Free & Partner Walks

Free and Partner Walks

Free walks in Bryant Park with Naturalist Gabriel Willow are offered twice weekly during spring and fall migration seasons. Photo: NYC Audubon
Discover the surprising amount of birds and nature that can be found in our city by joining us on our free and partner walks. In recent years, we have expanded our offerings of free outings, partnering with organizations such as The Battery Conservancy, Outdoor Afro, and others to provide birding tours that are more laid-back and welcoming to birders of all skill levels and experiences.

Special Notice: 

After suspending most spring and summer in-person programming in accordance with state and federal government guidance, as of early September 2020, we are offering free partner walks in select parks. See below for current offerings.
Photo: Gennessy Palma
Photo: Gennessy Palma
Queens Botanical Garden Bird Walks
Saturdays, April 3, 17, and May 1, 9:30-10:30am
Guide: Corey Finger
With Queens Botanical Garden
Explore Queens Botanical Garden in search of migrant songbirds and learn about the resources the Garden offers birds and other wildlife. RSVP required. Each walk limited to 15. Free (with Garden admission)
Bryant Park Tour with Gabriel Willow, May 2016
Bryant Park Tour with Gabriel Willow, May 2016
Mondays, April 19–May 31, 8-9am
Thursdays, April 22–June 3, 5-6pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With Bryant Park Corporation

Meet at the Birding Tour sign at the 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue entrance to the Park (Heiskell Plaza). Discover the surprising variety of birds that stop in Bryant Park during migration. Past sightings include warblers, tanagers, vireos, thrushes, and even a Chuck-will’s-widow. All participants are encouraged to follow proper Covid-19 safety protocols including wearing face coverings and staying home if you feel unwell. Tours may be canceled in heavy rain or inclement weather, check for up-to-date tour status. RSVP required. Limited to 20. Free 
Please note: Walks are being opened for registration two weeks in advance.

In order to accommodate demand and ensure a prompt start time, slots will be turned over to the standby list at 8:05am for morning walks and 5:05pm for evening walks. Please arrive early and check in with a Bryant Park employee to secure your registered slot, or to be added to the standby list.

Register for a walk below!

Mon, April 19  |  Thurs, April 22
Mon, April 26  |  Thurs, April 29 
Mon, May 3  |  Thurs, May 6
Mon, May 10  |  Thurs, May 13   
Mon, May 17  |  Thurs, May 20
Mon, May 24  |  Thurs, May 27
Mon, May 31  |  Thurs, June 3
Photo: Gail Karlsson
Photo: Gail Karlsson
Spring Migration Bird Walks at The Battery
Wednesdays, April 21-May 19, 8-9am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
With The Battery Conservancy

Meet at the Netherlands Memorial Flag Pole located at the entrance to the park on the corner of Broadway, Battery Place, and State Street. Join Gabriel Willow to explore the migrating birds that find food and habitat on lower Manhattan's waterfront. RSVP required. Limited to 10. Free
Cedar Waxwing. Photo: Mick Thompson
Cedar Waxwing. Photo: Mick Thompson
Spring Bird Walks at Van Cortlandt Park
Saturdays, April 24-June 26, 9-10:30am
Guide: NYC Audubon

With The Van Cortlandt Park Alliance
Meet at the Van Cortlandt Park Nature Center. Explore Van Cortlandt Park's ecologically diverse grounds and celebrate a long tradition of birding in the park. We will look for various resident and migratory bird species and discuss a wide range of avian topics. RSVP required. Limited to 12. Free