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National Park Events

January 2015

1

THUR

Queens

New Year's Day Walk
Fort Tilden
Meet at Building 1
11am-1pm

Take a brisk hike along the beach and visit the hawk watch platform for great views of the beach and bay then warm up with refreshments at the Rockaway Artist Alliance Building. Call 718-474-0896 or email donreipe@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Monmouth
County

New Year's Day Beach Walk
Fort Hancock
Meet at Building 18
11am-3pm

Greet the New Year with a winter stroll on the beach then warm up at American Littoral Society headquarters with hot cocoa and hot dogs. Call 732-291-0055 for more information.

 

 

Westchester County

New Year's Day
Saint Paul's Church
1pm

Enjoy a presentation on the history of New Year's celebrations as well as hot cider, cookies and historic games for kids.

5

MON

Brooklyn

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

Get an overview of paddling best practices and learn about the skills and equipment you will need, so you can plan your next trip. Space is limited. Call 718-338-3799 to make a reservation.

10

SAT

Westchester County

Shakespeare in the Church
Saint Paul's Church
1:30pm

See a performance of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of Shakespeare's earliest plays and then view the new exhibit, A Conservative Parish: Saint Paul's and the Civil War.

11

SUN

Brooklyn

Howard Hughes
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
11am-12pm

Discuss Howard Hughes' record setting career, the many flights he made from Floyd Bennett Field and the role aviation played in the films that he produced.

 

 

Queens

Perspectives: Jamaica Bay Wildlife
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm

Discuss the various species of wildlife that live in the bay and how the efforts to monitor these species have influenced the protection and preservation with Hanem Abouelezz, biologist and naturalist. Call 718-318-4340 for more information.

 

 

Staten Island

Fitness Walk
Fort Wadsworth
Meet at the Overlook
2-3pm

Walk the 3-mile loop around the Overlook, Battery Weed and beach. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Call 718-354-4655 for more information.

18

SUN

Queens

Explore the Back Woods
Fort Tilden
Building 1
10am-12pm

Walk the woods with American Littoral Society naturalist Mickey Maxwell Cohen to search for signs of winter wildlife and little-known historic fortifications of World War II.

 

 

Staten Island

Hike to Moses Mountain
Great Kills Park
Meet at High Rock Nature Center, Nevada Ave Park Entrance
1-3pm

Join Greenbelt environmental educators and a national park ranger for a hike to Moses Mountain. Discuss the connection of Robert Moses with Gateway National Recreation Area and New York City Parks and Recreation. Reservations required. Call 718-354-3450 for information.

 

 

Queens

Perspectives: Water Quality of Jamaica Bay
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm

Learn from a Gateway water resources specialist & environmental scientist, how the water quality and environment of the bay has changed over time. Call 718-318-4340 for more information.

19

MON

Westchester County

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saint Paul's Church
1pm

Hear Professor Martin Dobrow of Springfield College chronicle the struggles and triumphs of Dr. King in a momentous 1964--including details of his historic visit to Springfield, Massachusetts.

24

SAT

Monmouth
County

Winter Twilight Exploration
Sandy Hook
Lighthouse Keepers Quarters
4:30-6pm

Enjoy the Hook from dusk to dark with this exploration of the trails and beaches. Bring your own flashlight!

25

SUN

Queens

Perspectives: Geography of Jamaica Bay
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
2pm

Hear from a Gateway geographic information specialist, about how the geography of Jamaica Bay has changed over time. See the loss of salt marsh, shore line evolution, and the effects of restoration. Call 718-318-4340 for more information.

29

THUR

Brooklyn

Get in the Scrap
Floyd Bennett Field
Ryan Visitor Center
3-4pm

Bring children aged eight to eleven to learn how kids on the home front helped the World War II effort, by collecting scrap and even donating toys, for recycling. Also create your own World War II poster.

31

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 an NYC Audubon guide. Call 212-691-7483 or email dklein@nycaudubon.org for reservations. Fee program. Space is limited.
 
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Snow Bunting
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SNOW BIRDS OF JAMAICA BAY
See rare winter birds on an expedition to Floyd Bennett, Ft. Tilden and Breezy Point.
Left: Take Sandy Hook Beach Walk. Right: Celebrate Martin Luther King Day
1
NEW YEAR'S BEACH WALKS
Jumpstart New Year fitness with beach walks at Ft. Tilden and Ft. Hancock.
19
MARK MLK DAY
Chronicle Dr. King's momentous 1964 with a talk at St. Paul's.