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National Park Events

July 2015

1

WED

Staten Island

Lantern Tour
Fort Wadworth
Meet at Visitor Center
8-10pm

Explore historic Fort Tompkins with a park ranger by lantern and moonlight. Bring flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. Call 718-354-4655 for reservations.

2

THU

Queens

Beach Campfire
Jacob Riis Park
Boardwalk and Beach 169th Street
7-10pm

Join national park rangers to kick off the Summer solstice weekend with a campfire. Bring fixings for s'mores, blankets and beach chairs.

4

SAT

Staten Island

Celebrate Independence
Fort Wadsworth
Overlook
5:30-8pm

Enjoy living history demonstrations, fort tours, scavenger hunts and much more in a fun-filled day for all. Bring a picnic and stay for the fireworks. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

6

MON

Staten Island

Overnight Family and Youth Camping
Fort Wadsworth
Camp Hudson
Check-in 2pm

Learn to pitch a tent, build a fire, cook and make s'mores over an open pit with national park rangers. Also enjoy marine nature study and hiking. Program is free. Equipment provided. Bring food, insect repellant and ice. Space is limited. Call 718-354-4655 for reservations.

 

 

Staten Island

Seine and Search
Fort Wadsworth
Camp Hudson
2:30-4:30pm

Try the Native American fishing technique of seining while discovering animals that live in the shallows of the Narrows. Equipment provided.

8

WED

Monmouth
County

Battery Gunnison/New Peck Restored
Fort Hancock
12-6pm

Join Army Ground Forces Association, a volunteer group in WWII era uniform, as they perform restoration projects and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck. Visitors are invited to stop by to learn more about the battery's role in protecting NY Harbor during July 1943.

9

THU

Monmouth
County

Battery Gunnison/New Peck Restored
Fort Hancock
12-6pm

Join Army Ground Forces Association, a volunteer group in WWII era uniform, as they perform restoration projects and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck. Visitors are invited to stop by to learn more about the battery's role in protecting NY Harbor during July 1943.

10

FRI

Monmouth
County

Battery Gunnison/New Peck Restored
Fort Hancock
12-6pm

Join Army Ground Forces Association, a volunteer group in WWII era uniform, as they perform restoration projects and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck. Visitors are invited to stop by to learn more about the battery's role in protecting NY Harbor during July 1943.

11

SAT

Monmouth
County

Fort Hancock Bike Tour
Sandy Hook
Meet at Ferry Landing
9:30-11:30am

Join a park ranger on a three-mile guided tour highlighting the batteries, historic structures and beaches of Sandy Hook. Bring a bike helmet and call 732-872-5970 for reservations.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Battery Gunnison/New Peck Restored
Fort Hancock
12-6pm

Join Army Ground Forces Association, a volunteer group in WWII era uniform, as they perform restoration projects and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck. Visitors are invited to stop by to learn more about the battery's role in protecting NY Harbor during July 1943.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Stars of Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook
Lot E Beach Plaza
9-11pm

Join a park ranger and the Amateur Astronomers Association to view Venus, which will be at its highest point. Also look for Jupiter, Saturn and the Sagittarius clusters and nebula in the dark sky. Bring binoculars and/or telescopes.

16

THU

Monmouth
County

Bird Walk
Sandy Hook
Spermaceti Cove U.S. Life Saving Station Parking
6-8pm

Walk along the bayside and ocean to look for osprey, herons, and egrets with Monmouth County Audubon Society. Bring binoculars, insect repellant, and wear comfortable shoes.

17

FRI

Monmouth
County

Coastal Explorers
Sandy Hook
Building 18
9am-1:30pm

Enjoy seining, shell collecting, and coastal arts and crafts during this one day program for students in grades 1-3. Ideal for those interested in learning about the marine world in a hands-on, feet wet program. Fee program: $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Call 732-291-0055 to register.

18

SAT

Monmouth
County

Fort Hancock Bike Tour
Sandy Hook
Meet at Ferry Landing
9:30-11:30am

Join a park ranger on a three-mile guided tour highlighting the batteries, historic structures and beaches of Sandy Hook. Bring a bike helmet and call 732-872-5970 for reservations.

 

 

Staten Island

Star Gazing
Great Kills Park
Parking Lot A
8-11pm

Gaze at the wonders of the night sky with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting. Telescopes provided.

19

SUN

Staten Island

History Tour
Fort Wadsworth
Overlook
12-1:30pm

Explore the natural areas and remnants of the former defense systems of Fort Wadsworth on this 1.5 hour hike. Call 718-354-4655 for reservations.

23

THU

Monmouth
County

Sunset Seining
Sandy Hook
Building 18
6pm

Discover the diverse wildlife inhabiting our coast with the American Littoral Society. After a short talk, you will head over to Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook bay for a seining adventure. Participants will help pull the 40 foot seine net through the bay, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and other critters caught. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Program is free. Call 732-291-0055 for reservations.

24

FRI

Monmouth
County

Campfire on the Beach
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
7:30-9pm

Sing silly Sandy Hook songs, and hear true stories from days of yore surrounding the history and mysteries of the Hook. Bring beach blankets or chairs, snacks, bug spray, family and friends! Free. Call 732-872-5970 for more information.

25

SAT

Monmouth
County

Holly Forest Night Prowl
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
7:30-9pm

Explore the Sandy Hook Holly forest on this sensory walk led by a park ranger.

29

WED

Monmouth
County

31st Annual All-Women Lifeguard Tournament
Sandy Hook
Beach Parking Lot E
9am-6pm

Come cheer on the women in this exciting annual competition, representing beach patrols from the East Coast and elsewhere.

31

FRI

Monmouth
County

Coastal Explorers
Sandy Hook
Building 18
9am-1:30pm

Enjoy seining, shell collecting, and coastal arts and crafts during this one day program for students in grades 1-3. Ideal for those interested in learning about the marine world in a hands-on, feet wet program. Fee program: $40 for members, $50 for nonmembers. Call 732-291-0055 to register.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Night Hike - Full Buck Moon
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
7:30-9pm

Explore Sandy Hook's ecosystem during the full buck moon—when bucks begin to grow new antlers. The hike features night seining, which is always an interesting adventure. Bring a flashlight, bug repellant, and wear shoes you can get wet. Reservations required. Call 732-8725970 for information.

 

 

Staten Island

Lantern Tour
Fort Wadsworth
Meet at Visitor Center
8-10pm

Explore historic Fort Tompkins with a park ranger by lantern and moonlight. Bring flashlight and wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required. Call 718-354-4655 for reservations.
 
Other Activities
For ongoing activities at the national parks and other destinations on New York Harbor, see the park activities guide or choose a place to visit on the Harbor Map.
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