If you didn’t get your national park fix this summer—and live in, or are planning to visit NYC soon—worry not; the parks are coming to you. Thanks to the National Parks Conservation Association and PBS, the week of September 19—27 is now devoted to celebrating these wild tracts of land with a series of (mostly free) events throughout the city. Here, five of the week’s highlights:
WHAT: Obata’s Yosemite, an exhibition featuring 27 intricate woodblock prints and watercolors created by Japanese artist Chiura Obata after spending time in Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada.
WHEN: Saturday, September 9—25 at Federal Hall National Memorial
WHAT: Clips from Burns's The National Parks: America's Best Idea with be shown at "Feel Free: A National Parks Celebration in Central Park," followed by musical performances, including Gavin DeGraw, Carole King, and Counting Crows.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. in Central Park’s East Meadow
WHAT: A private tour of Ellis Island (by reservation; tickets include ferry ride and snacks).
WHEN: Thursday, September 24, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
WHAT: One-hour guided tour of the American Museum of Natural History’s park-related galleries (space is limited to 25).
WHEN: Saturday, September 26 at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
WHAT: A three-hour boat trip around Jamaica Bay to learn about its history, ecology, and wildlife (by reservation, 718/318-9344; $45 tickets include snacks).
WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 4 to 7 p.m.
For more events and additional info, visit feelfree.org.
Bree Sposato is an editorial assistant at Travel + Leisure.