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NPS Offers 2 Camping Areas in the Big Apple

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September 13, 2013 by   - () Leave a Comment

Letters "g" and "J" show the locations of Camp Gateways in the metro New York City area run by the National Park Service (NPS). The green letters designate other NPS recreation areas that do not offer camping. Map courtesy of National Park Service

The National Park Service (NPS) offers public camping at two locations in New York City: Fort Wadsworth on Staten Island and Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn, which is part of the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks joint agreement between NYC Parks and NPS.

There are 38 primitive campsites at Floyd Bennett Field, and reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov, The Wave, Rockaway Beach, reported.

If you are excited about camping but not comfortable heading out on your own, join NYC Parks' Urban Park Rangers on a Family Camping program at sites around the city through the end of September. The Urban Park Rangers will bring the tents, the s'mores and the camping know-how; you just have to bring dinner, a sleeping bag or blankets and a sense of adventure.

On these programs, the Rangers will teach you and your family how to set up a tent and lead activities such as night hikes, star-gazing, s'more making and storytelling. For more on this program and all the Rangers’ programs, visit our pages on the parks' website http://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers.

A great way to discover all that parks in New York City have to offer would be to join us for the Jamaica Bay by Land, Sea and Air event on Sept. 29. at Floyd Bennett Field.

Hosted by NYC Parks and the National Parks Service, this event will introduce you and your family to all of the unusual and exciting ways to explore our natural areas, including camping, kayaking, biking, fishing, bird watching, history tours and more. In addition to showcasing these outdoor activities, there will be live music, a storyteller, live birds of prey and nature crafts to keep everyone in your family entertained for the afternoon.

An Urban Park Ranger in New York City explains the basics of camping to prospective campers.

 

A NYC Urban Park Ranger helps a youngster learn about camping.

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