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National Park Events

May 2015

2

SAT

Queens

Spring Migration Workshop
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-1pm

Meet at the visitor center for a presentation on spring migration then hike around the ponds and upland trails with NYC Audubon and American Littoral Society naturalists. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for reservations.

3

SUN

Brooklyn

Celebrate Beach Plumbs
Plumb Beach
Plumb Round House
10am-12pm

Enjoy beach plumb blossoms with American Littoral Society naturalists, as you learn about the ever changing Plumb Beach landscape and the plans to halt the most severe beach erosion. Bring binoculars and a magnifying glass.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Warblers and More
Sandy Hook
Visitor Center Parking Lot
7:45am

Join Monmouth County Audubon Society naturalists for a morning hike to look for warblers and other species.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Secret Places
Fort Hancock
Parking Lot M
2-3:30pm

Walk with a park ranger to explore historic rapid fire batteries in Fort Hancock. Bring insect repellant. Call 732-872-5970 for details and reservations.

6

WED

Manhattan

Autobiography of the LES
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Hear about the short-lived Umbra Workshop, a Lower East Side artist collective of the 1960's, from award-winning poet Rashidah Ismali, poet David Henderson and CUNY professor Eben Wood. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org.

7

THU

Staten Island

Mind and Body Series
Fort Wadsworth
Visitor Center
12-1pm

Warm-up with yoga poses and then join an invigorating 2-mile walk along the scenic loop at the Overlook. Bring water and binoculars.

 

 

Westchester
County

Flying Visitors
Saint Paul's Church
7pm

Join a twilight bird walk with Dr. Robert DeCandido. Call 914-667-4116 for information.

8

FRI

Monmouth
County

Spring Migration Bird Walk
Sandy Hook
Building 18
8:30am

Join an early morning bird walk on the Hook with the American Littoral Society to see wintering birds depart for their summer breeding grounds.

9

SAT

Monmouth
County

Surf Fishing Clinic
Sandy Hook
Building 18
8am

Learn the basics of casting, knot tying, lure/bait selection and reading a beach from American Littoral Society instructors. All skill levels welcomed. Rods, reels and tackle provided. Children under 18 are welcome with an adult. Coffee and doughnuts provided, but bring lunch. Fee program. Space is limited. Call 732-291-0055 or email jeff@littoralsociety.org for information and reservations.

13

WED

Manhattan

Safe Passage
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Join Lenni Benson founder of the Safe Passage Project—which provides legal assistance for unaccompanied minors—and Isabel Martinez, a sociologist whose research focuses on the impact of detention and deportation on unaccompanied Mexican immigrant minors, to discuss their work as well as their family immigration stories. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org.

15

FRI

Monmouth
County

Horseshoe Crab Walk
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot B
6-8pm

Get up close and personal with these living fossils as they spawn, on an evening walk of Plum Island with the American Littoral Society. Wear waterproof footwear. Call 732-291-0055 for reservations.

 

 

Monmouth
County

WWII Harbor Defense Lantern Tour
Fort Hancock
Post Guardhouse
6:30-9:30pm

Join the volunteer living historians of the Army Ground Forces Association for a twilight tour of several gun batteries at Fort Hancock. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a flashlight and camera.

17

SUN

Brooklyn

Can you Canoe?
Floyd Bennett Field
Gateway Marina
9-11am

Join a beginner's paddle along Dead Horse Bay with a National Park Service Ranger. All equipment and instructions provided. Open to ages 6 and up with an adult. Dress to get wet and bring sunscreen, snacks and water. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Ocean Fun Day
Sandy Hook
Sea Grant Barracks
11am-3pm

Learn to seine, comb the beach, fish and much more with New Jersey scientists and researchers at the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Batteries Preserved
Fort Hancock
Battery Gunnison
12-4:30pm

Learn how to load guns and track ships, and experience the life of a soldier in 1943 with the costumed living historians of the Army Ground Forces Association.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Battery Tours
Fort Hancock
Mortar Battery & Battery Potter
12-4pm

Tour the gun batteries with volunteers and park rangers.

 

 

Manhattan

Cat in the City
Tenement Museum
3pm

Join a special family fun day with award-winning author Julie Salamon making her children's fiction debut with this story about a stray cat, Pretty Boy, who works his way into the hearts of his neighbors and creates a home for himself. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org.

20

WED

Manhattan

The Odd Woman and the City
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Hear from author Vivian Gornick as she discusses her new book exploring the rhythms, chance encounters and ever-changing friendships of urban life that forge an independent woman, with author Rochelle Gurstein. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org.

21

THUR

Brooklyn

On the Home Front
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1-2pm

Learn about the military women who won the production battle on the home front during WWII.

22

FRI

Queens

Beach Campfire
Jacob Riis Park
Bay 14, Boardwalk & 169th Street
7-10pm

Join the annual start-of-summer community campfire for music and campfire goodies. Bring your musical instrument, a blanket, beach chair and fixings for s'mores.

 

 

Brooklyn

Star Gazing
Floyd Bennett Field
Community Garden
8-10pm

Gaze at the wonders of the night sky with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting. Telescopes provided.

23

SAT

Queens

Horseshoe Crab and Shorebird Hike
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
11am-2pm

Meet at the visitor center at 11am then carpool to American Ballfield Beach in Broad Channel, to observe the annual mating ritual of the horseshoe crab and the shorebirds that feast on their eggs. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for reservations.

 

 

Brooklyn

84th Anniversary Celebration
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
10am-5pm

Celebrate the 1931 opening of New York City's first municipal airport and the important role it played in aviation and military history.

 

 

Staten Island

Star Gazing
Great Kills Park
Parking Lot A
8-11pm

Gaze at the wonders of the night sky with the Amateur Astronomers Association. Weather permitting. Telescopes provided.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Stars of Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
8:30-11pm

Join the Amateur Astronomers Association and the National Park Service to view Saturn, as its face is fully illuminated by the Sun, on its closest approach to the Earth. Dress for the weather and bring telescopes.

24

SUN

Queens

Red Knots and Horseshoe Crabs
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
12-2pm

Join NYC Audubon naturalist Don Riepe for a trek to see the annual mating ritual of the horseshoe crab as well as red knots, sanderlings and ruddy turnstones. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for information.

25

MON

Brooklyn

Walk Up and Paddle Camp Gateway
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
9:30am-11:30am

Learn to kayak in a beginner's tryout. Equipment and instruction provided. Open to ages 6 and up with an adult. Dress to get wet and bring sunscreen, snacks and water. No reservation required.

 

 

Brooklyn

Walk Up and Paddle Canarsie
Canarsie Pier
Seaplane Ramp
1-3:30pm

Learn to kayak in a beginner's tryout. Equipment and instruction provided. Open to ages 6 and up with an adult. Dress to get wet and bring sunscreen, snacks and water. No reservation required.

 

 

Westchester
County

Commemorate Memorial Day
Saint Paul's Church
11am-5pm

Explore the lives and service of soldiers buried at historic Saint Paul's with walking tours, living history performances and music. Call 914-667-4116 for information.

27

WED

Manhattan

A Voice Still Heard: Irving Howe
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Hear a panel of distinguished guests discuss the legacy and influence of Irving HoweŚman of letters, political critic and public intellectual. Guests include Howe's daughter Nina Howe, American Jewish historian Tony Michels and members of the Dissent editorial staff Paul Berman and Sarah Leonard. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org

30

SAT

Brooklyn

Field to Fort
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
11am-4:30pm

Join other experienced paddlers in a 12-mile trip across the Hudson River estuary from Floyd Bennett Field to Fort Wadsworth for a night of camping in the urban outback then paddle back the next day. Space is limited. Call 718-338-3799 for information and reservations.

 

 

Brooklyn

Jamaica Bay Ecology Cruise
Pier 2, Emmons & Bedford Avenue
5-8pm

See herons, egrets, oystercatchers and other migrating shorebirds on a cruise of the backwater marshes of Jamaica Bay with the American Littoral Society. You will also learn about the history, ecology and management of the 13,000-acre preserve. Tickets are $55 per person including wine and cheese. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for reservations.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Twilight by the Bay
Fort Hancock
Building 1
7-8:30pm

Learn about the 250 year history of Fort Hancock in this twilight talk with a park ranger on the front porch of History House.
 
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