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 Andrew.Newman@parks.nyc.gov 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!

Mulchfest 2012 Volunteer Orientation

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

The Arsenal (in Central Park)

830 Fifth Avenue, Manhattan

3rd Floor Gallery

MulchFest is an annual event held by the Department of Parks &
Recreation, in partnership with the Department of Sanitation, that provides
New Yorkers with the opportunity to bring their holiday trees to be
recycled at designated sites across the five boroughs. At these sites we
use “chipping machines” to turn dead trees into mulch, which
can then be placed in tree pits and horticultural areas to help conserve
warmth and soil moisture throughout the winter.

Every year, MillionTreesNYC seeks Education Volunteers to help out at
MulchFest by assisting at mulching sites in flagship parks across the city
and teaching New Yorkers about the importance of tree care during the
winter. It’s also a great opportunity to pick up some mulch for use on the
trees on your block!

MulchFest Education Volunteers:

• Teach event visitors about the environmental benefits of

• Help bag mulch for park patrons to take home with them;

• Promote the MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Program.

Register for our orentation session to find out how YOU can participate!
Email RSVP@milliontreesnyc.org to

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We need your skills (+ the power of social media for good) to help bring attention to the positive effects of transforming abandoned rails to beautiful trails and thus create The Rockaway Beach Branch Greenway/Queens Highline/Queensway!

Facebook Group: http://lnkd.in/Kv2D39
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Use hashtag #QueensHighline when tweeting

Contact Anandi Premlall for more info.

The GreenTeam is a dedicated group of
New Yorkers pitching in to reduce the ecological footprint of public events
in parks.


Volunteer at
Pumpkin Fest on October 29!

The GreenTeam seeks environmental enthusiasts
to help out as Recycling Volunteers at the Parks Dept.’s annual fall
harvest celebration—Pumpkin Festival—on Saturday, October 29th
in Central Park! Last year at Pumpkin Festival, the GreenTeam broke a Parks
record by collecting 60 bags of recyclables. Help us make history again
this year, sign up here to

Recycling Volunteers will:

  • Work in pairs and small teams to collect
    recyclables throughout the event.
  • Teach event visitors about recycling and
    other environmental programs in New York City.
  • Compete to win prizes for the most
    recyclables collected at the event.
  • Click here to volunteer!

What? Pumpkin Festival

When? Saturday, October 29th, 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Where? Central Park, the Bandshell area (enter at 72nd


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…!

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