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

    Gateway

    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

Family Fun at Gateway NRA

Junior Rangers looking at an osprey nest and bird watching.

Junior Rangers and their family are bird watching during a nature hike on Junior Ranger Day.  They are looking at an osprey nest and learning about these fish eating hawks.

NPS Photo

Camp Gateway Walk Up and Paddle

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

Seaplane Ramp

Saturday, June 28

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kayak tryouts for those who have never done it before. Open to the public, ages 6 and up with an adult.

Canarsie Walk-up and Paddle

Canarsie Pier, Brooklyn

Saturday, June 28

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Kayak tryouts for those who have never done it before. Open to the public, ages 6 and up with an adult.

Camp Gateway Walk Up and Paddle

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

Seaplane Ramp

Sunday, June 29

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Kayak tryouts for those who have never done it before. Open to the public, ages 6 and up with an adult.


Goat feeding and talk

Fort Wadsworth Overlook, Staten Island

Sunday, June 29

11:30 p.m.- 12:30 p.m.

Meet at the Overlook, then walk along to the bottom at Battery Weed, where we will feed the goats and visitors wishing to go into their pen area, will be supplied with gloves (under 18 yrs. of age must be accompanied by an adult)-cancelled during inclement weather, call 718 354-4655 for further details.

Fort Hancock Bike Tour

Sunday, June 29

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ferry Landing, Sandy Hook - New Jersey

Bicycle with a ranger on a guided tour, highlighting the batteries, historic structures, and beaches of Sandy Hook. Bring a bike helmet. Call (732) 872-5970 for reservations. 3 miles


Ongoing Program:

Awesome Osprey
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge – Queens
Daily
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Stop by to observe our South Marsh osprey pair as they prepare to raise a family. Hear the remarkable stories of their annual long-distance migrations and their recovery in the US. Spotting scope provided for up-close views of these majestic birds of prey.

Be a Bird Detective
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge – Queens
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays
10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Don't know much about birds? That is okay, we'll teach you! Learn to use binoculars and a bird detective checklist. See for yourself why Jamaica Bay is a special place for all kinds of birds. This family friendly program is good for newcomers to Jamaica Bay. Binoculars and field guides to share will be provided, but more are always welcome. Dress for the weather, but the program may be adapted to an indoor program. Bus: Q52, Q53.


H.A.R.P

Hanger B - Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturdays

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Walking Tours: Thursdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Visit the volunteers of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Program as they restore aircraft associated with Floyd Bennett Field's rich aviation history. Bus Q35.


Crustacean of the Day

Beach Area E, Sandy Hook - New Jersey

July 1 – August 26

2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Park rangers reveal fun facts and provide a hands-on crustacean pool to share with beachgoers of all ages. Drop in at Beach Area E to observe and handle creatures native to Sandy Hook Bay.

Seining at Horseshoe Cove

Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook - New Jersey

June 30 – August 25

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Join our ranger staff for some seining to explore hands-on what marine creatures are lurking just beneath the surface of Sandy Hook Bay.


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!

Did You Know?

Ruffle Bar in Jamaica Bay

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