Join us on Saturday, October 15, 2022 to learn, care for, and celebrate the NYC urban forest at City of Forest Day!

Did you know that New York City is home to more than 7 million trees, hundreds of acres of woodlands, and miles of trails? A healthy urban forest is essential for a healthy city—providing critical habitat for wildlife, cleaning our air and water, cooling our neighborhoods, and improving our health and wellbeing.

Presented by Forest for All NYC in partnership with the Parks and Open Space Partners – NYC Coalition and NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, City of Forest Day is a day of activities across the city to raise awareness of the importance of the New York City urban forest, and the essential role New Yorkers play every day in caring for the “lungs” of our city.

Details for selected events can be found on the individual event pages. Find tips on how to care for the urban forest every day at the bottom of this page.

Events suitable for kids are marked with an asterisk (*).

More events will be added through the end of September. Check back soon to find an event near you. 

BRONX

Seton Falls Park-Forest Restoration NYC Parks Stewardship and Natural Areas Conservancy 

E. 233 St. bet. Seton Ave. and Baychester Ave., Bronx (Crawford Ave and Palmer Ave) 
Time: 9 AM – 12 PM 

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and Natural Areas Conservancy to protect the forested areas in Seton Falls Park! Volunteers will contribute to ongoing restoration work and learn the importance of species diversity to ecosystem health. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty.

Registration: LINK 

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Riverdale Forest Restoration — Riverdale Country School and NYC Parks 

Riverdale Park (Meet at the Riverdale Park parking lot at Spaulding Lane and Palisade Ave)  
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

Join NYC Parks and your friendly neighborhood Super Stewards for some family-friendly activities in Riverdale Park as we celebrate our love of NYC’s urban forest and help steward the land. Activities will include an educational nature walk, followed by trail clean up and maintenance, and invasive species removal.

Registration: LINK

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Tree Love — James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center *

100 W Mosholu Parkway S, Bronx NY 10468 (meet at corner of Goulden and Sedgewick Ave)  
Time: 11 AM – 12 PM

We will care for street trees by weeding, collecting trash, aerating the soil and planting daffodils. We will also identify the trees. The participants will be awarded James Baldwin Outdoor Learning Center Health Bucks to buy fresh fruits, vegetables and food at our farmers market.

Registration: LINK

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BROOKLYN

East New York- Street Tree CareNYC Parks Stewardship

Martin Luther King Playground at the intersection of Dumont Ave and Miller Ave
Time: 9 AM – 12 PM

Come work with NYC Parks Stewardship to care for local street trees! Learn how to aerate, cultivate, mulch, and identify street trees. Volunteers will also learn about the important roles street trees play in New York City. Volunteers should dress in clothes that can get dirty and closed toe shoes.

Registration: LINK 

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Gowanus Tree StewardshipGowanus Canal Conservancy *

Lowlands Nursery, 25 9th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM 

Learn about and steward street trees in Gowanus by removing litter, aerating the soil, and applying compost. This event is open to all ages but all participants under 14 must have a parent or guardian present.

Registration: LINK 

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City of Forest Day at the Audubon CenterProspect Park Alliance *

Prospect Park Boathouse + Audubon Center, 101 East Dr, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM

Join Prospect Park Alliance at the Audubon Center for family fun as we learn about our urban forest. Enjoy nature crafts, lend a hand with leaf raking, and take a nature walk to learn about the trees, plants and wildlife of Prospect Park.

Registration: Not required 

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Park Pitch In: City of Forest DayProspect Park Alliance

Prospect Park
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM 

Join Prospect Park Alliance for a volunteer event for adults and teens 14+. Focusing our efforts on Lookout Hill, a scenic woodland restored by the Alliance, volunteers will help pick up litter that can harm this important wildlife habitat, maintain trails and paths, weed invasive species and other restoration activities.

Registration: LINK 

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Bi-Weekly Volunteer Day: City of Forest DayFort Greene Park Conservancy *

Fort Greene Park
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

Join us for one of our regularly scheduled Bi-Weekly Volunteer days, happening every other week in Fort Greene Park! This week’s Bi-Weekly Volunteer Day celebrates City of Forest Day and focuses on the long-term health of the fragile tree canopy in Fort Greene Park. Tasks include mulching trees, spreading compost, and more!

Registration: LINK 

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Brooklyn Heights Promenade Garden Tour – Brooklyn Heights Association

Pierrepont Playground, Pierrepont Pl, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

Garden tour, explaining the benefits of green spaces and ideology behind the tree planting of Honey locusts.

Registration: Not required 

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Designing with Urban Street Trees — American Society of Landscape Architects, New York Chapter 

Meeting in front of Nu Hotel Brooklyn – 87 Smith Street near Atlantic Ave.
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

Design-focused walking tour! All are welcome to tour the downtown Brooklyn forest canopy with two landscape architects who design New York City streetscapes.

Registration: LINK 

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Celebrate City of Forest Day with Trees New York at Green-WoodTrees New York 

Green-Wood Cemetery. The group will meet at the Gothic Arch, enter via the main entrance at 25th St. and 5th Ave. and walk up the hill to the Arch.
Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM 

Join Trees New York’s Education Director and Arborist, Sam Bishop for a fall tree walk at Green-Wood. We will look at some of the better trees for fall color, and Sam will give some tips to identify them so you can watch them in your neighborhood. To get ready for Halloween, we will also discuss some of the folklore around trees and the spirits.

Registration: LINK 

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A History of Brooklyn’s Last Remaining Forest: Prospect ParkProspect Park Alliance

Prospect Park
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

On this tour with Prospect Park Alliance partner Turnstile Tours, explore the history of Brooklyn’s largest forest and the Alliance’s restoration of the woodlands. This 1.5 mile tour is appropriate for all ages. Please note, there will be limited restroom access and standing and walking over uneven surfaces is required.

Registration: LINK 

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Farmhouse Family DayWyckoff House Museum *

5816 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Time: 11 AM – 3 PM 

Learn more about the trees that live on the Wyckoff Farm and surrounding park space. Farmhouse Family Day is from 11AM to 3PM, with the City of Forest Day craft activity beginning at 1PM.

Registration: LINK 

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Tree ID and Environmental History WalkBrooklyn Public Library – Greenpoint Branch 

Greenpoint Library, 107 Norman Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Time: 3 PM – 4:30 PM 

Celebrate City of Forest Day by getting to know Greenpoint’s trees! Starting at the library, learn about the storied past of Greenpoint’s trees and environmental activism in the neighborhood. Then learn to identify some common street tree species by observing their leaves, seeds, bark, and structure. Participants will receive a tree identification guide to use on future strolls throughout the city.

Registration: LINK 

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MANHATTAN

City of Forest Day on Governors IslandTrust for Governors Island and Friends of Governors Island * 

Governors Island (Liggett Terrace and Fort Jay)
Time: 9:30 AM – 2 PM 

Learn all about what it takes to effectively manage the unique urban forest on Governors Island at Forest for All NYC’s first-ever City of Forest Day, featuring a volunteer project and a tree tour!

Registration: LINK 

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It’s My Park at East River Esplanade — Partnership for Parks 

East River Esplanade, M289, FDR Drive between E. 36 Street and E. 38 Street (meet at south end of park)
Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM 

This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Alliance for Kips Bay to weed, clean, and plant new perennials at Glick Park on the East River Esplanade. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you! Volunteers should meet at the south entrance of the park. For more information, please email allkb.nyc@gmail.com.

Registration: LINK 

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It’s My Park at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza — Partnership for Parks 

Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, E. 47 Street between 1 Ave and 2 Ave, Manhattan
Time: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM 

This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Friends of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza to scrape the benches in the Plaza and clean/rake leaves in the garden at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you! Volunteers should meet at Katharine Hepburn Garden and flower borders behind the seating wall of Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. For more information, please email fdhp@hammarskjoldplaza.org.

Registration: LINK 

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Fall Coastal CleanupRandall’s Island Park Alliance 

Meet at the 103rd Street Bridge, we’ll be at 10 Central Avenue Icahn Stadium.
Time: 9:30 AM – 12 PM

Help us put our natural areas and shorelines to rest for the winter by removing trash and invasive species. Individuals and groups welcome. There will be a short tour of the natural areas after the clean-up. Registration is required

Registration: LINK 

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Street Tree Care in the Lower East SideLower East Side Ecology Center 

Northeast corner of Madison and Jefferson Street, Manhattan
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

Volunteer to care for New York City street tree beds by applying locally produced compost! Volunteers will help remove weeds and litter as well as apply compost – made from NYC food scraps – to street tree beds.

Registration: LINK 

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Everyone’s a Leaf in the City of Forest — with Independent Artist Noëlle King * 

Bruce’s Garden, 11 Park Terrace E, New York, NY
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

Join us in Bruce’s Garden (11 Park Terrace E, New York, NY) 10am – noon. Participants can write their thoughts and dreams about the urban forest, street trees and/or community gardens on paper leaves to hang on a line and be displayed. Accompanied children are welcome!

Registration: Not required. 

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Volunteer Clean-Up and Bulb Planting on the Broadway MallsBroadway Mall Association * 

138th Street and Broadway, south end of the Mall
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

Volunteers will join the staff of the Broadway Mall Association in clearing the Broadway malls of trash and other debris, and help us plant daffodil bulbs to welcome the spring. This event is open to volunteers of all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration: LINK 

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Street Tree WorkshopGrowNYC and Mobilization for Change Community Garden *

Mobilization for Change Community Garden (955 Columbus Avenue)
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

Join us to learn about our street trees! We will discuss why street trees are important for our urban forest and how to care for them. After a short talk, we will work together on maintaining the tree beds around the MFC Community Garden and planting bulbs for the spring.

Registration: LINK

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City of Forest Day at Madison Square ParkMadison Square Park Conservancy

23rd Street and Madison Avenue (fountain by the Shake Shack)
Time: 10 AM – 2 PM

Celebrate the urban forest in the middle of Manhattan! Learn about our canopy on a tour of the arboretum at 12:00 PM. Or take a self-guided tree tour and pick up forest inspired coloring page! Show us why you love NYC’s urban forest through prompts and drawings.

Registration: LINK 

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Sherman Creek StewardsNew York Restoration Project

Swindler Cove at Sherman Creek Park
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

NYRP will host a 2-hour stewardship event in the woodland garden in Swindler Cove at Sherman Creek Park. It will be open to all ages and will include mulching and weeding of native woodland plantings.

Registration: LINK 

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Explore Riverside Park’s Forever Wild Forest — Riverside Park Conservancy * 

116th Street and Riverside Drive entrance
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

In celebration of City of Forest Day, Riverside Park Conservancy will host a family friendly event at the Park’s 116th Street and Riverside Drive entrance and Forever Wild Forest. Conservancy staff will provide information and activities for families at our tabling station. Forest stewards will lead the public through the hiking trail, providing a glance into the ecology and natural history of this vital habitat, all the while facilitating a discussion around what this space needs to thrive into the future. Along this journey we will be making observations on local wildlife such as birds, insects, and mammals. Nature enthusiasts of all ages are welcome to join!

Registration: LINK 

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30 Years of Forest Restoration at Inwood Hill Park New York State Department of Environmental Conservation 

Inwood Hill Park. Meet at 218th Street and Indian Road entrance.
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

A 90-120 minute hike highlighting 30 years of forest restoration and invasive species work in Inwood Hill Park. Geared for adults. Some moderate slopes.

Registration: Not required. 

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It’s My Park at Stuyvesant Square — Partnership for Parks 

Stuyvesant Square, Rutherford Pl. to N D Perlman Pl., E 15 Street to E. 17 Street, Manhattan
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM 

This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Stuyvesant Park Gardeners to mulch and plant bulbs on the periphery of the east park at Stuyvesant Square Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you! Volunteers should meet at East Park. Projects will take place on the interior of the outer fence, planted areas near the fountain, the west side of dog the run, and the northern section of the park. For more information, please email stuyparkgardeners@gmail.com.

Registration: LINK 

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TREE-naissance: iDig2Learn Celebrates City of Forest Day iDig2Learn *

Lighthouse Park Roosevelt Island
Time: 11 AM – 3 PM  

Roosevelt Island is celebrating a TREE-naissance! Join us to add a mulch blanket to 70 new baby trees at Lighthouse Park. Sharpen your Arbornaut skills with fun activities, art, movement and tree ID talks. Be part of the tree survey, compost efforts, and learn why native regional trees support butterflies. This is a zerowaste event please carry in and carry out your items. Follow @idig2learn on IG for event details.

Registration: Not required. 

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QUERCUSWashington Square Park Eco Projects * 

Garibaldi Plaza, Washington Square Park (Manhattan)
Time: 12:30 PM – 3 PM 

Join us to celebrate oaks! QUERCUS is an interactive 8 foot cardboard sculpture modeled after the Northern Red oak, a local oak species. The sculpture shows a red oak in four seasons including decorative medallions that provide natural history and cultural data. Make your own data medallion, look for acorns, and more.

Registration: Not required. 

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Autumn WalkRandall’s Island Park Alliance *

Meet at the East Entrance of Icahn Stadium, we’ll be at the Woodland Garden.
Time: 2:30 PM 

Help us put our natural areas and shorelines to rest for the winter by removing trash and invasive species. Individuals and groups welcome. There will be a short tour of the natural areas after the clean-up. Registration is required

Registration: Not required. 

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NYC Street Tree Countdown (self-guided)The Nature Conservancy 

Virtual (wherever you are!)

Learn about the top 5 most common street trees in NYC and find them in an area where you live, work or play. The Nature Conservancy will share fun facts about the trees via social media and encourage you to use the NYC Parks Street Tree Map. You can do this on your own or with friends and family.

Registration: Not required.

QUEENS

Thank You Street Trees / Gracias a los Árboles de AceraTrees New York * 

34th Avenue Open Street, 93-11 34th Ave, Jackson Heights, NY 11372
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

Learn about the ways street trees make our city healthier, happier, and more resilient to climate change. Then create your very own thank you letter, poem, or work of art in appreciation of your favorite tree. Participants can take their works home or display them in our on-street gallery. Spanish- and English-speaking educators will be on hand for the duration of this drop-in session.

Conozca las formas en cual los árboles de acera hacen que nuestra ciudad sea más saludable, más feliz y más resistente al cambio climático. Luego, crea su propia carta, poema u obra de arte en agradecimiento a su árbol favorito. Los participantes pueden llevarse sus obras a casa o exhibirlas en nuestra galería en la calle. Habrán instructores presente durante la sesión para contestar preguntas en inglés y español.

Registration: Not required. 

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Bringing Mother Nature Back to Jackson Heights  — Jackson Heights Beautification Group *   

Meet at 35-41 80 St., Jackson Heights – We will be working along nearby 37th Avenue
Time: 10 AM – 12 PM

Come join our usual tree stewardship work, possibly combined with some pollinator plantings in our street tree gardens. We will also do some environmental education as we work, explaining why forests are so important to our city environment. We ask that children 10 and under be accompanied by parents.

Registration: Please email lenmaniace@gmail.com.    

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Alley Pond Forest Restoration and Super Stewards OrientationFriends of Alley Pond Park and NYC Parks 

Little Neck Bay to Springfield Blvd, Union Tpke, Queens (Meet at the parking lot by the Alley Pond Adventure Course) 
Time: 10 AM – 2:00 PM

Join NYC Parks and your friendly neighborhood Super Stewards to help protect and restore the forest ecosystem in Alley Pond Park! This event, from 10am to noon, will be followed by a Super Steward Orientation session at the nearby Alley Pond Environmental Center from 1:30pm to 2:30pm, for those wishing to pursue training to become NYC Parks Super Stewards.

Registration: LINK 

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Forest Park Super HikeNYC Parks 

Meet at The Overlook parking lot at Forest Park Drive and Park Lane.
Time: 10 AM – 12:00 PM

Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City. Explore nature, discover our city’s urban forests, and unplug from the world to clear your head. Join the Urban Park Rangers on this lengthy hike of Forest Park.

Registration: Link to come. 

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Nature Immersion/ Forest BathingMindful Astoria

Astoria Park, 19 19th Street (corner of Ditmars Boulevard and 19th Street) 
Time: 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress and improve feelings of happiness, among other benefits. Incorporating mindfulness meditation and nature immersion, Dan McFadden and Vanessa Heller lead this immersive practice, helping us reconnect with our environment and ourselves. Guided seated and walking meditations will be incorporated.

Registration: LINK 

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Celebrating 175 Years of Flushing’s Weeping Beech TreeQueens Historical Society

143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, Queens, NY 11354
Time: 2 PM – 5 PM

This event will celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Weeping Beech Tree located at Weeping Beech Park home of Kingsland Homestead, the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society. Come to the park on October 15th for an event honoring the amazing legacy of this important NYC landmark which includes a tour of the Queens Historical Society.

Registration: LINK 

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STATEN ISLAND

Greenbelt Conservation Corps Stewardship and Native Plantings in High Rock Park Part 1NYC Parks/Staten Island Greenbelt

Meet at the parking lot at the entrance of High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island NY 10306
Time: 9 AM – 11 AM 

In part 1 of this full day of stewardship, you will learn to build wooden puncheon, which will help increase safe accessibility to our wooded trails so that more people can benefit from the joys and comforts of nature.

Registration: LINK 

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It’s My Park at Gen. MacArthur ParkPartnership for Parks 

Gen. Douglas MacArthur Park, Dongan Hills Ave. and Jefferson St., Staten Island 
Time: 9 AM – 11 PM 

This It’s My Park season, volunteer with Friends of 49th Street Playground to clear litter, weed, and put down mulch at Gen. Douglas MacArthur Park. We look forward to cleaning up the park with you! Volunteers should meet at the tree beds and planters on either side of the playground. For more information, please email divaultima@gmail.com.

Registration: LINK 

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Guided Nature WalkNew York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Lemon Creek Tidal Wetlands Area
Time: 10 AM – 11 AM 

Join NYSDEC Educators for an hour-long guided nature walk at Lemon Creek Tidal Wetland Area on Saturday, October 15 at 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM. We’ll identify the trees that make up the forest, search for wildlife that they support, discuss the future of our local forests, and how we can help them.

Registration: LINK 

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Great Trees of High Rock ParkNYC Parks Urban Park Rangers 

Nevada Avenue Parking Lot in High Rock Park (200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island)
Time: 10 AM – 11:30 AM 

Join the Urban Park Rangers as we walk through this enchanted forest identifying various trees and learn about their significance within this forest ecosystem.

Registration: LINK 

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City of Forest Day: Conference House Park-Forest RestorationNYC Parks

Conference House Park Visitor Center, 298 Satterlee Street, Staten Island
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM 

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team to plant plugs and shrubs in the forest of Conference House Park! Volunteers will be trained in proper planting techniques. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty.

Registration: LINK 

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Greenbelt Conservation Corps Stewardship and Native Plantings in High Rock Park Part 2NYC Parks/Staten Island Greenbelt

Meet at the parking lot at the entrance of High Rock Park, 200 Nevada Avenue, Staten Island NY 10306
Time: 12 PM – 2 PM 

In part 2 of this full day of stewardship, you will help restore an area of our forest by planting native shrubs in the understory, as well as learn about and remove invasive plants from the area.

Registration: LINK 

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Enjoy and take care of the urban forest everyday (not just City of Forest Day) by remembering to: 

  • Keep our urban green spaces clean–including our street tree beds, public parks, community gardens and woodlands.
  • Avoid climbing or hanging hammocks or other objects on trees. This harms the bark, which can leave trees vulnerable to infection and disease.
  • Stay on marked paths in parks and natural forested (woodland) areas. The forest floor is home to a rich carpet of leaves, plants, insects, bugs and nesting areas that are essential to a healthy forest habitat.
  • Keep dogs leashed at all times in woodland areas to protect sensitive wildlife areas.
  • Enjoy flowers with your eyes, but do not pick blooms. Please leave flowers for pollinators like bees and butterflies, which are essential to the biodiversity of NYC.
  • Support the NYC Urban Forest Agenda and read the State of the Urban Forest in NYC to learn more about the urban forest.
With gratitude to The Nature Conservancy, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Trees New York, Madison Square Park Conservancy, and Prospect Park Alliance for their thoughtful leadership and support in planning City of Forest Day.
Forest for All NYC is convened and facilitated by The Nature Conservancy. The Nature Conservancy also expresses appreciation to every organization that is hosting an event for City of Forest Day, and to our generous funders who made the inaugural City of Forest Day and the on-going work of Forest for All NYC possible: The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Con Edison.