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.

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!

Recyclers and Composters Needed at MillionTreesNYC Planting Event! 

Date: Saturday, April 30, 2011
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Description: Volunteers are needed to supervise composting and recycling during breakfast and lunch at the MillionTreesNYC Planting Event. And you’ll get to plant a tree too! A Food Scrap and Recycling Collection at
Public Events training will be held Monday, April 18th from 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Arsenal (830 5th Avenue at 64th St).

Choose from the following locations:


Pelham Bay Park (Rodman’s Neck)
Pelham Bay Park (Hunter Island)


Kissena Corridor
Cunningham Park

Staten Island

Wolfe’s Pond
Conference House Park
Maps and directions are available online at:

Register: Email with your preferred park and shift. Indicate if you will attend the training.

Questions? Contact:

Ellen Arnstein
Special Events and Volunteer Manager
830 Fifth Avenue, The Arsenal
New York, NY 10065
646.529.0332 cell

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.

There are some fun green events happening in the Bronx and Brooklyn this week that you should check out:

In the Bronx:

Hosted by Bronx River Alliance

Thursday, March 10th, 2011:

Ecology Team Meeting
Ranaqua – Alliance Kitchen Area

  • The meeting with be held in the Alliance’s kitchen area on the bottom floor.

Greenway Team Meeting
Ranaqua Main Conference Room
Ranaqua – 1 Bronx River Parkway, Bronx, NY, 10462

For more info:
Calender of Events

In Brooklyn:

Making Brooklyn Bloom 2011 in Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Saturday, March 12, 2011
10 AM-4 PM

With workshops by:

Please notice that we have added an “Opportunities” page of our GreenTeam blog. If you have any New York City-area “green” volunteer or job opportunity that is non-profit/community-based that deals in recycling, composting, horticulture, parks,or related topics, please let us know so that we can post it.

In addition, if you are having any upcoming events in the community that are green-related, e-mail us the information and if applicable, any flyers and if you are a Twitter user, tweet us at @ParksGreenTeam to help spread the word.