Outdoors | Recreation
UPDATE: As the National Park Service is closing Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge on February 15th for the winter storm, this event has been RESCHEDULED to Saturday, March 1st. Volunteers who have already registered do not need to sign up again for the new date. This page will remain open for new registrations. SCA thanks you for your understanding.
Join the Student Conservation Association for our ConSERVE NYC event at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in Queens!
Jamaica Bay and other units of Gateway National Recreation Area are still recovering from the impacts of Superstorm Sandy. Volunteers will prune back overgrown vegetation, remove storm debris from the beach, and lay the groundwork for a new wheelchair-accessible trail.
This event is part of a yearlong series of public service projects hosted by SCA across New York City. With Saturday conservation projects at new sites each month, ConSERVE NYC offers volunteers the opportunity to help build resiliency in New York City's public lands—and to network with others who share an interest in urban conservation.
WHEN: Saturday, March 1st, 9:30 am to 2:00 pmWHERE: Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge (meet at Visitor Contact Station on Cross Bay Blvd). SCA will provide a free shuttle at 9:00 am from Brooklyn College (#2/5 Flatbush Ave).WHAT: Pruning, removing debris from the beach, laying groundwork for a new wheelchair-accessible trail.BRING WITH YOU: Wear warm layers and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. PROVIDED: SCA will provide breakfast and lunch for volunteers as well as work gloves, reusable water bottles, and all project supplies.
BY SCA SHUTTLE: SCA will provide a free shuttle service from Brooklyn College (#2/5 train at Flatbush Ave) to Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The shuttle will depart from Brooklyn College at 9:00 am. Return service will also be provided from Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge at 2:00 pm, returning to Brooklyn College by 2:30 pm.
BY PUBLIC TRANSIT: Take the Q53 Rockaway Park Limited bus to the Cross Bay Blvd/Wildlife Refuge stop.
BY CAR: From Queens or Brooklyn, take Cross Bay Blvd to Broad Channel. From Manhattan, take the Belt Parkway toward the Rockaways to exit 11S for Flatbush Ave. Merge onto Flatbush Ave and continue onto Marine Parkway Bridge. Keep left to stay on Beach Channel Drive, then continue on Beach Channel to the Cross Bay Bridge. Cross bridge and continue north to Broad Channel. Parking will be available at the Visitor Contact Station.
9:00 am: Meet SCA shuttle at Brooklyn College
9:30 am: All volunteers arrive at Visitor Contact Station; registration & kick-off
10:00 am – 1:00 pm: PROJECT WORK
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm: Lunch & closing
2:00 pm: Shuttle departs Jamaica Bay to return to Brooklyn College
Contact Ann Pedtke, SCA Marketing Outreach Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 724-678-9401.