image of the lake in Central Park

Flora of Central Park

Daniel Atha and Regina Alvarez

The New York Botanical Garden is collaborating with the Central Park Conservancy and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to document the wild flora of Central Park. The goal of the project, forecast to be completed by June 2017, is to provide an up-to-date botanical inventory to aid on-going restoration, conservation, education and recreation programs and to document the flora for scientific, ecological and conservation studies.

Activities include the collection of herbarium specimens, data analysis and public outreach. Expected outcomes include the following:

  • A complete inventory of the park, peer-reviewed and published ten years after the previous study
  • Rapid response to threats from emerging invasive plant species
  • Original content for Central Park plant apps
  • Training opportunities for interns, park staff, technicians and citizen-scientists
  • Teaching opportunities for educators at all levels
  • A website with photographs, maps, voucher specimens and collection details
  • A permanently archived set of voucher specimens documenting the flora
  • A complete DNA library of all documented species

More information:
Related project: New York City EcoFlora
Web site: Flora of Central Park
New York Times: A mission to catalog hidden life in Central Park