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Do you want to give back to your parks? NYC Parks and our hundreds of partners hold organized events throughout the year asking New Yorkers to pitch in and paint, clean, rake, and generally take care of our city's great and vast park system. Groups and individuals are welcome at volunteer events across the city.

Looking for more volunteer opportunities? Reach out to one of our many partner organizations, or visit Partnerships for Parks, a public-private partnership between NYC Parks and City Parks Foundation that manages our network of volunteers.

Volunteer Events

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oct 2

Restore and Maintain the Wetlands of Randall's Island Park

at Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with us to restore and maintain the wetlands in Randall's Island Park. Projects include trail maintenance, weeding, planting, litter and debris removal, and…
Free!

Oct 2

It's My Park Day at Cadman Plaza Park

at Brooklyn War Memorial (in Cadman Plaza Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, join volunteers from Brooklyn Hospital and the Cadman Plaza Conservancy to clean and paint Cadman Plaza.
Free!

Oct 2

Volunteer with the Garden Crew

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Garden Crew meets to maintain and revitalize the ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove.
Free!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Oct 4

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Oct 4

MillionTreesNYC Planting Event at Soundview Park

at Leland and O'Brien Avenues (in Soundview Park) , Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us during our fall volunteer planting events in natural areas of parks and help create healthy new forests!
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Windmuller Park

at Windmuller Playground (in Lawrence Virgilio Playground) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, volunteer with the Friends of Windmuller Park to help clean, rake, and weed and plant bulbs at the entrance gardens of Windmuller Park.
Free!

Oct 4

Soap Box Derby 2014

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Get your cars ready for the Soap Box Derby. Design a version of a soap box car. Be creative in your design.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 4

Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day

at Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (in Pelham Bay Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Help us make the grounds of Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum look as beautiful as they can be. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy footwear strongly recommended.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Conference House Park

at Visitor Center (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, the Conference House Conservancy in partnership with the Tottenville Civic Association, will be cleaning around the park and along the beaches.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Conference House Park

at Billop Avenue and Brighton Street (in Conference House Park) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteers will also assist with removal of invasive and dead plant material.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Astoria Park

at Park House

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, volunteer with the Astoria Park Alliance for family friendly fun! Volunteers will begin general clean-up and planting daffodil bulbs at 10:30 a.m.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Astoria Heights Playground

at Astoria Heights Playground (JHS 10) (in Astoria Heights Playground) , Queens  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Help the Friends of Astoria Height Park clean, pain, and plant daffodil bulbs.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Doughboy Plaza

at Doughboy Plaza , Queens

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, volunteer with the students, staff, and families of Intermediate School 125Q to help clean litter and rake at Doughboy Plaza.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Hunters Point Park

at Center Boulevard and Borden Avenue (in Hunter's Point South Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, volunteer with the Hunters Point Park Conservancy to help clean debris and weed the tree beds at Hunter Point Park South.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Brower Park

at Brower Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Please join the Friends of Brower Park and neighborhood residents for It's My Park Day! Volunteers are needed to assist in the Butterfly Garden, with general clean up.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Cadman Plaza Park

at Brooklyn War Memorial (in Cadman Plaza Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Please note that volunteer registration for this project is full.
Free!

Oct 4

It's My Park Day at Sunset Park

at Sunset Park Pool (in Sunset Park) , Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Sunset Park Compost Project to learn about urban garden composting - why it's important, what goes in it, and how it complements the City's solid waste recycling program.
Free!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Oct 5

It's My Park Day at East River Esplanade

at 96th Street and FDR Drive (in East River Esplanade) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help scrape/paint railings and plant bulbs.
Free!

Oct 5

Forest Crew

at 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove invasive plants from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. As part of the Forest Crew you will learn basic invasive and…
Free!

Oct 5

Volunteer to Help Park Reforestation Efforts in Highbridge Park

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
As part of our effort to reestablish a native forest in Highbridge Park we will be planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, and removing non-native invasive plants.
Free!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Oct 7

Highland Park Invasive Removal and Tree Stewardship

at Highland Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers at Highland Park to care for newly planted trees. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers will be…
Free!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oct 9

Restore and Maintain the Wetlands of Randall's Island Park

at Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with us to restore and maintain the wetlands in Randall's Island Park. Projects include trail maintenance, weeding, planting, litter and debris removal, and…
Free!

Oct 9

Bronx River Forest Invasive Removal and Tree Stewardship

at Burke Avenue and Bronx Park East

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers in the Bronx River Forest to care for newly planted trees. This work will help maintain the livelihood of the restored forest. Volunteers…
Free!

Oct 9

Volunteer with the Garden Crew

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Garden Crew meets to maintain and revitalize the ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove.
Free!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Oct 11

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Oct 11

Volunteer Gardening at Stuyvesant Square

at Stuyvesant Square , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Meet fellow New Yorkers while chatting and beautifying our neighborhood park.
Free!

Oct 11

Calling all Volunteers! Pumpkin Festival – Willowbrook Park

at Carousel for All Children (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Volunteers needed for the annual Pumpkin Festival.
Free!

Oct 11

It's My Park Day at Stuyvesant Park

at Stuyvesant Square , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Come along and help garden and have fun making sure this park is full of flowers for the spring!
Free!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oct 12

It's My Park Day at Soundview Park

at Soundview Park Field House (in Soundview Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, volunteer with the Friends of Soundview Park to expand the Butterfly/Meditation Garden and plant daffodil bulbs.
Free!

Oct 12

Forest Crew

at 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove invasive plants from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. As part of the Forest Crew you will learn basic invasive and…
Free!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Oct 16

Restore and Maintain the Wetlands of Randall's Island Park

at Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with us to restore and maintain the wetlands in Randall's Island Park. Projects include trail maintenance, weeding, planting, litter and debris removal, and…
Free!

Oct 16

Volunteer with the Garden Crew

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Garden Crew meets to maintain and revitalize the ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove.
Free!

Oct 16

Rockaways Community Workshop: Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan

at Scholar's Academy , Queens  This is an Accessible location

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join NYC Department of Transportation at the second round of community workshops to plan pedestrian and bicycle paths along Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway waterfront.
Free!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oct 18

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Oct 18

MillionTreesNYC Planting Event at Great Kills Park

at End of Buffalo Street, Crooke's Point (in Great Kills Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us during our fall volunteer planting events in natural areas of parks and help create healthy new forests!
Free!

Oct 18

It's My Park Day! Prospect Park

at 16th Street Entrance (in Prospect Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
The alliance and REI will be focusing volunteer efforts on Lookout Hill with some cleaning, path maintenance, and woodland restoration.
Free!

Oct 18

It’s My Park Day: High Rock Park

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Help plant trees in the park.
Free!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oct 19

Keeping It Green for Families

at Central Park , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green.
Free!

Oct 19

Forest Crew

at 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove invasive plants from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. As part of the Forest Crew you will learn basic invasive and…
Free!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Oct 21

Little Bay Park Invasive Removal and Site Clean Up

at Utopia Parkway & 14th Road (in Little Bay Park) , Queens

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers at Little Bay Park to help care for and clean up a newly planted forest. Volunteers will be trained in tree care, fence removal, invasive…
Free!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oct 22

Marine Park/Sheepshead Bay Community Workshop: Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan

at Carmine Carro Community Center , Brooklyn

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Join NYC Department of Transportation at the second round of community workshops to plan pedestrian and bicycle paths along Jamaica Bay and the Rockaway waterfront.
Free!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oct 23

Restore and Maintain the Wetlands of Randall's Island Park

at Icahn Stadium (in Randall's Island Park) , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with us to restore and maintain the wetlands in Randall's Island Park. Projects include trail maintenance, weeding, planting, litter and debris removal, and…
Free!

Oct 23

Volunteer with the Garden Crew

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Garden Crew meets to maintain and revitalize the ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove.
Free!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Oct 25

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Oct 25

Halloween Extravaganza 2014

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
There will be a Haunted House by the Boy Scouts, bake tables by the Girl Scouts, arts and crafts, face painting, pumpkin painting, raffles, and much more.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oct 26

It's My Park Day: Spring Planting

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust in Celebrating Its' My Park Day!
Free!

Oct 26

Keeping It Green for Families

at Central Park , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green.
Free!

Oct 26

Forest Crew

at 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove invasive plants from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. As part of the Forest Crew you will learn basic invasive and…
Free!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Oct 29

MillionTreesNYC TreeLC Care Captain Training

at The Arsenal (in Central Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

5:30 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Sign up to become a TreeLC Care Captain and lead your own tree care workshops and events! Care Captain trainings empower enthusiastic tree stewards to offer tree care…
Free!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Oct 30

Highbridge Park Invasive Removal

at 155th Street and Edgecombe Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers at Highbridge Park to help remove invasive exotic vegetation from the forest. Volunteers will be trained in invasive weed identification…
Free!

Oct 30

MillionTreesNYC TreeLC Workshop in the Bronx

at Intersection of Westchester Avenue and Wheeler Avenue

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Help water and care for the 110,000+ new street trees that have been planted across New York City!
Free!

Oct 30

Volunteer with the Garden Crew

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

4:00 p.m.6:30 p.m.
Garden Crew meets to maintain and revitalize the ornamental and native plantings around Sherman Creek and Swindler Cove.
Free!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Nov 1

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Nov 1

Volunteer Gardening Event: Spring Bulb Planting

at Washington Square Park , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Help contribute to next year’s beautiful display of blooming spring flowers.
Free!

Nov 1

Fall Harvest and Garden Maintenance

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

12:00 p.m.2:30 p.m.
Help us get our gardens ready for winter with various fall maintenance projects.
Free!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nov 2

Forest Crew

at 190th Street and Amsterdam Avenue (in Highbridge Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Highbridge Forest Crew works to remove invasive plants from the park and to care for recently planted native trees. As part of the Forest Crew you will learn basic invasive and…
Free!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Nov 8

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Nov 8

Volunteer Gardening at Stuyvesant Square

at Stuyvesant Square , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Meet fellow New Yorkers while chatting and beautifying our neighborhood park.
Free!

Nov 8

Trail Restoration: High Rock Park

at 200 Nevada Avenue (in High Rock Park) , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to assist with invasive plant removal.
Free!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Nov 9

Keeping It Green for Families

at Central Park , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green.
Free!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nov 15

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Nov 15

Volunteer Gardening Event: Spring Bulb Planting

at Washington Square Park , Manhattan

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Help contribute to next year’s beautiful display of blooming spring flowers.
Free!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Nov 22

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Nov 22

Fall Flat 5K Trail Race at Willowbrook Park

at 1 Eton Place (in Willowbrook Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to assist with set-up and break-down of the event. Help with distribution of the food and give-a-ways. Please meet at the Carousel for All Children To volunteer…
Free!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nov 23

Keeping It Green for Families

at Central Park , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green.
Free!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Nov 29

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Dec 6

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Dec 7

Keeping It Green for Families

at Central Park , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Spend quality time with your family helping keep Central Park green.
Free!

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Dec 13

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

Dec 13

Volunteer Gardening at Stuyvesant Square

at Stuyvesant Square , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Meet fellow New Yorkers while chatting and beautifying our neighborhood park.
Free!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dec 20

Cleaning & Maintaining Westerleigh Park

at Westerleigh Park , Staten Island  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Help us maintain the beauty of Westerleigh Park by raking, planting or gardening. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a donut. We are there every Saturday morning. It is…
Free!

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