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Programs and Activities


There's always something to discover in Central Park!

Filter the list of programs by type of program, audience, and season using the dropdown lists below.

Chess Players

Board Games at Chess & Checkers House

Borrow chess, checkers, dominos, backgammon pieces or bring your own to play.

What: Daily Activities

For Whom: School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Fishing Clinic

Catch and Release Fishing

Fishing poles are available to borrow at The Charles A. Dana Discovery Center for catch-and-release fishing in the Harlem Meer.

What: Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Spring, Summer, Fall

Holiday Lighting 2016

Central Park Holiday Lighting

Celebrate the season with a flotilla of illuminated trees on the Harlem Meer.

What: Events

For Whom: Families, All Ages

When: Winter

Chess Simual

Chess Lecture and Simul Series

Learn techniques from some of the best names in chess, and then put your new skills to the test.

What: Events

For Whom: Families, Adults, All Ages

When: Summer

Woodlands Discovery Club

Discovery Club for Families

Explore Central Park’s diverse plant and animal life through this five-part immersive woodland adventure!

What: Education

For Whom: Families

When: Spring, Fall

Discovery Journal for Conservatory Garden

Discovery Journals

Activities for kids to investigate the connections between the plants, wildlife, and people in the Park.

What: Education, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Discovery Kit

Discovery Kits

Stop by our visitor centers and borrow a Discovery Kit backpack filled with kid-friendly materials for a Park adventure.

What: Education, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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Discovery Walk for Families

Bring your family for a guided walk and discover why Central Park is a sanctuary for plants, animals, and humans alike.

What: Education, Tours

For Whom: Families

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


Educator Workshops

Learn how to make the most out of your next class trip to Central Park and practice hands-on investigations that promote observation and inquiry.

What: Education

For Whom: School Groups & Educators

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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Field Day Kit

Borrow a kit with a variety of balls, bats, frisbees, and jump ropes.

What: Fitness & Recreation, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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Film Festival

A week of free outdoor evening films.

What: Events

For Whom: Families, All Ages

When: Summer

Great Jazz on the Great Hill 2017

Great Jazz on the Great Hill

Co-presented with Jazzmobile, Great Jazz on the Great Hill features live music and swing dancing in a beautiful park setting.

What: Events

For Whom: Families, All Ages

When: Summer

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Green Careers Lab

High School students explore careers in urban park and green space management in the winter.

What: Education

For Whom: Youth

When: Spring, Fall

Halloween Parade

Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Flotilla

Enjoy live music, spooky stories, pumpkin carving demonstrations, and our signature pumpkin flotilla, which sets sail across the Harlem Meer at twilight!

What: Events

For Whom: Families, All Ages

When: Fall

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Harlem Meer Performance Festival

This free performance series features established and emerging local artists in jazz, Latin, world, and gospel music as well as dance.

What: Events

For Whom: All Ages

When: Summer

Health and Race Walking Clinics

Health and Race Walking

This low-impact fitness program is perfect for those who want to get in shape, build muscle tone, strength and increase cardiovascular health while enjoying Central Park's beautiful landscapes.

What: Fitness & Recreation

For Whom: Adults

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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Hound Hike

Take one of our signature tours with your favorite furry family member.

What: Events, Tours

For Whom: Members Only, Adults, Dog Owners

When: Spring, Fall

Keeping it Green for Families

Keeping It Green for Families

Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green by spreading mulch or raking leaves.

What: Education, Volunteering

For Whom: Families

When: Spring, Fall

Keeping Central Park Green Program

Keeping it Green for Schools

Give your students the opportunity to learn the value of volunteering by spreading mulch or raking leaves during the spring or fall.

What: Education, Volunteering

For Whom: School Groups & Educators

When: Spring, Fall

Land Forms: a history of central parks fort landscape

Landforms: A History of Central Park’s Fort Landscape Exhibit

Learn how natural features in Central Park's north end played an important role in shaping our city's - and our nation's - history.

What: Education, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Marathon Runners

Marathon Concert

Dance and enjoy live music while cheering on marathon runners as they come down the home stretch through Central Park.

What: Events

For Whom: All Ages

When: Fall

Seeing Central Park

Member Programs

Special perks just for members such as discounts and exclusive events.

What: Events, Daily Activities, Tours

For Whom: Members Only, Adults

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall


My Dog Loves Central Park Fair

Tails will be wagging at this afternoon of contests, training tips, games, and more for you and your dog.

What: Events

For Whom: Dog Owners, All Ages

When: Fall

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Official Central Park Tours

Get an insider's look at the world's greatest urban park on an Official Central Park Tour.

What: Tours, Daily Activities

For Whom: Adults, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

Pitching in and picking up in Central Park

Pitch In, Pick Up

The perfect one-time volunteer opportunity for individuals, families, and school groups wanting to help keep Central Park clean.

What: Volunteering, Daily Activities

For Whom: Families, School Groups & Educators, All Ages

When: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall

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ROOTS

A semester-long ecological restoration project for High School students in the woodlands, including maintaining rustic trails, removing invasive plants, and cultivating new plantings.

What: Education, Volunteering

For Whom: Youth

When: Spring, Fall

Horticultural Sciences College interns

Summer Internship: College Students

College Interns work alongside Conservancy staff in Environmental Education, GIS & Asset Management, Horticulture, Landscape Architecture - Construction Management, Tree Care, and Woodlands Management positions for the summer.

What: Education

For Whom: Youth

When: Summer

Summer Intern

Summer Internship: High School Students

High School students work alongside Conservancy staff in the horticulture, visitor services, and public programs departments for the summer.

What: Education

For Whom: Youth

When: Summer

Visitor Center Internship

Visitor Experience Apprentice Program (VEAP)

High School students volunteer at the Recreation Center, Visitor Centers, and with Discovery Guides for the spring semester.

What: Education, Volunteering

For Whom: Youth

When: Spring

Girls Basketball

Youth Basketball Clinic

This high-energy clinic provides youth with an opportunity to learn and enhance their basketball skills through small group instruction and competitive games.

What: Fitness & Recreation

For Whom: Youth

When: Spring, Summer, Fall

Youth Basketball Tournament

Youth Basketball Tournaments

Our youth basketball tournaments provide adolescents from all five boroughs with a safe, yet competitive environment in which to play and enhance their skills in basketball.

What: Fitness & Recreation

For Whom: Youth

When: Summer

Youth Beginner Hockey Clinic 2017

Youth Beginner Hockey Clinic

A weekly beginner level hockey program for youth.

What: Fitness & Recreation

For Whom: Youth

When: Winter

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Youth Beginner Ice Skating Clinic

This free, 10-lesson ice skating clinic teaches the basic elements of ice-skating through group and individual instruction.

What: Fitness & Recreation

For Whom: Youth

When: Winter

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Youth Handball Tournaments

These free and highly competitive handball tournaments are open to players of all abilities and (ages 9 and up).

What: Fitness & Recreation

For Whom: Youth

When: Summer