Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Saturday: Sketch the Central Park Zoo

This event will be hosted by Alan Wernicke

You've sketched the dioramas at the Museum of Natural History – now try some live animals!  And you can use any medium you like, no concern about watercolors at the zoo.

The Central Park Zoo is part of an effort to save wildlife that began 120 years ago with the creation of the New York Zoological Society, an organization founded on science and hope which has since grown to become the Wildlife Conservation Society.

This video is from a sketch trip to the zoo from six years ago:


WhereCentral Park Zoo, entrance behind the Arsenal, 64th and 5th Avenue  (see map below)

When:  Start at 10 a.m.  Meet by the entrance to the zoo, before going in.  Running late?  Meet us any time, we'll be there!  Anyone with a sketch book is either with NYC Urban Sketchers, ... or they should be!

Lunch:  12:00 PM at the Dancing Crane Café, which is the zoo's cafeteria.  If you want a healthy meal, you might bring your own – they offer kid-oriented stuff, hamburgers, chicken fingers, pizza.  But they do sell Smithsonian-certified, organic, fair trade, bird-friendly coffee, which smelled pretty good.

Afternoon:  1:00 PM  - Back to sketching the critters or whatever else you want.

Show and Tell:  3:00 PM back at the Dancing Crane to share drawings, good stories and a beverage or snack of your choice.

-   Bring a stool.  It gives you more options

-  Admission to the zoo is $14 for adults, $11 for seniors.  They do not accept the American Alliance of Museums membership – only Wildlife Conservation Society and NYC Museum Council memberships.

-  Regular ($14) admission to the zoo does not allow you to go out and come back in.

-  There is a "total experience" admission for $20.  It gets you admission to the regular zoo, the children's zoo and the theater, and also lets you go in and out.  They really push it, and that's the only kind of ticket you can get on line or from the ticket machines at the zoo.  For the normal ticket, you have to go to the ticket window.

-  The Dancing Crane Café is accessible both from inside and outside the zoo, is very nicely heated, and has bathrooms.  (They check to ensure that people don't go through to enter the zoo without paying.)

-  The zoo has a number of indoor areas as well as outdoor scenes to sketch.

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If you can’t find us
call or text Alan at (917) 685-5748

There are no fees.   All drawing skill levels are welcome.

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