Volunteer Projects

Volunteer Projects.

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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, May 7

Riverkeeper Sweep
Randall’s Island, Manhattan, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Do your part to clean up marine debris along the island’s beautiful shorelines within the Hudson River estuary. This event is one of the largest volunteer efforts to clean up the Hudson River watershed, with thousands of volunteers across dozens of sites from Albany to New York City. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

I Love My Park Day Cleanup
Canarsie Pier, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteers will help remove trash and debris from the shorelines while enjoying incredible views of Jamaica Bay. Gloves, bags, and tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring their own water and sunscreen. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and Assembly Member Jaime R. Williams. Please visit the Conservancy’s website to register and for more information.

 

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

Volunteer to protect forested areas in Alley Pond Park. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove harmful 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Friday, May 13

Forest Restoration
Raoul Wallenberg Forest, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteer to protect forested areas in Raoul Wallenberg Forest. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove harmful 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Forest Restoration
Paerdegat Basin Park, Brooklyn, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Volunteer to protect forested areas in Paerdegat Basin. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove harmful 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information. 


Saturday, May 14

Shoreline Cleanup
Plumb Beach, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Volunteer for a beach cleanup. Gloves, garbage bags, and pickers will be provided. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC H2O and the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Coastal Cleanup
Calvert Vaux Park, Brooklyn, 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Volunteer to protect coastal areas in Calvert Vaux Park. Volunteers will help remove debris from the coastline creating a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Friday, May 20

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

Volunteer to protect forested areas in Riverdale Park. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove harmful 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Forest Restoration
Ecology Park, Brooklyn, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Volunteer to protect forested areas in Ecology Park. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove harmful 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Saturday, May 21

Shoreline Cleanup
Brant Point Wildlife Sanctuary, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The Brant Point Wildlife Sanctuary is an important natural area in Jamaica Bay, it’s salt marshes provide habitat for local wildlife and migratory birds and help clean our waterways. Volunteers will help remove debris from this important wetland. Gloves, bags, and tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and bring their own water and sunscreen. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and Surfrider Foundation. Please visit the Conservancy’s website to register and for more information.

 

Coastal Cleanup
Kaiser Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Start the day on an hour-long bird walk and then stay to volunteer at a coastal cleanup. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team and Audubon NY. Please visit NYC Parks’ website to register and for more information.


Thursday, May 26

Natural Areas Volunteer
Randall’s Island, Manhattan, 9:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteer with the Natural Areas Team to learn more about restoration efforts while working to maintain and sustain our ecosystems and shorelines. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Friday, May 27

Forest Restoration
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteer to protect forested areas in Inwood Hill Park. Volunteers will learn how to identify plants and help restore the forest to create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Coastal Cleanup
Bush Terminal Park, Brooklyn, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Volunteer to protect coastal areas in Bush Terminal Park. Volunteers will help remove debris from the coastline creating a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.