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National Park Events

July 2015

1

WED

Brooklyn

Ruffle Bar Excursion
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
9-11:30am

Paddle and explore this large island in Jamaica Bay, while learning about the history and wildlife that thrive there. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations and more information.

 

 

Brooklyn

Big Excursion by Kayak around Floyd Bennett Field
Floyd Bennett Field
Mill Basin Kayak Launch at RC Flying Field
1-4pm

Enjoy a 4 mile paddle and 1.5 mile walk around Floyd Bennett Field, accompanied by a National Park Service Ranger. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations and more information.

 

 

Staten Island

Summer Beach Concert: British Invasion Tribute (Beatles Tribute)
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
6pm

Come enjoy the popular and free concert series, courtesy of the Sandy Hook Foundation. The concert will be featuring British Invasion Tribute playing all of your Beatles favorites! Call 732-291-7733 for more 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.

2

THU

Brooklyn

Four Sparrow Marsh Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Mill Basin Kayak Launch
9:30am-12pm

View the beautiful sights on this beginners paddle to the cloistered Four Sparrow Marsh. Age 6 and over with an adult. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations and more information.

 

 

Queens

Rockaway Cove Paddle
Jacob Riis Park
Riis Landing to Rockaway Point
1:30-4pm

Paddle and explore the scenic bay shore of Rockaway Peninsula towards Rockaway Point. Call 718-318-4300 for reservations and more information.

 

 

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.

3

FRI

Manhattan

Independence Day at Federal Hall
Federal Hall National Memorial
10am-4pm

Enjoy historic re-enactors as they bring to life the epic American Revolution and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. This event is in conjunction with the visit of the L'Hermione, a reconstruction of the warship which brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. See the daily schedule for this two-day event.

 

 

Brooklyn

Fun Paddle and Walk in the Park, Find Your Park!
Floyd Bennett Field
Mill Basin Kayak Launch
1-3pm

Enjoy a beginner's paddle along the shore of Floyd Bennett Field followed by a pleasant walk back to the start. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations and additional information.

4

SAT

Manhattan

Independence Day at Federal Hall
Federal Hall National Memorial
10am-4pm

Enjoy historic re-enactors as they bring to life the epic American Revolution and the reading of the Declaration of Independence. This event is in conjunction with the visit of the L'Hermione, a reconstruction of the warship which brought the Marquis de Lafayette to America in 1780. See the daily schedule for this two-day event.

 

 

Westchester
County

Independence Day at St. Paul's
St. Paul's Church
Starting at 10:30am

Join a traditional Independence Day celebration with talks, music, refreshments, reading of the Declaration of Independence, and tolling of the historic St. Paul's church bell. Call 914-667-4116 for more information.

 

 

Staten Island

Independence Day at Fort Wadsworth
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.

5

SUN

Queens

Walking Tour of Historic Fort Tilden
Fort Tilden
Building 1
9:30-11:30am

Follow alongside a park ranger to discover Fort Tilden's role in the defense of New York's Harbor. Great experience for the whole family!

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 park rangers. Includes marine nature study and hiking. 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.

 

 

Brooklyn

Point Breeze Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Aviation Road Beach
6-8pm

Adventure across Jamaica Bay, under Marine Parkway Bridge to the eastern tip of Plumb Beach, alongside a National Park Ranger. Call 718-338-3799 for more information and to make a reservation.

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. Event runs daily from 7/8 through 7/11.

 

 

Queens

Kayak Walk-Up; Shoreline Seining with Urban Park Rangers
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Frank Charles Memorial Park
1-3pm

Try seining and discover Refuge wildlife on this guided paddle.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Summer Beach Concert: Tim McLoone and the Shirlies
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
6pm

Come enjoy the popular and free concert series, courtesy of the Sandy Hook Foundation. The concert will be featuring Tim McLoone and the Shirlies playing some Americana! Call 732-291-7733 for more information.

9

THU

Queens

Little Egg Excursion
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
North Channel Bridge
10am-2pm

Paddle alongside a National Park Ranger on this energetic excursion and enjoy the views of the saltmarsh and wildlife. Call 718-338-3799 for more information and to make your reservation.

 

 

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.

 

 

Queens

NPS Centennial Jeopardy-Kids Edition
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
1-2pm

Test your knowledge of 100 years of the NPS! Get ready to battle friends and family in a friendly game of NPS Centennial Jeopardy. Ages 12 under in teams of 3 to participate.

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.

12

SUN

Queens

Seaweeds, Seashells, and More!
Fort Tilden
Building 1
10am-12pm

Join American Littoral Society naturalist, Mickey Maxwell Cohen author of Adventures at the Beach, to look for wildlife while hiking the seashore at low tide. Binoculars, a magnifying glass, and sun protection will be helpful.

15

WED

Brooklyn

Big Excursion by Kayak around Floyd Bennett Field
Floyd Bennett Field
Mill Basin Kayak Launch at RC Flying Field
12:30-3:30pm

Enjoy a 4 mile paddle and 1.5 mile walk around Floyd Bennett Field, accompanied by a ranger. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations and more information.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Summer Beach Concert: Carl Gentry Band
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
6pm

Come enjoy the popular and free concert series, courtesy of the Sandy Hook Foundation. The concert will be featuring the Carl Gentry band that will be playing some good old classic rock! Call 732-291-7733 for more information.

16

THU

Queens

Joco Marsh Excursion
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Bayswater Park
9am-12pm

Embark on an energetic excursion from Bayswater Park through JoCo Creek with NYC Urban Park Rangers. Call 718-338-3799 for additional information and to make your reservations!

 

 

Brooklyn

Kayak Skills Session
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
1:30-3:30pm

Receive instruction and practice kayak strokes and skills each week. Children over 11 and adults can participate in the program. No reservation required.

 

 

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 American Littoral Society 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.

 

 

Brooklyn

North Shore Paddle Find your Park!
Canarsie Pier
1-3:30pm

Enjoy a beginner's paddle along the north shore of Jamaica Bay. Visit Canarsie Park on Paerdegat Basin, then paddle your way back to Canarsie Pier. Call 718-338-3799 for more information and to make a reservation.

 

 

Staten Island

Star Gazing
Great Kills Park
Parking Lot A
8:30-11pm

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.

22

WED

Monmouth
County

Summer Beach Concert: Motor City Review
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
6pm

Come enjoy the popular and free concert series, courtesy of the Sandy Hook Foundation. The concert will be featuring Motor City Review playing all of your Motown favorites! Call 732-291-7733 for more information.

23

THU

Brooklyn

Gerritsen Creek Excursion
Floyd Bennett Field
Gateway Marina
11am-2pm

Enjoy a scenic excursion up Gerritsen Creek. Take a look at the estuary and then cool off at the Salt Marsh Nature Center while learning about habitat with NYC Urban Park Rangers.

 

 

Queens

NPS Centennial Jeopardy—Teen Edtion
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
1-2pm

Test your knowledge of 100 years of the NPS! Get ready to battle friends and family in a friendly game of NPS Centennial Jeopardy. Ages 13-16, and must be in teams of three required to participate.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Sunset Seining
Sandy Hook
Building 18
6pm

Discover the bay's diverse wildlife with the American Littoral Society. After a short talk, head over to Horseshoe Cove for a seining adventure. Help pull the 40-foot seine net through the bay, and learn about the fish and other critters caught. Wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. 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

Queens

Birds of Summer
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-1pm

Enjoy a slide presentation and hike around the Refuge with naturalist Don Riepe. Learn about the 70-odd species of birds that frequent Jamaica Bay, their history and migration. This is an NYC Audubon/GNRA Partnership Program. To reserve space call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com.

 

 

Monmouth
County

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

Explore Sandy Hook's holly forest on this sensory walk led by a park ranger. Great for the whole family!

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.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Summer Beach Concert: Pat Guadagno and Candle Brothers
Sandy Hook
Beach Parking Lot E
6pm

Come enjoy the popular and free concert series, courtesy of the Sandy Hook Foundation. The concert will be featuring Pat Guadagno and Candle Brothers playing a series of Rock! Call 732-291-7733 for more information.

30

THU

Brooklyn

Fresh Creek Paddle, Find Your Park!
Canarsie Pier
9-11:30am

Enjoy a beginner's paddle along the north shore of Jamaica Bay to Fresh Creek, then paddle back to Canarsie Pier. Call 718-338-3799 for more information and to make reservations.

 

 

Queens

Rockaway Cove Paddle
Jacob Riis Park
Rockaway Point Kayak Launch to Riis Landing
1-3:30pm

Follow the scenic bay shore of the Rockaway Peninsula along the cove from Rockaway Point to Riis Landing. Call 718-338-3799 for more information and to make reservations.

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.

 

 

Queens

Full Moon Hike
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
8:30-10pm

Experience the park after dark and learn more about the nocturnal life that reside at the Refuge. An indoor presentation that will be followed by an evening hike. Overcast skies cancel.
 
Featured Events
Kayaking
2
FAMILY PADDLE
View beautiful Four Sparrow Marsh at Floyd Bennett on a beginner friendly paddle.
Left: Beach Concert. Right: Birding.
Wednesday
BEACH CONCERTS
From Rock to Motown, enjoy live music on the beach at Sandy Hook.
28
BIRDS OF SUMMER
Explore the Wildlife Refuge and hear about its 70 species of birds.