Come on out, pick up your free tree, plant it on your property and make it one in a million towards our goal, begun on Earth Day 2007, to plant one million new trees across New York City, by 2017. (We're actually two years ahead of schedule, and should reach our target in 2015.)
The Tree Giveaway is part of MillionTreesNYC, a partnership between NYC Parks and New York Restoration Project (NYRP). Working together, Parks reaches out to communities citywide to plant trees in public spaces, along streets and within our 1,900 parks and playgrounds. NYRP engages communities in planting trees on privately-owned areas, such as people's front yards and back yards, community gardens, commercial properties, faith-based centers and more.
This spring, we're teaming up with local community groups to host Tree Giveaways in neighborhoods across the five boroughs.
In Belle Harbor, Tree Giveaways are scheduled on Sunday, March 30th at 264 Beach 116th Street (registration opened on March 14th), and on April 6th at 533 Beach 126th Street (registration opened on March 21st).
Trees clean the air, provide shade, provide habitat for wildlife, and enhance the beauty of our city. By caring for them over time, NYC Parks and its volunteers help ensure a vibrant urban forest that increases New York's resiliency and helps provide a buffer against severe weather.
You can join MillionTreesNYC for a free TreeLC workshop and learn the basics of street tree care. The program teaches you best practices for keeping the tree bed clean, pulling weeds, cultivating soil, watering street trees, and what you can do to prevent actions that may harm young street trees. Once you are confident in your TreeLC skills, you can keep going -- attend additional free training to become a "Care Captain" and teach tree care to your friends and neighbors.
Throughout the season, NYC Parks’ Natural Areas Volunteers (NAV) programs offer many opportunities citywide to care for newly-planted trees in natural areas managed by Parks. From removing invasive vegetation and clearing litter to planting and mulching, NAV events are listed on the NYC Parks website throughout the season. Bring your family and friends!
For more information about upcoming Tree Giveaways, including changes to schedules or locations, and for details about volunteer and stewardship opportunities this spring, go to www.nyc.gov/parks and search “MillionTreesNYC” or "Natural Areas Volunteers."
Go Trees! Go Park! Shalini Beath is Deputy Director of MillionTreesNYC for NYC Parks.