Sandy Hook's False Tip Closed
The false tip area of Sandy Hook is closed due to safety concerns while the Army Corps of Engineers continues their dredging operations.
This Week's Programs at Gateway July 6
Contact: Brian Feeney, 718-354-4606
Jamaica Bay Programs
Tour Tilden by Bike
Enjoy a bike ride through the maritime uplands and historic back fort of Fort Tilden. Bikes and helmets required. Reservations required.
Assemble, design and fly your very own kite! All supplies will be provided.
Introduction to Canoeing
No boating experience required. Participants should expect physical exertion. Bring water and sunscreen. There is a fee. Space is limited and reservations are required.
This program will provide beginner and intermediate sailing instruction. There is a fee and space is limited. Make reservations after June 1st. Call (718) 338 – 3799.
Youth Group Camping
Kids camp overnight in tents, prepare meals outdoors, practice teamwork and explore nature in the urban outback of Floyd Bennett Field. Call (718) 338- 4306 for information on leader training, fees and scheduling.
Youth Group Sailing
Youth groups develop an appreciation of local natural resources while learning the basics of sailing. Program accommodates 25 participants per day. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call (718) 338 – 3799.
Sandy Hook Programs
Seining the Salt Marsh
Beginning July 6, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30-11:30 a.m. (Call the Sandy Hook Visitor Center for location or look for the “Seining Today” signs along Hartshorne Drive.)
Participate in this hands-on activity that explores the creatures in the bay. Please wear footwear you can get wet.
Canoe Sandy Hook Bay
Tuesday July 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 2 p.m. No reservation needed.
For individuals and families – children must be at least 7 yrs old and not afraid of the water. Wear clothes and shoes you can get wet. We provide lifejackets, canoes and instructions.
Battery Gunnison in World War II
Meet an historian in World War II uniform who will guide you through the battery to show you how it operated and defended New York Harbor during the war.
Explore a Sandy Hook habitat on this after dark program. Bring a flashlight.
Music on the Hook
Sandy Hook Summer Beach Concerts. On the Beach at Area E, Wednesdays at 6 p.m. The Sandy Hook Foundation sponsors this annual FREE concert series. If weather is a factor, a decision will be made at 2 p.m. on the day of the concert. Call 732-291-7733 or check www.sandyhookfoundationnj.org for rain cancellations.
*July 8: BethAnne Clayton Band (Country Rock)
Staten Island Programs
The 54th and Shaw
Learn about the 54th Volunteers and one-time Staten Islander Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. Shaw made history on July 18, 1863 inspiring monuments and the film “Glory” which was based on Shaw’s letter while he trained and lead the regiment. Reservations required.
“Hoop It Up” 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament
Boys and girls can ‘hoop it up’ with National Park Service rangers for a 5-on-5 single elimination basketball tournament. Prizes will be awarded. The deadline to sign up is June 27. The tournament is free.
(718) 354 – 4500
The visitor center is open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p. m. Ranger-led tours of the fortifications are conducted Wednesday through Sunday at 2:30 p.m.
Great Kills Park
The Education Field Station is open Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for permits and park information.
The Miller Field Ranger Station is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a. m. to 4:30 p. m.
Permits Information for Staten Island, GATE
Fishing and bird watching/nature study parking permits are available for the 2009 season at Miller Field,
Fort Wadsworth and Great Kills Park. Boat Launch Permits are only issued at Great Kills Park.
Did You Know?
Did you know that Fort Hancock, unlike most Army posts during World War II, had a racially integrated unit? The 1225th Army Service Unit had African-American soldiers and in 1943 received a group from the Women's Army Corps. More...