Family-Friendly Nature Walks

Family Nature Walks

(Photo: Michael Anton, DSNY)

This spring, families can lace up their shoes and join staff for nature walks at Freshkills Park! These walks will take participants behind the scenes to visit areas that are currently closed to the public. On these one-mile walks, visitors will observe and learn about the plants and wildlife found in the woods, wetlands, and grasslands.

Nature Walk Dates

Saturday, April 27*
10:00am – 12:00pm

Saturday, May 11
10:00am – 12:00pm

Saturday, June 15
10:00am – 12:00pm

What to Expect

  • Nature walks will take completely outside. Because of the elevation and wide open space, the temperature and wind at the park can be more extreme than in surrounding areas. Please prepare accordingly, bring water and sun protection. We recommend sturdy walking shoes.
  • *Families that join the April 27 walk will have the opportunity to participate in the City Nature Challenge, an international effort to find and record plants and wildlife in cities across the globe. We will take photos and record observations of the wildlife we see and share our findings through iNaturalist.  If you’d like to participate in the City Nature Challenge you can download the iNaturalist App on your device before the walk.
  • If there is a strong chance of heavy rain, thunderstorms, lightning, or other bad weather in the forecast, the walk will be cancelled the week before the tour.

These walks are open to families with children of all ages, but they’re recommended for children 6+. These programs are free but registration is required.

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