RISE Stewardship Events

Environmental stewardship events are a great way to meet people and bring them together to improve the neighborhood through cleanups or shoreline plantings and to learn to appreciate the natural environs of the Rockaway peninsula.

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RISE has brought people together through stewardship events to establish youth and community-led projects focused on building a natural protective buffer for shoreline protection in Queens, New York.

Community stewardship events are a great way to volunteer, meet others, and make a positive difference in the Rockaway community. RISE hosts regular dune plantings and cleanups to offer volunteer opportunities for local residents and youth to be involved in protecting our shoreline through community-led initiatives like Rockaway Dune Restoration Project.

This shoreline restoration project, to date, has employed over 250 local youth in the program Shore Corps and represents a critical step in the rebuilding of the Rockaways in a post-Sandy environment. An important aspect of the project involves creating a secondary dune of noninvasive, native, salt-tolerant trees, shrubs, and grasses along the Edgemere/Arverne shoreline. Local community residents and schoolchildren have played a key role in driving this shoreline conservation effort in an area that suffered greatly during Superstorm Sandy.

We have events planned throughout the year, so check our Events calendar for dates of upcoming volunteer events and plantings.

We offer community service hours for local students and for corporations looking for volunteer opportunities.

Corporate or school groups interested in coordinating a volunteer day should contact us at info@riserockaway.org.