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Natural Areas Volunteers

Volunteer planting a tree

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. 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. To become a NAVigator, sign up and attend two NAVigator qualifying invasive removal projects, after which you will be invited to attend a NAVigator workshop. We provide all training and supplies. Look for NAVigator qualifying volunteer opportunities in the registration section below.

Watch It's My Park: Natural Area Volunteers

Visit MillionTreesNYC's Volunteer page to find additional upcoming spring tree care and planting events.

NameProgram DatesRegistration Dates
5/19: Bronx River Forest Garlic Mustard Pull - NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Bronx River Forest
Age:
1180 years old
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Monday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
5/19/2014

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5/19: Pelham Bay Park Garlic Mustard Pull - NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Pelham Bay Park-Hunter Island
Age:
1180 years old
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Monday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
5/19/2014

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5/21: Riverdale Park Garlic Mustard Pull - NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Riverdale Park
Age:
1180 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.
5/21/2014

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5/23: Seton Falls Garlic Mustard Pull - NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Seton Falls Park
Age:
1180 years old
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Friday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
5/23/2014

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NameProgram DatesRegistration Dates
5/22: Alley Pond Park Garlic Mustard Pull - NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Alley Pond Park
Age:
1180 years old
Number of Slots:
20
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Thursday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
5/22/2014

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NameProgram DatesRegistration Dates
5/21: Conference House Park Garlic Mustard Pull - NAVigator Qualifying Project
Location:
Conference House Park
Age:
1180 years old
Number of Slots:
15
Skill Level:
Beginner
Intensity:
Low
Category:
Urban Forestry
Schedule:
Day of weekStart timeEnd time
Wednesday9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
5/21/2014

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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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