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.
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.