This Week at Gateway July 20-26

Ferry Nice! Weekend ferry service from New York City directly to Sandy Hook
Seastreak Ferry 1-800-BOATRIDE or
Ferry Nice! Weekend ferry service from New York City directly to Sandy Hook
Seastreak Ferry 1-800-BOATRIDE or

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Jamaica Bay Programs

Sunset Eco-Cruise
Riis Landing
Thursday, July 23
7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
$6.00 per person

Discover the early evening beauty of one of New York City’s natural treasures during this ranger-guided eco – tour of Jamaica Bay. Bring binoculars and insect protection. For more information call: (718) 318 – 4340.

NYC Audubon Summer Bird and Nature Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, July 26
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

See shorebirds, dragonflies, butterflies and wildflowers and learn about the history and ecology of the refuge with naturalist Don Riepe. Bring binoculars, drinking water, insect and sun protection. Reservations required.

Canarsie Concert Series
Canarsie Pier
Thursday Nights
July 23, 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Listen to the live sounds of jazz, R & B, pop, and old school music. And make sounds of your own on Open Mike Nights: July 16, August 6, and August 27; arrive 30 minutes early to register for open mic.

Floyd Bennett Field
Hangar B
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays,
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The volunteers from the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP) will be available to give tours of the vintage aircraft they work so hard to restore.

Jacob Riis Park Tour
Jacob Riis Park
Bathhouse Entry Pavilion
Saturdays and Sundays
2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join a park ranger on a walking tour of historic Jacob Riis Park.

Kayaking “Try – out”
Canarsie Pier
East Beach
Friday – Monday July 10 – August 31
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

How amazing is this? First timer paddlers can try kayaking on Jamaica Bay. Kayaks and life vests will be provided!Wear comfortable clothing. For ages 10 and up. Call (718)338 – 3799 for more information.

Introduction to Canoeing
Gateway Marina
(Across from Floyd Bennett Field)
Saturday, July 26
10 a.m. – noon

No boating experience required. Participants should expect physical exertion. Bring water and sunscreen. There is a fee. Space is limited and reservations are required.

Individual Sailing
Instruction Program
Gateway Marina
(Across from Floyd Bennett Field)
Thursdays, July 23 (and every Thursday through August 27) 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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
Floyd Bennett Field
Ecology Village Mondays through Thursdays
July 6 – August 27

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
Gateway Marina
(Across from Floyd Bennett Field)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, July 6 – August 27 9 a.m. – noon

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.

Coming Soon: The August Production of the Rockaway Theater Company

The Rockaway Theater Company presents a selection of musicals, comedies and dramas at Fort Tilden’s historic Post Theater. For additional information, including audition dates or to purchase tickets call (718) 850 – 2450.

Come Back to the Five and Dime – Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean!
August 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 & 29
at 8 p.m.
Matinees – August 16, 23 & 30 at 3 p.m.

Sandy Hook Programs

Campfire on the Beach
Fridays July 24 (& July 31) at 8 p.m.
Meet at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Sing along and hear some strange but true stories about Sandy Hook (sea monsters, pirates, shipwrecks & broken dishes) on the beach opposite the Visitor Center.

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 for rain cancellations.

July 22 Philadelphia Funk Authority (R&B)

Bunker of the Week
Tuesdays at 7 p.m.
Meet at Post Theater Parking Lot

Explore a different gun battery each week. Battery Gunnison July 21

Birding for Beginners
Meet at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center Parking Lot
Tuesday, July 21 at 6 p.m.

An evening bird walk with the New Jersey Audubon Society featuring migratory shorebirds, terns, egrets and other birds of the seashore. Open to all skill levels and ages. Bring binoculars.

Cold War Defenses
Meet at the Nike Ajax Missile launch site, ¼ mile north of the Ranger Station
Thursday, July 23 at 7 p.m.

Car caravan to the Sandy Hook Nike Missile sites that were built as part of the Cold War era air defenses of the 1950s.

National Park Service Junior Ranger Historian
Fort Hancock Museum
Thursdays at 9 a.m.
July 23

Kids ages 7-12 can become a history detective and help National Park Service researchers unlock the hidden secrets of Sandy Hook’s past: recreate a shipwreck rescue, use a kite and aerial camera to peer down into the past, become a fire fighting historian. The program is free, but reservations are required: 732-872-5970.

American Littoral Society Family Nights at the Hook Building 18, Fort Hancock
Tuesday, July 21

Bring the kids to pull a seine net and look at plankton through a field microscope. Reservations required for this ALS fee program. Call 732-872-0055.

Sandy Hook Visitor Center
Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Visitor Center is in the historic Spermaceti Cove Life-Saving Station and features exhibits and a bookstore. Call 732-872-5970.

History House
Weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Daily, beginning June 21, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

An 1898 lieutenant’s quarters on "Officers Row" overlooking Sandy Hook Bay is furnished to the 1940s, the busiest time at Fort Hancock.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Tours
Weekends, noon to 4:30 p.m.
Weekdays, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tours are first-come, first-served. You must be 48 inches tall to climb the tower. Grounds and video in adjacent barn are always open. Groups must make advance reservations. Call the Visitor Center.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters
Weekends, noon to 5 p.m.
Weekdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign up here for Lighthouse tours and see exhibits on New Jersey Lighthouses.

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Closed Saturdays and Sundays, in July & August
Building 20, Fort Hancock’s Officers Row

This New Jersey Audubon Society field center has a bookshop and displays. Call 732-872-2500.

Fort Hancock Museum
Weekends June 20-August 22, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum is in the former post guardhouse: Dioramas of Sandy Hook and its gun batteries, photographs and artifacts from Fort Hancock’s past ….and those old army jail cells.

Battery Potter
Weekends June 20 – August 22 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Who needs Harry Potter? We've got Battery Potter! Explore Sandy Hook’s oldest gun battery, completed in 1894. Meet at Battery Potter.

Staten Island Programs

Cheer Your Favorite Team On!
“Hoop It Up” 5-on-5 Basketball Tournament
Miller Field Ranger Station
Saturday, July 25 at 10 a.m.

It's too late to register, but not too late to cheer your favorite team on! Boys and girls will ‘hoop it up’ with National Park Service rangers for a 5-on-5 single elimination basketball tournament.

A La Carte Great Kills Park Beach Center
Sundays, July 19 & 26
noon – 2 p.m.

Ongoing activities! Explore the National Park Service portable discovery station to learn about native plants and animals. Each session will cover a different theme.

Astronomy Night
Bulkhead Road
(Opposite the Education Field Station)
Saturday, July 25 at 8 p.m.

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association for a tour of the evening sky. Telescopes will be available or you can bring your own. Inclement weather will cancel the program.

Scrapbooking Victorian Style
Fort Wadsworth Mont Sec House
Saturday, July 25 at 1 p.m.

Join us to learn how the Victorians made their scrapbooks and make one for yourself. Bring photos and mementos if you like. Materials will be supplied. Reservations required: 718-354-4500

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center
(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
(718) 987 – 6790

The Education Field Station is open Friday through Monday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for permits and park information.

Miller Field
(718) 351-6970

The Miller Field Ranger Station is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a. m. to 4:30 p. m.


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.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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