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Category: Institute for Urban Parks


From the Next Generation of Park Stewards...

By Institute for Urban Parks|13 July 2017
Each year, hundreds of young people apply to volunteer their time or work in Central Park through ou... Read more  


How We Keep Central Park Clean

By Central Park Conservancy|05 May 2017
At one time, Central Park was full of litter and graffiti. Steel drums served as trash receptacles. ... Read more  


Plant ID with the Dichotomous Key

By Institute for Urban Parks|13 February 2017
Successful park management hinges on knowing what plants are in your landscape and what kind of care... Read more  


Invasive Species Management in Central Park (Part 2)

By Shanna Blanchard, Coordinator of Career Development Programs at the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks|06 February 2017
One of the Conservancy’s current invasive species management projects, the Hallett Nature Sanc... Read more  


Should We Embrace Invasive Species? (Part 1 of a 2-post series)

By Shanna Blanchard, Coordinator of Career Development Programs at the Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks|30 January 2017
There have been numerous debates that call attention to the energy and time organizations spend mana... Read more  


PLANT HIGHLIGHT | Winter Jasmine

By Institute for Urban Parks|23 January 2017
New York City saw record warmth in 2015–including several December days with high temperatures... Read more  


PLANT HIGHLIGHT | American Persimmon

By John-Paul Catusco, Central Park Conservancy Woodlands Manager|16 January 2017
With only six mature specimens, the American persimmon (Diospyros virginiana) is one of the rarest n... Read more  


Trees for Urban Parks: London Plane and Black Cherry

By Institute for Urban Parks|09 January 2017
Trees are the botanical backbone of many urban parks. They create shade, add color, and offer habita... Read more  


Designing and Constructing with Sustainable Materials in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|02 January 2017
What is sustainable development and site design? And how do they influence urban park management? W... Read more  


Zone Management in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|26 December 2016
The Central Park Conservancy’s operations crews care for 250 acres of lawns, 20,000 trees, sev... Read more  


Establishing a Wildflower Meadow

By Institute for Urban Parks|19 December 2016
The Central Park Conservancy is creating a native wildflower meadow on the Dene Slope, a landscape i... Read more  


College Interns Count Emerging Invasives in Central Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|12 December 2016
Our Horticultural Sciences interns work in Central Park for 10 weeks in the summer to learn about th... Read more  


PLANT HIGHLIGHT | Black-Eyed Susan

By Institute for Urban Parks|05 December 2016
The black-eyed Susan is a common sight in northeastern summer landscapes. Characterized by alternati... Read more  


Central Park: A Research Guide

By Institute for Urban Parks|31 August 2016
Since 1980, the Central Park Conservancy has worked to restore and manage Central Park. This effort ... Read more  


Creating a Wildflower Meadow in the Dene

By Institute for Urban Parks|24 August 2016
How do you establish a meadow of native wildflowers in an urban park that gets over 42 million visit... Read more  


Six Principles of Turf Care

By Institute for Urban Parks|17 August 2016
With a steady stream of visitors from 6:00 am to 1:00 am daily, Central Park's turf gets heavily use... Read more  


Fostering Public Engagement with Urban Flora

By Institute for Urban Parks|10 August 2016
What would an urban park be without its flora? From the shade of a tree's canopy to the sweet smell ... Read more  


ROOTS in the Hallett Nature Sanctuary

By Institute for Urban Parks|03 August 2016
Surrounded by the Pond at the southeast corner of Central Park is the four-acre Hallett Nature Sanct... Read more  


Cultivating a Pollinator Garden in an Urban Park

By Institute for Urban Parks|27 July 2016
Over fifty species of butterflies have been seen in Central Park, including black swallowtails and m... Read more  


Q&A with Regina Alvarez of the Central Park Flora Project

By Institute for Urban Parks|11 April 2016
Beginning its third and final year, the Central Park Flora Project is collecting and documenting all... Read more