Plan Your Visit

Landscape winter scene of Jamaica Bay looking towards the Rockaways.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge with osprey nest in snow, looking towards the Rockaways.

Photo: Jerin Arifal, 2014.  Used with permission.

Winter is on the way... the days grow shorter and the weather gets colder. Stay inside, or go for a bracing hike in the park?

We have indoor and outdoor activities to satisfy your whim or needs... Of course, you can always just go for a walk in the park.


Please click here for the Program Guides:

Jamaica Bay Fall Program Guide

Jamaica Bay Winter Program Guide

Sandy Hook Fall Program Guide

Sandy Hook Winter Program Guide

Staten Island Fall Program Guide

Staten Island Winter Program Guide

Visitor Center Hours

Ryan Visitor Center, Floyd Bennett Field--
Due to an increase in recent construction activity, the Ryan Visitor Center will be closed to the public through November 11. After this date it will only be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, 9 AM - 5 PM. We anticipate this closure to be in place until December 1st, 2017.

Normal Winter Hours
Visitor Center: Open from Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00PM
Permit Office/Book Store: Open from Wednesday - Sunday 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Phone Number 718-338-3799

Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Open Wednesday - Sunday, 9 AM to 4 PM.

Phone Number 718-318-4340

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

Phone Number 718-354-4530 x 253

Great Kills Ranger Station
Closed for the season. Wil re-open on February 2, 2018.

Phone Number 718-819-7574

Miller Field Ranger Station
Open daily 9 AM to 5 PM through November 18 (permits available)

Phone Number 718-351-6970

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters/Visitor Center--
Open seven days/week 9 AM - 4 PM.

Phone Number 732-872-5970

Image of patterned beach sand left after tidal change.
"Kelp Forest," a photo of the revelation of patterns and images formed by water and wind on beach sand.

Photo by Ron Bourque, taken at Gateway NPS, used with permission.

An exhibition of photographs by Ron Bourque.

Opening Reception
Sunday, September 24, 2-4 PM

Exhibit on display for two months.

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

Ron Bourque's photo exhibit, Images, shows the serendipitous revelation of patterns and images formed by water and wind on beach sand at low tide.

On first look, these photos appear to be finely crafted pencil or charcoal drawings, but they are actually images of beach sand and tidal detritus taken over a period of ten years. Bourque has assigned titles to these pictures, but many viewers find other images and patterns in these fascinating works.


Last updated: November 17, 2017

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Mailing Address:

210 New York Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10305


(718) 354-4606

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