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Family Fun at Gateway NRA

park ranger and youth camper roasting a marshmallow on a stick.

Park ranger assisting a youth camper with roasting a marshmallow on a stick during family camping.

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American Littoral Society – Sunset Seining

Building No. 8, Sandy Hook – NJ

Tuesday, July 8

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

After a short walk on the Society's front porch, head over to Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook Bay for a seining adventure. Participants are invited to pull a 40 foot seine net through the bay, and learn about the fish and other critters caught in the net. Wear comfortable clothing and water shoes. Cost: $5 per person, free for members. Call 732-291-0055 for more information and to reserve.

Full Buck Moon

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens

Saturday, July 12

8:30p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Explore historic Fort Wadsworth with a ranger by the light of the moon. Bring a flashlight and wear sturdy walking shoes. Meet at the visitor center parking lot, New York Avenue.

Night Hike – Full Buck Moon

Parking Lot E, Sandy Hook – N.J.

Saturday, July 12

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Explore various parts of Sandy Hook's ecosystem during the full buck moon. At this time of year, is when bucks begin to grow new antlers. This night hike features seining, which is always an interesting adventure. Bring a flashlight, bug repellant, and wear shoes you can get wet. Free, but reservations required. Call (732)-872-5970. (1 mile)

Sunset Eco-cruise

Riis Landing, Queens

Tuesday, July 15

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Join a ranger on a sunset cruise past bird nesting islands and verdant marshes. Expect water birds and the famous Jamaica Bay Sunset. (718)-474-0555 Reservations are necessary for this popular program Americanprincess.com; $20 per adult, $15 per child age 5-12, children under 5 are free. American Princess Cruises are located at Riis Landing Boarding at 5:30 p.m.

Deadhorse Bay Paddle

Gateway Marina, Brooklyn

Wednesday, July 16

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Experience Deadhorse Bay from the water, on this pleasant paddle across to Plumb Beach. Open to the public, ages 6 and up with an adult. Reservations required; call (718) 338 – 3799. (2miles)

Frank Charles Park Kayak Walk-up and

Shoreline Seining with the Urban Park Rangers

Frank Charles Memorial Park, Queens

Wednesday, July 23

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Paddle on the water at this walk-up program and then find out what is in the water on this guided program. Open to the public, ages 6 and up with an adult. No reservation required.

Floyd Bennett Family Bike Ride

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

Aviator Sports

Saturday, July 26

11a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Families can try out a "mini-epic" bicycle ride with a Park Ranger on a loop across Floyd Bennett Field and back along the Jamaica Bay Greenway. Reservations are required; call (718) 338 – 3799. (2 miles)

Fun Paddle and Walk in the Park

Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn

Mill Basin Kayak Launch (Remote Control Flying Field)

Wednesday, July 30

1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Enjoy this beginner's paddle on the outgoing tide, along the shores of Floyd Bennett Field. Land at the take-out and then enjoy a guided walk back to the start. Open to the public, ages 6 and up with an adult. Reservations are required; call (718) 338 – 3799.

Ongoing Program:

Awesome Osprey
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge – Queens
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.


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."

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

Did You Know?

Fort Wadsworth

Fort Wadsworth, located on Staten Island at the Narrows (next to the Verrazano Bridge), is one of the oldest military sites in the nation. This site has controlled the entrance to New York Harbor since the Washington administration.