Caring for the Greenbelt's parks and open space
in Staten Island, NY through education,
conservation, research and prudent recreation


Volunteer with us: Individuals and groups are welcome

From trail maintenance to trail races and special events, we rely on volunteers to keep the Greenbelt in great hiking shape.  Volunteers of all ages are welcome to join us.

We welcome inquiries from Scout and school groups, and garden clubs.  We host corporate volunteer days and are happy to arrange a project tailored to your needs.

In addition to outdoor projects, we have clerical opportunities as well. Community and school service credit may be arranged.

For volunteer opportunities, please contact Jeanne Doyle Paliswiat, Special Projects & Volunteer Coordinator at  718.667.2165, extension 115.

Below are some upcoming volunteer opportunities. Check back often as we add events. 

Our Winter volunteer projects are listed below: 

Sunday, February 16: Civilian Conservation Corps Trail Service Project – Click here for all the details.

Saturday, February 22 – 8:30 am – 12 noon: Cold Feat 5/10K trail race.  Join us to assist runners along the trail course with directions and handing out water, at the registration and refreshment area.   This even is outdoors no matter the weather conditions!  Contact: to sign up to volunteer!

Saturday, February 22, 10 – 12 noon Willowbrook park trail restoration project. Click here for all the details on this outdoor project. 

Sunday, February 29: 11 am Frog Watch USA Volunteer Training. Join us to learn how to become a Frog Watch Citizen Scientist in the springtime.  Click here for all the details. 

Completed: Saturday, November 23, 8 am – Fall Flat 5K in Willowbrook Park.  Join us at this fun 5K trail race – Volunteers are needed along the course to offer directions, cheer for runners and hand out water, and also after the event to help remove course markers.  Event details are here. 

Some of our 2019 volunteer projects are listed below. Thank you very much to all who participated.

Completed – thank you! Saturday, October 5: Greenbelt Pumpkin Festival: Help us set up the pumpkin patch and conduct games and craft activities.  Hours are 11 – 4:30.  Community service credit is available.

Completed – thank you! Saturday, October 19: Trail Maintainer Workshop.  Click here for all the details.

Completed – thank you! Saturday, September 28, 10:30 – 12:30 pm: Volunteer Networking event with Partnership for Parks at Greenbelt Nature Center.  Click here for details.

Completed – thank you for helping! Saturday, August 17: Forest Restoration Project with Protectors of Pine Oaks Woods in the Egbertville Ravine area, near High Rock Park. Click here for all the details.  Please join us to lend a hand to care for the land!

Completed: Thank you for volunteering! Frog Watch Monthly Monitoring Sessions:  March through July on the second Tuesday of the month, during the evening, we will monitor for frog activity in the Greenbelt’s wetlands.  We meet in a different location each month, and at a slightly different time. This series takes place in the evening. Check our calendar for the monthly details. Contact to volunteer to assist.

Completed: Thank you for volunteering! Sundays, August 4 – 25, 2 – 5 pm: Assist with outdoor concerts in High Rock Park.  We can use some help with offering directions from our front gate to the concert area, and with seating people and assisting with ushering.  Concert details are here.  Please send an email if you are interested in volunteering – 

Completed: Thank you for volunteering!  Saturday, June 1 – Outdoor Adventure Day in Willowbrook Park. Go here for all the details. 

Completed: Thank you for volunteering! Sunday, June 2, 9 am – 12 noon – Volunteer Trail Maintenance along the Yellow Trail at Forest Hill Road and Platinum Avenue with Friends of Island Trails.  Go here for all the details. 

Completed: Thank you for volunteering! Saturday, June 8, 10 am: Forest Restoration Project in Deere Park with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods. Go here for all the details. 

Completed: Thank. you for volunteering! Sunday, June 23, 8 am: Special Event volunteers needed for “Race for the Ring,” a two-mile mini-obstacle course for couples competing to win a Forever Mark engagement ring!  It’s a fun morning in Willowbrook park.  Event details are here. 

Completed: Thank you for for volunteering! Thursday, June 27, 6 pm: Special event volunteers needed for the Annual Blue Jean Ball at the Carousel in Willowbrook Park.  We need college-age or older, students/adults to assist with event set-up, serving and greeting at this fun event with live music and a great crowd. Please email: for more details.

Completed: Thank you for volunteering! Thursday, July 11 – Invasive Plant Removal in. Willowbrook park/trail system – Go here for all the details. 

Tuesdays from July 16 through August 6: Forest Stewards 

Lend a hand and care for the land during the growing season. Activities may include cutting back overgrown and invasive vegetation, watering plants, spreading wood chips, and more.  Community service credit available. Bring water and a snack; recommended for adults and teens comfortable with strenuous outdoor activities. Meet at the Greenbelt Nature Center. Ages 14+.  Registration required. Call 718-351-3450 or email

DUE TO INTENSE HEAT, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED: Saturday, July 20 – Forest Restoration Workshop with Protectors of Pine Oak Woods.   Go here for all the details.