This Weekend at Gateway: June 13-14

Kayaking is a great way to explore Gateway National Recreation Area.

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Jamaica Bay Programs

Plumb Beach Horseshoe Crabs and Laughing Gulls

Plumb Beach Round House

Saturday, June 13

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Horseshoe crabs, laughing gulls, and other birds gather on the beach to engage in a dance of reproduction and sustenance. Naturalist Ron Bourque will guide you through the steps of this amazing ritual. Bring Binoculars, drinking water, insect and sun protection. Reservations required.

Tour Tilden by Bike

Fort Tilden, Bldg 1

Saturday, June 13

11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Enjoy a bike ride through the maritime uplands and historic back fort of Fort Tilden. Bikes and helmets required. Reservations area also required.

Let’s Go Fishing

Canarsie Pier Ranger Station

Saturday, June 13

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Enjoy a relaxing afternoon fishing at the pier. Fishing rods will be provided or bring your own.

Seining for Marine Treasures

Floyd Bennett Field Station

Main Entrance Ranger Station

Sunday, June 14

1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

With American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen, haul a seine net to see the many marine organisms that reside in Jamaica Bay. Wear waterproof footwear. Bring binoculars, drinking water, insect and sun protection. Reservations required.

Staten Island Programs

Wadsworth and Weed at Gettysburg

FortWadsworth Visitor Center

Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m.

Join us for a talk and power point presentation to learn how in July, 1863, New York Generals Wadsworth, Weed, and the men in their commands helped win the first major Federal victory in the U. S. Civil War. Reservations required.

Kites Eye View

FortWadsworth Visitor Center

Sunday, June 14 at 1 p.m.

See what a kite can see! Discover Fort Wadsworth from the air! Fly kites with cameras attached to take aerial photographs. Learn how the land has changed over time by comparing your photos with historic aerial photos from the 1920s. Reservations required.

Beach Cleanup

Great Kills Park Beach Center

Parking Lot G

Sunday, June 14 at 11 a.m.

Volunteer to clean up the beach and maritime dunes. Wear appropriate shoes and bring water. Call (718) 987-6790 for more information.

Sandy Hook Programs

Sandy Hook Visitor Center

Daily, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Visitor Center is in the historic Spermaceti Cove Life-Saving Station and

features exhibits and a bookstore. Call 732-872-5970.

History House

Weekends 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

An 1898 lieutenant’s quarters on "Officers Row" overlooking Sandy Hook Bay

is furnished to the 1940s, the busiest time at Fort Hancock.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Tours

Weekends, noon to 4:30 p.m.

Weekdays, 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tours are first-come, first-served. You must be 48 inches tall to climb

the tower. Grounds and video in adjacent barn are always open.

Groups must make advance reservations. Call the Visitor Center.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters

Weekends, noon to 5 p.m.

Weekdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign up here for Lighthouse tours and see exhibits on New Jersey Lighthouses.

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory

Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (in June); closed July & August

Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (in June); closed in July & August

Building 20, Fort Hancock’s Officers Row

This New Jersey Audubon Society field center has a bookshop and displays.

Call 732-872-2500.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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