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Roots 2014


High school students participate in a semester-long ecological restoration and management project in Central Park’s woodlands, including maintaining rustic trails, removing invasive plants, and cultivating new plantings.

Fulfills community service requirements. Acceptance is through a competitive application process. Grades 9-12.

October – November: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Application Available: June 9
Application Deadline: September 15

March – May: Saturdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Application Available: December 8
Application Deadline: January 31

April – May: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Application Available: January 12
Application Deadline: February 28

The application for each program is only available between the dates listed above.

To apply for ROOTS, please visit our Application Portal

Generous funding for ROOTS and Summer Internships is provided by The Pinkerton Foundation. All Youth Education & Service Programs are made possible in part by The Barker Welfare Foundation; The Lucius N. Littauer Foundation, Inc.; and the William E. Weiss Foundation, Inc./Daryl Brown Uber.