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    Gateway

    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

This Week at Gateway NRA April 11-17

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Date: April 14, 2010

Jamaica Bay Unit

 

A Walk in the Park

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, April 17

10 a.m. 11:30 a.m.

Kick off National Park Week by taking a walk with a park ranger along the East Pond Trail. Discover what makes this National Park special. Bring binoculars.

 

Riis Bust Dedication

Jacob Riis Park

Bay 9 Mall

Saturday, April 17

2 p.m. 4 p.m.

Join us as we unveil David Ostro’s sculpture of Jacob Riis, which will replace the sculpture that has been missing since 1964.

 

Exploring Dead Horse Bay

Floyd Bennett Field

Main Entrance Ranger Station

Saturday, April 17

2 p.m. 4 p.m.

Hike the trails and beach of Dead Horse Bay with Mickey Maxwell Cohen of the American Littoral Society. Discover coastal thickets and a treasure-laden beach. Wear sturdy shoes. Bring binoculars.

 

Not Just Tomatoes

Floyd Bennett Field

Building 69

Saturday, April 17

2 p.m. 4 p.m.

Join award - winning gardener Tom Ingram to learn how to grow summers favorite vegetables tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans and more.

Sandy Hook

 

NJ Audubon & Monmouth County Audubon Societies  

Hawks Aloft

Sandy Hook Visitor Center Parking Lot

Saturday, April 17

10 a.m. 12 p.m.

Join naturalists to search for ospreys, falcons, and other hawks that rest and feed at Sandy Hook during migration. Also explore some bayside areas for waterfowl and other birds. Bring binoculars.

 

Earth Day Holly Forest Walk

Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Saturday, April 17

2 p.m. 4 p.m.

A ranger-led walk through Sandy Hooks maritime holly forest.

 

Weird Sandy Hook

Fort Hancock Theater Parking Lot

Saturday April 17

7 p.m. 9 p.m.

Think you know everything about Sandy Hook? Discover places where strange but true events took place on the Hook. Find out where Pilot Tom, the weeping whale, scared the armys bravest soldiers, and where and why post commander Colonel Deems almost lost his job for the love of a fox terrier named Riley. Visitors will get to be explosive experts at the site of the deadly army proving ground and help solve mysteries from Fort Hancocks spooky and explosive past.

 

Staten Island Unit

 

Lenape Lore

Great Kills Park

Education Field Station

Saturday, April 17

2 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

Learn about the first people on Staten Island, the Lenape. Find out how their lives were closely tied to nature. Discover their beliefs, hear words from their language, listen to Lenape stories, and learn the games they played.  Reservations required.

 

Astronomy Night

Great Kills Park

Overflow Parking Lot

Saturday, April 17

Sunset

The Amateur Astronomers Association will lead a tour of the evening sky. Telescopes will be available or you can bring your own. In the event of inclement weather the program will be cancelled.

Did You Know?

Ruffle Bar in Jamaica Bay

Gateway National Recreation Area is mostly made up of water, making it a boater's paradise! Canoeing, kayaking, fishing and sailing are just a few of the ways to enjoy the park. More...