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Camping without leaving NYC (or even Manhattan)

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If you thought camping meant leaving New York City, fuggedaboutit. Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan and several other parks in the five boroughs are waiting for you and your family.

New York City's family camping program, run by the Parks Department, is in full swing. No cars needed; your MetroCard will get you there. If you don't have a tent, park rangers will let you use one. They will even show you how to put it together.

But of course, sleeping outdoors raises some concerns for a few.

Urban Park Ranger Stephanie Stachow says not to worry, rangers stay with you all night. She did say that Inwood Hill Park has raccoons and garter snakes. Do not leave food out at night.

Get your sleeping bags fast because the program ends in September.

This program is popular, so selection is done through a lottery process. To register, go to http://www.nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers/registration

 

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