Get to Know a Brooklyn Park With Urban Park Ranger Programs Across the Borough This Month

Marine Park. Photo by Susan De Vries


    Shake off winter and head out into Brooklyn’s green spaces for some free public programs this month.

    Offering something for just about every interest from local history to the secret life of squirrels, the programs are led by Urban Park Rangers in parks across the borough. Begun more than thirty years ago, the Urban Park Ranger program provides educational programs to connect residents with the natural world in their own backyards.

    Below are a few highlights, but more events are listed at the NYC Parks online calendar here. All of the programs listed below are free, but registration is required for some. Most of the events are child-friendly.

    Women’s History Month: Gravesend Cemetery Tour
    Sunday, March 17
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Learn more about Lady Deborah Moody and her Gravesend story during a tour of the historic Gravesend Cemetery.

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    Salt Marsh Nature Center. Photo by Susan De Vries

    Scavenger Hunt Hike at Hervert Von King Park
    Bed Stuy
    Sunday, March 24
    1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Take a leisurely hike while hunting for hidden clues to the natural wonders of this Bed Stuy park.

    Survival Series: Cordage and Rope Making at Salt Mash Nature Center
    Marine Park
    Saturday, March 30
    1 to 2:30 p.m.
    Get out into Brooklyn’s largest park and pick up some survival tips and tricks to help navigate the natural world.

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    Photo by Mary Hautman

    Wildlife Viewing: City Squirrels in Fort Greene Park
    Fort Greene
    Saturday, March 30
    1 to 2:30 p.m.
    They are seemingly everywhere but have you ever wondered how squirrels have adapted to life in the big city? Stop by the Fort Greene Park Visitor’s Center to learn more about the habits of Brooklyn’s furry residents.

    Wildlife Viewing: Waterfront Wildlife at Bush Terminal Park
    Sunset Park
    Sunday, March 31
    11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Head to the waterfront to learn about the birds and other wildlife that play a role in Brooklyn’s ecosystem.

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