Urban Park Rangers – Fun, Free Outdoor Programs – Summer 2011


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The Urban Park Rangers offer a slew of free outdoor programs for kids. Their jam-packed online calendar includes hiking, orienteering, canoeing, birding, and fishing activities for families. You can also subscribe to their quarterly Outdoors in New York newsletter.

The Explorer Programs feature family canoeing, birding or hiking clubs. Developed in conjunction with the National Geographic Society, these programs invite you to examine New York City’s 28,000 acres of parkland as you never have before. You’ll forget you’re in the city entirely! Sessions last about an hour and a half, unless otherwise noted.

Starting in May, families can join the Urban Park Rangers for Family Camp Outs at various city parks. Each evening starts with a cookout, followed by activities like stargazing and night hikes, and finally slumber.

How to register: There are just 30 spaces per outing and registration only stays open for 24 hours. The lucky families are selected via lottery.

The Urban Park Rangers even run an inexpensive Junior Ranger Day Camp, which is open to kids ages 8-11. The camp runs in Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park, Brooklyn’s Marine Park, the Bronx’s Crotona Park and Staten Island’s Blue Heron Park from July 5-August 19, and costs $65 a week!

How to register: Since registration began in February, space is
currently extremely limited. Call 212-360-2776 for more info.



One thought on “Urban Park Rangers – Fun, Free Outdoor Programs – Summer 2011

  1. Last year I introduced my daughter Joan to hiking. She loved it. I hear that nature is good for autistic children. Saw it work first hand.

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