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, November 6

Bayswater Park Tree Planting
Bayswater Park, Queens, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Volunteer to plant trees in the forest of Bayswater Park. Trees provide so many benefits to New Yorkers. Volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques. 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, November 6, November 13, November 20, November 27

Buckets for the Blue
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Give some TLC to Conference House Park’s largest natural resource: the Raritan Bay. Grab a bucket and do a beach cleanup along a portion of the park’s three-mile shoreline. Removal of some of the increasing amounts of small plastic litter/debris makes a big dent in the bay’s ecosystem. REGISTRATION IS PREFERRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Conference House Park. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Saturday, November 20

Hunter Island Tree Planting

Pelham Bay Park, Bronx, 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Volunteer to plant trees in the forest of Pelham Bay Park. Trees provide so many benefits to New Yorkers. Volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques. 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.


Invasive Species Removal

Marine Park, Brooklyn, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

Hear an overview of the Forest Management Framework and receive a hands-on training in invasive vine removal. Volunteers will learn how to identify and remove some of the most common invasive species found in our urban natural areas while also learning the key findings from a recently published report on the overall health of NYC’s forested natural areas. 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 for more information.


Sunday, November 21

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

Volunteer to protect wetland areas in Queens. Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive plants as well as debris in order 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks’ Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Friday, November 26

Black Friday Cleanup
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, Queens, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.

On the day after Thanksgiving, volunteers will help remove trash from this important habitat in New York City’s unique urban wildlife refuge. The Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge is one of the largest bird habitats in the northeastern United States and is a great place to observe seasonal bird migration as well as resident species. Gloves, bags, 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 Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and National Parks Service. Please visit their website to register and for more information.