The Eco Preservation Society volunteer program offers more than a short-term visit in an exotic location. The EPS volunteer is joining a community of committed conservationists and environmentalist. Through the EPS network the Volunteer can continue their involvement long after they have returned home. Build life-long relationships and establish your own global network on the EPS platform.
The EPS volunteer experience is designed to provide participants with a unique insight and perspective of the communities involved. Volunteers play a critical role in the success of our projects partners. The Eco Preservation Society platform enables a life-time connections with the people and the projects and allows you to track the results of your commitment. Create your own personal environmental movement, by supporting directly the projects and the places that you passionately care about.
Growing Chefs NYC - As agriculturalists and educators, we teach that to eat well from field to fork is to stewart good soil, celebrate the genetic diversity of seeds, practice organic agriculture in growing food, eat well-balanced, fresh, hand-cooked meals among friends; and to compost. We think all eaters should be know where their food comes from and how to grow it. All our educators share the same enthusiasm and curiosity as their students exploring the garden and the kitchen. We grow with, and for, the generations after us. And we love good food.
New York RiverKeeper - NY's Clean Water Advocate.
milliontreesNYC - to plant and care for one million new trees across the City's five boroughs over the next decade.
TreesCount! - NYC Parks’ effort to map and catalogue every street tree on every block in New York City.
GrowNYC - is the sustainability resource for New Yorkers: providing free tools and services anyone can use in order to improve our City and environment.
Rooftop|Urban Agriculture Partnerships
Battery Park Conservancy
Battery Park City extends 36 acres for over a mile along the Hudson River in Lower Manhattan. Battery Park Conservancy have created a carefully planned sequence of parks and gardens, each with its own identity and style, linked by an open, beautifully landscaped pedestrian Esplanade. BPC’s permanent staff includes gardeners, maintenance personnel, public events planners, art and environmental educators, and administrators.
Liberty Community Gardens
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy hosts the Liberty Community Garden within West Thames Park. Since 1987 the Liberty Community gardeners have been active members of the community, giving New Yorkers the opportunity to garden on small plots of land together with other interested people. Despite several feet of dust and debris as a result of 9/11, and several subsequent moves due to the need to reconstruct the park, the gardeners have continued to be a positive and active member of the larger Battery Park City community.
The Liberty Community Garden is completely self-managed and receives no outside funding. All work within the garden is done by the community gardeners themselves.
Battery Park City Parks Conservancy currently has three volunteer programs: Horticultural Volunteers, Master Anglers, and corporate volunteers.
Horticulture Volunteer Program:
The goal of BPCPC’s Horticulture Volunteer Program is to create the opportunity for personal community involvement and contribution by working alongside our staff horticulturists, participating in daily gardening routines. BPCPC teaches volunteers basic horticulture skills as well as basic horticulture knowledge of plants, soil and proper maintenance.
BPCPC requires volunteers to commit to the full season (May 1st through October 31st) as training requires time and effort on the part of our horticultural staff. Volunteers must be able to work on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon. Volunteers are expected to arrive early enough to change clothes and get prepared to go out into the field with staff. This is a team effort and it is important to meet this basic commitment. Volunteers will be issued a special T-shirt and BPCPC hat at the beginning of the season to identify them as a member of our team and must provide their own work gloves, protective footwear and rain gear.
Master Anglers Program:
BPCPC runs an extensive Marine Education Program for the benefit of NYC’s school children and the general public. Each year over 1,000 children, and their teachers visit Battery Park City’s Wagner Park to learn about the ecology of the Hudson River and to learn how to fish. BPCPC also offers several public fishing events (Go Fish) each year, in spring and fall. In addition to staff, BPCPC has Master Angler volunteers to enhance the public’s experience at these events.
BPCPC’s Master Angler volunteers are avid fisherfolk who also have an interest in sharing their knowledge and enthusiasm with the public. We prefer to start Master Angler Volunteers in the spring so please try to contact us in February or March. Our staff will then reach out to you for an interview and to discuss your skills, patience and ability to communicate with all kinds of people.
BPCPC is delighted to work with corporate groups interested in giving back to this community. We offer both clean up and gardening projects but the size of the group and the time of year will determine potential projects.