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Natural Areas Volunteers

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Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) supports the restoration and protection of New York City’s forest and wetlands through volunteerism and training.  Sign up for an event below.

What is NAV

Natural Areas Volunteers is a service program that recruits, trains, and supports volunteers for ecological projects across the city. You can help keep New York City’s forests, wetlands, and coastlines thriving.  Join us to plant trees, shrubs, and grasses; remove harmful invasive exotic vegetation; care for street tree beds; and remove debris from our wetlands.

What We Offer

You’ll be led by an experienced staff that provides all of the tools and equipment needed to properly care for our natural areas. Get hands-on, educational experience in some of the most beautiful and diverse habitats throughout NYC!

Who Should Volunteer

Our volunteer program is for anyone who loves nature.  We can accommodate local organizations, individuals, corporations, “voluntourists,” schools, universities and visiting service organizations. We welcome a wide range of experience levels, abilities, and group sizes.

Become a NAVigator!

NAVigators are our top-tier, dedicated volunteers who adopt MillionTreesNYC tree planting sites and natural areas of designated Parks. NAVigators receive training in invasive weed identification and removal techniques in return for a commitment to volunteer at least 12 independent hours in their adopted site. We provide all tools and training. NAVigators must attend one NAV invasive removal project and a NAVigator workshop. By becoming a NAVigator, you can help young trees grow into healthy forests!

Summer Workshops

NAVigator workshops will be held this summer on May 28 in Manhattan, June 24 in the Bronx, July 29 in Brooklyn, and August 28 in Staten Island.

Watch It's My Park: Natural Area Volunteers

NameProgram DatesRegistration Dates
8/16: Van Cortlandt Park Invasive Removal – NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Van Cortlandt Park
Age:
1380 years old
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Moderate
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Saturday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
8/16/2014

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8/1: Van Cortlandt Park Invasive Removal – NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Van Cortlandt Park
Age:
1380 years old
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Moderate
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Friday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
From 8/1/2014

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NameProgram DatesRegistration Dates
8/6: Little Bay Park Invasive Removal and Site Clean Up– NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Little Bay Park
Age:
1380 years old
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Wednesday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
8/6/2014

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NameProgram DatesRegistration Dates
8/12: Clove Lakes Park Invasive Removal – NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Clove Lakes Park
Age:
1380 years old
Number of Slots:
30
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Tuesday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
8/12/2014

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Ocean Breeze Park Tree Guard Installation-NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Ocean Breeze Park
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Tuesday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
7/29/2014

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Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Groups of children must be accompanied by adults, maintaining a 1:5 ratio of adults to children (for example, two adults must lead a group of  ten children).

For large group registration, please email NAV@parks.nyc.gov or call (212) 360-3318.

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