In celebration of the release of the 6-part Ken Burns documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," the National Parks of New York Harbor are holding an array of special events and activities throughout the 10 national parks in New York City from Sept. 20 through September 26.
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The National Park Connection
Date: Sunday, September 20, 2009
Officers, soldiers and civilians part of the history of Governors Island have ties that connect them to many National Parks and historic sites, like Yellowstone and Gettysburg. In this park ranger talk we will tell a few of their stories and give you some ideas for next summer’s vacation.
National Historic Landmark District Tours
Date: Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Join a ranger in a 1.5-mile, 1.5-hour guided walking tour of the historic portion of Governors Island. Behind the façade of the island`s military structures, lie hidden courtyards and stately grounds resounding with echoes from the past. Along the way, discover how the role of Governors Island evolved to meet the changing needs of New York City and the Nation.
Tours of the National Historic Landmark District begin with a free ferry which departs from the Battery Maritime Building at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Since tickets are limited and are distributed on a first come, first served basis, we suggest that you come an hour before the tour for your tickets. Groups of up to 10 must reserve in advance. You can pick up your free tickets at the Battery Maritime Building beginning at 9 a.m. for the 10 a.m. departure or noon for the 1 p.m. departure. Please call 212-825-3045 for more information/reservations.
Please bring a small bottle of water and a portable snack.
Ranger Guided Programs
Date: Friday, September 25, 2009
Join a National Park Ranger for this 45 minute walking tour experience to discover how the role of Governors Island evolved to meet the changing needs of New York City and the nation.
|Servicewide Volunteer Day: Images of Your National Parks|
|Date: September 26, 2009|
Time: On-going, starting on September 26
Location: On the Internet
Please help us make America`s Best Idea even better. Join us for a national day of service and celebration in your 391 national parks. Visit the web site of Governors Island National Monument Volunteer Photographer Daniel C. Krebs and share your experiences and photographs from your National Parks.
Mr. Krebs` interest in photography began at the age of 10 when his grandfather gave him his first camera. "I am passionate about photography as my way of expressing myself creatively," says Krebs.
You can view images of some of Krebs` favorite national park sites (click on the links below to learn more about these parks), including...
Governors Island National Monument
Servicewide Volunteer Day: Adopt a Fort Jay Flowebox
Date: September 26, 2009
Please help us make America`s Best Idea even better. Join us for a national day of service and celebration in your 391 national parks. Be a part of the long standing tradition of gardening on Governors Island by joining National Park Service VIP (volunteer in park) Rhonda de Freitas. Learn about the history of gardening on military bases and then join the fun by helping to maintain the flowerboxes planted by fellow visitors to the island.
Please meet Rhonda inside the courtyard of Fort Jay.
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|Servicewide Volunteer Day: Birding on Governors Island |
|Date: September 26, 2009|
Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Throughout the Historic District at Governors Island
Please help us make America`s Best Idea even better. Join us for a national day of service and celebration in your 391 national parks. Join VIP (volunteer in park) Annie Barry on this 1.5 hour birding expedition amongst the historic homes on Governors Island and provide the National Park Service with valuable information regarding the feathered residents on the island.
Please meet Annie and your fellow birders at the top of the hill at Soisson`s Dock on Governors Island. A limited supply of binoculars will be available to borrow, but if you have your own, please bring them.
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