Skippy's Picks


JUNE 2-5, 9-12, 16-19, 23-26, 12 PM – 5 PM: Having a hard time telling one feathered nest from the next? Time to head to the NEST FEST at the Prospect Park Audubon Center to study their beautiful collection of birds’ nests. Prospect Park Audubon Center, near Lincoln Road and Ocean Ave. For more information call 718-965-8999

JUNE 4, 2-4 PM: BROOKLYN IS FOR THE BIRDS, say the folks at the Prospect Park Audubon Society. And they mean it in the best possible way. Learn about your high-flying neighbors today at by heading to Prospect Park at Lincoln Road & Ocean Ave., Parkside & Ocean Aves., or Flatbush Ave. & Empire Blvd. (Willink entrance) and follow the directional signs. By train: Q, S, or B to Prospect Park Station. By bus: B-41, B-43 and B-48. For more information call 718-287-3400

JUNE 11, 8:30 AM: Hey EARLY BIRD, join Larry Plotnick of the Alley Pond Environmental Center for a visit to the Marine Nature Study Center to peak at the amazing birds and birds’ nests tucked into the shrubbery. Grab your binoculars, sunscreen and boots at meet at the Marine Center, APEC, 228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston, Queens. Call (718) 229-4000 or check out the site for more information.

JUNE 11-12: Surf’s up – it’s WORLD OCEAN WEEKEND. Catch a subway to the New York Aquarium and check out the Sea Lion demonstration, chat up the Beluga Whale trainers, and pay your respects to all the other inhabitants of the largest inhabitable part of the Earth.

JUNE 18-19: Take Dad to the BRONX ZOO, and you’ll look civilized in comparison. There will be special animal care demonstrations all day for kids and their dads.

JUNE 19: Or maybe Dad is more of a seafarin’ guy? Head to Father's Day at the New York Aquarium and learn about dads in the ocean, make a seahorse themed craft (last-minute gift alert!), or join in one of the other special activities planned for this weekend.

JUNE 21, 5-9 PM: It’s the SUMMER SOLSTICE and the people at the Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens are ready to celebrate. Come make some solstice-inspired art to the rhythm of the live music, get your face painted and generally enjoy the longest day of the year. Socrates Sculpture Park - Broadway at Vernon Boulevard, Queens.
For more information call 718-956-1819

JUNE 22, 8 PM: Want to see the biggest HORSESHOE CRAB party on the East Coast? Head out tonight with the Urban Park Rangers and feast your eyes on these prehistoric creatures as they crowd the beach at Brooklyn’s Marine Park. Meet at the corner of Burnett Street and Avenue U, Brooklyn.
For more information call 311 and ask for the Urban Park Rangers.

JUNE 26: Today the Urban Park Rangers are offering canoe basics and trips in a number of city parks including Pelham Bay in the Bronx, Marine Park in Brooklyn and Willowbrook in Staten Island. For information call 311 and ask for the Urban Park Rangers of, or head to




MAY 2005