• Get away to Gateway, where you can camp and stay healthy with heart-smart activities. Photo by Sebastiano Privitera; used by permission.

    Gateway

    National Recreation Area NY,NJ

This Week at Jamaica Bay Unit

Volunteers planted thousands of trees at Floyd Bennett Field on Saturday, October 27. Anyone interested in volunteering to help the park recover after Hurricane Sandy can contact us via Gateway's Facebook page or on our Volunteer webpage.

Volunteers planted thousands of trees at Floyd Bennett Field on Saturday, October 27. Anyone interested in volunteering to help the park recover after Hurricane Sandy can contact us via Gateway's Facebook page or on our Volunteer webpage.

NPS PHOTO by John Warren

Programs are again being offered at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Ryan Visitor Center. Many other areas of the park need time to assess natural and historic properties so that we may continue the process of recovery after Hurricane Sandy. Rest assured that Gateway will remain a great urban park for visitors and wildlife alike in the years to come. We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming program at the wildlife refuge or when the park fully reopens!

 

March Events

Star Gazing
Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
Friday March 15
7:30p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Gaze at the wonders of the night sky over Floyd Bennett Field with the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York City. Telescopes are provided. Dress for the weather. Weather permitting: clear or partly clear skies.

"The Flying Irishman" - the Flight of Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan
Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
Ryan Visitor Center
Sunday, March 17
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Join a park ranger for a presentation and discussion of one of the most colorful pilots in aviation history. Bus - Q35

The Prepared Paddler
Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn
Ryan Visitor Center
Monday, March 18
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Interested in going paddling in Jamaica Bay? Get an overview of paddling best practices. Learn about the skills and equipment you will need so you can plan your next trip. Space is limited; call (718)338-3799 to make a reservation.

Spring Peepers
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Thursday, March 21
6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Celebrate the first full day of spring with the spring peepers chorus! Join a ranger to discover these tiny but fascinating tree frogs on a stroll to Big John's Pond. Evening will begin with a short indoor presentation. Bring a flashlight. Bus Q52/53

Have a Hoot with a Ranger
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Saturday, March 23
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Junior rangers are invited to an owl adventure. Learn about owls and their habitat through a hike and an owl pellet investigation. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.

Jamaica Bay Origami
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Sunday, March 24
2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Did you know that origami came from the Japanese words "Oru" meaning "to fold" and "Kami" meaning "paper"? Learn more about this relaxing art and create the animals found in and around Jamaica Bay.

Woodcock Watch
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Tuesday, March 26
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Wait and watch in the dusk for American woodcocks and their amazing flying tricks. These birds, also known as timberdoodles, mudbats, or bogsuckers, put on a spring show that's not to be missed. Program will begin with a brief indoor presentation. Please bring a flashlight.

Family Tour of Fort Tompkins
Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island
Wednesday, March 27
10:30 a.m. - noon and 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Families join us during spring recess for a tour of Fort Tompkins. Meet at the Fort Wadsworth Overlook. Bring your cameras and dress for the weather.

Moon Shine (heart - healthy)
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Wednesday, March 27
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Enjoy the night as a ranger guides you along the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge trails on a full moon night. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. You are welcome to bring a flashlight. Rain date on Thursday, March 28. (2 miles)

Spring Surprises (heart-healthy)
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Thursday, March 28
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
On this family-friendly nature walk, we will seek out some springtime surprises, including a plant that has been used as makeup, flowers that have gone to war, and birds of many kinds. We'll have binoculars available to borrow, feel free to bring your own if you have them. (1 mile)

Lantern Tour of Fort Wadsworth
Ft. Wadsworth, Staten Island
Thursday, March 28
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Explore the historic sites of the fort by night, and discover why they are a part of America's national park system. Bring a flashlight. Bus S51/81.

NYC Audubon Early Spring Bird Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Saturday, March 30
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center for a hike around the ponds and uplands to look for the first birds of spring. We can expect to see ospreys, oystercatchers, ibis, great egrets, laughing gulls, and phoebes, to name a few. Leader: Don Riepe. To reserve call (917)371-8577, or email: donriepe@gmail.com

Creepy Crawlies
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens
Saturday, March 30
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
The itsy bitsy spider is fun to learn about, and the insects are too! Hear all about creepy crawlies during this interactive family-friendly program. Bus Q52/53

Explore the Back Woods at Fort Tilden
Fort Tilden, Building 1, Queens
Sunday, March 31
10 a.m. - noon
Enter the woods with American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen to search for early spring birds, bursting buds, and historic fortifications of World War II. Bus Q22/35

Did You Know?

Aeiral view of the eastern portion of Jamaica Bay

At approximately 32 square miles and over 13000 acres, Jamaica Bay is the largest natural open space in New York City.