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A young boy views a pond at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from a bird blind.
Reading the wonderbook of nature.  A young boy views a pond at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge from a bird blind.

Photo:  @kathleenmziegler; (#gatewaynps; Kathleen M. Ziegler) used with permission.

"It is an incalculable added pleasure to anyone's sum of happiness if he or she grows to know, even slightly or imperfectly, how to read the wonderbook of nature."
-- Theodore Roosevelt

Nature, History, Culture. Add your pages to the Gateway wonderbook by posting your pix to #gatewaynps and #wonderbook.

Hashtag Photo Contest 2017

Entering is easy. Take fabulous pix. Post and tag with #gatewaynps and #wonderbook. We are looking at these tags for pix that tell stories about the park and will select ten as finalists. They will be posted to our FB page for crowd-sourced voting. Enter as often as you like. Prizes awarded. Click here for Hashtag Contest 2017 details.


Spring Program Guides

Please click on the links below:

Jamaica Bay Spring Program Guide

Sandy Hook Spring Program Guide

Staten Island Spring Program Guide

Summer Program Guides

Please click on the links below:

Jamaica Bay Summer Program Guide

Sandy Hook Summer Program Guide

Staten Island Summer Program Guide


Visitor Center Hours

Ryan Visitor Center, Floyd Bennett Field--Open Wednesday-- Sunday 10 AM to 4 PM.
Please note that the Ryan Visitor Center will be closed until May 26, 2017.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge--Open Wednesday-- Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM.

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center--Open Friday--Sunday, 12 PM to 4 PM.

Fort Wadsworth Camp Office-- Open Sunday-Thursday, Noon - 4 PM (permits not available).

Great Kills Ranger Station-- Open Sunday - Tuesday 10 - 2 PM (permits available).

Miller Field Ranger Station Open Wednesday- Sunday 10 AM - 2:30 PM (permits available)

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters/Visitor Center--Open seven days/week 9 AM - 5 PM.

Emerging, painting by Denise Levine c. Denise P. Levine
Emerging, painting by Denise P. Levine. c. 2017. Used with permission.

Photo: Zoë Del Toro

Elements: An Exhibit of Paintings
by Denise P. Levine

Opening Reception
Saturday, May 6, 2-4 PM

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
175-10 Cross Bay Boulevard
Broad Channel

“My work is a tribute to Nature and is inspired by her elements-- vivid colors, flowers, greenery, sun and wind, the earth and sky. As a youth I did a lot of camping in upstate New York and going to New York beaches, so I fell in love with the beauty all around me-- mountains, the earth, the stars and marine life inspire me. I have also been an avid gardener since childhood. My goal is to create art that reflects nature to provide a calming, restorative and healing message. I am deeply honored to share my work at The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.” –D. P. Levine.

Levine has been named as one of The Brooklyn Women of Distinction for 2017. This exhibit of her paintings is her first solo show. The show will run for two months.


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210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


(718) 354-4606

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