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New York’s Birding Hot Spots: Central Park, Prospect Park and Jamaica Bay

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Program #21100RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
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Itinerary for Sep 22 — Sep 27, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center, fitness center and coin operated laundry.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: newyorkerhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day One: Sunday, September 22 - Registration/Dinner/Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel check-in available after 3:30pm. 4:00pm: After checking in at the hotel front desk, come to the designated meeting room (it will be posted) to register with your Program Coordinator and pick up your arrival packet. Programs are planned far in advance, so local circumstances may require changes from time to time. We will notify you as quickly as possible should there be any changes and appreciate your understanding.

Dinner: 5:00 pm Enjoy your first meal at the colorful Tick Tock Diner, located just off the hotel lobby. This 24-hour diner features classic American cooking. White and black checkered floors and shiny chrome columns enhance the all-American ambience. Dinner in the diner is available and included even if you arrive late. Our meal is scheduled for 5:00pm so that we can get through orientation and have some time to explore on your own. If your arrival is delayed, please attend orientation and then eat afterwards.

Evening: 6:15 ORIENTATION/Introductions/MetroCard Registration At orientation we will go over the weeks activities and safety information. You will have the opportunity to meet fellow participants. After Orientation and Introductions, register for a senior citizen MetroCard if you are 65 or over. We will take your picture and a copy of your driver's license to process your permanent MetroCard application. You will be given a temporary card to use for the week, enabling you to ride for half price. After you return home, in a few weeks you will receive a permanent card in the mail. That is your official invitation to come back to New York and ride around half price. We will issue Senior Citizen MetroCards to all that qualify, to facilitate an early a.m. departure.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center, fitness center and coin operated laundry.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: newyorkerhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Two: Monday, September 23 - Central Park/Museum of Natural History
Breakfast: The first morning, a Continental Breakfast is served in the Meeting Room, featuring New York City bagels with a schmeer, muffins, fruit, and eggs.

Morning: Spend your first morning in Central Park with our expert guide, exploring the Ramble for those pesky Warblers on their way north.

Lunch: Lunch on your own perhaps in one of the many cafes around the park or take advantage of the extensive cafeteria at the American Museum of Natural History.

Afternoon: In the American Museum of Natural History you may choose to visit the Hall of Birds of the World showcasing distinct environments and the birds distinct to those locations. Or you may wish to visit the Leonard C. Sanford Hall of North American Birds with more than 20 dioramas depicting birds and ecosystems from the Everglades to Alaska.

Dinner: Dine in a Chinese restaurant and enjoy a family-style meal including your choice of soup, three appetizers and five entrees.

Evening: Free time or take an after dinner cruise across the harbor on the Staten Island Ferry.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center, fitness center and coin operated laundry.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: newyorkerhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, September 24 - Prospect Park/Brooklyn Botanic Garden and/or Broo...
Breakfast: This morning we will start with a hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner. You can choose eggs with all of the sides, waffles or pancakes, or if you prefer a healthier fare, fresh fruit and yogurt is available.

Morning: Bird walk with guide in Prospect Park and visit to Prospect Park Audubon Center.

Afternoon: Free afternoon to continue your exploration of Brooklyn Botanic Garden and/or Brooklyn Museum situated within the park.

Dinner: We dine at "Uncle Nick's," a fun and festive dining room for a taste of traditional Greek cuisine. Start with a huge Greek country salad with feta and dolmades before kabob and gyro platters are passed, accompanied by pita and tzatziki. Be sure to save room for the baklava and galaktoboureko.

Evening: After dinner, we head over to what may be New York's most acclaimed new park. Written about in Smithsonian, National Geographic and AARP Magazines, the High Line is a favorite destination for locals and visitors alike. We will stroll above the traffic below, through the gallery district of Chelsea and into the trendy Meat Packing District with an expert guide leading the way.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center, fitness center and coin operated laundry.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: newyorkerhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, September 25 - More birding in Central Park/Free Time
Morning: Early morning birding in another area of Central Park.

Brunch: In a charming cafe near Central Park

Afternoon: Free time for additional birding in Central Park, Museum Visits or to attend a matinee in the Midtown Manhattan theater district.

Dinner: Dine on your own at your expense

Evening: Free evening.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Brunch
Type: Hotel

Description: This Art Deco masterpiece opened in 1930. All of New York is at your doorstep, across from Madison Square Garden and Penn Station, Macy's and the Empire State Building are just down the street with the Theater District a few minutes walk. The hotel features a business center, fitness center and coin operated laundry.

Contact info:
481 Eighth Avenue
at 34th Street
New York, NY 10001 USA
phone: 212-971-0101
web: newyorkerhotel.com

Room amenities: Cable TV, Telephone

Facility amenities: 24-hour front desk, exercise gym, ice machines, guest laundromat, 24-hour room service, safety deposit boxes, 24-hour security, temperature control, vending machines, wake-up service, 24-hour diner plus fine restaurant, air-conditioned.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Market rate
Call hotel reservations at 212 971-0101

Check in time: 3:30 PM


Day Five: Thursday, September 26 - Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge
Breakfast: Hot "American" breakfast in the Tick Tock Diner

Morning: Birding at The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge—part of Gateway National Recreation Area—one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeastern United States and one of the best places in New York City to observe migrating species. With more than 330 bird species—nearly half the species in the Northeast—sighted at the refuge over the last 25 years, it is a must-see for avian enthusiasts.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch in the Refuge.

Afternoon: More birding at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge.

Dinner: We like to have our farewell dinner in Cooper's Tavern. This cocktail lounge and bistro in our "historic New Yorker hotel offers a sleek respite for bar bites and stiff cocktails." states New York Magazine.

Lodging: New Yorker Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 27 - A conversation with the expert
Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel.

Morning: Wrap-up lecture to talk about the migrating birds will end our program by 10:30

Lunch: We end our program with a "sweet surprise." And it wouldn't be a surprise if we told you here, but it's something no one should leave New York without tasting. Lunch is delivered to the Meeting Room by 10:30 to enjoy at your leisure or put in a bag (provided) and take with you, on the run.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


New York, NY
General OverviewHotel is located in close proximity to Penn Station, Main Post Office, Macy's, Empire State Building, Times Square and the Theater District
For additional information, visit: www.DowntownNY.com

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.
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5 nights of accommodations
11 meals: 4 breakfasts, 1 brunch, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
1 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips

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