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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!

Watch It's My Park: Natural Area Volunteers

There are currently no programs available for registration at this time.

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 or call (212) 360-3318.

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