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.
Bring Your Class to Gateway!
Note: Due to high demand for our free ranger guided programs, we can accommodate no more than two classes per school.
Be a pollinator protector and a soil sleuth at the Jamaica Bay Unit, host of several exciting nature-based programs.Combine history and science as you defend New York Harbor with air powered cannons in the program "Sentinels of Our Shores" at Fort Wadsworth. Nature based programs are also available in the Staten Island Unit.
Habitats by Land and Sea: Restoring Resiliency
What does a resilient habitat look like? In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we all were tested. Now it is your chance to test the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge to to investigate what makes an ecosystem resilient to flooding and effects from climate change.
Bird Migration and Climate Change
Is climate change affecting the bird population? Kids can view many species of birds at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Center, while learning really cool science facts from which they can then postulate scientific hypotheses.
Is Dead Horse Bay Dead or Alive?
Explore the rich diversity of organisms and the complex relationships found at Dead Horse Bay and determine whether or not Dead Horse Bay is dead or alive.
Note: This program is currently on hold so that we can offer our ranger guided Habitats by Land and Sea program at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
Kids explore living and breathing science using techniques actual scientists use to make discoveries about the Asian crab. Previous groups of students have yelled and cheered during this program. Marine Invaders is a tide dependent program and works best on days when the tide is falling during the hours of 10 AM to 12 PM.
Towering Trees and Bursting Buds: Plant Phenology
Be a botanist for a day. Gaze up at towering trees. Touch a tree bark. Learn how plants grow from a seed. Take a nature hike to learn all about trees and the impact climate has on their growth.
Did You Know?
All of Gateway NRA's units include sites that defended New York Harbor from attacks from the sea, from the Revolutionary War through World War II. They are Fort Hancock, Fort Tilden, and Fort Wadsworth. Learn about the history of coastal defense by visiting any of these sites. More...