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Do you want to give back to your parks? NYC Parks and our hundreds of partners hold organized events throughout the year asking New Yorkers to pitch in and paint, clean, rake, and generally take care of our city's great and vast park system. Groups and individuals are welcome at volunteer events across the city.

Looking for more volunteer opportunities? Reach out to one of our many partner organizations, or visit Partnerships for Parks, a public-private partnership between NYC Parks and City Parks Foundation that manages our network of volunteers.

Volunteer Events

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Oct17

It's My Park at Cobble Hill Park

at Cobble Hill ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Volunteer with Cobble Hill Association to beautify Cobble Hill Park.
Free!

Oct17

Farm & Compost Volunteer Opportunities

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the NYC Compost Project to lend a hand at our urban farm or learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil. Find out how to foster a farm ecosystem and grow healthy crops.
Free!

Oct17

Parks Build Healthy Communities Grant: Info Session

at Queens Library (Corona)Queens

4:00 p.m.5:30 p.m.
Join us to discuss the Parks Build Healthy Communities Grant. This grant supports community groups with up to $5,000.
Free!

Oct17

East Harlem Community Forum

at DREAM Charter SchoolManhattan

6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.
Share your thoughts on how East Harlem can be made stronger and safer in the face of a changing climate.
Free!

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Oct18

It's My Park at Continental Army Plaza

at George Washington at Valley Forge (in Continental Army Plaza)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Southside United Housing Development Fund Corp - Los Sures to plant bulbs and beautify the We look forward to cleaning up the park with you!
Free!

Oct18

It's My Park at Northerleigh Park

at North Avenue and Lockwood Place Entrance (in Northerleigh Park)Staten Island

5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Westerleigh Parks Coalition to clean up and beautify Northerleigh Park.
Free!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Oct20

It's My Park at Kaiser Park

at Kaiser Park Beach (in Kaiser Park)Brooklyn

8:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with John Dewey High School to clean the beaches at Kaiser Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Morningside Park

at Morningside Park Waterfall (in Morningside Park)Manhattan

8:30 a.m.10:30 a.m.
Volunteer with The Morningside Park Conservancy to plant bulbs at Morningside Park.
Free!

Oct20

TIDES

at 334 Furman Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Teens Interested in & Dedicated to Environmental Sciences (TIDES) are invited to pitch in at Brooklyn Bridge Park while exploring and learning more about the environment.
Free!

Oct20

Fall Citywide Stewardship Day at Pelham Bay Park

at Bus Depot Rd. Adjacent to Orchard Beach parking lot (in Pelham Bay Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team on October 20th for our Fall Citywide Stewardship Day! Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive species in Pelham Bay Park.
Free!

Oct20

Fall Citywide Stewardship Day at Marine Park

at Salt Marsh Nature Center (in Marine Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to identify and safely remove invasive species in Marine Park.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct20

Fall Citywide Stewardship Day at Seton Falls Park

at Crawford Avenue and Palmer Avenue (in Seton Falls Park)Bronx

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team on October 20th for our Fall Citywide Stewardship Day!
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Allison Pond Park

at Prospect Avenue and Brentwood Avenue (in Allison Pond Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.5:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Allison Pond Park...
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Hillside Park

at Hillside Park (in Hillside Dog Park)Brooklyn This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Hillside Dog Park to clean up and restore the dog park at Hillside Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Cobble Hill Park

at Cobble Hill ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Volunteer with Cobble Hill Association to beautify Cobble Hill Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Lenox Avenue Malls

at 245 Lenox AvenueManhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association to plant bulbs and clean-up the Lenox Avenue Malls.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Col. Young Playground

at 145th Street and Malcolm X entrance (in Col. Young Playground)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Colonel Young Park to clean and plant bulbs at Col. Young Playground.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Morningside Park

at Morningside Park Dog Run (in Morningside Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Morningside BARC (Build A Run Coalition) to clean and beautify Morningside Park Dog Run.
Free!

Oct20

POSTPONED: It's My Park at Cunningham Park

at Cunningham Park Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park)Queens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Friends of Cunningham to complete a planting and cleanup project at Cunningham Park.
Free!

Oct20

CANCELLED: It's My Park at New Dorp Beach

at Allan F. Kivlehan PlaygroundStaten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Kivlehan Park, Inc. to carry out a litter patrol throughout the park, pull weeds, prune shrubs, and perform a general cleanup.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Catharine Turner Richardson Park

at Catharine Turner Richardson ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Douglaston Garden Club to plant daffodil bulbs and do a general clean up at Catharine Turner Richardson Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Oakwood Beach

at Oakwood Beach (in Great Kills Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Resources Protective Association to clean the cul-de-sac at the bottom of Tarlton Ave.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Northerleigh Park

at North Avenue and Lockwood Place Entrance (in Northerleigh Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Westerleigh Parks Coalition to clean up and beautify Northerleigh Park.
Free!

Oct20

Coastal Cleanup with Riverside Park Conservancy and TRASH HERO NY

at 148 Street Hudson River waterfront (in Riverside Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Riverside Park Conservancy partners with TRASH HERO NY to remove trash and recyclables that are brought in with the tides and pile up along the Hudson River coastline.
Free!

Oct20

Trail Clean Up

at Strack Pond (in Forest Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Forest Park, the third largest park in Queens, needs your help in maintaining the hiking trails that help you explore its 165 acres of majestic oak forest.
Free!

Oct20

Fall Citywide Stewardship Day at Calvert Vaux Park

at Parking Lot (in Calvert Vaux Park)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteers will help clean up Calvert Vaux Beach by removing debris from the coastline!
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Juan Pablo Duarte Square

at Juan Pablo Duarte SquareManhattan

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Washington Heights Gardening Crew to clean Juan Pablo Duarte Square's tree pits.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at South Oxford Park

at South Oxford ParkBrooklyn

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of South Oxford Park to plant daffodil bulbs at South Oxford Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Albemarle Playground

at Albemarle PlaygroundBrooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with The Singing Winds to do gardening at Albemarle Playground.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Evergreen Park

at St. Felix Avenue entrance (in Evergreen Park)Queens

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Evergreen Park Pinecones to beautify Evergreen Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at 2nd Avenue Street Trees

at 2nd Avenue and E. 30th StreetManhattan

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Kips Bay Neighborhood Association's One Tree, One Steward team to clean up, weed, plant bulbs, and spread woodchips.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Henry Hudson Park

at Henry Hudson Monument (in Henry Hudson Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Stewards of Henry Hudson Park as they start their Saturday mornings rain or shine with fun green projects such as raking leaves, planting, mulching, and more.
Free!

Oct20

Garden Conservation Day

at Dyckman Farmhouse Museum (in Dyckman House Museum)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Come and get your hands dirty while helping us beautify our grounds.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at First Park

at First ParkManhattan

10:30 a.m.2:30 p.m.
Volunteer with First Street Block Association to weed, plant tulip bulbs, and do a general clean up at First Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Cooper Park

at Cooper Park Comfort Station (in Cooper Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Cooper Park to beautify and plant daffodil bulbs at Cooper Park.
Free!

Oct20

It's My Park at Hoover - Manton Playgrounds

at Hoover Playground (in Hoover - Manton Playgrounds)Queens

11:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Briarwood-Kew Gardens Lions Club to complete a cleanup and daffodil planting project at Hoover - Manton Playgrounds.
Free!

Oct20

Hillcrest Stop 'N' Swap

at PS 154Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free!
Free!

Oct20

CANCELLED: It's My Park at Harlem Art Park

at Harlem Art ParkManhattan This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Harlem Art Park to clean-up and take care of the public art on display at Harlem Art Park.
Free!

Oct20

Volunteer Day: Return to Jerome Slope

at Jerome SlopeBronx This is an Accessible location

1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
The volunteer work will include tasks such as invasive species removal, weeding, and litter removal.
Free!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Oct21

It's My Park at North Shore Esplanade

at 78 Richmond TerraceStaten Island

9:00 a.m.10:00 a.m.
Volunteer with HEALTH for Youths to clean up and beautify the North Shore Esplanade.
Free!

Oct21

Fort Tryon Park Beautification Day and Bulb Planting

at Margaret Corbin Circle (in Fort Tryon Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Activities will include some or all of the following: painting, planting preparations, planting, weeding, and more.
Free!

Must See
Event
Oct21

It's My Park at Lt. Lia Playground

at Wall Street and St. Marks Place (in Lt. Lia Playground)Staten Island

10:00 a.m.11:00 a.m.
Volunteer with HEALTH for Youths to clean up and beautify Lt. Lia Playground.
Free!

Oct21

It's My Park at Morningside Park

at 112th Street and Manhattan Avenue (in Morningside Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Morningside Park to clean-up and plant daffodil bulbs at Morningside Park.
Free!

Oct21

It's My Park at Skyline Playground

at Clyde Place and Prospect Avenue (in Skyline Playground)Staten Island

11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.
Volunteer with HEALTH for Youths to clean up and beautfy Skyline Playground.
Free!

Oct21

It's My Park at Macneil Park

at Macneil Park Entrance (in Macneil Park)Queens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Coastal Preservation Network to plant daffodil bulbs and do a leaf cleanup at Macneil Park.
Free!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Oct23

Community Connections 2018: An Evening of Networking for Park Group Leaders

at Educational AllianceManhattan

6:00 p.m.8:30 p.m.
Please join us for a fun evening of networking with other NYC Parks and green space enthusiasts, as well as NYC organizations and agencies with resources to share.
Free!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Oct24

It's My Park at Cobble Hill Park

at Cobble Hill ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Volunteer with Cobble Hill Association to beautify Cobble Hill Park.
Free!

Oct24

Farm & Compost Volunteer Opportunities

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the NYC Compost Project to lend a hand at our urban farm or learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil. Find out how to foster a farm ecosystem and grow healthy crops.
Free!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Oct25

It's My Park at Northerleigh Park

at North Avenue and Lockwood Place Entrance (in Northerleigh Park)Staten Island

5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Westerleigh Parks Coalition to clean up and beautify Northerleigh Park.
Free!

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Oct27

Farm & Compost Volunteer Opportunities

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the NYC Compost Project to lend a hand at our urban farm or learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil.
Free!

Oct27

TIDES

at 334 Furman Street (in Brooklyn Bridge Park)Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Teens Interested in & Dedicated to Environmental Sciences (TIDES) are invited to pitch in at Brooklyn Bridge Park while exploring and learning more about the environment.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Westerleigh Park

at Neal Dow Avenue and Springfield Avenue (in Westerleigh Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Westerleigh Parks Coalition to clean up and beautify Westerleigh Park.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Glenwood Landing

at Glenwood Landing Garden (in Glenwood Landing)Queens

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Douglaston Garden Club to plant daffodil bulbs and do a general clean up at Glenwood Landing.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at New Dorp Beach

at New Dorp Beach (in Great Kills Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Resources Protective Association to clean the garbage and debris from New Dorp Beach...
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Silver Lake Park

at Silver Lake Park Dog Run (in Silver Lake Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Silver Lake Park Conservancy to beautify and cleanup Silver Lake Park.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Kissena Corridor Park

at Rachel Carson Playground (in Kissena Corridor Park)Queens This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Kissena Corridor Conservancy to complete a daffodil planting and cleanup project.
Free!

Oct27

Great Kills Crooke's Point Tree Planting

at Parking lot at the south end of Buffalo Street (in Great Kills Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to plant trees in the Crooke's Point area of Great Kills Park!
Free!

Oct27

Inwood Hill Park Trail Stewardship Day

at Payson Park House (in Inwood Hill Park)Manhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join our effort to make the 4.2-mile trails of Inwood Hill Park safer, more accessible, and sustainable through trail blazing, corridor clearing, and debris removal.
Free!

Oct27

Street Tree Care: Lower East Side

at Mulberry Street and Kenmare StreetManhattan

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. They will also learn about the important roles street trees play in New York City.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Cunningham Park

at Cunningham Park Parking Lot (in Cunningham Park)Queens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Friends of Cunningham to complete a planting and cleanup project at Cunningham Park.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at W. 88th Street Trees

at West 88th Street Tree ProjectManhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with West 88th Street Tree Project to prepare the tree pits for winter, plant bulbs, and clean up the block.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Pelham Parkway

at Whiteplains Road & Pelham Parkway (in Bronx Park)Bronx

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Pelham Parkway to plant daffodil bulbs and mulch trees at Pelham Parkway North & White Plains Road.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at W. 160th Street Trees

at 160th St Block AssociationManhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with W. 160th Street Block Association to take care of the tree pits around 160th Street and Amsterdam Avenue.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Court Square Park

at Court Square ParkQueens This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Court Square Civic Association to plant daffodil bulbs at Court Square Park.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Sutton Place Park

at Entrance at East 54th Street and Sutton Place (in Sutton Parks)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Sutton Place Parks Conservancy for a park clean up and beautification, along with environmental education and children's activities.
Free!

Oct27

It's My Park at Henry Hudson Park

at Henry Hudson Monument (in Henry Hudson Park)Bronx This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Join the Stewards of Henry Hudson Park as they start their Saturday mornings rain or shine with fun green projects such as raking leaves, planting, mulching, and more.
Free!

Oct27

East Village Street Tree Care

at La Plaza Cultural (in )Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer to care for New York City street trees and learn more about organics collection in New York City.
Free!

Oct27

Rockaway Park Stop 'N' Swap

at MS 318 Waterside School for LeadershipQueens

12:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, housewares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free!
Free!

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Oct28

It's My Park at Brower Park

at Brower Park Park House (in Brower Park)Brooklyn

10:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Friends of Brower Park to maintain garden beds at Brower Park.
Free!

Oct28

It's My Park at Leif Ericson Park

at Leif Ericson Park Comfort Station (in Leif Ericson Park)Brooklyn

11:00 a.m.2:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Parent Child Relationship to beautify Leif Ericson Park.
Free!

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Oct31

It's My Park at Cobble Hill Park

at Cobble Hill ParkBrooklyn This is an Accessible location

7:30 a.m.9:00 a.m.
Volunteer with Cobble Hill Association to beautify Cobble Hill Park.
Free!

Oct31

Farm & Compost Volunteer Opportunities

at Queens Botanical GardenQueens

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Join the NYC Compost Project to lend a hand at our urban farm or learn how composted food scraps nourish the soil. Find out how to foster a farm ecosystem and grow healthy crops.
Free!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Nov 3

It's My Park at Alice Austen Park

at Hylan Boulevard and Edgewater Street (in Alice Austen Park)Staten Island

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer with Natural Resources Protective Association to clean up and remove debris from the shoreline of Buono Beach at Alice Austen Park.
Free!

Nov 3

Sunset Park Green Neighborhood: Wetland Restoration

at Bush Terminal Park Entrance on 43rd Street (in Bush Terminal Park)Brooklyn

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteers will work in Bush Terminal Park to remove debris and add plants to the coastline.
Free!

Nov 3

Coastal Cleanup with Riverside Park Conservancy and TRASH HERO NY

at 59th Street Mound (in Riverside Park South)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Riverside Park Conservancy partners with TRASH HERO NY to remove trash and recyclables that are brought in with the tides and pile up along the Hudson River coastline.
Free!

Sunday, November 4, 2018

Nov 4

Roger Morris Park Garden Volunteer Day

at Morris-Jumel Mansion (in Roger Morris Park)Manhattan This is an Accessible location

10:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Whether you have a green thumb or just a curiosity for what makes the garden grow, all are welcome to volunteer in Roger Morris Park, the grounds of the Morris-Jumel Mansion.
Free!

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Nov10

Alley Pond Park Tree Planting

at Adventure Course Parking Lot (in Alley Pond Park)Queens

9:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to plant trees in Alley Pond Park!
Free!

Nov10

Second Saturday Bike Park Orientation Days at Highbridge

at 131 Fort George Avenue (in Highbridge Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Led by professional ride leaders and master trailbuilders, participants learn what it takes to build and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America!
Free!

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nov14

Learn How to Work with NYC Parks Staff: Essentials for Community Groups

at The ArsenalManhattan

6:30 p.m.8:30 p.m.
At this workshop, learn more about NYC Parks and how your group can partner with Parks officials to create thriving public spaces across all five boroughs.
Free!

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Nov17

Leaf Crunch 2018

at 138th Street Community GardenBronx

12:00 p.m.2:00 p.m.
Love your neighborhood garden? Support your local garden by raking leaves this fall!
Free!

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

Dec 8

Volunteer at Weeping Beech Park and the Bowne House

at Bowne House (in Margaret I. Carman Green - Weeping Beech)Queens This is an Accessible location

9:00 a.m.12:00 p.m.
Volunteer in one of the oldest gardens in NYC and the Weeping Beech Park. Rake tree leaves that have gathered in the garden beds and pick them up into paper bags for the NYC Compost Project.
Free!

Dec 8

Second Saturday Bike Park Orientation Days at Highbridge

at 131 Fort George Avenue (in Highbridge Park)Manhattan

10:00 a.m.3:00 p.m.
Led by professional ride leaders and master trailbuilders, participants learn what it takes to build and ride the most progressive urban bike park in America!
Free!

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