Courtesy of NYC Parks.

NYC Parks Stewardship is inviting neighborhood volunteers to come learn about local trees. Volunteers will be taught to identify, cultivate, mulch, and aerate local street trees. The event will be taking place on Saturday, June 25th, beginning at St Mary’s Park near St Ann’s Ave and E. 146th ST at 9 a.m.

The NYC Parks Stewardship program is aimed at defending and promoting the city’s green spaces through volunteerism and educational programs. Mott Haven is home to many local tree species such as the White Oak, Eastern Red Cedar, and more. All of which, in some way or another, prove essential to keeping the temperatures cooler during the summer.

Mott Haven, Melrose, and other South Bronx communities have undergone a rapid increase in area of tree canopy from 2010 to 2017. This program seeks to offer the curious with an opportunity to learn more about their local natural environment.

The program is partly funded by the  NYC Service — a division of the mayor’s office that advocates for increased civic engagement through volunteerism. Those who wish to find out more about this event or NYC Park Stewardship can do some on their website.

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