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!

 

Saturday, January 23

Shoreline Cleanup
Shirley Chisolm State Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

We need your help to clean up our shoreline to make it safe for people and wildlife. Join us for a socially distant cleanup along Fresh Creek. All materials, including hand sanitizer, gloves, and garbage pickers are provided. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Shirley Chisolm State Park Environmental Education Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Friday, January 29

Forest Restoration
Riverdale Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants 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. Please be sure to wear a face mask and bring your own water bottle to this event. 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, January 30

Forest Restoration
Alley Pond Park, Queens, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants 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. Please be sure to wear a face mask and bring your own water bottle to this event. 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.


Sunday, January 31

Shoreline Cleanup
Shirley Chisolm State Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

We need your help to clean up our shoreline to make it safe for people and wildlife. Join us for a socially distant cleanup along Fresh Creek. All materials, including hand sanitizer, gloves, and garbage pickers are provided. Please dress for the weather and wear shoes you don't mind getting muddy! REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Shirley Chisolm State Park Environmental Education Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.