May in Northern Manhattan

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:

  • New York Restoration Project teamed up with Out for Sustainability for our first official Compost Workday. Volunteers learned about how NYRP recycles organic matter and food scraps collected at Inwood Greenmarket and helped us complete our compost windrow at Sherman Creek Center.
  • Renee Kreitt became our first ever Parks Assistant. The newly-minted program allows dedicated members of our weekly Forest and/or Garden crews to work alongside NYRP staff on their own schedule. They can either work independently, or assist staff on their day-to-day projects. Renee will be teaming up with the Swindler Cove maintenance crew every Friday to lend an extra hand!
  • Three science classes from WHEELS Academy joined us in Highbridge Park to learn about ecological restoration work. Over a two week period, students learned the history of NYRP and Highbridge Park, how to identify invasive plants, and why our work there is so important. The partnership culminated in a reforestation project in the park.
  • With the weather finally starting to warm up, school and community groups in the Riley-Levin Children’s Garden at Sherman Creek Park ramped up their visits to the garden. Students tended to beds they adopted earlier this Spring: planting, harvesting, watering and discovering a few worms along the way. Now the beds are lush with lettuce, basil, arugula, potatoes, beans, and much much more!

All in all, we had 268 public volunteers, 367 visitors to the Children’s Garden, and 137 educational visitors to tour the parks and check out the Billion Oyster Project Restoration cages on the Harlem River! May was fantastic, and June is promising to be even bigger. Check out our online calendar to learn about upcoming events at Sherman Creek and Highbridge Parks. For more information on how to get involved with our myriad programs, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)!