Volunteer Events

[b]Volunteers Work with NYC Audubon's Susan Elbin on Swinburne Island[/b]Volunteers Work with NYC Audubon's Susan Elbin on Swinburne Island © NYC Audubon

Ready to roll up your sleeves and help improve or clean up sites important for birds? Join NYC Audubon for a morning or afternoon and lend a hand as we plant native trees and shrubs, clear out invasive plants, or clean up our beaches for horseshoe crabs and shorebirds. We’ll provide the tools and training, you provide the muscle! No training required and all ages are welcome. (Children must be supervised by an adult.)

Looking for more in-depth volunteering opportunities, working with birds and conservation in New York City? Please click here to learn about opportunities to volunteer as a "community scientist" and help us with our conservation work.


[b]Plumb Beach Cleanup, Spring 2015[/b][br]© NYC AudubonPlumb Beach Cleanup, Spring 2015
© NYC Audubon

Sunday, April 19, Noon-2pm

Each winter, debris finds its way into our waters and washes up on our shores, preventing migratory birds and horseshoe crabs from feeding and nesting on the beaches. Get our beaches ready for them. All equipment is supplied, as well as snacks and water. Transportation via bus from Manhattan is available for a limited number of volunteers. Advance registration is required. Learn more and register on Eventbrite.



[b]Double-crested Cormorant[/b][br]© David SpeiserDouble-crested Cormorant
© David Speiser

Sunday, April 19, Noon-2pm
With Gateway National Recreation Area

To celebrate this year’s Earth Day, the National Park Service will be running a cleanup at Broad Channel American Park. Dress for the weather. Gloves and cleanup supplies will be provided. No registration necessary.



[b]Calvert Vaux Cleanup Spring 2019[br][/b]© NYC AudubonCalvert Vaux Cleanup Spring 2019
© NYC Audubon

Saturday, May 2, 9am-12pm
With Brooklyn Marine STEM Education Alliance

Join NYC Audubon and Brooklyn Marine STEM Education Alliance (BMSEA) to help clean up Coney Island Creek at Calvert Vaux Park! Debris that washes onto the shores each winter can be extremely harmful to urban wildlife like whales, migratory birds, and more. Coney Island Creek used to be filled with oysters which provided a rich habitat for many marine species that have since left the area. The Billion Oyster Project deployed a new oyster reef in the creek and are closely monitoring its impacts on the ecosystem. We will meet at the SW corner of the Calvert Vaux Park Parking Lot. All equipment is supplied, as well as snacks and water. Please dress for the weather and wear closed toed shoes. Advance registration required. Sign up on Eventbrite

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