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Central Park Celebrates Spring

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.

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Central Park Celebrates Spring with special events on March 20, the first day of the season! Start your morning off in the dirt, or settle in by the Meer for catch-and-release fishing — it’s all happening right here in Central Park.

All events are free!


9:00 AM — Volunteer Drive 
Help our amazing volunteers prepare the Park for spring! Groups will take part in a weeding project in Central Park’s north end. Can’t make it for this project? Stop by any visitor center or information kiosk to learn about other ways to get involved throughout the year. Weather permitting, advance registration required. Register now >

10:00 AM — Birding Basics: The Ramble 
Central Park welcomes more than 270 migrating bird species each year. Prepare for peak migration season with a free tour of the Ramble and learn the basics of bird identification along the way. Advance registration recommended. Walk-ups welcome. First-come, first-served. Register now >

11:00 AM — Fishing at the Harlem Meer 
Join us at the Dana Discovery Center for catch-and-release fishing on the Harlem Meer. Fishing poles, bait, and instructions will be provided. Weather permitting, no registration required. Learn more >

2:00 PM — Stroll to Strawberry Fields — Dogs Welcome! 
Bring your furry friends for an exploration of Central Park’s southwest corner. From a planned military parade ground to the site commemorating John Lennon, some of the most-visited spots in the Park have secrets to share with even seasoned Park-goers. Advance registration recommended. Walk-ups welcome. First-come, first-served. Register now >

3:00 PM — Chess Strategies and Tips 
Join us for a free chess talk and open play at Chess & Checkers House. Chess expert Ed Feldman will share tips and techniques, and then stick around to answer questions and give advice during open play. No registration required. Learn more >

All-day events

Pop-up readings on Literary Walk
15% off in Central Park shops and online, with discount code SPRING
Learn more about Volunteer opportunities at any visitor center or information kiosk
Stop by the Dana Discovery CenterChess & Checkers House, or North Meadow Recreation Center to Pitch in, Pick up, and help us keep the Park clean

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