Small things make a difference. Dozens of volunteers joined the NYC Parks Department to plant beachgrass in Coney Island in an effort to help save the area from coastal erosion and flooding. As the beachgrass grows, it creates sand dunes, trapping the sand from blowing into the ocean or the streets, and mitigates against flooding from high tides and storms.
Luckily the weather cooperated and we were able to move quickly through the designated planting area and fill in areas started in last year’s event. A few hours can make a huge difference in your community. In addition to planting opportunities, there are other environmental projects needing volunteers including removal of invasive plants and park cleanups. Check out your local or state parks department website. Click: https://www.nycgovparks.org/opportunities/volunteer and https://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm