The Prospect Park Volunteer Corps, an internationally recognized volunteer program based in Brooklyn, N.Y., offers New York City residents and visitors many exciting ways to help in one of the world’s most beautiful parks.
Prospect Park is a 585-acre urban oasis designed by landscape architects Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who also designed Central Park. Prospect Park also features several attractions, including the Audubon Center, Prospect Park Zoo and a performing arts festival.
Residents and visitors alike can gain experience and spend time doing something they love, while making a real difference in the lives of all who benefit from the park and park services. Volunteers participate in woodland restoration, including cleaning, greening and planting; visitor outreach and education, including leading guided tours; office help; carpentry; photography and information technology. Volunteers can also introduce children to the wonders of nature at the Audubon Center.
Information sessions are offered throughout the summer and can tell you about the Volunteer Corps’ weekly group restoration days, special events and additional clean-ups. Corporations can even organize company-wide volunteer days to get their employees out of the office and into nature.
The Volunteer Corps provides the training and equipment for all activities; all you have to do is decide how much time you can spare and when! Check out this video to get you excited about helping the environment and the community of Prospect Park.