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 volunteers in New York City don’t take the summer off. This Saturday, 80 volunteers came together at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing for July’s ConSERVE NYC event.

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“Serving the planet shouldn’t be seen as a time-consuming burden, but as a way of life.”

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“At an SCA service event at Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx…I experienced a utopian community: people of all ages, ethnicities, backgrounds, and beliefs working together, getting down and dirty to help the planet.”

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SCA teamed up with the NYC Parks Natural Areas Volunteers and the Appalachian Mountain Club this weekend to clear almost an acre of invasive species from New York City’s largest park.

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At May’s ConSERVE NYC event, over 50 SCA volunteers took to the beachfront to continue the storm recovery process by removing 1500 pounds of debris from Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn.

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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.