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!
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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:
Use hashtag #QueensHighline when tweeting

Contact Anandi Premlall for more info.

In April we will be entering our fourth whole month on the web. We now a presence on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Idealist, and Twitter. If you are a New York City-based grassroots group, community garden, or non-profit interested in ecology, activism, community awareness, and the environment, please join us in our cause.

March is not even half over yet. That’s why it’s a wonderful time to start marking your calendars for GREEN events taking place in April! Every Saturday in April, any exciting event will be taking place in a different one of the five boroughs hosted by TimeBanksNYC, who will partner will a different community group or grassroots organization in each borough.

The following dates are:

  • April 2nd

  • April 9th

  • April 16th

  • April 23rd

  • April 30th

The first Saturday event will kick off with MillionTreesNYC in Staten Island.

For more information or if your organization would like to partner with TimeBanksNYC, check out the Green April site:
Green April

This is from the chief


Dear GreenTeam—

HUGE thanks to everyone who braved the rain/sleet/snow and came out to volunteer at Winter Jam NYC on Saturday. Despite the challenging weather, this was our most successful GreenTeam event yet! We had a record number of volunteers (60), and collected 5 times as many recyclables as we did at Winter Jam last year (30 bags)! We also officially launched our newest green element—the GreenQuest Eco Scavenger Hunt, which helped hundreds of event participants learn about environmental issues in NYC. All in all, your incredible enthusiasm and hard work helped the Parks Department provide a fun and free event for the City, while maintaining our precious natural areas so that  New Yorkers may continue to enjoy them for generations to come.

Stay tuned for information about how to volunteer at our upcoming spring and summer events. In the meantime, join us online! Thanks to the great work of our new Social Media Director Shannon,  you can now “friend,” “fan,” “link,” “follow,” and “check-in”with the GreenTeam all over the internet. Start by seeing photos from Saturday on our Picasa page.

Picasa photo gallery:

Twitter: @ParksGreenTeam




WordPress blog:

Thank you again for helping keep our Parks clean &

Julie & the GreenTeam

Did you attend the Winter Jam in Prospect park on February 5th?