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.


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, December 3, 10, 17, 24, & 31

Buckets for Blue: Volunteer Cleanup
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Grab a bucket and do a cleanup along a portion of the Park’s 3-mile shoreline. Help make a dent removing the increasing amounts of ‘micro plastics’ that enter our collective waterways. Program is hosted by NYC Parks. Please visit their website for more information.

 

Friday, December 9

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

Volunteer to protect coastal areas in Calvert Vaux Park. Help to 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.

 

Saturday, December 10

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

Volunteer to protect forested areas of Riverdale Park. Contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. 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.

 

Park Cleanup
Conference House Park, Staten Island, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteer to cleanup at Conference House Park. Each item removed will create a healthier habitat. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC H2O. Please visit their website to register and for more information.

 

Sunday, December 11

Volunteer Landscaping and Cleanup
Highland Park, Queens, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteer to remove problematic plant species and then plant beneficial ones in the pollinator garden. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Program is hosted by NYC H2O and NYC Parks. Please visit NYC H2O’s website to register and for more information.

 

Saturday, December 17

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

Volunteer to protect forest areas in Forest Park. Contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. 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.