2009 Season Highlights

September 20-27


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
Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Location: Admiral`s House



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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
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Time: 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (returning to Manhattan), 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM (returning to Manhattan)
Location: Governors Island



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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
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009

Time: 11:25, 1:25, 3:25
Location: Meet at the top of the hill at Soisson’s Dock on Governors Island.



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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

Details:

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.

VIP (Volunteer in Park) Daniel C. Krebs has volunteered for Governors Island National Monument since 2006 and has contributed over 500 volunteer hours and thousands of digital images for use in park publications.


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
Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Gateway National Recreation Area - Fort Wadsworth
Grand Canyon National Park
Independence Hall National Historical Park
Rocky Mountain National Park
Steamtown National Historic Site


Visit www.dan-krebs.com on September 26. Volunteer by sending an e-mail to Mr. Krebs at dan@dan-krebs.com and share your comments, national park site experiences or national park photos.


Fees: Free

























Servicewide Volunteer Day: Adopt a Fort Jay Flowebox


Date: September 26, 2009
Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location: Courtyard of Fort Jay



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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.



Rhonda has been volunteering with the National Park Service on Governors Island for 3 years and has contributed over 200 hours to the park. Rhonda shares her passion for gardening through this special program which reminds us of the US Army and Coast Guard`s tradition of beautifying the military establishment they called home.




Please meet Rhonda inside the courtyard of Fort Jay.



Fees:


Free


Contact:


National Park Service
212-825-3045

























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

Details:

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.

Annie Barry has been volunteering for the National Park Service on Governors Island since 2008 and has contributed over 200 hours to the park. Annie shares her love of birding with our park visitors through her special birding tours and her "Birding Journals" which you can read on-line at https://www.nps.gov/gois/naturescience/birds.htm



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.

Thank you for assisting us in our effort to compile as much data as we can about our bird population.


Fees:
Free

Contact:
National Park Service
212-825-3045
More Information:
Visit:https://www.nps.gov/gois/naturescience/birds.htm

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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