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Urban Park Rangers:
Celebrating 40 Years

Connecting you to NYC Parks since 1979

The Urban Park Rangers are celebrating their 40th anniversary this year! Since 1979, the 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. 

Come celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Urban Park Rangers with us all year long with expanded, new, and refreshed programming across NYC!

Features

Urban Wildlife Festival

A park ranger shows a family a baby opossum

Kick off the 40th anniversary with the Urban Park Rangers and NYC's wildest residents on Saturday, May 4 at Highbridge Park.

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The Urban Park Rangers: An NYC Legacy

Archival image of the first class of park rangers, former parks commissioner Gordon J Davis, and Mayor Ed Koch

For 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

We invite you to celebrate the 40th anniversary by joining us on our Ranger 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 of our upcoming Urban Park Ranger events or download the Urban Park Rangers' Events Calendar

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

A nature center sits by a lake

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

A park ranger holds on to a hawk

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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