Cause - Environment

"The environment is everything that isn't me." -Albert Einstein


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Water Chestnut Removal on Tibbetts Brook Park Lake

Be a part of removing an invasive species on Tibbetts Brook Park Lake! Volunteers will be on the lake in canoes pulling the water chestnut, piling the invasive into buckets and then transferring to land for removal. We will be removing the water chestnut Friday July 13th, 20th & 27th. Register for as many dates as you can participate! Our long term goal is to begin a full project in Spring 2019. The idea of doing a 3 day pilot this year is to not only begin the process of removal on this invasive and degrading plant species from the Tibbetts Brook Park Lake but to form a better understanding of the effort needed to remove the species in years to come. More in depth details will be emailed after registration. Hope to see you there!

Yonkers, NY

7/20/18 9:00 AM +more

Rockefeller Preserve's Volunteer Environmental Stewardship Team

Join Rockefeller Preserve's Environmental Stewardship Team! Each month, work with the Rockefeller Preserve Environmental Stewardship Team on different projects including digging up invasive vines and shrubs, and planting and caring for native wildflowers and trees. Make a visible and long-term difference in your community and learn what you're doing every step of the way! No experience is necessary. On April 25th, stewards will be digging up and removing lesser celandine. Lesser celandine is a non-native invasive species that will quickly take over a forest understory if left unmanaged. It grows throughout the northeast in wetland areas and is often found in urban and semi-urban areas. Lesser celandine emerges earlier than most native plants, and may prevent the development and reproduction of other spring ephemerals, particularly smaller species like spring beauties, trilliums, and bloodroot. Meet at the Rockefeller State Park Preserve courtyard. For more information, call 914-631-1470 x107.

Pleasantville, NY

7/25/18 10:00 AM +more

Wild Oyster Survey

The NY Harbor Foundation established monitoring protocols for various oyster re-stablization projects and presence/absence studies in the NY Harbor region. Rockland County SWCD is piloting a presence/ absence study for wild oysters along the Piermont Pier in the Fall 2018. Volunteers will be trained and can apply volunteer or college credit hours for their service. Volunteers will dedicate ~1 hour for one day to monitor a segment of the shoreline along the Pier within an hour of low tide. Volunteers will visually assess the above and below and established transect line for oysers (dead or living) attached to a substrate (hard surface such as a rock etc.). They will measure the length of the oyster using a vernier caliper and record number of oystes and length on the data sheet. All materials are provided by RC SWCD.

Piermont, NY

10/8/18 9:00 AM

Garden Volunteer at Rockefeller Preserve

Rockefeller Preserve's volunteer gardening crew are looking for new volunteers to help us care for the Preserve's spectacular tree peony and fern gardens. Volunteers are particularly needed in spring and fall. No experience necessary. Please "Express Interest" below Questions? Email Julia at julia.jardine@parks.ny.gov

Pleasantville, NY

Through 11/30/18

Storm Drain Marketing Project

Storm Drain Markers make people aware that every storm drain in Rockland County empties into a river, stream, reservoir, wetland, pond or the Hudson River. A common denominator of all residents is the storm drain system in the street near our homes. Unaware, people may think that the waste goes to our sewage disposal plants, but pollutants instead go into storm drains and thus directly into our streams and rivers. The problem includes yard waste, paint, waste oil, pesticides, pet droppings and other household hazardous waste. The Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources was eager to protect Rockland County's water resources from such pollution by initiating the Storm Drain Marker Program. We created a low-tech, educational project that would emanate like a ripple in a pond - neighborhood to neighborhood. The program assists citizens and municipalities to apply storm drain markers at local storm drains. The 2-1/2 inch, round, plastic markers carry the message, "No Dumping Drains to Stream," and feature a picture of a fish. An educational brochure for distribution to residents accompanies the markers. When people see the markers and read the brochure, they will get the message that each of us can help to safeguard our water supply by ensuring, "only rain goes down the drain".

Pomona, NY

Through 12/3/18

Farm Volunteers

Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is a working crop farm and environmental educational center located in Yorktown Heights, NY. The farm was a former dairy farm dating back to the 1600′s. Today the farm is a regional education center that offers programs on healthy and sustainable food production and teaches skills for small-scale suburban and urban farming techniques, illustrating sustainable living practices for the region and local communities. We are dedicated to donating at the minimum 10% of our produce to food pantries. Volunteers aged 13 and up are encouraged to apply Volunteers under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while volunteering. Volunteer waivers are required and can be obtained by contacting the farm or will be sent to you once you sign up for this opportunity with a valid email address. Starting in April and throughout the summer, we need volunteers who can help with planting, caring for and harvesting our crops, maintaining our gardens and helping with events. Volunteer tasks include, but are not limited to: U-Pick Volunteers: Saturdays & Sundays Harvesting Team: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday mornings Field Team (plants, weeding, watering, etc.): Monday, Wednesday and Fridays Garden Maintenance: front flower gardens Mon, Friday Weed Warriors: Wednesdays 9:30 -12noon Event assistants We need enthusiastic and committed volunteers during the growing season April - November. Become part of our farm family and help us make a difference. Click here to register for an orientation.

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 11/23/18

Native Plant Meadow

Do you love to garden? Don't mind working outside in various types of weather? Our native plant meadow needs upkeep and maintance in order to provide the upmost benefit to our native species and pollinatiors who inhabit it! The Nature Center is seeking adult individuals who have plant experience, don't mind physical labor, and have spent time using garden tools.

Scarsdale, NY

Through 10/31/18

CSA Volunteer Coordinator

** This opportunity has been filled for the 2018 season. For other opportunities please contact the farm @ volunteers@hilltophanoverfarm.org or see our other volunteer opportunities on Volunteer New York QUICK GLANCE: This is a one day weekly commitment for 20 weeks (Tuesday or Thursday) Hours are 4:30- 7:30pm Anticipated Dates are June 5 - Oct 25, 2018 You must be able to lift 40-50 lbs You will be assisting customers at the farm stand Hilltop Hanover Farm is looking for 2 volunteer C.S.A coordinators to assist with our Farm Stand style CSA in 2018. This is a weekly commitment for 20 weeks during the growing season, usually starting the beginning of June and running through October. You will be considered a C.S.A. member should you volunteer for this opportunity We have two days available with the same time slot Tuesday or Thursday 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Duties include: stocking the farm stand as needed, greeting, keeping track of members pick up, assisting them with identifying what veggies are available in their share, and as you become more knowledgeable, perhaps how to prepare them. You will be storing leftover veggies from the stand to the cooler at the end of day and closing up. You should be able to lift up to 40-50 lb. What is a CSA? C.S.A. stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It is a mutually beneficial commitment between the farmer and the consumer. Members of the CSA ensure a base and stable income for the farm throughout the growing season. In return, the farm provides CSA members with a weekly share of freshly picked produce. The spirit of Community Supported Agriculture is that members and farmers work together to contribute to a resilient and healthy local food system. This leads to an understanding that members provide support to the farm, while the farm works hard to provide a plentiful, consistent, and varied supply of farm fresh produce. Hilltop Hanover Farm has 6 years of farm share management, and many years of farm stand and u-pick experience. Hilltop's Farm provides nutritious, delicious produce throughout the season. Produce is grown using sustainable and organic practices, without the use of synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or fungicides.

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 10/25/18

Stream Biomonitoring (WAVE)

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation formalized a stream monitoring protocol to allow volunteers to collect data on the health of their local streams and rivers. The Water Assessments by Volunteer Evaluators project runs from July1-September 30th annually. Volunteers are formally trained and receive a WAVE Basic certification which empowers them to monitor streams across NY State of five years. Volunteers conduct physical, chemical and biological surveys of Rockland County's streams to monitor the current state of streams' health and assess the level of impairment. Streams are affected by the amount and type of pollutants that dissolve/flow into them, via storm drains and runoff. Pollutants include sediment resulting from soil erosion from developments and construction sites; nitrogen, phosphorous and pesticides leaching from lawns, and roadway and parking lot runoff such as car oil, and litter. The purpose for monitoring our waterways is to: Collect baseline water quality data for our streams in Rockland County. Connect citizens with their local streams through education and hands on involvement. Allow public access to water quality monitoring information for educational purposes. This program is a collaboration between The Rockland County Soil & Water Conservation District and The Rockland County Division of Environmental Resources. The program started in Spring 2006 and is in partnership with The N.Y.S. Soil and Water Conservation Committee.Volunteers can receive volunteer or college credit hours.

Pomona, NY

Through 9/30/18

Energize NY Community Volunteer

As an Energize NY volunteer, your primary goal is to increase community awareness of the opportunity for energy efficiency. There are many flexible positions available. Members are encouraged to help spread the word throughout their community. A volunteer's job is to get more community members involved with the Energize NY program and understand the benefits it provides not only to homeowners but the environment as well. The municipalities involved with the Energize program in Westchester County include... Bedford, Cortlandt, Croton, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, New Castle, New Rochelle, North Castle, North Salem, Ossining, Peekskill, Pound Ridge, Pleasantville, Somers and Yorktown.

Yorktown Heights, NY

Through 7/9/19

Energize New Rochelle Community Volunteer

As an Energize New Rochelle volunteer, your primary goal is to increase community awareness of the opportunity for energy efficiency. There are many flexible positions available. Members are encouraged to help spread the word throughout the community and attend quarterly dinner meetings. A volunteer's job is to get more members of the community involved with the Energize New Rochelle program and understand the benefits it provides not only to homeowners but the environment as well.

New Rochelle, NY

Through 7/9/19

Help Keep Rockland Beautiful

Each year, our spring Great American Cleanup and Fall Waterways campaigns rally and support over 4,000 volunteers who remove tons of debris from our streets, parks, and waterways. Participation in the cleanup raises awareness of environmental issues and brings home the value of community service.

New City, NY

Through 5/18/19

Take it or Leave it Shed Assistant

Help reduce waste in the Town of Bedford and be the first to see the treasures left to take! The Bedford Hills Take It Or Leave It Shed is coming soon on Saturday mornings from May-October. Sign up to help: Greet customers, assess donations, assist unloading and loading, display items, report on activity. Looking for volunteers 2-3 hours between 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM one or two Saturdays a month. Will be a soft launch of program this fall, but full operation will begin May 2018.

Katonah, NY

Through 10/27/18

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