Governors Island

Governors Island

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 has a seasonal island home, just a few minutes by ferry from lower Manhattan! Governors Island, a 172-acre island in New York Harbor, is now open to the public year round. Excellent habitat and a diverse variety of birdlife make it a birding hotspot, with over 220 species listed on eBird

Visit Us on Governors Island

Spring through fall, NYC Audubon has occupied one of Governors Island’s historic houses, Nolan Park House #17. Visitors can talk birds with us out on the porch of the house, make bird art, check out our exhibitions, and come bird with us. If we are accepted to occupy a house on the Island for the 2023 season, NYC Audubon will post a schedule of visiting hours and activities later this winter. 

Visiting the Island on your own? Learn about the birds and birding spots of Governors Island in our helpful online guide.
 
Visitors to Governors Island from lower Manhattan or Brooklyn must reserve their ferry tickets in advance. View Governors Island ferry information and make a reservation.  NYC Ferry also offers service to Governors Island.
A NYC Audubon Artist in Residence works in their studio on Governors Island. Photo credit: NYC Audubon
A NYC Audubon Artist in Residence works in their studio on Governors Island. Photo credit: NYC Audubon
Artist in Residence Program
NYC Audubon is currently accepting applications for our 2023 cohort of Artists in Residence on Governors Island. This unique and innovative Artist in Residence (AiR) program will offer three local artists space, resources, and transdisciplinary exchange opportunities to investigate birds and wildlife conservation in the context of urban natural space and public engagement.
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