Rangers to lead hikes, scavenger hunts, orienteering lessons and other events for kids during winter break

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New York City kids are out of school, and NYC Parks has plenty of fun activities to keep them busy. Join us for FREE “Kids Week” programming across the five boroughs with indoor and outdoor events lead by our Urban Park Rangers.


“School is out and our rangers are ready to bring the fun,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP. “We think of our parks as nature’s classroom. We have activities planned every day of winter break in every borough, so New York City’s kids can stay active, explore the outdoors and keep learning.”


Rangers will kick off the week by demonstrating a sampling of Kids Week activities—including shelter building, knot tying and orienteering—at Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park on Monday, February 19 at 11 a.m. The demonstration will be broadcast live on NYC Parks’ Facebook page.


Highlights include:


·         Orienteering – Pelham Bay Nature Center, Bronx
Monday, February 19 
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Use a compass and map to navigate your way around Pelham Bay Park and find hidden objects.


·         Lenape Scavenger Hunt – Allison Pond Park, Staten Island
Tuesday, February 20
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Explore this diverse woodland and discover different animal tracks, plants, and natural wonders that the Native Americans would have used in their everyday lives.


·         Trees and Winter Wildlife Walk – Dana Discovery Center, Central Park
Wednesday, February 21
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Look for signs of wildlife and identify winter trees on this walk with Urban Park Rangers.


·         Knot Tying – Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn
Friday, February 23 
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Learn how to tie all kinds of expert knots with the guidance of our Urban Park Rangers


·         Nature Exploration Hike – Forest Park Visitor Center, Queens
Friday, February 23 
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. 
Join the Urban Park Rangers on a hike through the wonders of Forest Park.


For a complete list of events, visit Events are intended for children ages 12 and under. In addition to Kids Week programs, Parks will also offer free youth swimming lessons during the school break.