In a city like New York where nature is scarce, it's nice to have Central Park amongst the vast towering buildings, however it requires a great deal of hard work to maintain.
The Central Park Conservatory is a private not-for-private organization founded in 1980. It's main goal is to better the park and its connection to the public.
With tons of work to do throughout the park it is easy to volunteer and find something you like. With programs like "pitch in, pickup" you can help pickup all the extra non-green stuff left by visitors and keep the park clean.
There are no requirements for how much time you have to give so things work on your schedule. For more information
If cleaning up isn't your forte, there are other ways to help the park. You could be a visitor center greeter, kiosk greeter, or a greensward guide where you would walk around helping visitors.
Training is provided and you only need to complete 48 hours annually and you can apply here.
There are other ways to help The Central Park Conservatory although volunteering time is one of the best ways, it is not the only way. You could also donate to help maintain the park. You could honor a loved one with a donation to The Central Park Conservatory, and that loved one will receive a letter.
For more information on the "Pitch in, Pick" up call or visit:
Charles A. Dana Discovery Center (inside the Park at 110th Street between Lenox and Fifth Avenues) Phone: 212-860-1370
Belvedere Castle (mid-Park at 79th Street) Phone: 212-772-0210
Chess & Checkers House (mid-Park at 64th Street) Phone: 212-794-4064
North Meadow Recreation Center (mid-Park at 97th Street) Phone: 212-348-4867
For more information on donations contact the Conservatory at (212) 310-6607.