Fall Issue of Outdoors in NYC

The fall issue of Outdoors in NYC, the Urban Park Rangers' quarterly listing of park events and activities, is now available online. Highlights include the Urban Starfest in Central Park on Saturday, October 18th, a Green-Wood Cemetery Bird Walk and History Tour on November 22, and Haunted Lantern Tours of Fort Totten Park on October 24 and 25. There are numerous other night sky astronomy events, fall foliage events, and history, hiking, wildlife, and special events, all free.

Another Nature Walk for Budding Naturalists

Naturally Curious leader Alicia Tait is offering another children's nature walk on the morning of Sunday, July 6th. If you haven't got plans for the whole holiday weekend, you might want to check it out.

This Naturally Curious walk will investigate the dark, damp universe beneath the forest floor. What lives under a rotting log or a patch of decaying leaves? Why are these microhabitats so important to the health of the park? Exploring this unseen world will be the guiding theme of Sunday's adventure.

Nature Walk Time: 9:30-11:30

NYC Wildflower Week Is Back May 10-18, 2014

NYC Wildflower Week comes back this year for the week of May 8-10. This is a wonderful series of events that bring attention to the city's endangered and vanishing plants and natural environments. This year there will be more than 30 events in all 5 boroughs. Check out the website at for more information—coming soon or sign up for the mailing list to get an advance sneak peek.

Winter Edition of Outdoors in NYC Is Available

The winter edition of the Parks Department's quarterly publication, Outdoors in NYC, is available online now in a PDF version. Outdoors in NYC lists all of the free activities and programs throughout the parks system in the five boroughs. From Winter Photography to Emergency Preparedness, the Urban Park Rangers have programs that are perfect for individuals and families—and all are free!

Guest Post: Tips for Getting Outdoors Despite Winter Weather

This is a guest post by Carolyn from Fullonfit.

I've always made fitness a priority in my life, but I'm not a fan of cold weather. The winter months can make outdoor exercise difficult. I've learned to adapt though—and if I can do it, I know you can do it too! Here are some of the tips for winter fitness I've learned for weather that's snowy or just plain cold.

Wear the Right Gear

Two Kinds of Skiing (and Snowboarding) in Maine

We wanted to do snow sports for the abbreviated winter school break, but didn't have much luck finding anything reasonable for a holiday weekend on short notice for this area, so we ended up going up to Treetop Mom's family's home in Maine. It's on the mainland not far from Acadia National Park. We drove up on Friday. Saturday was our chill-out day; we did laundry, made plans, and the boys built a snow fort.