Urban Rangers Teach NYC Students in City Parks

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MARINE PARK, Brooklyn (PIX11) – Public schools in New York City are closed this week for winter vacation, so the Parks Department is encouraging families to hang out with their urban rangers, who support adaptive nature activities to families.

Ian Evans and other urban rangers show that not everything can be learned in a classroom.

“Sometimes the best thing is to just go out and do it yourself with your own hands, getting a little dirty,” Evans said.

They teach these children how to build shelters at the Salt Marsh Nature Center in Marine Park, Brooklyn. Using fallen materials like leaves and sticks, they create simple lean-to structures.

Parents use this time as the perfect opportunity to hang out. The Rennie family has camped several times before.

“We had to pitch our own tents and cook over fires and our kids love it,” Candace Thomas-Rennie said. “It’s been a blessing during the pandemic, so when I saw this program – because I don’t want them to be home all day playing games – I thought it would help us reinvent our camping experiences.”

The park department holds many different events like this throughout the week for kids who aren’t in school. Click here for more information.

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