The Battery Conservancy has several opportunities to allow volunteers to engage in a range of gardening activities. We are fortunate to work with many dedicated residents, individuals, organizations, and corporate groups who help us keep The Battery beautiful for the more than six million people who visit us each year.
Group Volunteer Days
Group volunteer days can be an excellent way for organizations, schools, or other groups to team-build and develop a stronger connection with both fellow teammates and with The Battery. These must be arranged in advance with our volunteer coordinator, and are subject to the schedule and needs of The Battery. Group size is limited to 20 and a donation of $25 per person is suggested for support of our horticultural program.
Corporate groups who wish to volunteer must be members of our Battery Corporate Partnership. Organizations or corporations who would like more information about arranging volunteer days should contact Melanie Simmerman at 212.344.3491 x12 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The Battery Conservancy offers regular volunteer hours for individuals with both our Horticulture and Agriculture teams. These volunteer opportunities are for individuals or small groups of 5 or less.
Tuesdays in the Gardens
From March through November, The Battery Conservancy’s horticulture team of four professionals work with volunteers weekly on Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon (March-November) in The Battery’s Gardens. This is a great opportunity to learn about perennials and get your hands in soil while looking over New York Harbor.
Individuals interested in volunteering in The Battery’s Gardens should meet our Gardeners at the picnic tables inside the playground at 9:30 a.m., any Tuesday from March through November. The playground is located in the southernmost tip of the park, between State Street and the Battery Gardens Restaurant.
Wednesdays in Battery Urban Farm
From April through October, The Battery Conservancy offers volunteer hours in Battery Urban Farm. Join us any (or every!) Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (April-October). These weekly volunteer hours are a great way to get hands-on experience learning about edible horticulture in our one-acre educational farm. Projects are seasonal and vary from week to week. Meet at the entrance to the farm, at the intersection of State Street and Pearl Street.
Monthly Saturdays at Battery Urban Farm
Battery Urban Farm offers family-friendly volunteer hours as part of our Battery Urban Farm Saturday events. These events take place on the third Saturday of the month (May – September) with volunteer harvest hours from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Read more about Battery Urban Farm’s outreach events and monthly volunteer opportunities on our Community Outreach page or on “Projects” in the menu bar above.
Open Call Volunteer Days
Periodically (2-4 times per year), our horticulture and agriculture team needs assistance with major park or farm gardening projects and clean-up tasks. We will post these “open-call” volunteer days on our website and alert our volunteers via our mailing list when these are available. Open to all on a first-come first-served basis.
Information for Volunteers
All volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and weather appropriate clothing (boots if it has rained recently, layers in cool weather, a hat and sunscreen in the summer etc), and bring a water bottle. Volunteers will also need to sign a waiver. Any volunteers under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
To indicate interest in any of these opportunities or to join the volunteer mailing list for weather-related cancellations, please contact Lauren Kaplan at email@example.com with “Volunteer” in the subject line, and be sure to indicate which volunteer opportunities you are interested in (ie: Tuesdays in the Gardens, Wednesdays in the Farm).
Thank you for your service!