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
Browse NYC Audubon's current slate of Free and Partner Walks below. Or check out our fee-based Local Trips and Classes, Governors Island Programs, Festivals, and much more by using the menu at left (or on your smart phone, by clicking back to the Programs and Events page). You can also see everything at once on our All Events Calendar.

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.

Please do not attend NYC Audubon programs if you are experiencing Covid-19 symptoms or have had recent contact with someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. At this time, mask-wearing is encouraged but not required for vaccinated participants of our outdoor programs. If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask throughout the event as a courtesy to your fellow participants and to our guides.
Saturdays, May 7 through October 2022, 2-3:30pm
Note: walks will not be offered on Saturdays, June 4 or July 9. The June 25 walk will be LGBTQ+ inclusive in celebration of Pride Month (see separate listing above)
Guide: Annie Barry

Meet in front of Nolan Park #17 and see the birds of Governors Island with one of our expert guides! Over 220 bird species have been spotted on the island, which provides excellent habitat all year round. Whether you’re an expert birder or a beginner, these tours will help you discover all of the bird life the island has to offer. Binoculars are available to borrow. No RSVP is required. Limited to 15. Free
Fridays, May 13, July 8, and September 9, 5:30-7pm
Guide: NYC Audubon
With Riverside Park Summer on the Hudson

Meet at the park entrance at 120th Street and Riverside Drive and explore Riverside Park on this family-friendly bird walk. Who knows what birds we'll discover while taking in views of the Hudson River? No limit. Free
“For the Birds” Brooklyn Botanic Garden walks
Assorted Saturdays and Sundays: June 19, 25; July 10, 16, 23; August 6, 14, 27; September 3, 10, 18, 24; October 8, 9, 15, 22
Time: 11am-12pm
Guides: Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYC Audubon

Join Brooklyn Botanic Garden and NYC Audubon birding experts on these special hour-long tours through the Garden to look for resident and visiting birds. Learn how to spot hawks, woodpeckers, Mallards, American Robins, Blue Jays, Cedar Waxwings, and more. Before or after the walk, enjoy the Garden’s special “For the Birds” exhibit. All ages welcome. 
Free with Garden admission. No limit. Meet inside the Brooklyn Botanic Garden at the Visitor Center. Please note that attendees are responsible for purchasing their own tickets to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, which can be done on the Garden website. No advance registration is required for the bird walk but advance tickets for the Garden are recommended.