ConServeNYC is Student Conservation Association Volunteers building resiliency throughout New York City's public lands

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 took time off from final exams this weekend to help build safer bike trails in Brooklyn. Fifty volunteers gathered at Floyd Bennett Field in Gateway National Recreation Area to clear invasive vines and open up bike paths along Flatbush Avenue.

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This past Saturday SCA joined forces with American Express to celebrate Earth Day by bringing more than 400 volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx. This day of service marked the first of 18 national events SCA and American Express will host over the next 18 months in celebration of the National Park Service Centennial.

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New York City just can’t seem to escape the wintry weather this season, but that doesn’t stop SCA ConSERVE NYC volunteers from working to get the city’s public lands in shape for spring.

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On February 7th, flurries were in the air and over a foot of snow already blanketed Roberto Clemente State Park in the Bronx. But that didn’t stop 65 volunteers from coming out to the riverfront for February’s ConSERVE NYC event.

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In honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service, SCA rallied almost 250 volunteers for our largest service event to date in NYC — joined by special guest U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power.

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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.