Join MillionTreesNYC Spring Planting Day as a Compost Coordinator!

Every planting season, MillionTreesNYC engages enthusiastic, energetic, and environmentally–minded New Yorkers in volunteering to help plant 20,000 trees at parks citywide!  Join us and fellow volunteers to make New York City greener and greater, by volunteering to help support our planting day as a Compost Coordinator. We are looking to recruit Master Composters, and green gurus who can help manage our compost collection at each of our planting sites. As we provide our planting volunteers with light breakfast and lunch refreshments, they need gentle reminders about which waste goes where. As a Compost Coordinator we ask that you review our orientation guidebook and commit to staffing from 9-1PM. All Compost Coordinator volunteers will receive training by our staff, breakfast and lunch, t-shirt and giveaway item.

DATE: Saturday, April 28
TIME: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM




Register to volunteer as a Compost Coordinator by emailing with your contact information and preferred planting site. Parks staff will be coordinating transport compost materials to drop off sites, but any volunteers with their own transportation who would be willing to drop off would be appreciated. Please list that in your email to us.


Thank you for helping to make NYC greener and greater.


Dear GreenTeam-ers,

We are disappointed to inform you that due to the unusually warm weather, the Parks Department has had to make the hard decision to cancel Winter Jam 2012, originally scheduled for Saturday, February 4 in Prospect Park. It is simply too warm to make snow, and the long-range weather forecasts and current ground temperatures make it extremely unlikely that snow could be made.

Winter Jam has been an official NYC Parks tradition for the past ten years and we could not have had the success that we have without volunteers like you! We appreciate your eagerness to come out in any weather to help us recycle to keep our events clean and green.

Although disappointed that we won’t be working with you all at Winter Jam 2012, we would like to make you aware of some other great green volunteer opportunities.

GrowNYC: is one of our partner organizations and you will usually find their table right next to ours in the Green Zone at our Special Events. With a similar mission to recycle and compost, GrowNYC is always seeking volunteers to help out at events throughout the five boroughs. With too many opportunities to list in this blurb, you can find a comprehensive listing of GrowNYC’s volunteer opportunities at their home page.

MillionTreesNYC: Save the date for the upcoming Spring Planting Day which will take place on April 28th! Find out more information on how to get involved with the program. By filling out the mailing list form, you will receive the program’s newsletter as well as information about upcoming volunteer events.

Green Teens: is a New York City Parks & Recreation anti-litter initiative to engage young people to become stewards of their parklands and recreation centers.Through the program, you can learn how to make a “green” positive impact in your local neighborhood parks and recreation centers by removing litter, collecting recyclables, watering trees, attending sustainability workshops and most importantly encouraging the public not to litter. Green Teens is currently accepting submissions for their “Anti-Litter Video Public Service Announcement Contest”. Find out more information about the program as well as how to submit entries for the PSA contest by visiting their blog.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG): is another Green Zone partner who offers a variety of volunteer opportunities from work in BBG’s adminsitrative office to helping young visitors learn and explore in the learning garden to helping at the BBG special events. With a diverse mix of volunteer opportunities available, you should sign up to participate!

With a whole year before Winter Jam 2013, we hope you will continue to volunteer from now until then to make sure that New York City stays clean and green!

Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, October 29, 2011

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Central Park Bandshell
Enter at 72nd Street


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Girl in witch costume with pumpkins in background

Join NYC Parks for Pumpkin Festival, New York City’s annual celebration of the fall harvest season in leafy Central Park!

Taking place on Saturday, October 29, Pumpkin Festival takes the very best traditions of the autumn season and offers them all for FREE! Activities will include:

    • Fright Night at the Movies Haunted House–our spooktacular haunted house is back again this year and scarier than ever!
      • Catch a sneak peek of the Haunted House
        on Friday, October 28th from 5-7pm!
    • Pumpkin Patch – kids take home a free pumpkin!
    • Arts & Crafts – including pumpkin decorating!
    • Marionette Performances by Puppets in the Park
    • Walkabout Characters
    • Pumpkin Decorating
    • NY Rangers Road Tour & Slapshot Booth
  • Obstacle Course
  • Live Entertainment

All events are free! Event is rain or shine!

Please note that the lines for the Haunted House and Pumpkin Patch may close early. While supplies last!

We have been on a hiatus since Adventure NYC, our last big Parks events. Well, it’s school time, fall, and Halloween’s coming: a perfect time to return! We want to let you know that a date has been released for Pumpkin Fest, one of the major yearly events that the Parks GreenTeam participates in. More details will be added, but we have updated our Idealist page and created a new event posting for this- check it out! As always, we are looking for volunteers who are energetic, adventurous, love working on a team, competitive, and love to help the environment.

Pumpkin Fest 2011

Go to our Parks website to sign-up for this volunteer opportunity, as well as being on our e-mail list for future events:

Sign Up Here!

Check out the media page for more details…!

City of New York Parks & Recreation

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Volunteer with the NYC Parks Special Events GreenTeam on June 25th at Adventures NYC!

Visit to volunteer.

The GreenTeam will make its next appearance on June 25, 2011 at Adventures NYC, an outdoor sports festival in Central Park. From 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. near the Bandshell at 72nd Street, members of the NYC Parks GreenTeam will help clean and green the event by collecting as much recycling as possible! This will be a great chance to pitch in while meeting other eco-minded New Yorkers who share your passion for recycling and conservation.
It is not too late to volunteer with the GreenTeam at Adventures NYC!

Visit theGreenTeam webpageto sign up for a shift.

See you in the park!
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City of New York Parks & Recreation

Here are some photos of the Street Games event, which took place Saturday, May 7th, 2011 in Thomas Jefferson park on East Harlem. Photos by Julie Raskin.

                                                       Billy “Buddha” Metallinos, Recycling Director

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