This Weekend at Gateway May 9-10

Sailing on Jamaica Bay
Join us for a boating safety course at Great Kills Park Education Field Station, Saturday May 9 or May 16. Reservations required. See information below.

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Sandy Hook Programs

Surf Fishing Clinic
Sandy Hook
North Beach Center
Sunday, May 10 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.

Sandy Hook Visitor Center
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The 1894 Spermaceti Cove U.S. Life-Saving Station. Features exhibits and a bookstore. 732-872-5970

Fort Hancock Museum
Weekends, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The museum is in the former post guardhouse with Fort Hancock exhibits.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Keepers Quarters
Daily, beginning April 4
Weekends, Noon to 4:30 p.m. Weekdays, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The 1884 Keepers Quarters has exhibits on New Jersey Lighthouses. The nearby Keepers Barn is always open with a video on the Lighthouse history.In May, the New Jersey Lighthouse Society will display their entries in their annual Lighthouse Photography Contest.

Sandy Hook Lighthouse Tours
Daily, beginning April 4
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.

History House
Weekends, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

This lieutenant’s quarters on Officers Row overlooks Sandy Hook Bay. It’s now restored and furnished to the 1940s, the peak years of Fort Hancock operations.

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
Building 20, Fort Hancock’s Officers Row
Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

New Jersey Audubon Society field center with a bookshop and displays. Call 732-872-2500.

Sandy Hook Spring Migration Watch
Observation Deck at North Pond
Daily, March 15 through May 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Each Spring New Jersey Audubon's Sandy Hook Bird Observatory sponsors a spring count of migratory birds. The watch is manned daily (weather permitting) from 9 am to 5 pm; visitors are welcome any time. For more information please contact the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory at 732-872-2500 or .

Staten Island Programs

General Wadsworth's Final Battle
Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center
Saturday, May 9
1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

James S. Wadsworth, for whom Fort Wadsworth is named, had a distinguished Civil War career from 1861 - 1864. This program will explore General Wadsworth's contributions from the Battle of Gettysburg through the Battle of the Wilderness. Reservations required.

Boating Safety Course
Great Kills Park Education Field Station Saturday, May 9 and May 16
9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This course is offered by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary and is a National Association of State Boating Law Administrator’s approved course. New Jersey requirements are covered. To receive credit, attendance at both sessions is mandatory. Reservations required. Call (718) 966- 4496.

Jamaica Bay Programs

Flight of the NC – 4
Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Join a park ranger for a talk on the 90th anniversary of the first transatlantic flight by the NC – 4 from the Rockaway Naval Air Station, the site of present day Jacob Riis Park.

May 9 is International Migratory Bird Day! Migration’s On!
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Saturday, May 9
9 a.m. – noon

Spring migration brings in warblers, orioles, swallows, and red – winged blackbirds, too. Explore this May abundance with naturalist Ron Bourque. Bring binoculars. Reservations required.

Birds in Culture
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, May 17
10 a.m. – noon

Celebrate Birds in Culture – the theme of this year’s International Migratory Bird Day. Stroll through the gardens and seek out colorful migrant birds, many of which travel long international distances. Bring binoculars. Reservations required.

Beach Campfire
Jacob Riis Park
Bay 14 (Beach 169 St.)
Friday, May 22
7 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Join us for a traditional National Park Service campfire in a beautiful beach setting. A sing-along will follow. Bring a beach chair or blanket, and marshmallows! Reservations required.

Beach Birds
Jacob Riis Park Bathhouse
Saturday, May 9
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Join this birding tour of Jacob Riis Park beach and search for threatened shorebirds. Bring binoculars. Reservations required.

Beach Plums at Plumb Beach
Plumb Beach Round House
Sunday, May 10
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

May means hundreds of native beach plums are in glorious bloom at Plumb Beach. Examine the flowering shrubs and the maritime habitats of Plumb Beach with American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen. Bring binoculars, magnifying glass, and insect protection. Reservations required.

Mother’s Day
Flowers and Birds
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Sunday, May 10
10 a.m. – noon

Birds are bountiful and buds are blooming. Look for beautiful birds and spring blossoms with a park ranger. Bring binoculars. Bring your mom, grandma or a friend's mom! Reservations required.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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