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!


Wednesday, May 12, May 19, May 26 

Tibbetts Brook Cleanup 
Van Cortlandt Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. 

Join with staff to improve the health of Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake. Assist with gathering water quality data and restoration projects including invasive plant removal and native species planting. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Friday, May 14 

Tree Planting 
Marine Park, Brooklyn, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Volunteer to plant trees in the forest of Marine Park! Volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. A face covering is required, and social distancing will be practiced throughout the event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Saturday, May 15 

Volunteer Beach Cleanup 
Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.-1:00p.m. 

Join a beach cleanup at Plumb Beach, located east of Sheepshead Bay just off the Belt Parkway. There will be two groups for the cleanup to remove debris from this important shoreline. A face covering is required, and social distancing will be practiced throughout the event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, NYC H2O, and Engines for Change. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Saturday, May 22 

Forest Restoration 
Willowbrook Park, Staten Island, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Volunteer to protect forested areas in Willowbrook Park. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants as well as close trails in order to help restore the forest and create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. A face covering is required, and social distancing will be practiced throughout the event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team and Natural Areas Conservancy. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Respect Jamaica Bay Cleanup 
Rockaway Community Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Be a part of the Respect Campaign and join a beach and marsh cleanup at Rockaway Community Park. The park offers visitors incredible views of Jamaica Bay and is a prime location for bird watching. Join us as we remove debris from this important shoreline. A face covering is required, and social distancing will be practiced throughout the event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation-NYC Chapter. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Spring Clean 
Frank Charles Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 

Join a spring clean at Frank Charles Park. Volunteers will help maintain the planted areas along the central and north pathways by removing harmful weeds and invasive plants. This work will help the native plants grow and thrive! A face covering is required, and social distancing will be practiced throughout the event. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and American Littoral Society. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Sunday, May 29 

Urban Park Ranger Litter Clean-up 
Great Kills Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
Meet at Maple Terrace Beach Entrance 

Ready to take the first step in protecting our planet? There’s no better way to contribute to a cleaner and healthier community than by volunteering. Join fellow community members to clean and beautify Cedar Grove Park. Please note: Outdoor programs are being offered with limited attendance so that you can have a safe and enjoyable time in parks. Based on New York State guidance for sports and recreation [PDF] during COVID-19, we’ve put protocols into place to keep our participants and staff safe and healthy. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website to register and for more information.