Open House New York Weekend, October 9-10 

The National Park Service is providing extra programming for the last public access weekend of the season, and celebrating Open House New York Weekend at the same time.

openhousenewyork hosts year-round educational programs celebrating New York City's built-environment, culminating in America's largest architecture and design event, the Annual openhousenewyork weekend.

Governors Island National Monument will be hosting special programs on this last weekend of the season. Please see below for details.

Click on the link below to find more openhousenewyork weekend activities in all five boroughs of New York City.

Discover the Birds of Govenors Island.

Autumn Bird Census on Governors Island -With Volunteer In Park Annie Barry, a public volunteer service program

Join Annie on a search for warblers, kinglets, thrushes, vireos and other migrating birds as they pass through New York Harbor. We’ll also count summer lingerers and year-round residents. Your participation will help the National Park Service gather census data on the birds of Governors Island. Please bring your own binoculars. Meet at the top of the hill at Soission's Dock at 10:30.

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

Please meet Annie and your fellow birders at the top of the hill at Soisson`s Dock on Governors Island. Binoculars are not necessary for this program, 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.

When: Saturday, October 9th
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Meet at the top of the hill at Soisson's Dock

Please Note: The above programs are based on the availability of the Volunteers. Please check with a Park Ranger on the day of your visit to ensure that the program will be offered.

Orientation to the History of Governors Island

Date: Friday - Sunday
Time: 11:25, 1:25 and 3:25 (June 5 – October 10)
Location: Meet at the top of the hill at Soisson’s Dock on Governors Island.
Please note: More program times may be added as staffing permits. Please ask a Park Ranger or call 212-825-3045 Fri.-Sun. before your visit to find out if more programs will be offered. The island is open to the public Friday-Sunday until October 10.


Join a National Park Ranger for this 45 - 60 minute walking tour experience and discover how the role of Governors Island evolved to meet the changing needs of New York City and the nation.

Statue of Liberty Outpost

When: Saturday, October 9, 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Where: Picnic Point

Marvel at the architecture of the Statue of Liberty while you look for hidden symbols the same time.

Learn all about the history of the statue and how it came to stand right here in New York Harbor!

Become an official Governors Island Junior Ranger by designing your very own Statue of Liberty!

Living History at Fort Jay

When: Saturday and Sunday, October 9-10 from 2:00 PM- 3:30 PM

Where: Fort Jay

Find the living historian walking in and around Fort Jay. Ask questions and view historic weapons demonstrations.

Last updated: March 31, 2012

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