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Volunteer Opportunities

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Volunteering in New York City parks is a great way for New Yorkers to give back to their communities. You can join community groups, participate in recreational programming, or work in the parks planting and maintaining the city's greenspaces.

Our Volunteering Events Calendar is a great way to get started pitching in today.

Below you will find a listing of some Volunteer Opportunities in NYC Parks.

Join Community Groups Involved with Parks

Partnerships For Parks

Volunteer at the Parks Department

Become a Shape Up New York fitness instructor
Find volunteer opportunities through NYC Service
Volunteer with the Urban Park Rangers
Join the Special Events GreenTeam
Become a member of the Parks Greeter Corps


Help with Horticulture and Natural Restoration

GreenThumb Urban Gardening
Greenbelt Native Plant Center
MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps


Other Ways to Help Parks

Support Your Park


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Upcoming Parks Department Volunteer Opportunities

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Sep17

Marine Park Wetland Cleanup

at Avenue U and East 33rd Street (in Marine Park), Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Marine Park to removal debris from the wetlands. This work will help to restore the shorelines of Jamaica Bay. Volunteers will be…
Free!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sep18

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!

Sep18

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!

Sep18

Saint John Cantius Garden Workshop: Winterizing your Bees

at St. John Cantius Parish (in ), Brooklyn

5:30 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Learn how to winterize your beehive. RSVP for mite treatment.
Free!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Sep19

Street Tree Care Days with LES Ecology Center

at Tompkins Square Park at 9th St. and Avenue B (in Tompkins Square Park), Manhattan

3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us to help beautify these new tree beds by planting ground cover plants and flowering bulbs.
Free!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sep20

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!

Sep20

International Coastal Clean-Up

at Rosedale and Lacombe Avenue, Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Help the Bronx River Alliance and the Friends of Soundview Park improve the health of the Long Island Sound, and remove waterfront debris.
Free!

Sep20

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 (NAV) at Wolfe’s Pond Park to help protect young trees from deer and rabbit browse. Volunteers will be trained in proper fitting and…
Free!

Sep20

Green Team

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The Green Team provides essential horticultural care to the park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants.
Free!

Sep20

Volunteer Saturdays at Battery Urban Farm

at Battery Urban Farm (in Battery Park), Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Projects are seasonal and vary from week to week, and could include weeding, mulching, trellising, path or fence maintenance, moving soil, or working with compost.
Free!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sep21

Fort Tryon Park Trust Beautification Event

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust for monthly beautification days.
Free!

Sep21

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!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Sep23

Soundview Park Caring for Natural Areas

at Leland and O'Brien Avenues (in Soundview Park), Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Soundview Park to install fencing, mulch in trees and remove debris. This work will help to maintain the restoration of…
Free!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sep24

Arden Woods Tree Guard Installation

at Muldoon Avenue and Arthur Kill Road (in Arden Woods), Staten Island

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) at Arden Woods to help protect young trees from deer and rabbit browse. Volunteers will be trained in proper fitting and installation of…
Free!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Sep25

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!

Sep25

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, September 27, 2014

Sep27

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!

Sep27

Trail Maintainer Workshop

at The Greenbelt, Staten Island

9:30 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Are you interested in the Outdoors? Would you like to learn how to restore and maintain trails, but don't know where to start? Staten Island Parks and NY/ NJ Trail Conference have…
Free!

Sep27

Green Team

at Pier 1 (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
The Green Team provides essential horticultural care to the park, including planting, mulching, and removing invasive plants.
Free!

Sep27

Community Volunteer Day at Queens Botanical Garden

at Queens Botanical Garden, Queens

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Roll up your sleeves and join your neighbors in volunteering to keep Queens Botanical Garden clean and green!
Free!

Sep27

MillionTreesNYC TreeLC Workshop in Manhattan

at Lexington Avenue and East 117 Street, Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us to help care for new street trees in East Harlem!
Free!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sep28

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!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sep30

Street Tree Care Days with LES Ecology Center

at Tompkins Square Park at 9th St. and Avenue B (in Tompkins Square Park), Manhattan

3:00 p.m.5:00 p.m.
Join us to help beautify these new tree beds by planting ground cover plants and flowering bulbs.
Free!

Sep30

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!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Oct 2

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 2

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 4, 2014

Oct 4

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 4

MillionTreesNYC Planting Event at Soundview Park

at Leland and O'Brien Avenues (in Soundview Park), Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us during our fall volunteer planting events in natural areas of parks and help create healthy new forests!
Free!

Oct 4

Soap Box Derby 2014

at Westerleigh Park, Staten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.
Get your cars ready for the Soap Box Derby. Design a version of a soap box car. Be creative in your design.
Free!

Best For
Kids
Oct 4

Volunteer Garden Clean-Up Day

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

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Help us make the grounds of Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum look as beautiful as they can be. Long sleeves, pants, and sturdy footwear strongly recommended.
Free!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Oct 5

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 5

Volunteer to Help Park Reforestation Efforts in Highbridge Park

at Sherman Creek Park (in Sherman Creek), Manhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:30 p.m.
As part of our effort to reestablish a native forest in Highbridge Park we will be planting native trees, shrubs and perennials, and removing non-native invasive plants.
Free!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Oct 9

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 9

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 11, 2014

Oct11

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!

Oct11

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!

Oct11

Calling all Volunteers! Pumpkin Festival – Willowbrook Park

at Carousel for All Children (in Willowbrook Park), Staten Island This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.4:30 p.m.
Volunteers needed for the annual Pumpkin Festival.
Free!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Oct12

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, October 16, 2014

Oct16

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!

Oct16

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!

Oct16

Rockaways Community Workshop: Jamaica Bay Greenway Implementation Plan

at Scholar's Academy, Queens This is an Accessible location

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!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Oct18

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!

Oct18

MillionTreesNYC Planting Event at Great Kills Park

at End of Buffalo Street, Crooke's Point (in Great Kills Park), Staten Island

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join us during our fall volunteer planting events in natural areas of parks and help create healthy new forests!
Free!

Oct18

It’s My Park Day: High Rock Park

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

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Help plant trees in the park.
Free!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Oct19

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!

Oct19

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!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oct22

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

Oct23

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!

Oct23

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

Oct25

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!

Oct25

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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Oct26

It's My Park Day: Spring Planting

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park), Manhattan

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Join the Friends Committee of the Fort Tryon Park Trust in Celebrating Its' My Park Day!
Free!

Oct26

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!

Oct26

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, October 30, 2014

Oct30

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

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!

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

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!

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!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Nov15

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, November 22, 2014

Nov22

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, November 23, 2014

Nov23

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

Nov29

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

Dec13

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!

Dec13

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

Dec20

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!