• 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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  • Sand Replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach

    Sand replenishment at Jacob Riis Park Beach has begun. During this project, sections of the beach will be closed to the public for their safety. Replenishment is expected to take up to two weeks.

  • The Floyd Bennett Field Archery Range will be closed on October 22

    Sections of the archery range parking lot will be excavated by the Army Corps of Engineers, to remove defunct fuel lines. The archery range will reopen October 23.

For Kids


Sesame Street Explores Gateway National Recreation Area

Follow Elmo, Murray, and Ranger Shalini as they learn about the nests, seasons, and habitats at Gateway!


Family Fun at Gateway!

Gateway National Recreation Area is a great place for the whole family all year long. The National Park Service offers many programs throughout the year for kids to learn about the nature and history that's right here in their own backyard, or to bring out their creativity. They can even earn their Junior Ranger badges! Get the whole family together, and visit the Gateway site nearest you, or make a day trip to visit the other sites. Whatever you do, kids of all ages will enjoy discovering the treasures found in our local national park!

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Earn your Junior Ranger badge.  Great for kids ages 7-12


Junior Ranger in Jamaica Bay
Visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge or the Ryan Visitor Center and
ask a Ranger for your very own Junior Ranger Book. It is great for girls and boys who want to Explore, Learn and Protect our National Parks. Complete the activities and earn a Junior Ranger Badge. The book is designed for ages 7-12.

Become a WebRanger!
The National Park Service has a great Junior Ranger program for kids of all ages on line. You can play more than 50 games and learn about your National Parks. If you love your National Parks, Monuments and Historic Sites than this web page is for you www.nps.gov/webrangers

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EcoLife Summer Day Camp

Photo credit Federica Corinto

Ecolife Summer Programs

EcoLife is a set of four summer programs for the community that teaches youth about sustainability in the park. Students will learn the concept of sustainability through hands on activities. EcoLife provides kids with the tools that they can use to fulfill a greener lifestyle and to give back to their neighborhood.

Click here for more info!

New online game for kids! 

Did You Know?

Dimmed and camoflagued Sandy Hook lighthouse at night in World War II.

Did you know that the Sandy Hook Light was dimmed in World War II and painted in camoflague? Homes and businesses within five miles of the ocean were required to use blackout curtains in order to protect ships from attacks by German U-Boats. More...