June 20: SWINY’s Sixth Annual Private Tour in Central Park



How the “green team” Saved Hallett Nature Sanctuary

Join us to learn, explore, climb, enjoy and discover

Tuesday, June 20: 6–8 pm (rain or shine)

Photo: Rebecca Fuhrer

For half a century, Hallett Nature Sanctuary was partially closed. It was finally restored, to develop naturally and sustainably, but soon the native trees were under vicious attack by an invasive species. Could a natural haven ever survive in the Park’s southeast corner?

On SWINY’s exclusive private tour, we’ll find out how Central Park’s experts ultimately solved their botanical calamity.  The completed sanctuary reopened just two months ago. Special thanks to Michael Graff—our experienced, fascinating guide, for the sixth consecutive year. In addition to leading the SWINY group again, he’s invited world-renowned naturalist Dr. Gary Lincoff to add expertise and insights. We will:

  • Explore the brand new rocky walking trails that took years to build
  • Climb the Park’s 3rd highest promontory and savor its memorable Manhattan views
  • Visit a secret spot not known to the public
  • Spot the Sanctuary’s animal life—snapping turtles, swans, egrets, herons, raccoons, rabbits, woodchucks, assorted fish—plus the usual Central Park bird gang
  • Walk through the gate made of fallen trees, newly designed and crafted by Park staff
  • Welcome the imminent Summer Solstice

Bring cameras and binoculars. Wear walking shoes; those new trails are uneven in spots. We look forward to seeing you in the park!

Meeting place provided after you register.


  • $5 for SWINY/NASW members
  • $15 for non-members
  • Children from ages 8 to 12 are welcome as guests of SWINY

Please sign up early; the group is limited to 20: https://form.jotformpro.com/swiny/june-20-essential-central-park

REFUND/CANCELATION POLICY: This event will take place rain or shine. However, SWINY will refund admission fees provided we are notified by noon on Monday, June 19.

P.S.  Does Hallet sound familiar? SWINY’s first Central Park tour was held here.  Since then, the area has become a sanctuary and undergone significant changes.  Anyone at the 2012 outing will see several places that had been inaccessible or nonexistent.

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