The next step in fulfilling the MillionTreesNYC mission is to establish care and maintenance networks for the newly planted trees, provide education programs to establish links between schools’ natural science curriculum and the initiative, and offer green employment training for disconnected youth. The MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps, Education Program and MillionTreesNYC Training Program are just three of the numerous ways that you can participate in greening New York City!
The MillionTreesNYC Stewardship Corps is a program designed to engage New Yorkers of all ages in the collective effort of maintaining and protecting urban street trees. The Corps offers workshops to committed individuals, neighborhood groups and other community-based associations interested in planting, weeding, landscaping, and soil maintenance practices. With a goal of planting one million new trees – and maintaining them as they grow – tree stewardship is an integral part of achieving PlaNYC’s vision for a greener, greater New York City. Learn more about the Stewardship Corps and register your commitment to caring for trees in your neighborhood.
The MillionTreesNYC Training Program (MTTP) offers experiential learning in tree care, ecological restoration, and landscape design and gardening. The program seeks to provide underserved youth with the professional skills needed to attain employment throughout the five boroughs that will contribute to a more sustainable city. With generous support from both the public and private sectors, twenty students from the inaugural class have already been placed in green jobs with not-for-profit and government organizations. Learn more about the MTTP.
The MillionTreesNYC Training Program is made possible by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunity and through generous grants made to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City from the Altman Foundation, David Rockefeller, Bloomberg Philanthropies, the Arthur Ross Foundation and the Dodge Foundation.
Working with youth? The MillionTreesNYC Education Programs can serve as a helpful resource for more information on tree care, and education. We want students, researchers, youth mentors, and educators to learn about trees and share the knowledge in their communities. Let us be a resource for you.
The success of MillionTreesNYC depends not only on New Yorkers’ personal engagement, but also on the commitment of community organizations, not-for-profits, government agencies, partner nurseries, national organizations, and corporate sponsors. Partners have pledged their support to a variety of MillionTreesNYC planting and education initiatives throughout the boroughs. Learn more about the various ways you can apply for grant funding or procure free trees for planting in your backyard.