Central Park hosts several educational programs for various age ranges. The Woodlands Youth Crew is one such program. Designed for middle- and high-schoolers in New York, this after-school group cares for two of Central Park’s woods, The Ramble and The North Woods. This program is designed for grades 7 through 12.
The Restoration of the Outdoors Organized by Teen Students (ROOTS) engages high school students in ecological restoration and natural learning through a program that spans two to three months. By participating in the project, the students earn community service hours.
Tourists in search of education opportunities for their children can take advantage of guided bike tours. These tours allow children and adults to learn about Central Park’s history from a knowledgeable local guide who can answer their questions.
The Spring Visitor Internship Program is a small program, accepting only six teenagers each year. The program allows participants to develop their people skills by working directly with visitors at information centers located throughout the park. The program operates on Saturdays during the spring. Some program participants go on to become employees of the park with the summer internship program. Interns work at the visitors’ centers at the Chess and Checkers House, Belvedere Castle, Tavern on the Green, and other locations.