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National Park Events

February 2015

1

SUN

Brooklyn

Hike Dead Horse Bay
Floyd Bennett Field
Ranger Station
10am-12:30pm

Discover the secret trails of Dead Horse Bay with American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen. You'll learn about the natural and the historical features of this little known area of Jamaica Bay shoreline.

 

 

Brooklyn

Ensign Oscar W. Holmes
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
11am-12pm

Join a park ranger for this Black History Month program about Oscar W. Holmes, the U.S. Navy's first African American aviator.

 

 

Staten Island

Winter Festivities
Fort Wadsworth
Visitor Center, Building 120
1:30-3:30pm

Celebrate the season by learning about foods that grow in winter from greenmarket farmers. Also enjoy a treasure hunt, nature walk, art tables and more. Call 718-354-4655 for details.

 

 

Queens

History of Jamaica Bay
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm

Join filmmaker and Jamaica Bay historian Dan Hendrick for a pictorial overview of the bay from his book, Jamaica Bay.

7

SAT

Queens

Winter Survival Wildlife Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-1pm

Join NYC Audubon naturalist Don Riepe for a presentation at the Wildlife Refuge followed by a walk to look for wintering birds and other wildlife. Call 718-474-0896 or email donreipe@gmail.com for more details.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Waterfowl Everywhere
Sandy Hook
Spermaceti Cove Parking Lot
10am-12pm

Join accomplished birders of the Monmouth County Audubon Society to look for wintering birds such as hawks, Snowy Owls and ducks.

8

SUN

Monmouth County

Seal Search
Sandy Hook
Lighthouse Keeper's Quarters
10am-12pm

Hike out to the Hook with a park ranger to search for seal activity during their annual migration. You'll also learn about other marine mammals that dwell in the waters off Sandy Hook. Call 732-872-5970 for reservations.

 

 

Queens

Terrapin Walk
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
1-2pm

Hear what's new with the terrapins of Jamaica Bay from volunteers and learn about their nesting ecology, diet and hatchlings.

14

SAT

Westchester County

Fugitive Art and Fugitive Testimony
Saint Paul's Church
1pm

Join a special talk with Professor Janet Neary of Hunter College, entitled Fugitive Art and Fugitive Testimony: Slave Narratives Then and Now, which brings together contemporary visual slave narratives and classic narratives from the 19th century to examine the way black artists and writers respond to institutional constraints placed on their cultural production.

16

MON

Westchester
County

Celebrate President's Day
Saint Paul's Church
9am-5pm

Mark President's Day at the opening of Intrigue on the Village Green: The Great Election of 1733 at St. Paul's, the museum's new exhibit. At 1pm, enjoy a talk about President Abraham Lincoln, from a Kentucky perspective. At 3pm, author and historian Professor Lisa Keller of SUNY Purchase examines the development of free speech in America, exploring one of the themes of the 1733 election. Also enjoy living history dramatizations by General Washington and President Lincoln.

 

 

Brooklyn

Bessie Coleman
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1-2pm

Bring the kids to learn about Bessie Coleman, the first female African American pilot, in a special program to celebrate Black History Month. Call 718-338-3799 for details.

18

WED

Staten Island

Make A Coloring Book
Huguenot Library, 830 Huguenot Road
3-4pm

Learn how to make a coloring book featuring animals and plants from Gateway NRA. Call 718-354-4655 for details.

19

THU

Brooklyn

WWII Nose Art
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1-2pm

Bring the kids to learn about the graffiti-like designs World War II pilots painted on their airplanes then help them design their own nose art picture. Call 718-338-3799 for details.

 

 

Brooklyn

Kids Balance Challenge
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1:30-2:30pm

Learn balance and flexibility exercises for children 6-12 years old. Space is limited. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

21

SAT

Monmouth
County

Winter Seal and Waterfowl Walk
Fort Hancock
Building 18
9-11am

Join the American Littoral Society for a trek through Sandy Hook to observe seals and waterfowl wintering in New Jersey, then warm up with snacks and toasty beverages at their headquarters. Fee program. Call 732-291-0055 for details and reservations.

22

SUN

Queens

Harp Petting Zoo
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
3-4pm

Join Harpist Mia Theodoratus to learn about these fascinating instruments. Kids can get hands-on experience with Celtic, electric and pedal harps.

28

SAT

Brooklyn

Snow Birds of Jamaica Bay
Floyd Bennett Field
10:30am-4pm

Observe rare winter birds such as snow buntings, horned hawks, grebes and loons on an expedition to Floyd Bennett Field, Fort Tilden and Breezy Point with NYC Audubon. Call 212-691-7483 or email dklein@nycaudubon.org for reservations and details. Fee program. Space is limited.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Winter Night Prowl
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
6-7:30pm

Take a walk through Sandy Hook's 64-acre maritime holly forest after dark. Be sure to bring your flashlight and wear comfortable shoes.
 
Other Activities
For ongoing activities at the national parks and other destinations on New York Harbor, see the park activities guide or choose a place to visit on the Harbor Map.
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