems and the history and culture of our city! 

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High school students gain hands-on experience by interning with our Rangers on restoration projects.

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Urban Park Rangers in the Wild

Nature Centers

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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.

Find a nature center in a park near you

Wildlife Management

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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.

Learn more about NYC's wildlife

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