Volunteer Projects

Volunteer Projects.

The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 disease, known as the coronavirus, a pandemic. During this time, we ask that all New Yorkers use additional precautions to protect their health and safety and that of those around them, including practicing social distancing.

Many events being held around the city and in parks are being canceled or rescheduled. Before attending, please check with the organizing group to confirm. 


New York City’s natural areas are a vital resource for all New Yorkers. These park spaces capture rainwater, supply fresh air, and provide habitat for wildlife! In addition to the volunteer opportunities offered below, NYC Parks Stewardship provides communities with opportunities to care for our city’s forests, wetlands, salt marshes, and street trees throughout the year. Their volunteer events include planting trees and shrubs, removing invasive plants, plant protection, trail restoration, and street tree care that benefits all New Yorkers—animal and human alike.


Visit the NYC Parks Stewardship page to find out how you can volunteer for an event, or train to be an advanced volunteer!

 

Friday, September 17 

Wetland Restoration 
Bush Terminal Park, Brooklyn, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants to help restore the wetland and create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please be sure to wear a face mask and bring your own water bottle. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Saturday, September 18 

Wetland Restoration 
Seagirt Avenue Wetlands Queens, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. 

Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants to help restore the wetland and create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please be sure to wear a face mask and bring your own water bottle. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


International Coastal Cleanup 
Randall’s Island, Manhattan, 9:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Meet at east entrance of Icahn Stadium 

Celebrate the 36th annual International Coastal Clean-up and get up close and personal with the island’s 4.5 miles of coastline and restored wetlands. Volunteers will help remove plastics and other marine debris as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s #TrashFreeWaters campaign. Each piece of trash removed will help support more than 130 species of birds and 15 species of fish that call the island home. After the project, enjoy a tour of the salt marsh. Program is hosted by Randall’s Island Park Alliance Natural Areas Team. Please visit their website for more information. 


Forest Care, Day 3 
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

Team up to restore two acres of forest in the Northeast Forest of Van Cortlandt Park. Please wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes and dress for the weather. Bring water and a snack if you wish. Appropriate for adults, and older supervised children. We will be working in a forested section of the park using hand tools. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Natural Areas Conservancy and Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


International Coastal Cleanup 
Rockaway Beach & Boardwalk, Queens, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 
Meet at Beach 59th Street and the Boardwalk 

People of all ages are encouraged to participate in this cleanup. All trash collected will be entered into the national database, which goes to help establish legislation to reduce trash along our shores. Masks are required and safe social distancing must be maintained. Program is hosted by the American Littoral Society and RISE. Please visit their website for more information. 


Sunday, September 19 

International Coastal Cleanup 
Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 

This is the 36th Annual New York State Beach Cleanup, locally sponsored by the American Littoral Society. Help document what litters our shores and send the data to quantify patterns over time. Partnering with Natural Resources Protective Association, reservations are required. No equipment will be shared, trash grabbers will be sanitized prior. Bring gloves, facial masks, and water. Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information and call 718-354-4655 to register. 


Saturday, September 25 

Pugsley Creek Park Wetland Restoration 
Pugsley Creek Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

Volunteers will learn to identify and safely remove invasive plants as well as debris in order to help restore the wetlands and create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Shoreline Clean-up 
Flushing Bay, Queens, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
Meet at Pier 1 at Malcolm X Promenade (formerly Flushing Bay Promenade) 

Volunteer at this monthly cleanup! Gloves, trash bags, and grabbers will be provided. Remember to wear your masks! Program is hosted by the Guardians of Flushing Bay. Please visit their website for more information. 


Sunday, September 26 

National Public Lands Day – Beach Cleanup 
Great Kills Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 

National Public Lands Day was started in 1994 to inspire environmental stewardship and promote responsible recreation. Help us recognize this day by volunteering to help clean the beach, document debris collected, and submit the data. No equipment will be shared, trash grabbers will be sanitized prior. Bring gloves, facial masks, and water. Consistent with CDC guidance, visitors to Gateway National Recreation Area are required to wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information and call 718-354-4655 to register.