• 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.


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The Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area provides unique research and recreation opportunities as a variety of natural habitats exist in close proximity to a spectacular urban landscape.
Gateway Research Learning Center provides a number of resources to assist research endeavors in the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area, which includes areas in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.
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As the National Recreation Area for one of the most populated and diverse cities in the United States, Gateway NRA offers research opportunities that cannot be found elsewhere. The resources here are vast and varied, from the natural and cultural resources encompassed by the three districts of the Jamaica Bay Unit to the facilities the Institute offers to aid permitted researchers in their work.

Geography & Habitat

Spanning two states, Gateway National Recreation Area is comprised of 13,000+ acres in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in New York as well as the beautiful Sandy Hook Unit in New Jersey. These areas form a microcosm of what makes Gateway great: complex natural resources, military history and abundant recreation areas.

Gateway Research Learning Center, housed at historic Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, services the three districts of the Jamaica Bay Unit. Within these three districts lie a number of different habitats; complex dune systems and beach areas of the Breezy Point District, grassland expanses and miles of bay side shoreline of the North Shore District and the upland field and woods and salt marshes of the Wildlife Refuge District.


Also available to permitted research are the fine facilities provided by the Center.

Research Vessel
Researchers Suite
Resource Library
Conference Rooms
Field/Research Equipment


Did You Know?

Volunteers restoring historic aircraft

Each year some 4,000 Volunteers-in-Parks contribute over 80,000 hours of their time to protect Gateway's natural and historical resources and assist visitors. More...