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Spring Back into Scouting

We know that the bonds made and lessons learned through Scouting are more important and valuable than ever. This extended year of isolation has been a tough and potentially alienating  for our young people and the impact of this past year upon our units and the Scouting movement has been profound. However, as we work to reopen and relaunch traditional Scouting activities units can consider some of these existing events and locations to alleviate some of difficulties associated with starting back up again.

Springing Back into Scouting

In the past year New York City Scouting units have shown their resilience and worked hard to maintain Scouting activities with necessary modifications. Packs and Troops have found innovative solutions and held virtual meetings or implemented safety protocols to meet outdoors and at Council camps.

This April, units are encouraged to operate within appropriate safety protocols and consider holding activities outdoors at NYC parks. With Earth Day (April 22nd) and Arbor Day (April 30th) April has many excellent opportunities for Packs, Troops, and Crews, to Spring Back to Scouting.  Resuming outdoor activities may be daunting or difficult members and volunteers- units are encouraged to collaborate and work together beginning April 17th, units may consider holding combined outdoor activities or attending some of the events listed below- please be sure to follow the links for more information.

Please refer to and be sure to adhere to all covid-19 safety protocols listed and updated here: nycscouting.org/covid19

Hold a unit event at a park this April or May (or attend an existing event) and participating Scouts will receive a patch.

Team up with another nearby unit and Scouts will receive an additional "Restart Team" patch celebrating teamwork

Submit your participation roster below and we’ll send your patches:

springback patch
teamwork patch

Events from the NYC Parks Calendar

Get up, get out, and do something! Just about any day of the year, you can find something fun, informative, and healthy to enjoy at an area park. Feel free to browse the listings below, or use the search tools to find an event that matches your interests and location.

NYC GOV PARKS EVENTS


Saturday, April 17, 2021:

Bronx

Camping 101

at Van Cortlandt Nature Center (in Van Cortlandt Park), Bronx

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Thinking about camping this summer? Join the Urban Park Rangers to learn everything you need to know to be confident spending your first night in the woods.
Category: EducationNature
Free!


Brooklyn

Historic New York: Coney Island

at Parachute Jump (in Coney Island Beach & Boardwalk), Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about the visionaries who helped shape and define Coney Island. Registration is required.
Category: History
Free!


Manhattan

Historic New York: Lower East Side Parks Highlights

at Seal Shower Garden and Fire Boat House (in John V. Lindsay East River Park), Manhattan

1:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Urban Park Rangers as we discuss the highlights of past, present and future of parks in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Category: EducationHistoryTalks
Free!


Queens

Blooming Tree Identification

at Unisphere (in Flushing Meadows Corona Park), Queens

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
For this program, we will explore beautiful Flushing Meadows Park while learning how to identify trees by the bark, buds, and other distinctive characteristics.
Category: EducationNature
Free!


Staten Island

It’s My Park at Clove Lakes Park

at Clove Lakes Park park house (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
This It’s My Park season, join us to clean-up at Clove Lakes Park. We look forward to keeping the park beautiful with your help!
Category: VolunteerIt’s My Park
Free!


Discovery Hike: Hidden Habitats

at Park Drive and Clove Road (in Clove Lakes Park), Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Be an explorer with the Urban Park Rangers as we venture into habitats that exist in New York City Parks! Explore the life that moves all around you in places you never thought to look.
Category: EducationNatureBest for Kids
Free! Best For Kids


Historic Trees of Conference House Park Walking Tour

at Conference House Museum (in Conference House Park), Staten Island This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join an NYC Parks arborist, naturalist, and historian for a guided tour of the historic trees of Conference House Park. The tour will highlight some of the great trees associated with this historic house and park.
Free!


Sunday, April 18, 2021:

Brooklyn

Earth Day at Ecology Park

at Ecology Park, Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the Urban Park Rangers and learn about the 15 different NYC plant communities in this scenic and educational park along Jamaica Bay. Registration is required.
Free!

Manhattan

Bridging the Gap: Manhattan to the Bronx

at Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Rangers on an inter-borough super hike from Inwood Hill Park to Henry Hudson Park and other Bronx Parks. We recommend wearing comfortable shoes or boots, bring water and a light snack.
Free!

Queens

Birding: Spring Migration

at 130th Street and 11th Avenue (in Powell’s Cove Park), Queens

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots in the urban jungle. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring field guides and binoculars.
Free!

Staten Island

Urban Park Ranger Volunteer Litter Clean-Up

at Oakwood Beach (in Great Kills Park), Staten Island

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
There’s no better way to contribute to a cleaner and healthier community than by volunteering. Join the Urban Park Rangers and Move Forward SI to clean and beautify Oakwood Beach.
Free!

It’s My Park Days- Visit Website

Outdoor Volunteering Opportunities this April

Scouts in Austin walking around exploring the city

CARE, CONNECT, ACT!

Help care for parks across the city by lending a hand to beautify a neighborhood green space. It’s My Park offers opportunities to give back by cleaning, painting, weeding, planting, and more.

We connect you to a network of volunteers who are sustaining local park communities by providing the resources to make a tangible, lasting difference.

Whether you’re looking to help out in your neighborhood park, volunteer as a group, or lead your own It’s My Park project, take the next step and make an IMP-act!

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

BUSHWICK INLET PARK

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Brooklyn

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

JOYCE KILMER PARK

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bronx

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

LEIF ERICSON PARK

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brooklyn

FRIDAY, APRIL 17

WALTER GLADWIN PARK

10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Bronx

Sunday, April 18

BROWER PARK

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Brooklyn

Saturday, April 24

HIGHBRIDGE PARK

11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Manhattan

Saturday, April 24

GRACE PLAYGROUND

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Brooklyn

Sunday, April 25

MARINE PARK

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brooklyn

Sunday, April 25

OWL’S HEAD PARK

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Brooklyn

Sunday, April 25

WILLIAM SHERIDAN PLAYGROUND

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Brooklyn

Friday, April 30

COLEMAN PLAYGROUND

10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Manhattan

Individual Opportunities

Join one of our many upcoming It’s My Park projects as an individual or family. Projects across the city need volunteers like you! Search for an upcoming opportunity in your neighborhood here.

Group & Corporate Volunteering

Request to have an It’s My Park project planned for your company, school, religious institution, civic or alumni association. Volunteering together is an enriching team building experience and great way to give back to a local park. Click here to complete your group’s request form.

Lead an It’s My Park Project

Hosting your own It’s My Park project is an opportunity available to the many local park groups that Partnerships for Parks supports throughout the year. Our dedicated, local park group stewards can click here to access their It’s My Park Project Leader Application.

Want to learn more? Contact us here.