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An Outdoor Classroom: College Internships in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|20 September 2018
Each summer, the Conservancy provides 20 college students with paid, full-time internships in Central Park. Working side-by-side with Conservancy staff, students gain hands-on experience in areas such as public programs, horticulture, and landscape architecture, while developing a deeper understandi...
Categories:  Students

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The Beginner’s Guide to Birdwatching in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|06 September 2018
Located along the Atlantic Flyway, Central Park welcomes more than 270 bird species each year. Many birds live in the Park year-round, with others making an important stop in the Park to rest and feed during spring and fall migrations. Just in time for autumn, discover how to spot and appreciate the...
Categories:  Birds, Things to See and Do


From the Mailbag: Bridges, Arches, and Fall Foliage

By Central Park Conservancy|16 August 2018
Have questions about Central Park? On occasion, we gather curious inquiries from Park lovers on our Instagram Story. Read our responses below to some recent questions — on everything from the Park’s bridges and arches to when you can expect colorful fall foliage — then tell us what...

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A History of Monuments in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|26 July 2018
Central Park’s First Monuments Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux’s original design for Central Park did not include any monuments. The designers broke from the European precedent of formal parks and gardens embellished with statues and monuments and conceived of the Park as an id...

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The Woman Suffrage Monument in Context

By Central Park Conservancy|26 July 2018
Last week, the Statue Fund, the sponsors of a monument to women’s suffrage, announced that artist Meredith Bergmann was chosen as the winner of the design competition for the monument, which is slated to be installed in Central Park in 2020. The monument will depict Elizabeth Cady Stanton and ...


What’s Blooming This Summer in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|26 July 2018
Between the cheerful flowers of spring and the vibrant foliage of fall, a variety of plants bloom during Central Park’s lively summer months. Visit these must-see spots in the Park this summer to find picturesque blooms. In addition to lilies, you’ll find hydrangeas, aster...

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How Central Park Was Designed as a Park for the People

By Central Park Conservancy|19 July 2018
This month, we celebrate the 165th anniversary of the New York State Legislature setting aside the land to create Central Park. The intention behind that historic act was to transform rock outcrops, swamps, and marshland into “a public place” that would provide a beautiful and democratic...

The History of Central Park’s North End

The History of Central Park’s North End

By Central Park Conservancy|21 June 2018
Before it became Central Park, the Park’s north end served an important role in the early history of the United States. In celebration of Independence Day, get to know this area’s rich past, which includes appearances from General George Washington and several military fortifications &md...

10 Ways to Be Active This Summer in Central Park

10 Ways to Be Active This Summer in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|07 June 2018
With the warm weather, lush green lawns, and bustling atmosphere of summer — not to mention the news that Central Park’s drives will be going car-free beginning June 27 — it’s the perfect time to be active in the Park! Want to get moving in New York City’s backyard? We&...

8 Secrets of Central Park

8 Secrets of Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|24 May 2018
Central Park can surprise even lifelong New Yorkers with secluded spots and enthralling secrets. Next time you’re going for a stroll in the Ramble or running near the Reservoir, remember these fascinating stories. 1. Before the creation of Central Park, the Loch in the North Woods provided ...

Our New CEO and the Conservancy’s Next Era

Our New CEO and the Conservancy’s Next Era

By Central Park Conservancy|03 May 2018
Elizabeth (“Betsy”) W. Smith, the Central Park Conservancy’s new President and CEO, starts most days with an early-morning run through Central Park. “Spending time in the Park’s marvelous intertwining pathways and green spaces — it’s a critical part of my da...

Where to Find Spring Blooms in Central Park

Where to Find Spring Blooms in Central Park

By Central Park Conservancy|19 April 2018
Each spring, Central Park’s flowers bring bursts of color to New York City. Looking for some of this season’s most photogenic landscapes? Here are your must-see destinations for beautiful spring blooms in the Park. Crabapple trees — look for two allées of them...