There are many ways to get involved in Washington Square Park!
We welcome enthusiastic gardeners, docents for our greeter/guide program, photographers, and those who want to pitch-in at our monthly clean-up days. We are also happy to engage your other skills to support Washington Square Park.
Monthly Volunteer Days
Our group volunteer days take place weekend days during the warmer months. Work consists of weeding, raking leaves, mulching, planting, and other clean up operations as necessary. No experience is needed for this program and there is no long-term commitment. Saturdays from 8:45 – 11:00 AM.
We’re taking a break for the winter, but check back for dates following the spring thaw!
Our Wednesday Weeders are a small group of committed volunteers who work under the guidance of gardening staff at the park. You’ll learn about the horticulture of the park while lending a helping hand. Wednesday Weeders commit to at least 6 hours of service each month, of weeding, mulching, and planting. Volunteers must complete an orientation for this program, but no previous experience is necessary. Email us for more information.
Greeter/Guides – Washington Square Park Docents
Greeter volunteers answer questions from park visitors on various topics, from park horticulture and history to events and happenings. Tour guides develop a tour of the park under the guidance of Conservancy staff and lead groups on an exploration of the park’s many features and functions. This program requires submission of an application, extensive orientation and a commitment of at least 6 hours per month. Applications are open now and due by March 1, 2017.
The Greeter-Guide Program runs from April to October on weekends. Volunteers must complete a short application to be accepted into the program, attend and participate in the program’s orientation, as well as complete required reading on the history of the Park. Orientation sessions include lectures, workshops, and on-site tours. Training takes place on Saturdays, March 11, 18, 25. By the end of orientation, each docent will be prepared to answer all matter of questions from park visitors. Once docents have completed the greeter orientation program, they can continue their training to become a WSP tour guide.
Applicants should be:
- Comfortable speaking in groups / with the public
- Able to attend and participate in orientation sessions
- Willing and able to work two weekend shifts (three hours each) per month and meet the time commitment
- Able to help the team set up (able to push at least 10 lbs)
- A positive representative of the Park and the Conservancy
- 18 years or older
No prior greeting-guide experience is necessary.
The next informational session for this program will take place on Monday, February 13 at 6:30 PM. Email us for more information.
Interested in photography? We’re always looking for volunteers to spend time taking photos in the Park and to help photograph special events. We ask photographers to approximately 6 hours each month and participation in an orientation session. Email us for more information.
Please sign up below and we will reach out for help with other special events. These may include help with stuffing envelopes, special projects in the Park such as user counts, and other Conservancy special events.