99 Ways To Find Gateway

Find Your Park at Gateway
Find Your Park at Gateway

National Park Service

1. Write Poetry
2. Be an urban hiker
3. Dance
4. Learn about climate change.
5. Discover a culture new to you.
6. Experience silence
7. Walk through the door of a historic house at Fort Hancock or Fort Wadsworth.
8. Go on a ranger led tour and see #rangerspointingatthings.
9. Hug a tree.
10. Make a memory.
11. Earn a Junior Ranger badge.
12. Celebrate innovation at Floyd Bennett Field; NYC's first municipal airport.
13. Bring a kid to a park - Gateway has things to do for kids of all ages at all of our units.
14. Try something new - learn how to bird watch at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
15. Channel your inner Bill Ney and become a citizen scientist. Gateway's Sandy Hook Unit will be holding a BioBlitz, a cataloging of all plants and animals within a 48 hour time frame, on September 18 and 19.
16. Find your park in Spanish - #EncuentraTuParque.
17. Go green (and grey).
18. Brush up on your national park trivia skills.
19. Make art in a park.
20. Come sail away at Jamaica Bay.
21. Learn how to kayak at Floyd Bennett Field, Riis Landing or Canarsie Pier.
22. Take a picnic and dine al fresco
23. Hit the road
24. Enlighten yourself at the Sandy Hook lighthouse- the oldest continuously operating lighthouse in the United States.
25. Feel the sand between your toes at all three of our units!
26. Share your story.
27. Learn about endangered species
28. Join us.
29. Follow NPS on social media- Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram too!
30. Bee pollinator friendly at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and Frank Charles Park.
31. Get VIP status- contact Keith White at Keith_White@nps.gov to volunteer.
32. Improve your health - get a park Rx.
33. Get reel. Gateway has been featured in The Blacklist, The Knick, Madame Secretary, and of course there's Fort Tilden.
34. See the sea.
35. Let Elmo and Murray (and Ranger Shalini) be your guides.
36. Mail a postcard.
37. Discover the military history around you at Fort Wadsworth, Fort Tilden, Floyd Bennett Field and Fort Hancock.
38. Make new friends.
39. Plan ahead and prepare.
40. Take a whale watching cruise from Riis Landing.
41. Walk nature's treadmill.
42. Pose for a family photo in a park.
43. Recognize women who made history- both the female pilots who were aviation pioneers at Floyd Bennett Field, and the WAC unit stationed at Fort Hancock, the first female unit at a fighting installation.
44. Stamp your park passport.
45. Run nature's treadmill.
46. Run a marathon. The NYC marathon starts in Fort Wadsworth.
47. Bike all five NYC boroughs. The 5-boro bike tour ends at Fort Wadsworth.
48. Be an Iron Girl at Sandy Hook.
49. Run like a zombie at Aviator Sports - or chose from many activities there.
50. Go fish.
51. See the starry, starry night.
52. Make a splash.
53. Build a sandcastle.
54. Share a #tbt park photo
55. Discover the beauty of our nation's other public lands.
56. Sleep outside
57. Renew your spirit.
58. Spread the love- thank a park volunteer.
59. Trash your trash.
60. Use the buddy system- don't swim alone!
61. Plan the best field trip ever!
62. Take a different kind of walk on the wild side at Gateway.
63. Take a deep breath.
64. Use a National Park Service Lesson Plan.
65. Play
66. Take a sunrise selfie
67. Ride a bike
68. Take a Zumba class at Great Kills Park in Staten Island.
69. Visit a Bathhouse designed by Robert Moses at the Jacob Riis Park.
70. Visit the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, the only wildlife refuge in the National Park Service.
71. Take a sunset selfie.
72. Visit the park as soon as it opens.
73. Grow vegetables at Floyd Bennett Field or Miller Field!
74. Go windsurfing!
75. Play cricket.
76. Play soccer with your team at Miller Field.
77. Play bocce ball at Frank Charles Park.
78. Play tennis at Frank Charles Park.
79. Watch the boats come into the New York Harbor at the Fort Wadsworth overlook.
80 . Visit all three units of Gateway - Jamaica Bay, Sandy Hook and Staten Island.
81. Visit two former Nike Missile sites- at Fort Tilden and Fort Hancock.
82. Learn how to use binoculars at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.
83. Start your birding life list.
84. Learn how to seine (net fish) at Sandy Hook or Fort Wadsworth.
85. Roast marshmallows at a beach bonfire.
86. Cross country ski at Floyd Bennett Field.
87. Enjoy all four seasons at Gateway.
88. Help tag horseshoe crabs.
89. Help tag monarch butterflies
90. Take an eco-cruise at Jamaica Bay.
91. Go to a shorebird festival.
92. Discover Dead Horse Bay.
93. Stand on one of the highest sites in NYC at the Fort Wadsworth overlook.
94. Do a sun salutation on the beach.
95. Be a foodie- eat from a food truck at Sandy Hook.
96. Be hip and hang out at Fort Tilden.
97. Ride a NYC subway to a national park.
98. Watch for seals at Sandy Hook.
99. Help us get ready for our centennial.

Last updated: August 21, 2015

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