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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. Thanks to Eastern National for funding the prizes: 1st: $100; 2nd: $50; 3rd: $25. Enter as often as you like.


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 seven days, 9 AM to 5PM.

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge--Open seven days, 9 AM to 5 PM.

Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center--Open Wednesday--Sunday, 10 AM 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.

A White Throated Sparrow voices an imaginary plea: "Do as told."
"Do as told." (White Throated Sparrow, Zonotrichia albicollis).

Photo by Corey Rubin, taken at Gateway NPS, used with permission.

Chance Encounters, to Molly (#birdsofgatewaynps): An exhibition of photographs and paintings by Corey Rubin, organized in collaboration with Chris Viaggio.

Opening Reception
Saturday, July 8, 2-4 PM

Exhibit on display for two months.

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

It was Chris Viaggio’s idea to work with his studio mate from Pratt Institute to create an exhibit showcasing Corey Rubin’s nature photographs. Both painters had shared a studio and an interest in local wildlife. The resulting show comes from their collaboration.

This exhibit ties in with Gateway’s “Hashtag Summer” during which Gateway is encouraging visitors to take pictures and post to #gatewaynps and #wonderbook. Some of these pictures will be used in the Wonderbook Exhibit presented by Rockaway Artists Alliance, opening Saturday, July 22 at the Studio 7 Gallery at Fort Tilden.


Last updated: July 18, 2017

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