Care : About Stewardship Corps

Tree stewards tending to a treeThe MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps was launched In May 2009 as a collaboration with Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Greenbelt Conservancy, GreenThumb, Partnerships for Parks, Queens Botanical Garden, New York Botanical Garden and Trees New York to build a community-based network of tree stewards across the city’s five boroughs. The Stewardship Corps engages everyday New Yorkers in urban tree stewardship through:

  • Accessible, no-cost tree care workshops and free toolkits;
  • Coordination and expansion of existing environmental and tree stewardship programs across New York City;
  • “Train-the-Trainer” workshops to provide trainings to organizations and empower Corps members to educate new tree stewards through their local networks; and
  • Online space for tree stewards to network and share tree care resources, including our Adopt-a-Tree database.

TreeLC Truck

TreeLC Truck in the BronxThe MillionTreesNYC TreeLC Truck supports tree care events by providing Parks staff support for stewardship. It provides mulch, buckets, hoses, hydrant wrenches, trowels, cultivators, weeder tools, rakes and brooms to neighborhoods around New York City. The TreeLC Truck visits events led by Care Captains and Mini-Grantees.

The TreeLC truck is available on certain dates to community leaders in tree stewardship. Please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at [email protected] for more information.

MillionTreesNYC TreeLC Mini-Grants

This Spring, MillionTreesNYC will be awarding TreeLC Mini-Grants to committed groups to organize and strengthen tree stewardship efforts in a diversity of neighborhoods. Learn more about the application requirements and fine out how you can apply on the TreeLC Mini-Grants page.

Also, check out the winners of our Summer 2012 My Tree NYC: Most Beautiful Tree Bed Contest!

Become a Steward

  • Become a street-tree steward and care for one of the thousands of trees planted on NYC sidewalks! Check our community calendar for upcoming workshops near you.
  • Become a reforestation steward and care for a tree planted in a park! Visit our community calendar to participate in one of our upcoming reforestation work days, organized at various times during and after our planting season.
  • TreeLCCan't make a workshop? Download the TreeLC Handbook (also available en Espanol) which outlines the proper steps to adopt and care for trees in your neighborhood.

Contact us at [email protected] if you would like to host a workshop in your neighborhood or for further questions regarding stewardship.

Read more in our TreeLC Newsletter

TreeLC News April 2013 (PDF, 55 KB)

To sign up for the newsletter, please email [email protected]

Grow Our Grassroots

  • Commissioner Benepe at GoG
    (photo credit - Daniel Avila)

  • Community Organizing Workshop
    (photo credit - Daniel Avila)

  • GoG Participants
    (photo credit - Daniel Avila)

  • MillionTreesNYC Table
    (photo credit - Daniel Avila)

  • NYC Service and TreesNY at GoG
    (photo credit - Daniel Avila)

  • BP Markowitz at GoG
    (photo credit - Daniel Avila)

  • Stewardship Panel
    (photo credit - Itakks Media Inc.)

Reforestation Stewardship

Stewardship of natural areas, helping newly planted trees to grow into healthy forests, is an essential part of MillionTreesNYC. Volunteer stewards help ensure that invasive weeds do not overwhelm the new plantings and monitor young reforestation trees as they mature. Volunteers are trained in natural areas stewardship, invasive weed identification, and proper management techniques. Stewards must attend 3 training sessions and commit to volunteer 12 hours over the summer. For more information and to find out how to register for ongoing reforestation stewardship, please visit the Natural Areas Volunteers website.

More information about forests in New York City and our Natural Resources Group can be found online at: