Follow us
View of New York Harbor

 

National Park Events

August 2015

5

WED

Monmouth
County

Summer Beach Concert: The Haven
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
5:30pm
Come enjoy the popular and free concert series featuring The Haven with special guests The Sam Sims Trio. Call 732-291-7733 for more information.

6

THU

Brooklyn

Walk Up and Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
9-10:30am
Learn the basics of kayaking at a tryout with a park ranger then take one for a spin. No experience required. All equipment provided. Ages 6 and up.

 

 

Queens

Walk-up Paddle Shoreline Ecology
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Bayswater Park
12:30-2:30pm
Learn the basics of kayaking at a tryout with a park ranger then take one for a spin. No experience required. All equipment provided. Ages 6 and up.

 

 

Queens

NPS Centennial Jeopardy—Kids Edition
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Center
1-2pm
Test your knowledge of 100 years of NPS by competing with friends and family in NPS Jeopardy! Teams of three required to participate. Ages 12 and under.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Sunset Seining
Sandy Hook
Building 18
6-8pm
Pull a 40 foot seine net through the bay with the American Littoral Society, and experience the excitement of learning about the fish and other critters caught! Make sure you wear clothing you can get wet. Call 732-291-0055 for reservations.

7

FRI

Monmouth
County

Campfire on the Beach
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
7:30-9pm
Sing along to your favorite silly Sandy Hook songs, and hear stories about the history of the Hook. Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray, snacks, and blankets or chairs! Call 732-872-5970 for more information.

8

SAT

Monmouth
County

Battery Gunnison
Fort Hancock
12-6pm
Learn about Battery Gunnison from the Army Ground Forces Association, in WWII era uniform, performing restoration projects and interpreting the batteries and the historic period of August 1943 at Fort Hancock.

 

 

Westchester
County

Religious Freedom in Early America
Saint Paul's Church
1pm
Join Professor Laura Chmielewski of SUNY Purchase to explore the parameters of religious freedom and tolerance in colonial America.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Night Hike
Sandy Hook
Lot E Beach Plaza
7:30-9pm
Explore the Sandy Hook ecosystem during an adventurous night hike led by park rangers. Call 732-872-5970 for more information.

9

SUN

Harbor Islands

Shmita Artfest
Governors Island
Officer's Row
11am-5pm
Be a part of the Shmita ArtFest, a cutting edge, interactive experience in which high concept, Jewish learning, environmental activism and spirituality, exploration and culture meet. For more information visit Trust for Governors Island.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Fort Hancock Bike Tour
Fort Hancock
Ferry Landing
5-7pm
Ride alongside a ranger on a guided tour highlighting the batteries, historic structures and beaches of Sandy Hook. Bring a helmet. Call 732-872-5970 for reservations and more information.

12

WED

Brooklyn

Walk Up and Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
1-3:30pm
Learn the basics of kayaking at a tryout with a park ranger, and then take one for a spin. No experience required. All equipment provided. Ages 6 and up.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Summer Beach Concert: The Shots
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot E
6pm
Enjoy this season's final free concert featuring The Shots. Call 732-291-7733 for more information.

13

THU

Brooklyn

Dead Horse Bay Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Gateway Marina
10am-12pm
Go on a pleasant paddle from Dead Horse Bay to Plumb Beach. Ages 6 and up with an adult.

 

 

Brooklyn

Walk Up and Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
1-3:30pm
Learn the basics of kayaking at a tryout with a park ranger then take one for a spin. No experience required. All equipment provided. Ages 6 and up.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Bird Walk
Sandy Hook
Life Saving Station Parking Lot
6-8pm
Walk Fisherman's Trail to the ocean to look for piping plovers and migrating shorebirds. Bring binoculars, insect repellant, and wear comfortable shoes.

14

FRI

Brooklyn

Walk Up and Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
1-3:30pm
Learn the basics of kayaking at a tryout with a park ranger then take one for a spin. No experience required. All equipment provided. Ages 6 and up.

15

SAT

Harbor Islands

Jazz Age Lawn Party
Governors Island
Colonels Row
11am-5pm
Go back in time to the roaring twenties in the 10th edition of this family friendly garden party, featuring live jazz orchestras, dance lessons, performances, paper moon photo booth, antique cars, games, vintage vendors, food and drink. Purchase tickets at jazzagelawnparty.com.

 

 

Staten Island

Stargazing
Great Kills Park
Parking Lot A
8:30-10pm
Join the Amateur Astronomers Association for a peek at the Staten Island night sky.

16

SUN

Harbor Islands

Jazz Age Lawn Party
Governors Island
Colonels Row
11am-5pm
Go back in time to the roaring twenties in the 10th edition of this family friendly garden party, featuring live jazz orchestras, dance lessons, performances, paper moon photo booth, antique cars, games, vintage vendors, food and drink. Purchase tickets at jazzagelawnparty.com.

 

 

Harbor Islands

The Plantation
Governors Island
Nolan Park
3pm
Enjoy a free site-specific staged reading of The Plantation, a new adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard, set during Reconstruction, Virginia 1870. Staged by adaptor/director Claire Beckman, the performance marks the 150th anniversary of the end of The Civil War, and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights movement.

 

 

Staten Island

History Tour
Fort Wadsworth
Overlook
12-1:30pm
Explore the natural areas and remnants of the fort's former defense systems on this 90-minute hike. Call 718-354-4655 for reservations.

19

WED

Westchester
County

The Authors of St. Paul's
Saint Paul's Church
1pm
Join a presentation exploring the lives and writings of three authors buried at St. Paul's — Frederick Whittaker, Matthew Graham and Lyon Boston.

20

THU

Brooklyn

American Aviators: Jackie Cochran
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1-2pm
Learn about aviator Jackie Cochran who broke numerous records, served as director of the WASPS during WWII and was among the first female test pilots, all while owning a cosmetics company.

 

 

Queens

NPS Centennial Jeopardy—Kids Edition
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Center
1-2pm
Test your knowledge of 100 years of NPS by competing with friends and family in NPS Jeopardy! Teams of three required to participate. Ages 12 and under.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Sunset Seining
Sandy Hook
Building 18
6-8pm
Pull a 40 foot seine net through the bay with the American Littoral Society, and experience the excitement of learning about all the fish and other critters caught. Wear clothing that can get wet. Call 732-291-0055 for reservations.

21

FRI

Brooklyn

Bergen Beach Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Mill Basin Kayak Launch
12:30-3pm
Paddle down the soft shoreline along Bergen Beach up to Paerdegat Basin, a wild habitat along the edge of the bay. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

22

SAT

Monmouth
County

Shorebirds and Wild Edibles Walk
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot M
9-11am
Join American Littoral Society naturalists for a hike to one of the least visited beaches of Sandy Hook. During the walk you will learn about various edibles, along with information about the shorebirds in the surrounding area. Fee is $5 per person. Free for Society members. Call 732-291-0055 for reservations.

 

 

Harbor Islands

RECESS Bocce
Governors Island
Colonels Row
12-5pm
Join RECESS for a day of outdoor fun as 32 creative organizations put their lawn skills to the test, rolling and knocking off each other's bocce balls on Colonel's Row. Festivities include guest deejays, food vendors and a beer/wine tent. A few public courts will also be available. For more information visit RECESS New York.

 

 

Brooklyn

Make Your Own Natural Dyes
Floyd Bennett Field
Community Garden
2pm
Enjoy this hands-on workshop with Adriann Musson, during which you will learn how to use fruit and vegetable scraps to make your own dyes. Registration is required. Space is limited to 20 participants. Email FBGAgardens@aol.com for reservations.

23

SUN

Queens

Walking Tour of Historic Fort Tilden
Fort Tilden
Building 1
9:30-11:30am
Join a park ranger to explore Fort Tilden's role in the defense of New York Harbor.

 

 

Brooklyn

Hike the North Forty
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
10am-12pm
Join American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen to discover the birds, wildflowers, and unique foliage in this developing maritime woodland. Participants will carpool from the Ryan Visitor Center. Insect repellent, binoculars, and a magnifying glass will be helpful.

25

TUE

Monmouth
County

Founder's Day 99 at Sandy Hook
Sandy Hook
Visitors Center
10am-3pm
Enjoy birthday-themed activities, cake and other refreshments in celebration of the National Park Service's 99th birthday.

 

 

Brooklyn

Founder's Day 99 at Floyd Bennett
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
11am-3pm
Enjoy birthday-themed activities, cake, and other refreshments, to celebrate the National Park Service's 99th birthday.

 

 

Staten Island

Seine and Search
Fort Wadsworth
Campground
2:30-4pm
Learn about the Native American fishing technique known as seining while discovering animals that live along the shore.

26

WED

Brooklyn

Junior Ranger Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
10:30am-12:30pm
Join fellow Junior Rangers in a paddle along the shore of Floyd Bennett Field to observe wildlife in action. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

 

 

Brooklyn

Paddle and Walk in the Park
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
1-3pm
Enjoy a beginner's paddle along the shore of Floyd Bennett Field and then have a pleasant walk back to the start. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

27

THU

Brooklyn

Yellow Bar Excursion
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
9:30am-12pm
Paddle to this saltmarsh at mid-tide and see the plants and animals that thrive there. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

 

 

Brooklyn

Walk Up and Paddle
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
1-3:30pm
Learn the basics of kayaking at a tryout with a park ranger then take one for a spin. No experience required. All equipment provided. Ages 6 and up.

 

 

Harbor Islands

Behind the Scenes Hard Hat Hills Tour
Governors Island
Liggett Terrace Arch
4:15-6pm
Take a tour of the rising Hills on Governors Island. Currently under construction at the southern end of the new park, they are made of recycled fill materials and will rise 25 to 70 feet above the Island providing visitors with a 360-degree panoramic view of the harbor. For more information visit the Trust for Governors Island.

28

FRI

Brooklyn

Paddle and Walk in the Park
Floyd Bennett Field
Seaplane Ramp
10am-12pm
Enjoy a beginner's paddle along the shore of Floyd Bennett Field and then have a pleasant walk back to the start. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations.

 

 

Queens

Kayak Skills Session
Jacob Riis Park
Riis Landing
1:30-3:30pm
Learn new kayak strokes and practice your skills in this class with park rangers. Ages 11 and up.

29

SAT

Queens

10th Annual Shorebird Festival
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Center
8am-5pm
Join the American Littoral Society for a day of shorebird fun. Learn about Jamaica Bay's birds through presentations and field trips. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Harbor Islands

Vintage Baseball
Governors Island
Parade Ground
1-5pm
Head to the Parade Ground and see the Gothams take on the New York Mutuals in America's original favorite pastime.

30

SUN

Brooklyn

Growing Garlic
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
2pm
Learn how to plant, care for, harvest and store your garlic in this workshop hosted by Bob Halligan.
 
Featured Events
Dancing at the Jazz Age Lawn Party on Governors Island
15 & 16
JAZZ AGE LAWN PARTY
Step back in time at summer's most sophisticated dance party, one of several August events on Governors Island.
Left: Beach Campfire. Right: Baby Shorebird.
7
CAMPFIRE ON THE BEACH
Sing along to favorite songs and hear stories about the history of the Hook.
29
10th ANNUAL SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL
Join the Littoral Society for a day of shorebird fun at the Wildlife Refuge.