Join us Saturday, October 14, 2023 for the second annual City of Forest Day! After a successful inaugural City of Forest Day last year, we are thrilled that this citywide celebration of the urban forest will take place again this fall. Presented by Forest for All NYC in partnership with the Parks and Open Space Partners – NYC Coalition and NYC Parks, City of Forest Day is an annual 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.

Check out this year’s City of Forest Day events and find one near you!

Please note: There is no official rain date for City of Forest Day. In the event of rain, each individual organization hosting an event will decide their plans. Please check the event organizer’s website and/or event registration page for the event you plan to attend or reach out to the event’s organizer.  

Latest Past Events

Hell’s Kitchen’s Trees – Sunset Stroll!

McCaffrey Playground 341 W 43rd St, New York

Take a brisk stroll through some of Hell's Kitchen's 15 parks & gardens, as time allows. Tell us your tree story and get your daily steps in on this informal, tree canopy- and community-building walk. We'll identify some trees and talk about NYC's Urban Forest plan. Wear comfortable walking shoes.

Indigenous Wisdom: Saving Trees and Beyond

Brooklyn Botanic Garden 990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn

Hear from Shinnecock tribal citizen Chenae Bullock, who shares her perspective on Indigenous ecological wisdom. Going beyond preserving trees, Indigenous knowledge offers holistic understandings of regenerative living that are profoundly relevant in today’s world.

Bullock, owner of Moskehtu Consulting, is the curator of BBG’s exhibit Ohkehteau (Plants of the Earth): A Shinnecock Oral History.

Enter at any public entrance and proceed to the Auditorium (enter at Magnolia Plaza). Seating opens at 2:45 p.m. Registration required. Capacity is limited, free talk ticket is required. This event is part of City of Forest Day.

It’s My Park Day @ McCarren Park

McCarren Park 776 Lorimer St, Brooklyn

Meet up location: In front of theMcCarren Park House Activities: Litter & Natural Debris collection / Park beautification (Tools & Gloves provided)
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(Photos) Park Pitch In Brooklyn ©Prospect Park Alliance. A child’s “thank you” note to a tree in Jackson Heights, Queens ©Sarah Balistreri, Trees New York. Seton Falls Park Forest Restoration in the Bronx ©NYC Parks. Trail maintenance with Staten Island Greenbelt ©NYC Parks.

Here are some ways that you can help care for the urban forest year-round:

When visiting the urban forest, please remember 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.
  • Stay on marked paths in parks and natural forested (woodland) areas.
  • Keep dogs always leashed in woodland areas to protect sensitive wildlife areas.
  • Enjoy flowers with your eyes, but do not pick blooms.
With gratitude to The Nature Conservancy, NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Trees New York, Madison Square Park Conservancy, City Parks Foundation, NYS Department of Environmental Conservation 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.