Discover an astonishing array of survival tactics used by plants and animals with a NY-Times featured urban naturalist.

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What You'll Do

Strolling alongside wildlife expert Gabriel Willow, you'll see the teeming activity of the plants and animals of Central Park in wintertime that exist without most people noticing. Over the course of the tour, you'll learn about the adaptations that allow life to persist through the cold and dark of winter, including hibernation, migration, and anti-freeze blood. As the day winds down, you'll warm up with a cup of hot cocoa in a nearby boathouse.

  • Learn About How Urban Wildlife Survives the Winter
    Explore the strategies Central Park's plants and animals use to survive while temperatures drop and days shorten

  • Relax After the Tour with Hot Cocoa
    Raise your body temperature back up with a cup of hot cocoa in a nearby boathouse after the walk

Each event is capped at 20 participants; each event requires a minimum of 8 participants in order to take place.


Your Host

Gabriel Willow Gabriel Willow
Urban Ecologist and Educator

Growing up in rural Maine, Gabriel Willow fell in love with nature, especially the birds who flocked through his family's property. After traveling the country and earning an ecology degree, he wound up in New York, working for the bird-loving Audubon society. In his tours and classes, he combines his extensive knowledge of nature with an erudite command of local history, earning the attention of such outlets as the New York Times and the New Yorker with his idiosyncratically educational outings.


Where You'll Meet

Tours begin at the benches on the north side of the intersection of West 72 St. and Central Park West.



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    Central Park

    West 72 St & Central Park West

    New York, New York 10023

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In a Nutshell

"New York Times"-featured tour guide opens eyes to the remarkable survival strategies used by Central Park's plants and animals

The Fine Print

Expiration varies. Limit 20 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Refundable only on day of purchase. Min. of 8 participants or experience subject to cancellation. No value after experience date & time have passed. Experience Provider is issuer of tickets for experience. Price reflects Experience Provider’s current prices. Please provide email address at checkout, which SideTour will provide to facilitate redemption. Must be 18 or older. Gratuity included. Be on time to experience. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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