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I Love My Park Day

Give Back to the Places You Love on May 5, 2018

volunteers at I Love My Park Day at Five Rivers
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I Love My Park Day is an annual event that brings together thousands of volunteers to celebrate and enhance New York's parks, historic sites, and public lands. DEC has events at a variety of locations - from trails in the Forest Preserve to popular campgrounds to urban escapes - providing many opportunities for New Yorkers to help clean up, restore, and enhance these special places.

See the list below for details on this year's project locations. To sign up to volunteer at an event, go to the Parks and Trails NY website (leaves DEC website).

See photos of the 2017 events in our Flickr album.

DEC Events for 2018

County

Event Meeting Location Time and Projects
Long Island, Region 1
Nassau Wantagh Twin Lakes Preserve (link leaves DEC website) Park at Forest Lake School, 3100 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project: Litter pickup and posting of fishing information signs. Event is ideal for scout groups or other supervised groups of children. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack.
NYC, Region 2
Richmond Mt. Loretto Unique Area Hylan Blvd. parking lot at intersection of Hylan Blvd. and Kenny Rd., Staten Island NY Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project 1: Removing invasive species near the parking lot and then moving to the beach to do a beach cleanup. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack.
Project 2: Removing invasive species from Butler Manor Woods which is directly adjacent to Mt. Loretto. All volunteers will meet at Mt. Loretto parking lot and we will split into two groups to complete these two projects. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack.
Lower Hudson Valley, Region 3
Dutchess Stony Kill Farm and Environmental Education Center Manor House parking lot, Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls NY Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Rain Date: May 6
Project: We will be cleaning up and collecting trash on the grass and fence line along 9D and around the property near the barn. We have orange vests for volunteers. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring garden gloves and water.
Sullivan Mongaup Pond Campground & Day Use Area Park at Caretaker's Cabin, Mongaup Pond Rd., Livingston Manor NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project 1: Campsite clean-up. All ages are welcome. Please bring water, snacks, and work gloves.
Project 2: Assembling Picnic Tables. Adults 18 and over only. Please bring water, snacks, and work gloves.
Project 3: Planting trees/shrubs. All ages welcome. Please bring water, snacks, and garden gloves.
Ulster Catskill Interpretive Center (link leaves DEC website) 5096 Route 28, Mount Tremper NY Time: 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project: Volunteers at this event will plant trees, install riparian vegetation, help with the removal of invasive species, and partake in some light trail maintenance. Volunteers should wear appropriate clothing and footwear for planting activities and bring water, snacks, and garden gloves. All ages are welcome.
Ulster Woodland Valley Campground & Day Use Area Park at Registration Booth, Woodland Valley Rd., Phoenicia NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project 1: Campsite clean-up. All ages welcome. Please bring water, snacks, and work gloves.
Project 2: Assembling Picnic Tables. Adults 18 and over only. Please bring water, snacks, and work gloves.
Project 3: Campsite leveling. Ages 18+. Please bring water, snacks, and work gloves.
Capital/Northern Catskills, Region 4
Albany Five Rivers Environmental Education Center 56 Game Farm Road, Delmar NY Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project: Five Rivers has 10 miles of trails used for passive recreation, environmental education, and wildlife viewing. Projects will include trail clean-up, light maintenance, tree planting, and invasive species removal. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack.
Greene Kaaterskill Wild Forest Laurel House parking lot at Kaaterskill Falls, Laurel House Rd., Haines Falls NY Time: 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Project: Kaaterskill Falls, one of New York's tallest waterfalls, is among the most iconic and visited sites in the Catskills. Located in Hunter NY, Kaaterskill Falls has been a major tourist attraction for over a hundred years. Due to recent increases in visitors this natural beauty is in danger of being "loved to death". This year I Love My Park Day will hold an event at Kaaterskill Falls to help address some of the impacts from overuse of the falls over the last summer season. Volunteers will help block unofficial trails, clean up litter, and plant native trees to help prevent erosion. Lunch will be provided. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, shovels, and hand saw.
Greene North-South Lake Campground & Day Use Area Park at Registration Booth, County Route 18, Haines Falls NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project 1: Campsite clean-up. All ages welcome. Please bring water, snacks, and work gloves.
Project 2: Tree Planting. All ages welcome. Please bring water, snacks, and garden gloves.
Project 3: Picnic Table Placement. Adults 18 and over only. Please bring water, snacks, and work gloves.
Eastern Adirondacks/Lake Champlain, Region 5
Clinton Ausable Point Campground & Day Use Area Park at Registration Booth, Lake Shore Road, Peru NY Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project: Helping install new playground equipment; spring cleanup; tree planting. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, work gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Essex Crown Point Campground & Day Use Area Park at Registration Booth, Bridge Road, Crown Point NY Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project: Spring cleanup; tree planting. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, work gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Essex Paradox Lake Campground & Day Use Area Park at garage near Registration Booth, State Route 74, Paradox NY Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project: Spring cleanup; tree planting. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, work gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Essex Scaroon Manor Campground & Day Use Area Park in public lot and meet at Caretaker's Cabin, State Route 9, Pottersville NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project 1: Park clean up. Gathering litter, bottles and other debris. Also, raking leaves and picking up tree limbs/branches. All ages welcome. Please bring work gloves, rake, shovel and litter grabber.
Project 2: Upon completing some volunteer work in the park you can pot your own tree to take home and help us pot others for planting later in the Spring. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves.
Project 3: Placement of picnic tables at each camping site in preparation for the camping season. Appropriate for 13 and up. Please bring work gloves.
Franklin Fish Creek Pond Campground & Day Use Area Park at garage near Registration Booth, State Route 30, Saranac Lake NY Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project: Spring cleanup; tree planting. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, work gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Fulton Northampton Beach Campground & Day Use Area Park at pavilion in Day Use Area, Houseman Street, Mayfield NY Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Project: Facility clean-up; removing down tree limbs; removal of debris along shoreline. All ages welcome. Please bring work gloves, water, snack, work boots, and insect repellent.
Hamilton Lewey Lake Campground & Day Use Area Park at garage at entrance, Route 30N, Lake Pleasant NY Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Project: Site clean-up; tree removal. All ages welcome. Please bring work gloves, water, and snack.
Warren Lake George Beach (Million Dollar Beach) Main beach parking lot, Beach Road, Lake George NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project 1: Laying down bags of mulch for the landscaping. All ages welcome. Please bring shovel, rake, and work gloves.
Project 2: Cleaning up the park. Gathering litter, bottles and other debris. Raking leaves and piling limbs/sticks. All ages welcome. Please bring rake, shovel, litter grabber, and work gloves.
Project 3: Pot your own tree and take it home with you as well as potting extra trees for planting later in the Spring. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves.
Washington Washington County Grasslands Wildlife Management Area Parking lot on Blackhouse Road, Fort Edward NY Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Project: Trash cleanup along roads, trail cleanup, light maintenance work. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and a snack.
Western Adirondacks/Eastern Lake Ontario, Region 6
Herkimer Nicks Lake Campground & Day Use Area Park at garage near entrance, Bisby Road, Old Forge NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project: Campsite cleanup; picnic table placement. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, work gloves, insect repellent, and sunscreen.
Jefferson Lakeview Wildlife Management Area Main parking lot for Southwick Beach State Park, Southwicks Place, Henderson NY Time: 12:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Project: Beach clean up and snow fence repair. Volunteers should dress for the weather and include sunscreen/insect repellent in their planning. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, a snack, and work gloves.
St. Lawrence Walter Pratt Memorial Park in Brasher State Forest Meet at Walter Pratt Memorial Park, 0.5 miles off County Route 55 in the southern end of the state forest, Brasher Falls NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Project: Painting, picking up trash, cleaning out fire pits, raking leaves, removing broken picnic tables, cutting brush/small vegetation, mulching, planting trees/flowers. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, paint brushes, gardening tools, yard tools, and safety goggles.
Central NY, Region 7
Chenango Rogers Environmental Education Center Park in lot directly off Route 80 and meet at Outdoor Pavilion, State Route 80, Sherburne NY Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project: Invasive Species Cleanup! Help Rogers Center maintain its wonderful trails by pulling all the garlic mustard you can! Every plant pulled helps the native species grow and thrive. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, and trowel.
Western NY, Region 9
Chautauqua Boutwell Hill State Forest Parking lot on the corner of Lewis and Ruttenbur roads, Charlotte NY Project 1:
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Help Chautauqua County Equestrian Trails by tidying up the horse trails for spring. This will include raking and picking up sticks and debris on the trail. Tidying up the parking area of garbage and debris. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, pruner shears, rakes and a snack.
Project 2:
Time: 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Volunteers for this project will be assisting the Cherry Creek Sno Goers snowmobile club with fixing a portion of wet snowmobile trail with geocloth and gravel materials. Volunteers will help shovel and rake out gravel on the trail surface. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, shovel, and garden rake.
Project 3:
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Help the Boutwell Hill Ski Club tidy up their trails and perform general trail maintenance. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, pruner shears, rakes and a snack.
Chautauqua Harris Hill State Forest Parking lot along Harris Hill Road, north of 28th Creek Road and south of Gerry Ellington Road, Gerry NY Time: 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, snack, rake, shovel, hand clippers or loppers, and please wear boots.
Project 1: Branch and limb pick up along the Overland trail. This may include clipping some branches hanging in the trail.
Project 2: Clipping and lopping on the closest 3 loops to the parking area.
Project 3: We have a few other projects that include some clearing of trails and common areas that could be made more desirable.
Erie Reinstein Woods Nature Preserve 93 Honorine Drive, Depew NY Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Project: Volunteers will help rake trails and line them with logs, trim back or remove invasive plants, and pick up trash. We may also plant some native seedlings. All ages welcome. Please bring garden gloves, water, and snack.

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