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114th Annual Christmas Bird Count

Experience the beauty of the park in winter while you help collect valuable data, and learn about birds when you participate in this annual event with the National Audubon Society.

The Christmas Bird Count is a citizen-science tradition started by ornithologist Frank Chapman in 1900 and the longest-running  wildlife annual census. The data you collect is used to assess the health of bird populations and guide conservation action in Central Park and beyond.

Each group is led by an experienced birder. Dress warmly and remember to bring your binoculars.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

8:00 a.m.12:30 p.m.


Reservoir Running Track & Landscape in Central Park

Cost – Free

Event Organizer

National Audubon Society, NYC Parks and Recreation

Contact Number

(212) 360 1324

Contact Email

Wreath Interpretations at the Central Park Arsenal

 NYC Parks offers a truly original celebration of the the holiday season with its 31st annual exhibition of unique, unconventional wreaths at the Central Park Arsenal. A diverse selection of 46 fine artists, horticulturalists, designers, and other spirited contributors enliven this ageless holiday symbol. Materials such as neck ties, rat traps, acorns, and recycled plastic bags are used to examine themes as diverse as zombie apocalypses to water conservation. This exhibition is sure to be an imaginative and enjoyable experience this year’s holiday season.

This event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

This event repeats every week on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 12/5/2013 and 1/9/2014.

Halloween in Central Park

Halloween in New York's Central Park

Halloween in New York’s Central Park

Attention all urban ghouls and goblins – Halloween is fast approaching and there are a frightening array of fun events lined up this year in New York’s Central Park!    Each October, the Central Park Conservancy offers an array of free Halloween programming throughout the Park, which has included spider crafts, live bat programs, costume parades, pumpkin carving and cooking demonstrations, theatrical productions, spooktacular sports, scary storytelling and New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla on the Harlem Meer. Read below for information on our 2012 schedule of Halloween programs. All programs are free and there is no advance registration.  All ages are welcome. Programs will happen weather permitting.
2012 Schedule of Halloween Programs

  • Bats at Belvedere
    Friday, October 26, 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Belvedere Castle
    Step into the mysterious world of bats and explore their benefits, habitats and nocturnal strategies in this live animal encounter program with conservation biologist Rob Mies. Ages 4+.
  • Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Sail
    Sunday, October 28, 4:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Dana Discovery Center
    Enjoy spooky storytelling, crafts with marshmallows, pumpkin-carving demonstrations and more. Walk alongside Frankenstein in the costume parade at 5:45 pm, and then watch New York City’s largest pumpkin flotilla drift by on the Meer at twilight. Please click the link to read more about how to participate in the sail, including pumpkin size and weight restrictions.

Floating Christmas Tree in Harlem Meer