Volunteer Projects

Volunteer Projects


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 1 

Team RIVER – Natural Areas Volunteers
Randall’s Island, Manhattan, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Volunteer with Team RIVER (Randall’s Island Volunteer Ecological Restorers) and help keep the park beautiful. Volunteers regularly work with the Natural Areas team twice a month taking care of and restoring natural spaces on the island. Volunteers must be at least 11 years old. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


Saturday, May 4

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

This annual event helps us keep our shoreline free of marine plastics and refuse. Community friends and partners band together to remove and prevent hundreds of pounds of litter from getting into our rivers. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Randall’s Island Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information.


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

Volunteer to protect coastal areas in Kaiser Park. This site is one of many throughout NYC and the Hudson Valley celebrating the 13th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep. 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, Coney Island Beautification Project, and Riverkeeper. Please visit NYC Parks’ website to register and for more information.


Shoreline Cleanup
Hamilton Beach Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteers will remove harmful debris from this beautiful shoreline. Tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy and NYC Parks. Please visit the Conservancy’s website to register and for more information.

 

Beach Cleanup
Oakwood Beach, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

This site holds one of the highest density populations of Osprey and also brings in a huge amount of trash with close proximity to a waste plant. Tools will be provided. Make sure to bring water and dress appropriately for the weather. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC H2O. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Coastal Cleanup
Hook Creek Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Volunteer to protect coastal areas in Hook Creek Park. 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.

 

Riverkeeper Sweep: Bronx River Parkway
Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Help to remove litter from the Bronx River and its surrounding trails. This event will occur rain or shine and will entail some hiking. Water, sturdy shoes, and clothing that can get dirty is recommended. Gloves and tools will be provided. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Super Stewards, Riverkeeper, and Teddy Bear Project. Please visit NYC Parks website to register and for more information.

 

Riverkeeper Sweep: Marina Cleanup
Flushing Bay World’s Fair Marina, Queens, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Join this cleanup at the World’s Fair Marina. Volunteers should bring a hat, sunscreens, a full water bottle, insect repellent, and work gloves. Not recommended for young children. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by the Guardians of Flushing Bay and the Empire Dragon Boat Team. Please visit this website to register and for more information.


Sunday, May 5

Community Science: Horseshoe Crab Monitoring
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Engage in this community science project collecting scientific data and learn the importance of protecting horseshoe crabs. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Tuesday, May 7

Community Science: Horseshoe Crab Monitoring
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Engage in this community science project collecting scientific data and learn the importance of protecting horseshoe crabs. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Saturday, May 11

Beach Cleanup
Jamaica Bay, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Join this monthly beach cleanup series and become a steward for your park and Jamaica Bay. Gloves, garbage bags, and pickers will be provided. Dress appropriately for weather and conditions. Program is hosted by NPS Gateway National Recreation Area. Please visit their website for more information.

 

Cleanup
Baisley Pond Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Baisley Pond was created in the 18th century when local farmers dammed three streams in order to power their grain mill. Volunteers will assist in removing debris from the park. Tools provided. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC H2O. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Natural Areas Restoration
Inwood Hill Park, Manhattan, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Volunteer to protect natural areas in Inwood Hill Park. Volunteers will contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. Face masks may be worn at your discretion. Come dressed in clothes that can get dirty and sturdy shoes. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Saturday, May 18

Shoreline Cleanup
Rockaway Community Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteers will remove harmful debris from this beautiful shoreline and surrounding park while enjoying the incredible views of Jamaica Bay. Tools will be provided. Volunteers are encouraged to wear weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy, closed-toe shoes. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Jamaica Bay Rockaway Parks Conservancy and NYC Parks. Please visit the Conservancy’s website to register and for more information.

 

Beach Cleanup
Canarsie Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Canarsie Park is known for its recreation facilities, but it is also home to a surprising number of diverse wildlife spanning multiple aquatic ecosystems due to its close proximity to the seashore and its lesser-known wetland hiking trails. Tools provide. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC H2O. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Coastal Cleanup
Coney Island Creek Park, Brooklyn, 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Every year, Department of City Planning celebrates NYC’s 520 miles of waterfront on and around May 20 with a series of fun, free events. Join this small tour to highlight the ongoing restoration of dunes and other projects and join a cleanup after the tour. Come dressed in sturdy shoes and clothing that can get dirty. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Stewardship Team and Department of City Planning. Please visit NYC Parks website to register and for more information.

 

Sunday, May 19

Park Pitch In: World Biodiversity Day
Prospect Park, Brooklyn, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

World Biodiversity Day is a United Nations-sanctioned international day for the promotion of biodiversity issues. Some plants species outcompete and are a threat to other flora and impact local fauna. Volunteers will help with removing plants, litter, and more. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by Prospect Park Alliance. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Coastal Cleanup and Crafts
Wolfe’s Pond Park, Staten Island, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Join this beach cleanup and use some of the found items to create an upcycled craft. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.

 

Tuesday, May 21

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring and Cleanup
Calvert Vaux Park, Brooklyn, 6:45 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Start the evening with a quick coastal cleanup followed by horseshoe crab monitoring. As part of NYC Parks’ ongoing effort to monitor activity we will be walking the beach to count the number of crabs present and tagging them to keep track of how many we’ve seen. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Community Science: Horseshoe Crab Monitoring
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Engage in this community science project collecting scientific data and learn the importance of protecting horseshoe crabs. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Thursday, May 21

Horseshoe Crab Monitoring and Cleanup
Calvert Vaux Park, Brooklyn, 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Start the evening with a quick coastal cleanup followed by horseshoe crab monitoring. As part of NYC Parks’ ongoing effort to monitor activity we will be walking the beach to count the number of crabs present and tagging them to keep track of how many we’ve seen. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Stewardship Team. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Saturday, May 25

Cleanup and Hike
Marine Park, Brooklyn, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Park of Jamaica Bay, this estuary is home to hundreds of animals from muskrats to snowy owls. During hurricanes, the marsh offers protection as well. Hike through this waterfront park and “put a little love in your park” and engage in a cleanup. Program is hosted by NYC Parks Urban Park Rangers. Please visit their website for more information.