Gateway This Week May 8-15, 2010

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Date: May 7, 2010

Jamaica Bay



Migratory Bird Day

Migratory Bird Count

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Saturday, May 8

10 a.m. 12 p.m.

Partner up to seek out birds during migration and do a count of what we find.  Well cover the East Pond Trail, West Pond Trail, and the Gardens counting all the way.  Well share the results with birding organizations International Migratory Bird Day, Celebrate Urban Birds, and others. Bring binoculars and a scope, if you have one, and be ready to have a fun time!  Reservations required.


Grow Organic:

Natural Fertilizers and Insecticides

Floyd Bennett Field

Building 69

Saturday, May 8

2 p.m. 4 p.m.

Learn how to control pest and disease in your garden the organic way, and about natural, environmentally friendly fertilizers. 


Warbler Walk

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

Sunday, May 9

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

Bring someone special on this guided bird walk.  Discover warblers and other songbirds in the South and North Gardens.  Bring binoculars.


NYC Audubon

Horseshoe Crab Walk

Plumb Beach Roundhouse

Saturday, May 15

9 a.m. 11 a.m.

Look for mating horseshoe crabs and migrating shorebirds with naturalist Don Riepe.  Bring binoculars.  Reservations required.


Rockaway Artist Alliance

Forty Shades of Green

Fort Tilden, Studio 7 

April 18 May 23             

Incorporating the color and idea of green, as in recycled, renewed, and renewable, this juried exhibition seeks works in all mediums. The varieties of the color and the green ethos are the subject; the unique and vivid ways artists portray this will bring the theme to life.



School Groups Take Flight

Hangar B; Thursdays

10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

School groups are encouraged to learn about aerodynamics and flight with this guided interactive program led by volunteers from the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.


Rockaway Artists Alliance     

Open Mic Night


8 p.m.-11p.m.

Free to participate, or just enjoy. Sign up is at 7:45p.m., for those wishing to participate.


Historic Aircraft Restoration Project

Floyd Bennett Field

Hangar B

Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Weather permitting, bring the family and observe park volunteers as they restore vintage aircraft. Anyone with an interest in aviation or history is encouraged to join in this volunteer effort. Call (718) 338-3799 for more information.


Sandy Hook


Holly Forest Exploration

Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Saturday, May 8

10 a.m. 12 p.m.

Some of the oldest American holly trees in the country can be found in Sandy Hooks nearly 300 acres of holly forest. Join the American Littoral Society for this hike through the 64-acre maritime forest and see some of its oldest, rarest, and largest holly trees. Waterproof footwear is recommended. $5 per person, kids under12 free.


Wildflower Walk

Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Saturday, May 8

6 p.m. 8 p.m.

Discover, identify and enjoy the beauty of spring wildflowers on this nature walk.


Junior Ranger

Coast Artillery Corps Gunner

Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Wednesday, May 12

4 p.m. 5:15 p.m.

Children ages 7 12 will learn and practice the duties of army soldiers who were cannoneers at Fort Hancock during WWII.  Call(732) 872 5970 to reserve.


Night Prowl

Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Saturday, May 15

8 p.m. 10 p.m.

Explore a Sandy Hook habitat on this night hike.  Bring your five senses and a flashlight.


Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters

April 1 – May 30

Weekdays: 1 p.m. 5 p.m.

Weekends: 12 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The 1884 Keeper’s Quarters has exhibits on New Jersey lighthouses. The nearby keeper’s barn is always open with a video on the history of the Sandy Hook lighthouse. The lighthouse tower can be climbed in the afternoon. You must be 48 inches tall to climb the tower.


History House

Saturdays and Sundays

1 p.m. 5 p.m.

A restored 1898 lieutenants residence on Officers Row furnished to represent the World War II years. Exhibits highlight everyday life at Fort Hancock.


Sandy Hook Bird Observatory

Fort Hancocks Officers Row

Building 20

Tuesdays Saturdays, 10 a.m. 5 p.m.

Sundays, 10 a.m. 3 p.m.

Closed Mondays.

The New Jersey Audubon Society field center features a bookshop and numerous displays. Call (732) 872 2500.


Sandy Hook Migration Watch

Battery Peck Observation Deck

Open Daily, March15 – May 15

(weather permitting).

Contact Sandy Hook Bird Observatory at (732) 872-2500 or for more information.


Staten Island Unit



Migratory Bird Day

Great Kills Park

Education Field Station

Saturday, May 8

9 a.m. 11 a.m.

Celebrate the return of spring and its songbirds during this morning of birding with a ranger.


Hike with Your Pooch and a Ranger

Great Kills Park

Education Field Station

Saturday, May 15

10 a.m. 12 p.m.

Bring along your favorite canine on this ranger-guided nature walk.  Discover the beauty of nature as you explore Great Kills Park from maritime forest to shoreline.  Well-socialized and people-friendly dogs only, and on a leash, please.  Remember leave no trace, so bring a bag to clean up after your pet.


The Art of Kite Flying

Saturday, May 15

Miller Field Ranger Station

12 p.m. 2 p.m.

Kids and adults will gather to build their own kites and launch them from this former military airfield.  All materials will be provided.  Reservations required. Call (718) 351 6970.


Astronomy Night

Great Kills Park

Overflow Parking lot

Saturday, May 15


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.


Gateway National Recreation Area


210 New York Avenue

Staten Island, NY 10305


Contact Information

For updated information on park programs, or to make reservations, please contact the following sites, 9 a.m. 5 p.m.


Communications and Public Affairs

(718) 354 4606


Jamaica Bay (New York)

Floyd Bennett Field

Ranger Station

(All Jamaica Bay permit sales.) (718) 338 3799


Jacob Riis Park / Fort Tilden

Jacob Riis Bathhouse is closed for the season. For information and reservations for winter programs scheduled at Fort Tilden and Jacob Riis Park, please call (718) 318 4340.


Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge

(718) 318 4340


Sandy Hook (New Jersey)

Visitor Center

(732) 872 5970


Staten Island (New York)

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center

(718) 354-4500


Great Kills Park

(718) 987-6790


Miller Field



Last updated: February 26, 2015

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210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


(718) 354-4606

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