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National Park Events

April 2015

1

WED

Manhattan

The Search for General Tso
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Hear author Jennifer 8. Lee discuss her fascinating quest to China, chronicled in her new documentary The Search for General Tso, to find the origins of popular American Chinese dishes with New York Times editor Sewell Chan. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org

2

THU

Westchester
County

Marking Death: Colonial Gravestones
Saint Paul's Church
7pm

Discuss the stone carving craft of the 18th century with historian, sculptor and carver Robert Carpenter.

9

THU

Brooklyn

Golden Age Discovery Zone
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
1-2pm

Join a park ranger to learn about the history of airports at New York City's first municipal airport.

 

 

Manhattan

Commemoration of the 150th Anniversary of the Surrender at Appomattox
General Grant Memorial
11am-3:30pm

Mark the end of the Civil War with living history events and a national bell-ringing ceremony.

 

 

Queens

Woodcock Courtship
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
3-9:30pm

Witness the spectacular flight of the male woodcock in mating season at the Wildlife Refuge with NYC Audubon naturalist Don Riepe and enjoy a few complimentary "woodcock-tails". Call 212-691-7483 ext. 306 for reservations. Fee program. Space is limited.

11

SAT

Queens

Photography Forum Part I
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-12pm

Join part one of a two-part photography workshop that focuses on using images to tell a story. Workshop presumes basic knowledge of F-stops, shutter speeds lenses and photo mechanics.

 

 

Westchester
County

The Lincoln Assassination
Saint Paul's Church
2pm

Explore with Professor Martha Hodes of New York University, themes from her upcoming book and personal reactions to the assassination of President Lincoln.

12

SUN

Monmouth
County

Early Spring Migrants
Sandy Hook
Visitor Center Parking Lot
10am

Join Linda Mack of Monmouth County Audubon to check for early spring migrants on the Hook. Bring binoculars and wear comfortable shoes.

15

WED

Manhattan

Why Not Say What Happened
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Join renowned cultural historian Morris Dickstein as he discusses with literary critic Adam Kirsch, his memoir Why Not Say What Happened, which traces his personal journey to becoming a public intellectual from the Lower East Side to Columbia, Yale and Cambridge. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org

17

FRI

Monmouth
County

Old Dune Trail Walk
Sandy Hook
Building 18
1pm

Join American Littoral Society naturalists for a walk through the dune trail and maritime forest, to see the diversity in flora and fauna on the Hook. Bring binoculars and a camera. Call 732-291-0055 for reservations.

 

 

Westchester
County

Church Tower Walk
Saint Paul's Church
3pm

Hike to the bell tower for a magnificent two-county view and a chance to see the 250 year old bronze bell, one of the oldest in the country.

18

SAT

Queens

Photography Forum Part II
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-12pm

Join the final segment of this two-part photography workshop which will analyze and discuss images submitted by the group.

 

 

Queens

Historic Walking Tour
Fort Tilden
Building 1
10am-12pm

Learn about 20th century coastal and air defense in a walking tour of historic Fort Tilden.

19

SUN

Brooklyn

Hike the North Forty
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
10am-12pm

Join American Littoral Society naturalists on a hike to discover the birds, wildflowers and spring foliage in this developing maritime woodland. Bring insect repellent, binoculars and a magnifying glass.

 

 

Staten Island

New Yorkers in the Civil War
Fort Wadsworth
Overlook
1:30-6:30pm

Learn about the role New Yorkers like Beecher, Stowe, Tubman, Wadsworth and Weed played during the Civil War and in its aftermath. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

 

 

Queens

Exhibit: Wildlife in an Urban National Park
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2-4pm

Get a first look at this new photo exhibit by former national park ranger and current Jamaica Bay Guardian, Don Riepe who has been photographing nature in urban settings for many years.

21

TUE

Manhattan

The 1965 Immigration Act: 50 Years Later
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Look back at the landmark 1965 law that opened the nation's borders to a larger section of the globe, thereby transforming the city's landscape, with Nisha Agarwal, NYC Commissioner of Immigrant Affairs; Carlos Menchaca, NYC Council Member; Nancy Foner, CUNY Graduate Center sociologist; and demographers Peter Lobo and Joe Salvo. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org

22

WED

Staten Island

Earth Day
Fort Wadsworth
Beach
10am-12pm

Clean up the beach at Fort Wadsworth on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day. Bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

24

FRI

Monmouth
County

Arbor Day Tree Walk
Sandy Hook
Building 18
2-4pm

Explore the Hook's unique ecosystem with American Littoral Society naturalists. Bring binoculars and a camera to capture the variety of flora and fauna. Call 732-291-0055 for information.

 

 

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.

25

SAT

Monmouth
County

Surf Fishing Clinic
Sandy Hook
Building 18
8am

Learn the basics of surf fishing including casting, knot-tying and lure/bait selection with the American Littoral Society. All skill levels welcomed. Fee program. Call 732-291-0055 for information.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Spring Beach Sweep
Sandy Hook
Parking Lot D
9am-12:30pm

Volunteer with family and friends in Clean Ocean Action's 30th anniversary celebration of Beach Sweeps--a clean-up event occurring at 70+ locations throughout New Jersey, including Sandy Hook. Register at cleanoceanaction.org.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Oceanography Merit Badge
Sandy Hook
Building 22
10am-2pm

Earn a Boy Scouts of America Oceanography Merit Badge by seining, studying waves and conducting lab experiments with the New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium. Open to individual boy scouts. Fee program. Call 732-872-1300 ext. 20 for reservations.

 

 

Monmouth
County

Battery Gunnison
Fort Hancock
12-5pm

Join the Army Ground Forces Association, dressed in 1943 era coast artillery uniforms, as they restore and interpret Battery Gunnison/New Peck and its 6-inch guns.

 

 

Queens

Junior Ranger Day
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-4:30pm

Earn a Junior Ranger Badge in a day filled with fun activities for the family.

 

 

Brooklyn

Junior Ranger Day
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
10am-4:30pm

Earn a Junior Ranger Badge in a day filled with fun activities for the family.

 

 

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.

26

SUN

Staten Island

Earth Day
Fort Wadsworth
North Carolina Road
10am-12pm

Clean up the beach in celebration of Earth Day 2015. Bring gloves and wear sturdy shoes. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

 

 

Staten Island

National Park Week
Fort Wadsworth
Overlook
11am-2pm

Join a celebration of national park week with special programs including birding, talks, fort tours and Junior Ranger activities. Call 718-354-4655 for information.

 

 

Queens

Earth Day Cleanup
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
10am-1pm

Meet at the visitor center then carpool to remove marine debris from selected areas around the bay in celebration of Earth Day. Wear comfortable shoes. Bring gloves, water and lunch. Call 718-474-0896 or email donriepe@gmail.com for more information.

27

MON

Brooklyn

The Prepared Paddler
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
6:30-8:30pm

Get an overview of paddling's best practices as well as the skills and equipment you will need in preparation for your next trip onto the bay. Call 718-338-3799 for reservations. Space is limited.

29

WED

Manhattan

The Stories of Ruins
Tenement Museum
6:30pm, doors open at 6pm

Discuss how ruins evoke events and stories of the past with Andrew Dolkart, director of Columbia University's historic preservation program, Katherine Malone-France of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Christopher Payne, photographer of North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City. Seating is first-come, first-served. Contact Laura Lee at 212-431-0233 ext. 259 or llee@tenement.org
 
Featured Events
Beach at Sandy Hook
22
EARTH DAY
Mark Earth Day with beach cleanups at Ft. Wadsworth, Jamaica Bay and Sandy Hook.
Left: Woodcock. Right: Paddling Lessons.
9
WOODCOCK DANCE
Witness the American woodcock in courtship flight at the Wildlife Refuge.
27
GET PADDLING
Learn paddling best practices and skills at Floyd Bennett Field.