SOLD OUT! June 24: Fourth Annual After Hours Private Tour of Central Park

Registration is now closed for our exclusive  private Central Park tour. We look forward to enjoying the evening with all of you who have signed up!  See you there.

Harlem Meer, Central Park

SWINY’s previous evening tours, customized by Central Park exclusively for SWINY, have been a hit with all attendees — science writers as well as their offspring.

Normally, Central Park’s popular tours, led by well-trained volunteers, are offered only in daytime. Fortunately, SWINY has been able, once again, to arrange a private 2015 evening program,  led by Michael Graff, the knowledgeable guide who’s garnered raves for the past three years.

We’ll explore the “Manhattan Adirondacks,” carefully designed by Olmsted and Vaux to be an urban version of an upstate mountain trail.  As we tour the 90-acre wooded landscape at Central Park’s northern corner, you won’t believe you’re in Manhattan.

Highlights of the tour include:

  • Huddlestone Arch, a bridge of schist boulders held together only by friction and gravity, for 160 years
  • the Ravine, Central Park’s only stream valley
  • Harlem Meer, the beautiful wildlife habitat and fishing spot memorializing the historic site of a 17th century European village
  • three dramatic cascades along the Loch
  • the Pool, originating in a stream at Columbus Avenue and 95th Street
  • the alpine meadow, a true Manhattan rarity

Why attend this special event?

No matter how often you’ve visited Central Park, you’ll learn more than you knew before about its history, geology, flora, fauna and unsuspected factoids. Questions are welcome throughout the tour.

So escape from your office and start your summer with a truly unique after-hours experience.  Bring along family and friends for a very special, richly informative outdoor evening!

NOTE:  Attendance is strictly limited to the first 20 people who register. The convenient subway-friendly meeting site will be provided after you sign up.

Length: approximately 90 minutes

Attire: good walking shoes advised

Accessibility:   The route is mainly on paved paths, with a slight elevation and some stairs.

Fees:  This evening program is underwritten by SWINY, to keep costs modest.

  • $5 SWINY or NASW members, and students
$15 non-members
  • Free for kids under 12.
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