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Urban Park Rangers

Join the Urban Park Rangers on a New York City adventure!

Three Urban Park Rangers in Fort Greene Park

Register for an Adventure!

Every week Urban Park Rangers are in our parks, helping adults and families experience the natural world in new and unexpected ways. To ensure that all New Yorkers have equal access to our free programs, we ask people to pre-register through a lottery for some of our most popular and unique programs.

About the Lottery

Choose a program below in order to enter the online lottery. You must have a valid email address to register for a program. If you do not have access to a computer, please reach out to a nearby Recreation Center, and ask about availability at its Computer Resource Center.

When to Register

If a program’s registration period is open, you will see a green box that reads “Sign up” next to the program title. You can enter your name and contact information, and include up to three other family members in your group.

Getting Selected

We will run the lottery once the registration period is closed, and email everyone who was selected in the lottery drawing. If you do not see an email, please check your “spam” or “junk mail” folders.

If you are not selected in the online lottery drawing, you will be added to the wait list for the program. We will contact you if space is available. Depending upon the program, you may also sign up for the wait list after the program registration period has ended.

More Events

The events listed below are just a sample of what the Urban Park Rangers have to offer each week! Check out the upcoming Weekend Adventures Event Calendar to find even more upcoming programs, and visit our Urban Park Rangers page to learn more about our environmental education and adventure course, or how to schedule your own adventure!

Name Registration Dates
Family Camping Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, Saturday, September 10 08/24/2016 - 08/31/2016 Registration begins 08/24/2016 at 12:00 am.
Family Camping Van Cortlandt Park Friday, August 19th 08/03/2016 - 08/10/2016 Registration begins 08/03/2016 at 12:00 am.
Ranger's Choice: Hawk Watch 08/18/2016 - 08/25/2016 Registration begins 08/18/2016 at 12:00 am.
Name Registration Dates
Family Camping Brooklyn, Marine Park, Friday August 26th 08/09/2016 - 08/16/2016 Registration begins 08/09/2016 at 12:00 am.
Family Camping Prospect Park, Brooklyn, Saturday, August 13th 07/27/2016 - 08/03/2016

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Ranger's Choice: Birding Road Trip 09/07/2016 - 09/14/2016 Registration begins 09/07/2016 at 12:00 am.
Ranger's Choice: Hike and Paddle Gerrittsen Creek 08/02/2016 - 08/09/2016 Registration begins 08/02/2016 at 12:00 am.
Name Registration Dates
Hudson River Canoe Adventure, Manhattan, August 27th, 2016 08/10/2016 - 08/17/2016 Registration begins 08/10/2016 at 12:00 am.
Ranger's Choice: Little Red Lighthouse Lantern Tour, Saturday, August 6th. 07/20/2016 - 07/27/2016 Registration has ended.
Name Registration Dates
Alley Pond Adventure Course; Sunday August 7 08/01/2016 Registration begins 08/01/2016 at 12:00 am.
Name Registration Dates
Family Camping, Conference House Park, Staten Island, Friday, August 12th 07/26/2016 - 08/02/2016

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Ranger's Choice: Archery Saturday, September 10th. 08/24/2016 - 08/31/2016 Registration begins 08/24/2016 at 12:00 am.

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