Back for the fifth year in a row—one of our most popular events: a nature walk in Central Park with urban naturalist, Ken Chaya. (Header photo by Bob Eckstein)
Did you know that all of the mature trees in Central Park have been identified and mapped by a local expert? Today, Central Park Nature’s Ken Chaya will take you on a walk through his Central Park: a place with over 20,000 trees and woody plants featuring over 180 species. You will explore the park woodlands, learning to identify birds and trees, along with wildflowers and their pollinators. You will learn about the natural history of Central Park including the significant contributions of the park’s designers, Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux.
A walk with Ken is never predictable, but we will plan to visit the areas of the North Woods, the Loch, the Pool and the Great Hill on this tour. To take part in this unique experience, wear comfortable walking clothes and bring along binoculars if you have them (useful but not required).
Meet at the park entrance at West 103rd Street and Central Park West. Please plan to be there by 3:15, the tour departs at 3:30 promptly.
Ken Chaya is a New York City artist, designer and urban naturalist. He spent over two and half years walking every acre of Central Park in order to map its many trails, highlight its stunning architecture and landscape features, and most importantly, locate and identify thousands of its magnificent trees. The result was “Central Park Entire,” a profusely illustrated map detailing the park’s varied topography and featuring the location and identification of nearly 20,000 trees and shrubs. Ken is pictured above with his map at the very first Mappy Hour in 2014!