Programs and Events

Programs and Events

NYC Audubon educates and connects New Yorkers of all ages with nature in the city, providing participants with the valuable opportunity to learn about wild birds and their habitats. We offer over 200 public programs a year, including bird outings, lectures, overnight trips, volunteer opportunities, festivals, and a summer environmental center on Governors Island.

Want to learn more before you decide, or bird on your own? Find profiles of over 100 New York City parks, Birding 101 tips, and more on our Birding Resources pages.

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"Let’s Go Birding Together" Tour, Central Park, 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
"Let’s Go Birding Together" Tour, Central Park, 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
Outings and Classes
NYC Audubon offers hundreds of local bird outings and classes annually. Explore one of the City’s parks with an expert guide to marvel at the hundreds of species of birds that frequent our urban landscape. Or enhance your bird knowledge and birding skills with one of our virtual or in-person classes.
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NYC Audubon Naturalist Gabriel Willow leads a bird outing from the steps of our Nolan Park house on Governors Island. Photo: NYC Audubon
NYC Audubon Naturalist Gabriel Willow leads a bird outing from the steps of our Nolan Park house on Governors Island. Photo: NYC Audubon
Governors Island
NYC Audubon has a seasonal island home, right off the coast of Manhattan! Our seasonal nature center on Governors Island features plenty of information about bird conservation, as well as a book nook and craft room for kids and bird-inspired art exhibits. Sit on our porch and discuss birds with us, join a free bird outing, or borrow a pair of binoculars for free and strike out on your own.
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Participant holds an Atlantic Horseshoe Crab at our annual Horseshoe Crab Festival at Jamaica Bay. Photo: Camilla Cerea
Participant holds an Atlantic Horseshoe Crab at our annual Horseshoe Crab Festival at Jamaica Bay. Photo: Camilla Cerea
Festivals
NYC Audubon educates and connects New Yorkers of all ages with nature through fun and informative festivals, providing participants with valuable opportunities to learn about wild birds and their habitats. In partnership with organizations across the City, we participate in multiple festivals that feature engaging programs and family-friendly activities. All festivals are free and open to the public. 
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"Meiburg and Weidensaul in Conversation," a virtual NYC Audubon talk held on March 21, 2021. Screenshot: NYC Audubon
"Meiburg and Weidensaul in Conversation," a virtual NYC Audubon talk held on March 21, 2021. Screenshot: NYC Audubon
Lectures & Talks
Join us for virtual talks on a wide variety of topics related to conservation, birds, or advocacy. Our lectures take place via zoom from late fall through the winter and feature a lineup of exciting authors, researchers, and experts. All lectures are free of charge, and open to the public.
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Chestnut-sided Warbler found injured by Project Safe Flight volunteer. Photo: Sophie Butcher
Chestnut-sided Warbler found injured by Project Safe Flight volunteer. Photo: Sophie Butcher
Volunteer Opportunities
New York City Audubon could not be successful in carrying out its mission of protecting the wild birds and habitats of New York City without the help of its corps of brilliant community scientists and dedicated volunteers. 
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Wilson's Warbler by Cara Lynch, located at 1805 Amsterdam Ave., New York NY 10031. Photo: NYC Audubon
Wilson's Warbler by Cara Lynch, located at 1805 Amsterdam Ave., New York NY 10031. Photo: NYC Audubon
Audubon Mural Project Tours
The Audubon Mural Project is a public art initiative of the National Audubon Society, in partnership with the Harlem-based Gitler & ____ Gallery. The project is inspired by the paintings of John James Audubon, and is energized by findings from the National Audubon Society that nearly half of all North American bird species face dire threats to their survival by 2080 due to climate change.
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Atlantic Puffin Colony. Photo: Public Domain
Atlantic Puffin Colony. Photo: Public Domain
Overnight Trips
Our overnight trips are designed to connect NYC Audubon members with the best birding around. These trips are an opportunity to do a deep dive into birding. Beginners are welcome, but should anticipate bird-packed itineraries.
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Tom Stephenson, NYC Audubon advisory council member and author of "The Warbler Guide," explains how to look for warblers during members event in Central Park. Photo: NYC Audubon
Tom Stephenson, NYC Audubon advisory council member and author of "The Warbler Guide," explains how to look for warblers during members event in Central Park. Photo: NYC Audubon
Members only
NYC Audubon contributing members enjoy many benefits, including access to free members-only bird outings led by board and advisory council members.
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Birding Guides and Educators
New York City Audubon employs a friendly and knowledgeable group of naturalists and educators to help New Yorkers discover the city's wildlife and natural areas. Learn about the people who lead our trips, outings, and classes. 
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