Pelham Bay Park, Bronx

We work across NYC to restore forests, wetlands, and grasslands.

To enhance New Yorkers’ quality of life, we:
Ensure Healthy Forests through tree plantings and long-term management.
Improve Coastal Resilience by rebuilding dunes and marshes, and creating tools to prioritize wetland restoration.
Conduct Groundbreaking Research to create regional conservation tools and knowledge.
Get New Yorkers Outside through volunteer events, tours, lectures, and trail improvements.

Ensure Healthy Forests

Healthy forests mean a lot more than clean air and greener parks. Each year, our trees capture 1.97 billion gallons of storm water runoff and store 1.2 million tons of carbon per year. NYC’s trees also remove 1,300 tons of pollutants from the atmosphere with a savings in health costs of $93.2 million dollars annually.

New York City has 20,000+ acres of natural areas, more than 10,000 acres within NYC Parks—a land area half the size of Manhattan!

NYC’s urban forests also provide a meaningful connection to nature for millions of people. We support the long-term health of NYC’s forest through our boots-on-the-ground management efforts and volunteer engagement.


Growing Native Plants

We support the production of locally-sourced native plants at the city’s Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island. Working with partners across the mid-Atlantic, we conserve genetic material from plants in a seed bank.

Ensure Healthy Forests

We’re improving trail access to the Bronx River Forest. Working closely with the Bronx River Alliance and NYC Parks, we’re engaging local residents to blaze trails, control invasive plants and plant trees. This project is supported by the BAND Foundation.

Improve Coastal Resilience

Our experts are leading the charge to prepare for future climate changes and to protect wildlife habitats through salt marsh restoration.

New York City has lost 90% of its historic wetlands.

We safeguard the important functions of well-managed and vibrant wetlands: including buffering neighborhoods from storms like Sandy. We create tools to prioritize future restoration projects.

Improve Coastal Resilience

Pelham Bay Park is unique for its abundance of natural areas. In this park, salt marshes meet the forest along a rocky coast reminiscent of New England. Learn more at one of our annual tours and events in Pelham Bay Park!

Conduct Groundbreaking Research

We believe that good management comes from good information. Our research allows us to better protect NYC’s natural ecosystems.

We led one of the largest urban ecology study in the country and are using that information to guide how natural areas are managed and restored. We work with leaders in our field on our Advisory Board to set goals for the future of nature in NYC — you can find our published findings here.

Conduct Groundbreaking Research

In this first-ever study, we evaluated the ecological health of NYC's natural areas to establish a baseline condition that will help inform our future restoration and conservation work.

Get New Yorkers Outside

We’re getting the word out about our city’s amazing diversity and opportunities to hike in forests and wetlands across all five boroughs. In addition to restoring our city’s trails, we organize lectures, tours, and volunteer projects to improve our city’s abundant nature and to help you experience NYC’s wild side.

Get New Yorkers Outside

We connect New Yorkers with nature by leading tours all year long and in in all five boroughs.