SCA Volunteers Building Resiliency in NYC’s Public Lands

SCA launched the ConSERVE NYC initiative on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, with the goal of mobilizing 1000 volunteers in 12 months to build resiliency in New York City’s parks and green spaces.


Read more about the first year of the initiative in our ConSERVE NYC Report (pdf)

Twelve months later, ConSERVE NYC has overwhelmingly succeeded in these goals. ConSERVE NYC has held events across all five boroughs and engaged over 1,100 volunteers. Those volunteers are young and they are diverse. Collectively they make up a next-generation volunteer force that is committed to restoring NYC’s public lands. ConSERVE NYC has built a community of stewards and provided NYC youth with a platform to give back and connect with others who care about conservation and urban resiliency. By mobilizing young people to address the issues facing NYC’s parks, ConSERVE NYC has inspired communities to come together as part of the solution.

Join us in the coming year as we continue to come together to ConSERVE NYC.

Questions on how your group can get involved? Want to bring a ConSERVE event to your park? Want to help support events by donating snacks or tools? Contact NYC Outreach Coordinator Ann Pedtke at apedtke@thesca.org.

 

News & Stories

SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers aren’t scared of a little rain! This weekend, 50 dedicated volunteers gathered at Jacob Riis Park in Queens, braving intermittent showers and near-freezing temperatures to help restore one of New York City’s most beloved beaches.

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SCA honored Veterans Day through service in NYC by bringing 116 volunteers to Randall’s Island for our second-largest ConSERVE NYC event of the year.

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SCA kicked off the second year of ConSERVE NYC by bringing 92 volunteers to Jamaica Bay to continue work on a new wheelchair-accessible trail from the Visitor Center to the waterfront.

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SCA celebrated the one-year anniversary of ConSERVE NYC by bringing together 100 volunteers for historic restoration at Governors Island National Monument.

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ConSERVE NYC events have taken our volunteers as far north as Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx, as far west as Hudson River Park in Manhattan, and as far east as Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing. On August 16th, our volunteers traveled to the southern-most point of New York to serve at Conference House Park on Staten Island.

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The Student Conservation Association has been a leader in the Hurricane Sandy recovery and resiliency efforts at City, State and National Parks around NY and NJ. Visit our NYC Recovery site to see where we’ve been working and how much we have accomplished in the New York and New Jersey Metropolitan Area.