Events

Upcoming Events


Thursday, August 1

Nature Walk
Freshkills Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Take a behind-the-scenes nature walk to visit areas that are currently closed to the public. On this one-mile walk, you’ll learn about the different plants and animals found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands at Freshkills Park. Walk is open to people of all ages, but it’s recommended for children 6+. Registration required. Please visit Freshkills Park’s
website for more information. 


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.:
Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, a backpack filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.:
Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.:
Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their
website for more information.


Friday, August 2

Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.:
Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, a backpack filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.:
Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.:
Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their
website for more information.


The Buzz about Bees: Meet a Bee Keeper!
Greenbelt Nature Center, Staten Island, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

A local beekeeper and educator from Beezy Bees Honey will present a slideshow on various hives he maintains throughout Staten Island and New Jersey, show a demonstration hive and beekeeping equipment, and teach about different types of pollinators and how you can attract them to your yard. Program is hosted by Greenbelt Conservancy. Please visit their
website for more information.


Saturday, August 3

Birding for Beginners
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Join for an introductory nature walk where you will learn the essentials of birdwatching. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their
website for more information.


Discovery Walks for Families: The Ramble
Central Park, Manhattan, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at Belvedere Castle

Explore how the carefully planned Ramble woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the Lake shoreline, and the treetops their home. Join for a hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits-backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses and a Discovery Journal. Program is hosted by the Central Park Conservancy. Please visit their
website to register and for more information.


Sunday, August 4

Early Morning Bird Walk: Early Migrants
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
Meet at the Audubon Center

Join Prospect Park Alliance and The Brooklyn Bird Club to search for early migrants along the park’s waterways and in the woodlands. Tour leaves promptly at 8:00 a.m. Led by The Brooklyn Bird Club. Please visit Prospect Park Alliance
website for more information.


Hudson River Nature Walk
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Meet at Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45

Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the Park’s esplanade. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind, treasure hunt-like experience. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities—please be considerate and leave your dog at home. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their
website to pre-register and for more information.


Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail. We will talk about their incredible migration and the inspiring story of how conservation efforts were able to bring this species back from the brink. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their
website for more information.


Shell-ebrate Oysters
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Pier 25 at N. Moore Street

Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside Park staff to support oyster research efforts. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their
website to pre-register and for more information.


Thursday, August 8

Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Friday, August 9

Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, August 10

Birding for Beginners
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Join us for an introductory nature walk where you will learn the essentials of birdwatching. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


NYC Naturalist Club: Rats, Bats and Pigeons, Oh My!
Tompkins Square Park, Manhattan, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at park entrance on Avenue A and Saint Marks Place

Learn about and observe these often-feared but highly successful animals in the urban environment. We will explore Tompkins Square Park and some of the surrounding community gardens. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a park ranger to borrow a pair. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Bird Walk
Governors Island, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meet at Nolan Park House #17

Join us for a bird walk around beautiful and historic Governors Island, which boasts over 192 species recorded on ebird.org. Learn about the island’s fascinating history and search for waterbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and more. Binoculars are available. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, August 11

Hudson River Nature Walk
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Meet at Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45

Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the park’s esplanade. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind, treasure hunt-like experience. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities—please be considerate and leave your dog at home. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.


Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail. We will talk about their incredible migration and the inspiring story of how conservation efforts were able to bring this species back from the brink. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Discovery Walk for Families
Central Park, Manhattan, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

Now at the northeast corner of Central Park, the rocky landscape surrounding the Harlem Meer has a storied history. Join our guides to learn more about how the area has changed over time, and the plants and animals that live there today. Discovery Walks for Families are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the nature and history of Central Park in fun and creative ways. Registration required. Program is hosted by the Central Park Conservancy. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Binnen Bridge

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Meet at Rustic Shelter Lakeside

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 4:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Shell-ebrate Oysters
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Pier 25 at N. Moore Street

Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside park staff to support oyster research efforts. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.


Thursday, August 15

Full Sturgeon Moon Hike
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

See the park after dark!  Take a nighttime hike around West Pond with a National Park Ranger. Learn more about the nocturnal residents of the refuge. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Friday, August 16

Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, August 17

13th Annual Jamaica Bay Shorebird Festival
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 8:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

A day-long festival of activities including hikes to the East and West Ponds, lectures by prominent shorebird experts, kids programs, and more. Learn about bird behavior, biology, and how to identify shorebirds in the field. Leaders include: Kevin Karlson, Don Riepe, and Lloyd Spitalnik. This special program is in partnership with NYC Audubon, the American Littoral Society, NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Birding for Beginners
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Join us for an introductory nature walk where you will learn the essentials of birdwatching. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


BioBlitz Nature Walk
Blue Heron Park, Staten Island, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Blue Heron Nature Center

Walk through Blue Heron Park while researchers conduct a BioBlitz, surveying the park’s flora and fauna. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Discovery Walk for Families
Central Park, Manhattan, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Bring your family and discover Turtle Pond—home to five species of turtles who live here year-round. Learn why they love basking in the sun on flat logs or rocks, and why that makes the base of Vista Rock the perfect spot for their sunbathing activities. Explore the pond’s history and design, and hear about what it takes to maintain a healthy and beautiful waterbody through hands-on exploration and guided activities in your complementary Discovery Journal.

Discovery Walks for Families are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the nature and history of Central Park in fun and creative ways. Registration required. Program is hosted by the Central Park Conservancy. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Binnen Bridge

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Meet at Rustic Shelter Lakeside

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 4:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, August 18

Hudson River Nature Walk
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Meet at Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45

Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the park’s esplanade. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind, treasure hunt-like experience. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities—please be considerate and leave your dog at home. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.


Birding
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.
Meet at Pier 1 entrance, Old Fulton Street and Furman Street

Join Heather Wolf, author of Birding at the Bridge, for a picturesque bird walk along the Brooklyn waterfront. We’ll look for breeding and nesting birds like the gray catbird, American robin, song sparrow, and more. Registration required. Program hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail. We will talk about their incredible migration and the inspiring story of how conservation efforts were able to bring this species back from the brink. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Discovery Walk for Families
Central Park, Manhattan, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at Charles A. Dana Discovery Center

The North Woods is the largest of Central Park's woodlands, offering a 40-acre forest retreat in the middle of New York City. Learn about the design of this serene landscape and how the plants and trees contribute to the health of an urban woodland community. Discovery Walks for Families are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the nature and history of Central Park in fun and creative ways. Registration required. Program is hosted by the Central Park Conservancy. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Binnen Bridge

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Bird Walk
Governors Island, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meet at Nolan Park House #17

Join us for a bird walk around beautiful and historic Governors Island, which boasts over 192 species recorded on ebird.org. Learn about the island’s fascinating history and search for waterbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and more. Binoculars are available. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Meet at Rustic Shelter Lakeside

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 4:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Shell-ebrate Oysters
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Pier 25 at N. Moore Street

Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside park staff to support oyster research efforts. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.


Thursday, August 22

Nature Walk
Freshkills Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Lace up your shoes for a nature walk at Freshkills Park! NYC Parks staff will take you behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public. On this one-mile walk, you’ll learn about the different plants and animals found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands at Freshkills Park. This walk is open to people of all ages, but it’s recommended for children 6+. This program is free but registration is required. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Friday, August 23

Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, August 24

Birding
Marine Park, Brooklyn, 8:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

This two-hour event will cover the basics of birding and expose participants to some of Brooklyn's most exciting wildlife—shorebirds! We'll explore the park's varied natural areas including its forests, marshlands, and shoreline. Program is hosted by the Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Audubon. Pre-registration required. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Birding for Beginners
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Join us for an introductory nature walk where you will learn the essentials of birdwatching. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Discovery Walk for Families
Central Park, Manhattan, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Meet at the Belvedere Castle

Get "lost" in the Ramble! Explore how this carefully planned woodland provides habitat for a variety of wildlife. Discover who calls the forest floor, the lake shoreline, and the treetops their home. Discovery Walks for Families are a great way for parents and children of all ages to learn about the nature and history of Central Park in fun and creative ways. Join us for hands-on exploration using Discovery Kits—backpacks filled with kid-friendly binoculars, field guides, hand lenses and a complementary Discovery Journal. Registration required. Program is hosted by the Central Park Conservancy. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Binnen Bridge

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Bird Walk
Governors Island, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Meet at Nolan Park House #17

Join us for a bird walk around beautiful and historic Governors Island, which boasts over 192 species recorded on ebird.org. Learn about the island’s fascinating history and search for waterbirds, raptors, waterfowl, and more. Binoculars are available. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Meet at Rustic Shelter Lakeside

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 4:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Important Bird Opera
Governor’s Island, 8:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
Meet at Nolan Park House #17

Important Bird Opera is a digital opera about birds, migration, and climate change. Ryan Moritz, artist-in-residence with NYC Audubon, will perform the opera live, accompanying recorded birdsong and a composed score. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, August 25

Hudson River Nature Walk
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Meet at Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45

Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the park’s esplanade. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind, treasure hunt-like experience. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities—please be considerate and leave your dog at home. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.


Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail. We will talk about their incredible migration and the inspiring story of how conservation efforts were able to bring this species back from the brink. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Binnen Bridge

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Meet at Rustic Shelter Lakeside

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 4:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Shell-ebrate Oysters
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Pier 25 at N. Moore Street

Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside park staff to support oyster research efforts. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.


Thursday, August 29

Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Friday, August 30

Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 2:00 p.m.

Family Bird Walk, 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.: Prospect Park is a stopping point for hundreds of bird species each year! Join us as we search for these amazing creatures and other nature around the park. Binoculars and bird guides are provided. This program leaves promptly at 3:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, August 31

Birding for Beginners
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Join us for an introductory nature walk where you will learn the essentials of birdwatching. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Binnen Bridge

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Art in the Park: Build a Birdhouse
Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve, Staten Island, 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Assemble and decorate a home for the birds. Best for ages 8 and up. Program hosted by New York State Parks. Please visit their website for more information.


Family Birdwatching
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.
Meet at Rustic Shelter Lakeside

Did you know that as an Important Bird Area, Prospect Park supports an exceptional diversity of migrating birds and is an essential stopover for about 250 species of birds?  After learning how to use binoculars, participants of all ages can join Alliance Naturalists on a walk to learn how to identify these birds! This program leaves promptly at 4:00 p.m. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, September 1

Hudson River Nature Walk
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
Meet at Christopher Street fountain near Pier 45

Learn about Hudson River Park’s wildlife by joining knowledgeable naturalists on guided nature walks throughout the summer along the park’s esplanade. Each nature walk is unique and offers a one-of-a-kind, treasure hunt-like experience. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Loud noises and barking tend to startle wildlife and reduce viewing opportunities—please be considerate and leave your dog at home. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.


Osprey Watch Guided Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Learn all about the amazing osprey on this guided walk of the West Pond Trail. We will talk about their incredible migration and the inspiring story of how conservation efforts were able to bring this species back from the brink. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
Meet at Prospect Park Audubon Center

Discovery Pack, 10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.: Come explore nature on your own with our Discovery Packs, backpacks filled with nature activities and exploration tools, perfect for families and kids to interact with the park in a whole new way!

Animal Encounter, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.: Join Alliance Naturalists in learning more about the animals in the Audubon Center’s collection. This program starts promptly at 11:00 a.m.

Nature’s Helpers, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m.: Help do your part to keep Prospect Park healthy by cleaning up the lakeshore. In this citizen science activity Audubon staff will guide groups to remove litter and record the findings. Fun for all ages and all materials are provided. This program leaves promptly at 12:00 p.m.

Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website for more information.


Shell-ebrate Oysters
Hudson River Park, Manhattan, 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Pier 25 at N. Moore Street

Learn the incredible history of oysters and their ecological importance while working alongside park staff to support oyster research efforts. Program is hosted by the Hudson River Park Trust. Please visit their website to pre-register and for more information.