Local Trips & Classes

"Let’s Go Birding Together" Walk, Central Park, 2018. Photo: NYC Audubon
Browse NYC Audubon's current slate of upcoming fee-based Local Trips & Classes below. Or check out our Free and Partner Walks, 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.

We will be offering a selection of fee-based local walks in New York City parks this summer; see below. Registration for summer programs will open to NYC Audubon contributing members on Friday, June 3 at 9am. Non-members can begin registering on Friday, June 10, at 9am.

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. NYC Audubon is happy to issue a refund for any program missed due to COVID-19 safety compliance. At this time, mask-wearing is optional for all outdoor program participants and guides. 
Wood Duck. Photo: François Portmann
Wood Duck. Photo: François Portmann
Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Prothonotary Warbler. Photo: Ryan F. Mandelbaum
Sterling Forest trip. Photo: Don Riepe
Sterling Forest trip. Photo: Don Riepe
Breeding Birds of Inwood Hill Park
Saturday, July 2, 7-10am
Guide: Tod Winston
Come explore the varied habitats of Northern Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park on an early morning hike, to beat the summer heat! This lovely park's mature forest and open meadows attract nesting species such as Wood Thrush, Hairy Woodpecker, and both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, while its salt marsh and mudflats draw foraging herons and shorebirds. $30 for NYC Audubon members, $40 for non-members. Limited to 12 people. 
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Friday Morning in Prospect Park
Friday, July 8, 8-10:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the summer bird residents of “Brooklyn's Backyard,” beautiful Prospect Park. Although birding in the summertime in NYC can be slower than other seasons, Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a number of breeding bird species. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of nesting waterfowl, Green Herons, Barn Swallows, Yellow Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, and some of the other species that call the park home. $20 for NYC Audubon members, $30 for non-members. Limited to 15 people.
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Croton Point Park
Saturday, July 9, 8:30am-3pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Travel in comfort aboard Metro-North (leaving at 8:45am from Grand Central Station) to visit Croton Point Park, a beautiful 500-acre park on a peninsula on the Hudson River, about one hour north of the city. The park is rich in natural and human history: It has the oldest native American oyster shell middens in the northeast, revealing that it was inhabited as long as 7,000 years ago; today, the park has a wonderful mix of forest, wetlands, and grassland. The grasslands are atop a hill formed by a former landfill, and are home to hard-to-find breeding bird species such as Indigo Bunting, Grasshopper Sparrow, Bobolink, and Eastern Meadowlark. The woodlands nearby are home to breeding Great Horned Owl, Willow Flycatcher, and Orchard Oriole, as well as the more expected common breeders. Bring lunch for a picnic in one of the riverside pavilions. $50 for NYC Audubon members, $65 for non-members. Limited to 15 people.
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Summer Weekends in Prospect Park
Saturday, July 9, 8-10am
Guide: Ryan Mandelbaum
Beautiful Prospect Park’s wide variety of habitats attract a large number of migrants and breeding bird species—significantly more than Central Park, in fact. We will explore the Park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of waterfowl, warblers, tanagers, and more. $10 for NYC Audubon members, $15 for non-members. Limited to 12 people. 
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Friday Morning in Prospect Park
Friday, July 22, 8-10:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the summer bird residents of “Brooklyn's Backyard,” beautiful Prospect Park. Although birding in the summertime in NYC can be slower than other seasons, Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a number of breeding bird species. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of nesting waterfowl, Green Herons, Barn Swallows, Yellow Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, and some of the other species that call the park home. $20 for NYC Audubon members, $30 for non-members. Limited to 15 people.
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Jamaica Bay Summer Shorebirds and More (Full)
Saturday, July 23, 9am-1:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and search the mudflats and ponds of Jamaica Bay (the NYC locale with the most recorded species of birds) for breeding herons and egrets, Forster's and Common Terns, Clapper Rail, and American Oystercatcher, as well as the many migratory plovers and sandpipers that will already be headed south. Bring water, snacks, and shoes you don't mind getting muddy. $40 for NYC Audubon members, $50 for non-members. Limited to 15 people. 
Audubon Mural Project Tour
Sunday, July 24, 10am-12:15pm
Guide: Leigh Hallingby
The Audubon Mural Project is an exciting effort to create murals of over 300 birds in the northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights. As all the birds painted are threatened by climate change, the project is designed not only to help us appreciate the beauty of the birds, but also make us aware of the challenges they face. In addition to seeing about 30 murals on our walk through the urban landscape, we will visit John James Audubon's impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church cemetery. $20 for NYC Audubon members, $30 for non-members. Limited to 20 people. 
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Friday Morning in Prospect Park
Friday, August 5, 8-10:30am
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Join Gabriel Willow for a leisurely walk to get to know the summer bird residents of “Brooklyn's Backyard,” beautiful Prospect Park. Although birding in the summertime in NYC can be slower than other seasons, Prospect Park has a wide variety of habitats that attracts a number of breeding bird species. We will explore the park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of nesting waterfowl, Green Herons, Barn Swallows, Yellow Warblers, Baltimore Orioles, and some of the other species that call the park home. $20 for NYC Audubon members, $30 for non-members. Limited to 15 people.
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Summer Weekends in Prospect Park
Sunday, August 7, 8-10am
Guide: Ryan Mandelbaum
Beautiful Prospect Park’s wide variety of habitats attract a large number of migrants and breeding bird species—significantly more than Central Park, in fact. We will explore the Park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of waterfowl, warblers, tanagers, and more. $10 for NYC Audubon members, $15 for non-members. Limited to 12 people. 
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Jamaica Bay Summer Shorebirds and More
Sunday, August 7, 9am-1:30pm
Guide: Gabriel Willow
Meet at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge and search the mudflats and ponds of Jamaica Bay (the NYC locale with the most recorded species of birds) for breeding herons and egrets, Forster's and Common Terns, Clapper Rail, and American Oystercatcher, as well as the many migratory plovers and sandpipers that will already be headed south. Bring water, snacks, and shoes you don't mind getting muddy. $40 for NYC Audubon members, $50 for non-members. Limited to 15 people. 
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Audubon Mural Project Tour
Sunday, August 21, 10am-12:15pm
Guide: Leigh Hallingby
The Audubon Mural Project is an exciting effort to create murals of over 300 birds in the northern Manhattan neighborhoods of Hamilton Heights and Washington Heights. As all the birds painted are threatened by climate change, the project is designed not only to help us appreciate the beauty of the birds, but also make us aware of the challenges they face. In addition to seeing about 30 murals on our walk through the urban landscape, we will visit John James Audubon's impressive gravesite in the Trinity Church cemetery. $20 for NYC Audubon members, $30 for non-members. Limited to 20 people. 
Register
Summer Weekends in Prospect Park
Saturday, September 3, 8-10am
Guide: Ryan Mandelbaum
Beautiful Prospect Park’s wide variety of habitats attract a large number of migrants and breeding bird species—significantly more than Central Park, in fact. We will explore the Park's meadows, forests, and waterways in search of waterfowl, warblers, tanagers, and more. $10 for NYC Audubon members, $15 for non-members. Limited to 12 people. 
Register