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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

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

MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Day at Raoul Wallenberg Forest

at Raoul Wallenberg Forest at 232 Street (in Riverdale Park) , Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This fall's MillionTreesNYC forest restoration day will focus on stewardship and caring for young forests that have already been planted.
Free!

Oct 25

MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Day at Alley Pond Park (Oakland Ravine)

at Across the Street from 222-18 56th Ave (in Alley Pond Park) , Queens

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This fall's MillionTreesNYC forest restoration day will focus on stewardship and caring for young forests that have already been planted.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Brookville Park

at Brookville Park Field House (in Brookville Park) , Queens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the Friends of Brookville Park as they paint, plant bulbs, and clean the park for It's My Park Day.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at the West 88th Street Trees

at 50 West 88th street  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.1:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help plant bulbs and clear weeds in tree pits.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day: Marine Park

at Carmine Carro Community Center (in Marine Park) , Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Marine Park Alliance to help clean, rake, and weed several pocket gardens in Marine Park.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Eibs Pond Park

at PS 57 (in Eibs Pond Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The Friends of Eibs Pond will be cleaning at Eibs Pond Park.
Free!

Oct 25

MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Day at Clove Lakes Park

at Slosson Avenue & Drake Avenue (in Clove Lakes Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
This fall's MillionTreesNYC forest restoration day will focus on stewardship and caring for young forests that have already been planted.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Crescent Beach Park

at Groton Street and Tennyson Drive (in Crescent Beach Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, the Great Kills and Eltingville Civic Association will be partnering with the Natural Resources Protective Association for a beach cleanup. Please come and…
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Commodore Barry Park

at Park avenue and North Elliot Place (in Commodore Barry Park) , Brooklyn

9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.
Volunteers will clean up, plant daffodil bulbs, and beautify Commodore Barry Park.
Free!

Oct 25

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 25

It's My Park Day at Lincoln Terrace Park

at Lincoln Terrace Park (in Lincoln Terrace / Arthur S. Somers Park) , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteers will clean up and beautify the park.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Harmony Park

at Entrance at Hattie Jones Court (in Harmony Park) , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteers will clean up and beautify Harmony Park.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Cooper Park

at Cooper Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.3:30 p.m.
Volunteers will clean up, plant daffodil bulbs, and beautify the park.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Dr. Ronald McNair Park

at Dr Ronald McNair Park (in Dr. Ronald McNair Park) , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteers will clean up, plant daffodil bulbs, and beautify the park.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Betsy Head Park

at Strauss Street and Livonia Avenue (in Betsy Head Park) , Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteers will come together as a community to care for the horticulture spaces in the park, including planting flowers, weeding, mulching, and general cleanup.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at the Richmond Terrace Street Trees

at Richmond Terrace and Hamilton Avenue , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Please join HEALTH for Youths to help clear garbage and weeds from around the tree beds along Richmond Terrace.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground

at Dr Gertrude B Kelly Playground (in Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Visit Dr. Gertrude B. Kelly Playground and enjoy the enthusiasm that develops through Park Stewardship.
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
Oct 25

It's My Park Day at St. Johns Recreation Center

at St. Johns Recreation Center , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteers will clean up and beautify the park.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Kaiser Park

at Kaiser Park Parkhouse , Brooklyn

12:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Friends of Kaiser Park to clean the park of trash.
Free!

Oct 25

It's My Park Day at Railroad Park

at 174th Place (in Railroad Park) , Queens

1:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, please join Project Petals/Friends of Railroad Park as they clear the pathways in the park. They will also be removing debris from the park and planting bulbs.
Free!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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

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 26

It's My Park Day at Tramway Plaza

at Tramway Plaza , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, come visit Tramway Plaza and watch the volunteer gardening crew demonstrate fun park stewardship.
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!

Oct 26

It's My Park Day at Brower Park

at Entrance at Brooklyn Avenue and Prospect Place (in Brower Park) , Brooklyn

10:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to assist in the Butterfly Garden, with general clean up, and beautification of the park.
Free!

Oct 26

It's My Park Day at St. John's Recreation Center

at St. Johns Recreation Center , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Please join the Friends of St. John's Recreation Center for It's My Park Day! Volunteers will come together to paint benches and beautify the recreation center. If possible,…
Free!

Oct 26

It's My Park Day at Schmul Park

at Wilde and Melvin Avenues (in Schmul Park) , Staten Island

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteers will be cleaning around the park by clearing out garbage and debris along the water line.
Free!

Oct 26

It's My Park Day at King Fisher Park

at Miles Avenue and Fairfield Street (in King Fisher Park) , Staten Island

2:00 p.m.4:00 p.m.
Please join the local community in cleaning the trails, perimeter, and around the pond of Kingfisher Pond Park.
Free!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Oct 28

Hunts Point Riverside Park Wetland Grass Planting

at Lafayette Avenue and Edgewater Road (in Hunts Point Riverside Park) , Bronx  This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers at Hunts Point Riverside Park to plant native grasses. Volunteers will be trained in planting and protective fence installation…
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

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!

Nov 1

It's My Park Day at Clement Clarke Moore Park

at Clement Clarke Moore Park , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Support this season's Pumpkin Composting Project and help demonstrate sustainable living habits with local gardeners in Chelsea.
Free!

Nov 1

It's My Park Day at Brower Park

at Entrance at Brooklyn Avenue and Prospect Place (in Brower Park) , Brooklyn

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 of the park.
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!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Nov 6

It's My Park Day at Cadman Plaza

at Cadman Plaza Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
On It's My Park Day, volunteers from the Cadman Plaza Conservancy will clean and beautify Cadman Plaza.
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

It's My Park Day at Carl Schurz Park

at East 86th Street and East End Avenue (in Carl Schurz Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to help maintain garden beds. The Carl Schurz Park Conservancy thrives because of its many wonderful volunteers.
Free!

Nov 8

It's My Park Day at Kissena Corridor Park

at Main Street and Elder Avenue (in Kissena Corridor Park) , Queens

9:30 a.m.1:30 p.m.
Please come out on It's My Park Day at Kissena Corridor Park and help plant daffodil bulbs near the open field. Volunteers will also be raking leaves, doing some mulching, and…
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!

Nov 8

It's My Park Day at Graniteville Quarry Park

at Graniteville Quarry Park , Staten Island

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
The Friends of Graniteville Quarry along with Mariner's Harbor Civic Association will be cleaning, raking, and weeding at Graniteville Quarry.
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!

Nov 9

It's My Park Day at Brower Park

at Entrance at Brooklyn Avenue and Prospect Place (in Brower Park) , Brooklyn

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 of the park.
Free!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Nov 12

Hunts Point Invasive Removal and Site Clean Up

at Garrison Avenue and Edgewater Road (in ) , Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers at Garrison to help care for and clean up a newly planted forest. Volunteers will be trained in tree care, invasive weed identification…
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!

Nov 15

Leaf Crunch 2014

at Brower Park , Brooklyn  This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Love yuor neighborhood park? Support it by raking leaves this fall!
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 15

Leaf Crunch 2014

at Friends of Van Cortlandt Park Compost Demo Site (in Van Cortlandt Park) , Bronx

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Love yuor neighborhood park? Support it by raking leaves this fall!
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 15

Leaf Crunch 2014

at Lane S at Myrtle Avenue (in Forest Park) , Queens

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Love yuor neighborhood park? Support it by raking leaves this fall!
Free!

Must See
Event
Nov 15

It's My Park Day at Brower Park

at Entrance at Brooklyn Avenue and Prospect Place (in Brower Park) , Brooklyn

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!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Nov 16

Leaf Crunch 2014

at Lower East Side Ecology Center (in East River Park) , Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Love yuor neighborhood park? Support it by raking leaves this fall!
Free!

Must See
Event

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Nov 18

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, November 20, 2014

Nov 20

Wolfe's Pond Park Tree Guard Installation

at Cooper Place and Holten Avenue (in Wolfe's Pond Park) , Staten Island

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers at Wolfe’s Pond Park to help protect young trees from deer and rabbit browse. Volunteers will be trained in proper fitting and…
Free!

Nov 20

MillionTreesNYC TreeLC Care Captain Training

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

6:00 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!

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

It's My Park Day at Carl Schurz Park

at East 86th Street and East End Avenue (in Carl Schurz Park) , Manhattan  This is an Accessible location

9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
On It's My Park day come visit Carl Schurz Park and consider the advocacy endeavors in this unique NYC Park. Volunteers are needed to help maintain garden beds.
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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