Randall’s Island Park has a rich history of hosting cultural events and continues to do so today. Throughout the year, RIPA provides numerous free drop-in programs such as walking tours, movie nights, waterfront activities and our annual Cherry Blossom and Harvest Festivals. In addition, large special events, produced by independent organizations other than the City and RIPA, offer visitors a great variety of exciting options – continuing the Island’s strong tradition as a central entertainment venue for New York City.

RIPA hosts over 300 free public events each year. These family-friendly drop-in events play an integral role in helping Park visitors explore the Island’s varied points of interest. For additional information contact our Public Programs team at [email protected].

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Winter Bird Walk

January 29 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join us for a guided tour to look for and learn about the approximately 50+ species of birds that migrate to the Park during the winter season or live year-round on Randall’s Island!

We invite all levels, from first timers to experienced birders and welcome individuals of all abilities and backgrounds. This program will help participants locate, identify and learn about birds and the New York City environment. It will be an exciting tour as Randall’s Island Park is an oasis where you can learn about and discover something new and different at every visit! Registration required through Eventbrite. 

Our Guide: Gabriel Willow is a renowned environmental educator, ecologist, and urban naturalist who lives and works in New York City. He is known for his birding tours and city wildlife tours, which he has led since 1999, through the parks, gardens, and waterways of New York City. He has guided many tours over the years on Randall’s Island.

Location: Meet at the base of the 103rd Street Footbridge RI side.

Additional Details: 

  • Please visit our Map for location and please note the closest bathroom​ will be at the Stadium; there is no bathroom at 103rd
  • The walk will end between 3:30-4pm and finish next to Icahn Stadium (about 1 mile from the 103rd Street Bridge but close to the M35 bus stop)
  • Dress appropriately. We will be walking along the water, expect it to be colder and possibly windier on the Island.
  • Please arrive a few minutes early if you would like to borrow binoculars.
  • Consider downloading ebird and inaturalist before the tour
  • Hot cocoa and S’mores will be available at the end of the walk by Field 10, North entrance of the Stadium.  



January 29
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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