• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.


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Family Fun at Gateway NRA

Junior Ranger excited to earn another badge, adding to her collection of over 50 junior ranger badges.

Junior ranger showing her collection of over 50 junior ranger badges she has earned.

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Upcoming Programs:

Recycling Effort WW II "Get In The Scrap"
Ryan Visitor Center - Brooklyn Floyd Bennett Field
Thursday, January 29
3 –4 p.m.
Recycling is not a new idea. During World War II, children on the home front helped the war effort by collecting scrap and even donated some of their own toys. Children, aged eight to eleven, join us for a fun afternoon learning about some of the things they collected and create your own WWII poster.

Bessie Coleman
Floyd Bennett Field
Monday, February 16, 2015
1–2 p.m.
Bessie Coleman, pioneer aviator, was the first female African-American pilot. Children, ages four to seven, help celebrate Black History Month, by joining us for a story about Bessie's life. For more information call 718-338-3799.

Junior Ranger Hike
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge –Queens
Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs.
February 16 –19, 2- 3:00 p.m.
Junior Rangers, ages 7-11, gear up for a winter hike through our trails.Remember to pack your binoculars, journal and wear warm clothing. Information 718-318-4340.(2 miles). Bus: Q52, Q53;A train to Broad Channel. JBWR will be open on Mon. and Tues. for these hikes.

Golden Age Discovery Zone
WW II Nose Art
Ryan Visitor Center - Brooklyn
Floyd Bennett Field
Thursday, February 19
1 p.m.–2 p.m.
World War II pilots painted graffiti-like designs on the nose of their planes.Children join us for a visit to the Ryan Visitor Center to learn about nose art and design a nose art picture of your own. For more information call 718-338-3799.

Balance Challenge for Children
Floyd Bennett Field - Brooklyn
Ryan Visitors Center
Thursday, February 19
1:30 –2:30 p.m.
Balance and flexibility are important parts of healthy living.Children ages 6 –12 will enjoy a host of fun balance and flexibility exercises that they can also do at home. Space is limited; call 718/338 3799 to make a reservation.

Harp Petting Zoo for Kids
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge –Queens
Sunday, February 22
3 pm – 4:00 pm
It's winter and we don't have a lot of wildlife around but come to see what strange beasts these are. Harpist Mia Theodoratus will bring a variety of instruments for demonstration. See a pedal harp, a Celtic harp, an electric harp. Kids with an inquisitive mind and clean hands can examine instruments. A performance by the ensemble will conclude the program.

Let's Move Outside Junior Rangers

Let's Move Outside Jr. Rangers is a fitness initiative dedicated to getting kids and families to take advantage of America's outdoors with active recreation and learning in National Parks. Children ages 7-12 are invited to get a healthy start to a healthy future by participating in any of the guided programs that are offered at all of Gateway's sites, throughout the year. In addition, they can embark on a self-guided Jr. Ranger adventure with their families, by picking up a Jr. Ranger booklet at any visitor contact station. Jr. Rangers who participate in ranger-guided programs or the self-guided program can earn a certificate, Junior Ranger badge or a special patch, while championing the Jr. Ranger motto: "explore, learn and protect."

Look for the programs that the park offers in the quarterly program guides for each unit. Or, follow us on Facebook, or Twitter.

Make your local national park, your "Gateway" to adventure, fitness, and fun!

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