May in Northern Manhattan

Posted by Sean Nevins

May has been a fantastic month for volunteers in Northern Manhattan, from Sherman Creek Stewards to our partner-led Children’s Garden programs! Despite the often dreary weather last month, folks were eager to get into their local parks to act as stewards of their environment. We were just as eager to give them the opportunity!

Here’s a quick recap of what happened in May...

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Become a Sherman Creek Steward!

Posted by Sean Nevins

Daffodils are blooming, birds are singing, and the trees are starting to leaf out. It’s official. Spring is here! Time to get outside, into your parks and gardens, and bask in that glorious sunlight.

Of course, there’s more to do than reading a book on a sunny rock—though that does sound incredible. If you crave the satisfaction of digging into the soil, removing the last vestiges of a stubborn vine off of a suffocating tree, or surveying the clean green of a forest understory after clearing it of trash and debris, then you should consider becoming a Sherman Creek Steward!

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Volunteer on September 26th with our Compost Crew

Posted by Sean Nevins

New York Restoration Project has a standing invitation to the rest of New York: come compost with us! Every Saturday morning, residents of Inwood drop-off their compostable food scraps at the Inwood Greenmarket We pick those scraps up in the afternoon and use them to make ‘black gold.’

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Volunteer Opportunity: Wetland Cleanup

Posted by Sean Nevins

Maintaining wetlands on Manhattan’s shorelines takes work. The wetlands at Sherman Creek Park are no exception. Any given day, you can spy a diversity of aquatic plants, animals—from crabs to egrets—and… trash.

On Saturday, July 25th, we’re inviting volunteers to come out as a part of our Sherman Creek Stewards program. Staff will lead you in a tour of our wetland areas, including a naturalized stand of phragmites growing along the Harlem River and the salt marsh in Swindler Cove at Sherman Creek Park. Along the way we will engage in trail maintenance, from litter and debris removal, to cutting back plants and weeding.

If you want to learn more about the importance of healthy wetlands to our urban environment, come out for the Wetland Clean-Up at Sherman Creek Park on Saturday, July 25th from 8:30am-11:00am. To register email or call 917-291-6436.

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June 29 Weekly Round Up

Posted by Sean Nevins

This week is filled with exciting events across the five boroughs. Check out what’s upcoming below! For more information, visit our calendar at, email, or call (212) 333-2552. You can also stay up to date and sign up for our newsletter for all things NYRP related!

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How can you volunteer with NYRP?

Posted by Sean Nevins

According to The Corporation for National & Community Service, “Research demonstrates that volunteering leads to better health and that volunteers receive physical and mental health benefits from [such] activities.” So how can YOU volunteer with NYRP? We caught up with our Northern Manhattan Public Programs Coordinator, Shakara Petteway to learn more.

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Invasive Species Awareness Week: A Global Perspective

Posted by Filomena Riganti

It’s not all pretty! In recognition of National Invasive Species Awareness Week, Filomena Riganti, Project Manager at NYRP, will share information about an invasive species each day. Read on to learn more about these pests and what to look out for in a green space near you. Today, we delve into the spread of invasive species, and how it’s affecting NYC neighborhoods--like Inwood/Washington Heights.

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Danica Doroski

Posted by Sadia Choudhury

Staff Views: NYRP's Volunteer Coordinator

In between the arduous work of removing invasive vines from choking tall trees in Highbridge Park and planting seeds with local elementary school students at the Riley Levin Children’s Garden, Danica Doroski took a quick breather...

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