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Volunteer Opportunities

Join the thousands of New Yorkers who help us keep our city's parks and playgrounds clean and green. Find a program, upcoming volunteer event, or learn more about becoming a member of one of our many partner organizations.

Partnerships for Parks

Want to start volunteering, but don't know how? Partnerships for Parks leads volunteer programs for New Yorkers who want to make their neighborhood parks thrive.

Partnerships for Parks is a public-private partnership led by NYC Parks and the City Parks Foundation.

Learn More about Partnerships for Parks

NYC Parks Volunteer Programs

This day-long celebration of volunteering in neighborhood parks takes place at more than a hundred parks and playgrounds around the city.

Learn More about It's My Park Day

Green Teens

In this program, teens become stewards of their neighborhood parks and recreation centers, by learning how to make a “green” positive impact in their community and encouraging the public to recycle. Email Green.Teens@parks.nyc.gov for more information.

Learn hands-on forestry techniques and provide ongoing care to New York City’s natural spaces, forests, and wetlands.

Learn More about NAV

Volunteer Opportunities with Partner Organizations

During planting seasons, MillionTreesNYC volunteers work together to help reforest parks with as many as 20,000 new trees in a day!

Learn More about MillionTreesNYC planting events

Find a local street tree that needs attention and volunteer to care for it, helping us grow NYC’s urban forest and earning yourself "green points" in the process.

Learn More about Adopt-a-Tree

Everybody has something to offer. Visit NYC Service to see the latest list of volunteer opportunities throughout the five boroughs.

Learn More about NYC Service

Upcoming NYC Parks Volunteer Opportunities

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Mar 8

FrogWatch USA Training

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

2:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Become a citizen scientist and discover how you can help frogs and toads in our environment by identifying and monitoring their unique vocal calls. Frog Watch USA is a nationwide…
Free!

Must See
Event

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Mar14

Volunteer Event: Forest Restoration

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

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join Greenbelt Natural Resource Team removing invasive plants and restoring trails in High Rock Park.
Free!

Mar14

Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Roll up your sleeves and don your gardening gloves to help us make the grounds of Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum look beautiful again after winter’s weather!
Free!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mar21

31st Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether

at Hostos Community College, Bronx This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
You are invited on March 21st to join thousands of community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking and greening…

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mar28

Greenbelt Red Trail Restoration Project with Friends of Island Trails and NYC Parks

at The Greenbelt, Staten Island

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Our team will work together to improve this trail section that will benefit many who hike and run there.
Free!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Mar29

Junior Volunteer Corps

at 9th Street Entrance (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for a day of giving back. Families and elementary-aged youth groups are invited to join us to help prepare the Park for spring.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Apr11

Partnerships for Parks 2015 Conference

at NYU Law, Manhattan

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Partnerships is celebrating 20 years of community engagement in neighborhood green spaces.
Free!

Apr11

Junior Volunteer Corps

at 9th Street Entrance (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

1:30 p.m.3:30 p.m.
Families and elementary-school-aged groups are invited to help rake leaves.
Free!

Best For
Kids

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Apr18

Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day

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

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Con Edison and New York Cares join forces to help make the grounds of Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum beautiful.
Free!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Apr25

Volunteer Event: High Rock Challenge Race

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

8:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments, direct runners with challenges, and assist at the water stations.
Free!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Apr26

Volunteer Event: High Rock Challenge 5K Race

at Henry Kaufman Camp Grounds, Staten Island This is an Accessible location

8:30 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to assist with refreshments, direct runners with challenges, and assist at the water stations.
Free!

Apr26

Weekend Volunteer Corps

at Lincoln Road Entrance (in Prospect Park), Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for a day of fun as we gear up for spring cleaning! Help the environment in your community.
Free!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

May 2

Elements Art Expo NYC

at Conference House Park, Staten Island

10:00 a.m.6:00 p.m.
The art scholar and novice alike will delight in finding art along the trails, by the shore and on the open green of the park, in the large tent as well as the Conference House.
Free!

Must See
Event
May 2

Volunteer Event: Carousel Opening Day

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

11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed for set-up/breakdown of the event and for assisting with activities during the event.
Free!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

May10

Weekend Volunteer Corps

at Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Prospect Park Alliance for a day of fun as they gear up for spring cleaning!
Free!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

May30

It's My Park Day

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
On It’s My Park Day, volunteers will gear up with brooms, shovels, rakes, paint brushes, and trash grabbers to tackle a major cleanup effort in Prospect Park.
Free!

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