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National Park Events

October 2015

1

THUR

Westchester
County

Jazz Session
Saint Paul's Church
7pm
Hear Lisa Parrot, Australian born, New York based jazz virtuoso, liven up the historic church with the deep sounds of the Baritone Sax, accompanied by keyboard. Also, enjoy a talk about the history of St. Paul's.

4

SUN

Queens

Herbert Johnson Lecture Series
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm
Join landscape architect Kjirsten Alexander for On Vulnerability: Infrastructural, Social, and Environmental Risk at Jamaica Bay, the first talk in the Fall 2015 Herbert Johnson Lecture Series.

 

 

Staten Island

The Great Gatsby
Fort Wadsworth
Beach
2pm
Join Staten Island Out Loud in a seaside celebration of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby at the waterside gazebo. The view of the Narrows and Lower New York Harbor conjures the world of Gatsby and Fitzgerald's jazz age. Event takes place rain or shine.

 

 

Staten Island

Monarch/Dragonfly Migration
Great Kills Park
Ranger Station
2-4pm
Join a park ranger on an annual hike to view the migration of the monarch butterflies and dragonflies. Be a citizen scientist and assist with tagging butterflies. Program canceled inclement weather. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

6

WED

Brooklyn

Get in the Scrap: WWII
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1-3pm
Learn war time recycling and salvage, and hear the story of Nim, a young girl helping in this effort.

10

SAT

Queens

Fall Hawk Migration
Fort Tilden
Building 1
10am-1pm
Hike the shoreline and woods with naturalist Don Riepe, and visit the Hawk Watch platform on top of Battery Harris East. See many species of raptors and maybe a bald eagle or two! Call 718-474-0896 for more information.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Monarch Butterfly Walk
Sandy Hook
Beach Plaza, Lot E
10-11:30am
Walk with a park ranger to see this remarkable insect, whose migration route ends in Mexico. Call 732-872-5970 for reservations.

11

SUN

Queens

Herbert Johnson Lecture Series
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm
Hear from Eli Sands on From Protection to Restoration: A History of the U.S. Army Corps at Jamaica Bay, part of the Fall 2015 Herbert Johnson Lecture Series.

 

 

Queens

Cultural Landscape Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
3:30-4:30pm
Join a park ranger for this walking tour and discussion about the creation of the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

12

MON

Westchester
County

Columbus Day
Saint Paul's Church
1pm
Explore the history of Columbus Day. Children can enjoy special crafts projects related to the holiday, in addition to scavenger hunts focusing on the historic church and cemetery. Tour the historic church and burial yard.

13

TUE

Westchester
County

Battlefield Tour
Saint Paul's Church
10am
Join a walking tour of the Split Rock Golf Course, in Pelham Bay Park, site of the Revolutionary War battle of Pell's Point. Reservations required. Call 914-667-4116 for reservations and information.

16

FRI

Westchester
County

Candlelight Tour
Saint Paul's Church
7-9pm
Tour the historic cemetery by candlelight. Visit the graves of soldiers and civilians who lived through the era of the American Revolution and hear a performance of 18th century folk music by Linda Russell & Companie in the historic church. Refreshments served.

17

SAT

Monmouth
County

NJ Lighthouse Challenge Weekend
Sandy Hook
Lighthouse
8am-6pm
Tour the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and each of the other 10 New Jersey Lighthouses along the Atlantic coastline and Delaware Bay which are open for tours during this annual event sponsored by the NJ Lighthouse Society.

 

 

Westchester
County

Commemorate Revolutionary War
Saint Paul's Church
10am-4pm
Attend this day-long commemoration for activities including: talks on the American Revolution, musket demonstrations, militia drills, period music and crafts. Also see dozens of re-enactors representing the armies that fought in the Revolutionary War.

 

 

Staten Island

Gaze at the Stars
Great Kills Park
Parking Lot A
8:30-10pm
Come gaze at the wonders of the night sky at Great Kills Field with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting

18

SUN

Monmouth
County

NJ Lighthouse Challenge Weekend
Sandy Hook
Lighthouse
8am-6pm
Tour the Sandy Hook Lighthouse and each of the other 10 New Jersey Lighthouses along the Atlantic coastline and Delaware Bay which are open for tours during this annual event sponsored by the NJ Lighthouse Society.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Fall Bird Walk
Sandy Hook
Spermaceti Cove, Bet. Lot D & E
10am-12pm
Join Monmouth County Audubon Society for a walk along the ocean and bayside to look for fall migrants. Wear comfortable shoes and bring binoculars.

 

 

Staten Island

Greenbelt to Great Kills Hike
Willowbrook Park
11am-3pm
Join park rangers and Greenbelt Educators on a 5-mile hike from forest to field to coastal habitat as the White trail of the Greenbelt connects to Great Kills Park. Dress appropriately for weather conditions and make arrangements for transportation back to Carousel, or arrange to depart from the Great Kills Park Parking Lot at Hylan Blvd. and Buffalo Street. Bring water and a snack. Registration required. Call 718-351-3450.

 

 

Brooklyn

Famous Flyers
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1:30-2:30pm
Join a Park Ranger for a presentation to learn about some of the famous pilots associated with Floyd Bennett Field's rich aviation history

 

 

Queens

Herbert Johnson Lecture Series
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm
Join landscape architect Danae Alessi for Above and Below: Species of Jamaica Bay, part of the Fall 2015 Herbert Johnson Lecture Series.

23

FRI

Monmouth
County

WWII Harbor Defense Lantern Tour
Fort Hancock
Museum
6:30-9:30pm
Join volunteer living historians from the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA), who will take you for a walk that includes several seacoast gun batteries of Fort Hancock, highlighting the restored Battery Gunnison/New Peck. Bring a flashlight.

24

SAT

Monmouth
County

25th Annual Beach Sweep
Sandy Hook
Seagull's Nest, Lot D
9am-12:30pm
Join Clean Ocean Action's Beach Sweeps in its biannual, statewide beach cleanup that occurs at over 70 locations throughout the state of NJ. Each beach sweeper becomes a citizen scientist for the day as they record each piece of debris that they collect. This data impacts research and legislation. Bring gloves, attend rain or shine, and dress for the weather. Visit Clean Ocean Action's website or call 732-872-0111.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Stars of Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook
Beach Plaza, Lot E
7-10pm
Join a park ranger and the Amateur Astronomy Association to view the night sky. Bring telescopes and/or binoculars.

25

SUN

Monmouth
County

Fort Hancock Day
Fort Hancock
12-4:30pm
Watch living historians from the Army Ground Forces Association (AGFA) bring Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns to life. Learn about the defense of New York Harbor and about the life of a soldier during October 1943. Participate in loading the guns, tracking ships and "artillery math" and learn about 1940's metal working machines and see machinists making parts for these historic M1900 6-inch rifles.

 

 

Queens

Herbert Johnson Lecture Series
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm
Join landscape architect Fern Lan Siew for The Unexpected Environmentalist: Robert Moses, the Belt Parkway, and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of the Fall 2015 Herbert Johnson Lecture Series.

 

 

Queens

Lantern Tour
Fort Tilden
Building 1
7:30-8:30pm
Join a Park Ranger to experience historic Fort Tilden at night. Bring a flashlight and dress for the weather. Space is limited. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

28

WED

Manhattan

Hot Bread Kitchen
Tenement Museum
6:30pm
Hear from WNYC's Lenoard Lopate as he interviews HBK founder Jessamyn W. Rodriguez about her new cookbook that collects the authentic bread recipes that are as diverse as the women who bake them. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org.

30

FRI

Monmouth
County

Spooky Tales: Ghost of Fort Hancock
Sandy Hook
Officer's Row: Building 18
7:30-10pm
Get into the Halloween Spirit on this moonlight walk around Historic Fort Hancock where ghosts have been known to linger. Cider and fall snacks will be provided. Bring flashlights. Fee program. Cost: $5 per person. Call 732-291-0055 for reservations.
 
Other Activities
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