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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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


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

Interested in being a composter in New York City? This is the perfect opportunity for you!

Who: NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn
What: An 8-week (18-23 classroom hours) course that teaches the fundamentals of creating a composting system so that you can impart your new knowledge to others in your community
Where: Brooklyn Botanic Garden
When: The first session is on March 17, 2011 and it runs through May 12, 2011.
Who: Anybody who is interested in environmental issues, gardening, community development, activism, or volunteering.
How: 1) Apply by February 18, 2011 2) Hear back by March 4, 2011 and 3) Classes will be held on class dates are: March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14, 28, May 5 and 12, including two field trips in May. The course material fee is $40, and limited scholarships are available.

Click here to apply


If you have not yet applied for our Still Seeking Deputy Director of Recycling position yet and are interested, there is still time to apply. Please follow the simple steps:

To apply:

1. Make sure that you are available and able to be at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Sat., Feb. 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2. Register as a Recycling Volunteer for Winter Jam here:
3. Fill out and submit the Deputy Director of Recycling application here by Friday, January 14 at 5:00 p.m. here:

Questions? Email

Julie Raskin