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, December 4

Birding: Winter Waterfowl
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Enjoy the best viewing spots in New York City to see winter waterfowl. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, December 5

Discovery Hike: Animal Adaptations
Wolfe’s Pond Park, Staten Island, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Hundreds of animal species spend their winters in New York City parks. Learn how animals such as birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and others survive the cold and the snow in this educational wildlife viewing adventure. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Monday, December 6

Birdpedia: A Brief Compendium of Avian Lore
Online program, 7:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

Birdpedia is an engaging illustrated compendium of bird facts and birding lore. This talk with author Christopher Leahy will showcase Birdpedia’s enticing wisdom and wit about all things avian. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Audubon. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Saturday, December 11

Birding: Bald Eagle Watch
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. December is a spectacular time for observing bald eagles in New York City parks. See if you can spot any on this adventure. Please bring your own binoculars. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Seal Exploration
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. December is a spectacular time of year to observe seals in the Long Island Sound. You may be surprised to find that what looks like a rock in the distance is actually a healthy seal. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, December 12

Discovery Hike: Animal Adaptations
Kissena Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Hundreds of animal species spend their winters in New York City parks. Learn how animals such as birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and others survive the cold and the snow in this educational wildlife viewing adventure. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Insect Exploration: Spotted Lanternfly
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Explore the trails of Conference House Park looking for the spotted lanternfly and other impactful insects. Learn more about the ways to identify species. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Wednesday, December 15

Living Classroom Family Series: Migratory Birds (Middle School)
Online program, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

This free virtual workshop is for middle school (6th–8th grade) students and their families to explore migratory birds, the importance of birds in our ecosystem, migratory patterns of birds, the threats our local birds are facing, and what we can do to protect them. Students will dive into topics like migration patterns, local Rockaway birds, and the ways that birds are necessary contributors to our ecosystem. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by R.I.S.E. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Friday, December 17

Living Classroom Family Series: Migratory Birds (Elementary School)
Online program, 4:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

This free virtual workshop is for elementary school (3rd–5th grade) students and their families to explore migratory birds, the importance of birds in our ecosystem, migratory patterns of birds, the threats our local birds are facing, and what we can do to protect them. Students will dive into topics like migration patterns, local Rockaway birds, and birds as necessary contributors to our ecosystem. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by R.I.S.E. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Saturday, December 18

Birding: Christmas Bird Count
High Rock Park, Staten Island, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Participate in this community science project counting and identifying birds while hiking through the park. Participants will learn how to identify different birds based on visual characteristics and bird calls, all while taking an annual census of the area. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Outdoor Skills: Animal Tracking
Riverdale Park, Bronx, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Head to the park and search for animal tracks. Learn how to identify tracks and understand the behavior of animals who call the park their home. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, December 19

Twilight Bird Hike
Brookfield Park, Staten Island, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

While the sun sets over Brookfield Park, walk on top of the east mound and explore the trails under the cover of darkness in search of birds such as owls, swallows, and other species. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Saturday, December 25

Holiday Flora and Fauna Exploration Hike
Blue Heron Park, Staten Island, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.

Discover the flora and fauna of Blue Heron Park. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, December 26

Birding: Winter Waterfowl
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Enjoy the best viewing spots in New York City to see winter waterfowl. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration: Hunter Island
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
Meet at the Orchard Beach Nature Center

On Nature Exploration Hikes 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.


Birding: Winter Birds
Powell’s Cove Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

Enjoy the best viewing spots in New York City to see migratory winter birds. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Sunday, January 2

Birding: Winter Waterfowl
Wolfe’s Pond Park, Staten Island, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.


Nature Exploration
Cunningham Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

On Nature Exploration Hikes you can 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.


Intro to Birding
Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, 1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m.

Enjoy the best viewing spots in New York City to see birds. Learn a new skill and take up a new hobby as we help you identify some of the most common birds found in our parks. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Please bring your own binoculars. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.