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Every year, Girl Scouts explore the natural wonders found across the country during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend. Girl Scouts celebrate our shared love for the outdoors at local state parks, along with troops, friends, and family.

The official 2021 Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend will take place September 10-12!

Girl Scouts across NYC will partner with 5 State Parks to celebrate our shared love for the outdoors along with troops, friends, and family through a Virtual Camp-In Event, Community Service Project, and borough-specific field days.

State Park Ranger Partner events will take place at the following locations:

  • The Bronx: Roberto Clemente State Park
  • Brooklyn: Shirley Chisholm State Park
  • Manhattan: Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park
  • Queens: Gantry Plaza State Park
  • Staten Island: Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve

Your Adventure Awaits! Learn more about our summer offerings below.

Before you go outside:

A Girl Scout is always prepared! Before heading outside, make sure you check the weather and dress accordingly. Does it look like it might rain? Be sure to pack a raincoat! Remember to bring a reusable water bottle, bug spray, and sunscreen.

Want to know more about your local state park? Check out all 7 below:

Bronx

Roberto Clemente State Park, 301 West Tremont Avenue Bronx, NY 10450

Park Information

  • This Park is named after Roberto Clemente, who was the first Latino-American inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
  • A 25-acre space located along the Harlem River, this park offers a variety of recreational and cultural activities.
  • Some amenities include places to get food, playgrounds, playing fields, and a swimming pool.
  • Getting there: Take the 4 train to Burnside Ave, the B/D train to Tremont Ave, Bx42 bus to Sedgwick Ave & W Tremont Ave, or MetroNorth Hudson Line to Morris Heights.
  • Click here to visit the Roberto Clemente Park Website!
Brooklyn

East River State Park/Marsha P. Johnson State Park: 90 Kent Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

Park Information

  • This park is named after Marsha P. Johnson, a Black transgender women who was a pioneer of the LGBTQ civil rights movement and a prominent figure in the Stonewall Uprising.
  • It is a seven-acre park located along the East River in Brooklyn, in the Williamsburg neighborhood.
  • In addition to great views of the Manhattan skyline, this park features a playground, dog run, and native meadow plantings.
  • Getting there: Take the L train to Bedford Ave, or the B32 bus to Kent Ave & N9th St.
  • Click here to visit the East River State Park/Marsha P. Johnson State Park Website!
Manhattan

Riverbank State Park (Denny Farrell Riverbank State Park), 679 Riverside Drive New York, NY 10031

Park Information

  • This park is named after Denny Farrell, an Assemblyman who dedicated over 42 years of public service to the community.
  • Inspired by Japanese urban rooftop designs, this park is a 28-acre, multi-level space that rises 69 feet above the Hudson River.
  • There are five main buildings, a pool, covered skating rink, cultural theater, athletic complex with a track, tennis courts, basketball courts, softball field, handball courts, and a restaurant at the park.
  • Getting there: Take the 1 train to 145th or 137th-City College, the B/D train to 145th St, or the Bx19 bus to Riverbank & State Park.
  • Click here to visit the Riverbank State Park website!

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park, Roosevelt Island New York, NY 10044

Park Information

  • Designed by architect Louis I Kahn, this park is named after a 1941 speech by President Roosevelt. He described his vision for a world founded on four freedoms: freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.
  • Getting here: Take the F train to Roosevelt Island, or the Roosevelt Island Tram.
  • Click here to visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms State Park website!
Queens

Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Road Long Island City, NY 11101 

Park Information

  • This park is a 12-acre space located along the East River with views of the United Nations, Empire State Building, and the rest of the Manhattan skyline.
  • Park activities include fishing, playgrounds, playing fields, basketball courts, and handball courts.
  • Getting there: Take the 7 train to Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave, G train to 21st-Van Alst, the LIRR to Long Island City, or the E/M train to Court Sq-23rd St.
  • Click here to visit the Gantry Plaza State Park website!

Bayswater Point State Park, 1479 Point Breeze Place Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Park Information

  • This park is a 12-acre space on the peninsula in Mott Bason on the eastern shore of Jamaica Bay in the Rockaways.
  • There is a wide range of terrain, including a beachfront, wetlands, and woodlands.
  • This is a great space for bird watching, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and general nature appreciation.
  • Getting here: Take the A train to Far Rockaway-Mott Ave or the LIRR Far Rockaway Branch to Far Rockaway.
  • Click here to visit the Bayswater Point State Park website!
Staten Island

lay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve,  83 Nielsen Avenue Staten Island, NY 10309  

Park Information

  • Clay Pit is a 265-acre nature preserve near the southwest shore of Staten Island.
  • This park has a variety of unique habitats including wetlands, ponds, sand barrens, spring-fed streams, and woodlands.
  • Activities at the park include equestrian trails, hiking, a nature center, pavilions and shelter rentals, and a visitors' center.
  • Getting there: Take the S74 bus to Arthur Kill Rd and Correctional Facility.
  • Click here to visit the Clay Pit Ponds State Park Preserve website!



Girl Scouts Love State Parks 2020

If you missed Girl Scouts Love State Parks 2020 or loved it so much you want to  join again, you still can!

Click here to complete the online course!

Learning outcomes for all levels include an introduction to Shirley Chisholm State Park, a park scavenger hunt, a brief history of how a landfill became a State Park, and an introduction to wildlife and habitats.

Level specific learning outcomes include:

  • Daisies: How plastic pollution ends up on our shorelines, affects the wildlife, and how we can help.
  • Brownies/Juniors: Learn how plastic is made, why it ends up on our shore, how it affects our ecosystems, and what we can do to help.
  • Cadette/Seniors/Ambassadors: Girls will explore the life cycle of plastic, the types of plastic we find the most on our shorelines, how it affects our ecosystems and wildlife, and actions we can take to help.