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The Beginner’s Guide to Photography in Central Park

Each year, millions of visitors each year capture the Park’s energy and beauty through photography. Learn insider tips on when, where, and how to get the best snapshots in New York City’s backyard.

Seneca Village

Park History

Uncovering the Stories of Seneca Village

For decades, scholars and archaeologists have worked to resurrect the history of Seneca Village, a predominantly African-American community that existed before Central Park was created. In honor of Black History Month, Conservancy historian Marie Warsh speaks with two archaeologists about their experience excavating Seneca Village artifacts and what the items have revealed about this community.

Yellow Bird

Wildlife

At Home with the Year-Round Residents of Central Park

Each winter, the animals of Central Park embrace their cold weather routines. Squirrels create nests out of leaves, and birds travel in large groups to stay safe and find food. On our blog, we chat with a wildlife expert at NYC Parks about Central Park’s diverse animals, what to look for this season, and the beloved Mandarin duck.

Park Information

From the Mailbag: Visiting Central Park in the Winter

We share everything you need to know about spending time in the Park this winter. Discover what areas are closed after a snowfall, read our tips on how to enjoy a snowy Park day, and take note of where to head with your sled.

Ramble, before and after

Restoration and Maintenance

Restoring Central Park in 2018

From renovating your favorite landscapes to reconstructing historic features, the Conservancy continues to enhance Central Park for today’s (and tomorrow’s) visitors. We completed several restoration projects in 2018 — read more about our recent work and see before and after photos.

Billy Johnson entrance

Restoration and Maintenance

Revamping Billy Johnson Playground

Billy Johnson Playground, one of Central Park’s most beloved play spaces, is now open. The Conservancy’s renovation of this playground has preserved and reinforced its rustic character and rich history.

 Group of Bears

Park History

Discovering Paul Manship in Central Park

Paul Manship is one of the most well-represented artists in Central Park. His works, which include the Lehman Gates, are part of a larger tradition of playful sculptures in the Park — often found in areas for children’s play and recreation.

The Ramble

Things to See and Do

The Ramble: ‘A Sense of Mystery’ Across 36 Acres

The Ramble is the landscape that most embodies Central Park’s enduring purpose as an urban oasis. Discover the rich history of the Ramble’s early days and learn how we’ve created more opportunities to climb rocks, sit alongside streams, see native wildflowers, and watch birds in this woodland landscape.

Sugar Maples

Plants and Trees

What Are Central Park’s Most Colorful Fall Trees?

In appreciation of this photogenic time of year, we asked Alan Clark, Conservancy arborist, to tell us what trees you should look for this autumn and where to find them.

Intern

About the Conservancy

An Outdoor Classroom: College Internships in Central Park

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 while developing a deeper understanding and appreciation for urban park management.