Gateway National Recreation Area

Gateway National Recreation Area

Just For Kids

Be A Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Programs

Summer Program at Great Kills Park, Staten Island

Held in July and again in August, this two-week hands-on nature study program for ages 7-12 starts at the Great Kills Education Field Station. Programs run from 9:30am to 12:00pm each day. Participants earn a Junior Ranger badge and patch for completing the program. For required reservations call (718) 987-6790.

Staten Island Unit Junior Ranger Program

The self-guided Staten Island Unit Junior Ranger Program is available year-round for children ages 7- 12. Pick up a free "National Park Adventure for Junior Rangers" booklet at the Great Kills Park or Miller Field Ranger Stations, or the Fort Wadsworth Visitor Center. It contains self-guided and ranger-led activities, either of which must be completed at all three Staten Island Unit sites. Children receive a Junior Ranger badge and patch for completing the program. For information call (718) 987-6790.

Summer Program at Sandy Hook, New Jersey

A three-hour program for ages 7-12 is offered several times during the summer. This program gives an introduction to the duties of Park Rangers and Surf Guards at Sandy Hook. Children learn the importance of protecting our National Parks and how park staff work together to protect both visitors and park resources. Upon completion of the program, children take home a plaster sand cast which they have made, and a Junior Ranger badge. Call (732) 872-5970 for reservations and more information.


Gateway's Junior Ranger programs in the Sandy Hook and Staten Island Units provide fun ways to learn about Gateway and what Park Rangers do. Kids can also have Park Fun on the Web with the Web Rangers Program.

Curriculum-based educational programs are offered at many sites for school groups in grades K-12. For more information on these programs, call (718) 354-4560.

Guest Speakers

On a limited basis Gateway NRA staff provide classroom presentations covering a variety of subjects for K-12 students and lifelong learners.

Call the park's Interpretive Program Specialist at 718-354-4560 to discuss your needs.

Self Guided

Teacher led field experiences are available at all three Gateway park units, but teacher training and other requirements vary. Call 718-354-4560 for further information.


Plan A Field Trip

Both ranger-guided and self-guided field experiences for a variety of grades are available which explore Gateway's natural and historic resources, tied closely to classroom curriculum and learning standards. For further information, call 718-354-4560.