This Week at Gateway National Recreation Area

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Date: March 17, 2010

Jamaica Bay


Tour the Tip at Breezy Point

Fort Tilden, Bldg. 1

Saturday, March 13

11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Mickey Maxwell Cohen, American Littoral Society naturalist, leads this three mile walk around the wild, western tip of the Rockaway Peninsula. Participants will carpool to the site. Bring binoculars. Wear sturdy shoes. Reservations required.


Fort Tilden Walking Tour

Fort Tilden, Bldg. 1

Saturday, March 13

1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Learn about the history of Fort Tilden, the Coastal Artillery Corps, and other national park sites that have a coastal defense story to tell.


Gardeners Forum

Floyd Bennett Field

Building 69

Sunday, March 14

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Learn about soil, planting your garden, watering, community gardening and more.


The Night Sky

Floyd Bennett Field

Radio Control Flying Field

Friday, March 19, April 23, May 21

8 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Come gaze at the wonders of the night sky over Floyd Bennett Field with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting, clear or partly skies. Telescopes will be provided.


Rockaway Artists Alliance     

Open Mic Night

Fort Tilden, Studio 6


8 p.m.- 10 p.m.

(7:45 sign-up to participate)

Your chance to perform in front of a live audience, or just watch. Free.


Rockaway Artists Alliance

Two Multimedia Events:

Studio 6 & Studio 7, Fort Tilden

March 13 – April 3

Saturdays and Sundays

12 p.m. – 4 p.m.


To Our Idols

What inspires us? From places to objects to people- contemporary, historical or fictional, famous or not, “Idols” seeks creative answers to this question.


Bodies of Work

This juried exhibition invites artist’s unique talents to explore the human body represented in all its phases, incarnations and views. Figures clothed or not, still or in motion, alone or in any setting or background.


Rockaway Theater Company

Seussical JR: the Musical

March 6, 12, &13

7 p.m.

Matinees: March 5, 7, & 13

2 p.m.


St Patrick’s Day Sing- along

Sunday, March 14

2 p.m.

Featuring - The Gilleece Twins & Chris Benedict


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


Battery Gunnison Preserved

Battery Gunnison

Saturday, March 13

12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Members of the Army Ground Forces Association will be in 1943 era coast artillery uniform as they restore and interpret Battery Gunnison and its 6-inch guns. Step back in time to March 1943, to when the battery was being prepared for initial activation with the movement of the two 6-inch guns from Battery Peck.


Night Prowl

Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Saturday, March 13

7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

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


Harbor Lights

Twin Lights State Historic Site

Highlands, NJ

Sunday, March 14

2 p.m. – 4p.m.

Discover the lighthouses, lightships, and buoys that guide ships into New York Harbor. Bring binoculars. Reservations required. Call (732) 872-1812.


Sandy Hook Lighthouse and Keepers Quarters

March 1-31

Weekends: 1 p.m. 5 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


Fort Wadsworth Walking Tours

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center

Wednesday-Sunday 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ranger-led tours of the 19th Century granite forts and batteries. Learn about harbor defense from the Revolutionary War through World War I.


Waterfowl Walk

Great Kills Park

Ranger Station

Sunday, March 14

2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Observe a variety of birds in their winter habitat at Great Kills Park. Dress for the weather and bring binoculars. Reservations required.


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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Mailing Address:

210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


(718) 354-4606

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