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Get Involved With the Super Steward Trail Maintainer Program

The NYC Parks Super Steward Trail Maintainer program is an initiative of the Natural Areas Conservancy, and NYC Parks, with support from the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

NYC Parks Trail Maintainers are advanced, independent volunteers who receive training, tools, and resources that strengthen their efforts and enrich their experience. NYC Parks Trail Maintainers learn plant identification, invasive plant removal, corridor pruning, and trail maintenance skills — along with a variety of other trails and natural area management practices.

NYC Parks Trail Maintainers contribute to the stewardship and maintenance of our nature trails, as well as the overall health of our diverse natural areas citywide.

How to become an NYC Parks Trail Maintainer

  1. Become a Super Steward
  2. Attend a Super Steward Trail Maintainer training
  3. Adopt a nature trail in a New York City park near you
  4. Walk through your adopted trail with a member of the Citywide Trails Team
  5. Commit to the stewardship and maintenance of your adopted NYC nature trail!

If you have any questions please contact Josh Otero by email at

2020 Night for Nature Is Now Canceled

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NAC has made the difficult decision to cancel Night for Nature and suspend all in-person events and public programming until further notice.

If you’re interested in helping our organization weather this storm, please donate to the NAC through our Donor Circle page. Big or small, your contribution will allow our organization to survive and ultimately continue our work in protecting and conserving New York City’s 20,000 acres of unparalleled natural areas.

Past Fundraisers

Thanks to everyone who supported us at our yearly fundraisers! Check out the links below to see recaps of the events.

2019 Summer Celebration

2018 Summer Celebration

2017 Five Year Anniversary Fundraiser