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Wizard of Dodds
This story is part of the 30th-anniversary celebration of our Volunteer Department. See more on our website.

The Conservancy’s Volunteer Department turns 30 this year, and over the last three decades, our dedicated volunteers have donated over 700,000 hours of pruning, planting, raking, mulching, weeding, giving tours, greeting visitors and generally adding cheer to the Park they love and love to care for. They come from diverse backgrounds, but most have similar motivations for volunteering: giving back, socializing and staying active outdoors.

Volunteers usually work in specific areas of the Park, becoming experts of their zones. At the Conservatory Garden, one volunteer has been dubbed “Volunteer of the Century” by Diane Shaub, the Garden’s curator, and her team. Bill Dodds, also nicknamed the “Wizard of Dodds” by Diane, has given the Park more than 1,500 hours of his work and, at 90, continues to appear twice a week to garden, rain or shine. Read more about Bill Dodds on our website.

Upcoming Events

Social Hour: Woodlands, Reimagined
Apr. 18
Reimagine Central Park’s woodlands through the innovative designs of Landscape Architecture graduate students from the Spitzer School of Architecture at City College.

Family Volunteer Day
Apr. 20
Celebrate Earth Day by helping to beautify Central Park! Families only, please.

A Clearing in the Forest
Apr. 28
Bring your kids and turn your trash into treasures.

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Free Tour of the Month

Explore a side of Central Park you’ve never seen before! This month’s featured tour is Manhattan Adirondacks, a tour of the crystal streams, tumbling cascades and picturesque pools of the North Woods. Check out our other free guided tours for more ideas!

Flowers for Mother's Day
Ongoing Events

It’s the perfect season to enjoy the Park! Our low-impact Health Race Walking Clinics are perfect for those who want to get in shape while enjoying Central Park.

Bring your kids to sharpen their basketball skills with our weekly interactive clinics that focus on skills development, sportsmanship and team play. Ages 9-17.

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