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Horticulture Program


As a Central Park Conservancy volunteer, you can help keep Central Park clean and beautiful by helping to maintain and enhance its landscapes. You can assist with planting, mulching, raking, weeding, and pruning. For more details and information on how to apply for each program, click on the program's title. Opportunities include:

Saturday Green Team Volunteer

Saturday Green Team Program

Join our group of Saturday volunteers to complete large-scale horticulture and maintenance projects in various areas throughout the Park. Projects may include raking, mulching, pulling weeds, planting, and other landscape maintenance projects. Besides helping the Park by volunteering, you're helping yourself with a physical workout!

Sessions take place every Saturday year-round, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. We provide all on-site guidance and necessary tools, including gloves. No commitment is required. Come once, or come many times!

For your safety, please wear sturdy closed-toe shoes and long pants.

Sign-ups open approximately one week before each session, and space is limited. The day before the session, you will receive an email with the meeting place and project details.

This program is only available for individuals 18 years or older.

New Applicants: Please click here to fill out a Central Park Conservancy Application, indicating your interest in the Saturday Green Team.

NOTE: If you have previously created an online volunteer profile, please do not create a new one. If you do not remember your log-in information, contact the Volunteer Department at: volunteer@centralparknyc.org.

If you have a question about this or any other Central Park Conservancy Volunteer Program, please write us at volunteer@centralparknyc.org or call the Volunteer Hotline 212-360-2751.

Gardeners Assistant

Gardener's Assistant

Note: Recruitment for this program is currently on hiatus.

Gardener's Assistants commit to working a regular weekly schedule with a Conservancy Zone Gardener, helping meet the horticulture and maintenance needs of a particular zone. By regularly working in the same zone with a member of the Conservancy staff alongside other volunteers, you’ll develop a great deal of knowledge, ownership, and pride about your area of the Park.

All shifts are 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

As a Gardener's Assistant, you must:

  • attend a Volunteer Open House to get started
  • complete the interview and training processes
  • have a strong interest in horticulture
  • be willing to commit annually to one three-hour shift per week
  • be able to do physically demanding work, including bending, lifting, and kneeling
  • have internet access to record work hours and communicate through email

Register for our Volunteer Open House to take your first step toward becoming a Gardener's Assistant.

If you have a question about this or any other Central Park Conservancy Volunteer Program, please write us at volunteer@centralparknyc.org or call the Volunteer Hotline at 212.360.2751.