Discovery Day September 30 Schedule

Discovery Day

Photo: Michael McWeeney

Freshkills Park will offer a Discovery Day on Sunday September 30. This free event is a chance to explore normally closed areas of the park and experience the landscape and views the landfill-to-park project has to offer. Hundreds of acres and and miles of trails will be open for a day of bicycling, tours, and activities for all ages.

All-Day Activities

11:00 – 3:30 | Bicycling on miles of paved paths (bring your own bike or rent one for free!)
11:00 – 3:30 | Self-guided hiking, birdwatching, and photography
11:00 – 3:30 | Sunprint art with Alice Austen House
11:00 – 3:30 | Plein-air (outdoor) drawing with artist James Powers
11:00 – 2:00 | Wind chime-making with supplies from Materials for the Arts
11:00 – 3:00 | Rock climbing wall with NYPD
11:00 – 3:30 | Composting activities with the NYC Compost Project
11:00 – 3:30 | Tabling with the Staten Island Greenbelt
11:00 – 3:30 | Tabling with the Staten Island Museum
11:00 – 3:30 | Activities with the Staten Island MakerSpace STEAM Wagon
11:00 – 3:30 | Mural painting by Projectivity artist Christian Penn
11:00 – 3:30 | Activities and information with the NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers
11:00 – 3:30 | Activities with the NYC Fitness and Play Mobiles

Scheduled Tours and Activities

11:00 | Discovery Day Event Begins
12:00 | Birdwatching tour with NYC Audubon
12:00 | Hawk Walk with NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers
12:30| Drawing tour with artist Eva Neves
2:00 | Birdwatching tour with NYC Audubon
2:00 | Landfill History and Transformation Tour with NYC Parks
2:30| Drawing tour with artist Eva Neves
4:00 | Discovery Day Event Ends


During the event, a free shuttle will provide transportation to and from the Staten Island Ferry Terminal in St. George. The shuttle picks passengers up from the Taxi Stand Ramp, and the ride to Freshkills Park will take approximately 30 minutes. Once the Ferry has arrived at the St. George Terminal in Staten Island, look for the Taxi Stand, also labeled “Ramp E.” The stairs to the Taxi Stand ramp are in the terminal across from the Au Bon Pain. Bikes are allowed on the shuttle bus as long as there is space.

Shuttles from Staten Island Ferry Terminal to Freshkills Park
10:30 am, 11:00 am, 11:30 am, 12:00 pm, 12:30 pm, 1:00 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:00 pm, 2:30 pm

Shuttles from Freshkills Park to Staten Island Ferry Terminal
12:15 pm, 12:45 pm, 1:15 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:15 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:15 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:15 pm


Parking will be available just outside Freshkills Park in lots near 350 Wild Avenue. From there, visitors can take a shuttle bus or walk or bike one mile to the main event area.

Presented by NYC Parks, NYC Department of Sanitation, and the Freshkills Park Alliance. Follow @freshkillspark on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and join the mailing list for updates.


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