Gateway to Fun: National Park Week Activities For Everyone

Be green and have fun during National Park Week!
National Park Week at Gateway NRA means lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors for the whole family. Join us!

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Jamaica Bay Area Activities

The Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area is celebrating National Park Week, National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, and Jr. Ranger Day from April 18 through April 26 with a variety of programs, clean-ups, walks, and volunteer opportunities.

Open Country Birds of Floyd Bennett Field
Main Entrance Ranger Station
Floyd Bennett Field
Saturday, April 18
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Seek out spring birds, with naturalist Ron Bourque, and take a listen for tree frogs too. Participants will carpool to sites on Floyd Bennett Field. Bring binoculars. Reservations required: 718-338-3799.

Fort Tilden Walking Tour
Building 1
Saturday, April 18
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Discover the history of Fort Tilden and other national park sites that have a coastal defense story to tell. Reservations required: 718-318-4300.

Together Green Volunteer Day
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, April 19
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Celebrate National Park Week and National Volunteer Week by lending a hand to save the park’s treasured natural resources. In partnership with New York City Audubon and Together Green, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is sponsoring this volunteer stewardship event, and you’re invited. Spend a day “in the field” working alongside park rangers and NYC Audubon members removing invasive, non-native plants from the park’s woodlands and grasslands. Dress for outside work. Reservations required: 718-318-4340..

Operation: Beach Sweep
Jacob Riis ParkBathhouse
Wednesday, April 22
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Assist park staff with an Earth Day beach cleanup at the Breezy Point Tip. Catch a glimpse of shorebirds as they wing their way back north. Please dress for the weather and bring work gloves. Reservations required: 718-318-4300.

Earth Day Beach Cleanup
North Channel Bridge
Wednesday, April 22
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Help us spruce up the shoreline of this busy Jamaica Bay site. Groups are welcome. Reservations required: 718-318-4340.

NYC Audubon Spring Migration Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, April 25
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn about the mysteries of migration while observing migrating warblers and other spring birds with naturalist Don Riepe. Bring binoculars. Reservations required: 718-138-4340.

Graffiti…going, going, gone!
Jacob Riis ParkBathhouse
Saturday, April 25
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Show your support for parks during this National Volunteer Week opportunity. Help remove graffiti from structures within Jacob Riis Park and the historic Fort Tilden. Reservations required: 718-318-4300.

Junior Ranger
Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse
Saturday, April 25
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Join a ranger to explore the unique nature and history of Jacob Riis Park. Reservations required: 718-318-4340.

Low Tide at Dead Horse Bay
Floyd Bennett Field
Main Entrance Ranger Station
Saturday, April 25
12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen, in discovering little known woodlands, coastal thickets, and a treasure-laden beach. Bring binoculars. Reservations required: 718-318-3799.

Planting with Sprouts
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, April 26
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Young sprouts (4 years and up), with their families, will wrap up the National Park Week celebration during this volunteer planting project and exploration of plant parts from roots to blooms. Reservations required: 718-318-4340.

Night Sky - Nature Net
Join us for Astronomy Night!


Staten Island Area Activities

Earth Day After-School Programs
Richmondtown Library
Wednesday, April 22 at 4 p.m.

Children ages 8-11 will explore the National Park Service portable discovery station and learn about Earth Day and our National Parks.

Earth Day Beach Cleanup
Fort Wadsworth Beach
Saturday, April 25, at 1 p.m.

Help clean the beach at Fort Wadsworth alongside members of the National Park Service, the U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard. Trash bags and gloves will be provided. Please meet at the picnic area.

Astronomy Night
Great Kills
Model Airplane Field
Saturday, April 25 at 6:45 p.m.

The Amateur Astronomers Association will lead a tour of the evening sky. Telescopes will be available or you can bring your own. In the event of inclementweather the program will be cancelled.

Clean Ocean Action
Clean Ocean Action brings volunteers together this year on April 24 to rid our beaches and waterways of pollution. Join us!

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Sandy Hook Area Activities

Surf Fishing Clinic Sandy Hook
North Beach Center
Saturday, April 25th at 8:00 a.m.

Join American Littoral Society staff for a day of surf fishing and instruction on the beach. Rods, reels and tackle will be provided, but bring your own if you have it. Call Jeff at 732-291-0055 to make reservations for this fee program.

Clean Ocean Action Spring Beach Sweep
Parking Lot E
Saturday, April 25 at 9 a.m.

Clean Ocean Action is a leading national and regional voice working to protect waterways using science, law, research, education, and citizen action. Volunteers gather on beaches, from Raritan Bay through Sandy Hook to Cape May Point, to work together to rid our beaches and waterways of pollution. This event is free and open to the public. Groups of 10 or more are asked to pre-reigster by completing the online form at, or by calling 732-872-0111

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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