These are the best maps of Central Park that we have come across and as the official map of Mohr's Explorers, one we use daily. Unless...
...you want to know more about the trees of Central Park. Our friend Ken Chaya produced Central Park Entire, The Definitive Illustrated Map, which is the most detailed map of any urban park in the world. Ken spent over two years creating it, walking more than 500 miles, and he documented over 170 different kinds of trees and shrubs. There are 19,630 trees drawn and placed in position on this map! In addition, over 200 illustrations show every bridge, archway, tunnel, building, statue, monument, recreational area and playground, as of 2011.
He also has an app, which is quite possibly even better: Tree Map App
Another great way of exploring the parks throughout the area. Learn about edible and medicinal wild vegetables, herbs, greens, fruits, berries, nuts, seeds and mushrooms with NYC's favorite naturalist, "Wildman" Steve Brill. Find out about his public Wild Food and Ecology tours in local parks and the work he does with kids. Read excerpts from his books, enjoy his botanical artwork and vegetarian recipes and find out what happened after he was arrested and handcuffed by undercover NYC park rangers for eating a dandelion in Central Park!
The Wildman's app is a must for any Explorer: Wild Edibles App
Do you think you know how to identify Poison Ivy? This stuff is not only all over Central Park, but can be found throughout all other NYC parks as well. The above link is a great resource to help you keep it all straight, through an awesome Poison Ivy Quiz (thanks Allie!)
The official website of our backyard, Central Park. The Central Park Conservancy has a wonderful lineup of free public programs, including activities for families and kids, tours and recreational activities. Click here to see the current programming calendar.
The official website of Leave No Trace - something we address daily.
One of Mike's favorite websites - there is so much out there yet to Explore!
The official website of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program
You're not throwing out your old sneakers are you? Go to the Niketown at 6 East 57th Street and recycle them in a Reuse-A-Shoe bin (there are over 300 locations worldwide). Your worn-out sports shoes can live on as part of new track, basketball court, tennis court or even a playground. By doing this, you help make used materials go through many cycles of design, manufacture and use. Just like bottles, cans and paper do now. There is much more information about the entire process through the link above.
The work of Sean Martinez, designer of www.mohrs-explorers.com.
The work of Rob Palowitz, designer of the official Mohr's Explorers logo.