|Charles A. Dana Discovery Center: E109|
Charles Anderson Dana 1819-1897 b. Hinsdale, N.H. • d. Glen Cove, N.Y.
Open: Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00am-5:00pm: Closes at 4:00pm in winter •
Looking very much like the Dairy, this newcomer to Central Park, rests at the northern shore of the Harlem Meer and serves as the Upper Park's visitor center.
Named for the American newspaper editor, the Center offers visitors and locals alike free family and community programs year round. Seasonal educational exhibits are always on display in its Great Hall, while nature classes are held upstairs for children.
During the months of April through October everyone can enjoy catch and release fishing at the Meer by borrowing a pole and unbarbed hooks free of charge from the Discovery Center.