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!


Thursday, October 29

Ecology Park Forest Restoration (After Work)
Ecology Park, Brooklyn, 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore natural areas and create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please bring your own water bottle and wear a mask for this event. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Pre-registration is required. Program is hosted by the Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Saturday, October 31

Ecology Park Forest Restoration
Ecology Park, Brooklyn, 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants in order to help restore natural areas and create a healthier ecosystem. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please bring your own water bottle and wear a mask for this event. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Pre-registration is required. Program is hosted by the Natural Areas Conservancy and NYC Parks. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Green and Go Kits
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Help keep our park clean this fall! On weekends Prospect Park Alliance will loan Green and Go Kits to volunteers at various locations around the park. These kits include a trash grabber, garbage bags and gloves. Pre-registration is required. A limited number will be available day of on a first-come, first-served basis. Program is hosted by the Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information.