Events

Upcoming Events

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 disease, known as the coronavirus, a pandemic. During this time, we ask that all New Yorkers use additional precautions to protect their health and safety and that of those around them, including practicing social distancing.

Many events being held around the city and in parks are being canceled or rescheduled. Before attending, please check with the organizing group to confirm. 

 

Saturday, September 11

Bird Walk
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Explore Van Cortlandt Park’s ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. Look for various species of resident and migratory birds and discuss a wide range of avian topics. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Birding by Call
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Test your knowledge on the species of birds at Jamaica Bay by matching the species to a written bird call. Also, try phonetically spelling your own bird calls by sounding them out! Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. Program is hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Governors Island Bird Walk
Governors Island, Manhattan, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Nocturnal Wildlife Hike
Central Park, Manhattan, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Whether you live in the country or in a busy city, wildlife is all around. If you keep your eyes and ears open, there's loads of nocturnal nature to be found. Search the park for some of the lesser-seen creatures of the night. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, September 12


Birding: Shorebirds
Marine Park, Brooklyn, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

What do sandpipers, oystercatchers, and stilts have in common? Join this birding adventure and find out what makes shorebirds unique. Please bring your own binoculars. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Birding: Fall Migrants
Crotona Park, Bronx, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Joing this birding adventure around Crotona Park to look for fall migrants that include warblers, hummingbirds, and more! Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Monday, September 13


Birding Tour
Bryant Park, Manhattan, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance

Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. Program is hosted by Bryant Park Corporation and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Tuesday, September 14


Drop in and Bird
Central Park, Manhattan, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at West 81st Street and Central Park West

Start your day off right with bird walks at the height of fall migration. Beginners and advanced birders alike can enjoy these walks. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Wednesday, September 15

Fall Migration Bird Walk
Battery Park, Manhattan, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at flag pole at corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street

Explore the migrating birds that find food and habitat on lower Manhattan’s waterfront. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by The Battery Conservancy and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Thursday, September 16

Virtual Science: Oysters
Online program, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Hudson River Park scientists are conducting research throughout the park and you have a chance to join in. Learn more about the different research and monitoring efforts conducted in the Park. Program is hosted by Hudson River Park’s River Project. Please visit their website for more information.


Birding Tour
Bryant Park, Manhattan, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Meet at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance

Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. Program is hosted by Bryant Park Corporation and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, September 18

Bird Walk
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Explore Van Cortlandt Park’s ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. Look for various species of resident and migratory birds and discuss a wide range of avian topics. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Birding: Fall Migrants
Bayswater Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars. Come see migrating shorebirds and other wildlife that refuel for their migratory journey in this unusual coastal environment that includes elements of shoreline, maritime forests, and more. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Birding by Call
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Test your knowledge on the species of birds at Jamaica Bay by matching the species to a written bird call. Also, try phonetically spelling your own bird calls by sounding them out! Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. Program is hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Tide Pool Exploration
Orchard Beach, Bronx, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Tides play an important part in the diversity of our coastal shorelines. Explore the shores of Orchard Beach to discover the variety of marine life that has made its way ashore. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Governors Island Bird Walk
Governors Island, Manhattan, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, September 19

Fourth Annual Jamaica Bay Monarch & Pollinator Festival
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

Learn about the amazing journeys of butterflies such as the monarch butterfly, along with many different species of moths, bees, and other pollinators at the second annual Jamaica Bay Pollinator Festival. Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a fun day of activities. Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. Program is hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Monday, September 20

Birding Tour
Bryant Park, Manhattan, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance

Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. Program is hosted by Bryant Park Corporation and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Tuesday, September 21

Drop in and Bird
Central Park, Manhattan, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at West 81st Street and Central Park West

Start your day off right with bird walks at the height of fall migration. Beginners and advanced birders alike can enjoy these walks. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Wednesday, September 22

Fall Migration Bird Walk
Battery Park, Manhattan, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at flag pole at corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street

Explore the migrating birds that find food and habitat on lower Manhattan’s waterfront. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by The Battery Conservancy and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Thursday, September 23

Virtual Science: Fish Survey
Online program, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Hudson River Park scientists are conducting research throughout the park and you have a chance to join in. Learn more about the aquatic wildlife and fish surveys taking place. Program is hosted by Hudson River Park’s River Project. Please visit their website for more information.


Birding Tour
Bryant Park, Manhattan, 5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Meet at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance

Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. Program is hosted by Bryant Park Corporation and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, September 25

Bird Walk
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Explore Van Cortlandt Park’s ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. Look for various species of resident and migratory birds and discuss a wide range of avian topics. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Birding by Call
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Test your knowledge on the species of birds at Jamaica Bay by matching the species to a written bird call. Also, try phonetically spelling your own bird calls by sounding them out! Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. Program is hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Insect Walk
Freshkills Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.

All ages are invited to walk and explore the insects that live at Freshkills Park. Participants will use nets to catch and learn about insects up close and see what makes Freshkills an ideal habitat. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Staten Island Museum and The Freshkills Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Nature Exploration
Blue Heron Park, Staten Island, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Discover the plants and animals that inhabit the urban forest. To enhance your experience, please bring your own binoculars and field guides. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Little Hell Gate Saltmarsh Tour
Randall’s Island, Manhattan, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meet at north end side of boardwalk

Randall’s Island Park is host to many acres of gorgeous wetland habitat, including a five-acre Little Hell Gate Salt Marsh and one of the city’s only freshwater wetlands. Participants can enjoy viewing beautiful wildflowers, birds, and other native wildlife while learning about some of the fascinating history that has shaped the natural areas on the island. Program is hosted by Randall’s Island Park Alliance Natural Areas Team. Please visit their website for more information.


Governors Island Bird Walk
Governors Island, Manhattan, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. Reserve your spot by signing up at Nolan Park #17. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Moth Light
Freshkills Park, Staten Island, 6:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of mothing and cyanotypes—a time based photography—at the Freshkills Park Studio & Gallery. Program is open to all ages. Through a process of attracting, studying, and capturing images of insects to create a visual record, participants will learn about the many moths that call Staten Island home. Program is hosted by The Freshkills Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, September 26

Birding: Fall Migrants
Clove Lakes Park, Staten Island, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Join a birding adventure around Clove Lakes Park to look for fall migrants that include warblers, hummingbirds and more! Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration: Tallapoosa Point
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Tallapoosa Point in Pelham Bay Park is now known as the old Pelham Bay landfill. The landfill remains closed to the public, making it a great viewing area for birds of prey and other wildlife. 
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Participants are chosen by lottery. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information and to enter the lottery between September 15 and 18.


Monday, September 27

Birding Tour
Bryant Park, Manhattan, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance

Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. Program is hosted by Bryant Park Corporation and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Tuesday, September 28

Drop in and Bird
Central Park, Manhattan, 7:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at West 81st Street and Central Park West

Start your day off right with bird walks at the height of fall migration. Beginners and advanced birders alike can enjoy these walks. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Wednesday, September 29

Fall Migration Bird Walk
Battery Park, Manhattan, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at flag pole at corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street

Explore the migrating birds that find food and habitat on lower Manhattan’s waterfront. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by The Battery Conservancy and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Monarch/Dragonfly Migration
Great Kills Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Meet at Ranger Station

Join a National Park Service ranger for the annual hike to view the migration of the monarch butterflies. Be a citizen scientist and assist with documenting butterfly species. Inclement weather cancels the program. Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information and call 718-354-4655 to register.


Thursday, September 30

Virtual Science: eDNA
Online program, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Hudson River Park scientists are conducting research throughout the park and you have a chance to join in. Learn more about the different research and monitoring efforts conducted in the park. Program is hosted by Hudson River Park’s River Project. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, October 2

Bird Walk
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Explore Van Cortlandt Park’s ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. Look for various species of resident and migratory birds and discuss a wide range of avian topics. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance and NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.