NYC Parks is celebrating some of the highlights of the past year, including the top five most viewed live sessions with the Urban Park Rangers as part of their weekly Parks@Home series. In the spring, Parks launched Parks@Home to promote mental and physical health for New Yorkers staying home to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Among these virtual offerings, the weekly Live with an Urban Park Ranger videos have become popular as they cover a wide array of topics from flora, fauna, and geology to history and enforcement.
“For more than 40 years our expert Rangers have been keeping New Yorkers connected to the natural world, but this year more than ever we learned just how important that connection is and reimagined our role to be of greater service to the people of this city and beyond,” said NYC Parks Director of Urban Park Rangers Bonnie McGuire. “Parks@Home has afforded us an opportunity to connect with new people right from the comfort of their living room. In a year filled with challenges, it’s refreshing to know that our work has been viewed and shared thousands of times.”
Parks combed through the more than 36 weeks of content shared by the Urban Park Rangers to identify the top five that captivated the most audiences. Below, you can check out the top five and relive some of these fun, educational and engaging moments:
- Coney Island Boardwalk with the Urban Park Rangers
- Join our Urban Park Rangers live for a meet & greet with horseshoe crabs at Gerritsen Creek in Marine Park, Brooklyn!
- Join us live with the Urban Park Rangers as we explore the geology of Inwood Hill Park!
- We’re LIVE with the Urban Park Rangers looking for signs of spring in Silver Lake Park on Staten Island!
- Let’s meet Langston and Atlas, horses from our Mounted Unit, on patrol in Staten Island parks!