Join the NYC Compost Project Staff prep for our compost giveaway events. Volunteers will support staff sift and bag finished compost, have great conversations, and learn about the QBG composting process.
This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather, wear sunscreen, bring water or snacks, and dress comfortably. QBG staff will provide gloves.
FREE. Registration required.
Takes place on Saturdays, 10:00am-1:30pm.
Individuals welcome to register. All volunteers must register on Eventbrite. To arrange for a separate large, private, or corporate volunteer opportunity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Is there an age requirement?
Recommended for participants 16 years of age or older.
Can I only come for one hour or part of the day?
Due to limited space, we encourage volunteers to stay for the entire time. If you need to leave early, please speak with the staff member you are working with so they can plan accordingly. Please let us know if you cannot attend a workday as soon as possible, and no later than 7 days before the workday, so someone else may take your spot. Volunteers who miss more than 2 scheduled shifts will have future registrations removed.
Where do I go once I get to the garden? What time should I arrive?
QBG Compost volunteers should meet at #25 "Blue Compost Trailer" on the map located at both Garden entrances. Please allow 10 minutes to walk from the Main Gate to the Farm, or 5 minutes to walk from the Parking Garden. The Blue Compost Trailer is the first building on your left when you enter the Garden from the Parking Garden.
Do I need to know any skills ahead of time? How physical is the work?
We welcome all skill levels to participate--you do not need to know anything prior to coming. You will be trained in safety and skills for each session. We try to accommodate all levels of experience, however participants must be able to do physical work including bending over, heavy lifting 20+ pounds, performing diverse, sometimes repetitive tasks, and standing, walking, or squatting for long periods of time.
What are my transportation and parking options getting to the Garden?
Please park in our Parking Garden lot. You do not have to pay for parking or admission. Tell the attendant your name and that you are here to volunteer.
Parking is available year-round during Garden open hours at the Parking Garden, located at 42-80 Crommelin Street, Flushing, NY 11355.
By public transportation, take the number 7 subway line to Main Street, the Long Island Rail Road (Port Washington line) to Main Street/Flushing, or the Q44-SBS or Q20 bus.
For driving directions and more information: https://queensbotanical.org/directions
What should I bring?
Please wear weather appropriate clothing that you don't mind getting dirty--sun hats and sunscreen if it's hot or layers if it's cold, and don't forget sturdy close-toed shoes. We highly advise wearing waterproof shoes. Bring a water bottle and snack if you'd like. We have gardening gloves and water available for anyone who does not bring their own.
What happens if the weather is bad?
We work outside rain or shine. In very inclement weather, you will be notified of a cancelled or rescheduled volunteer date.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
HEALTH & SAFETY
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and for the health and safety of all visitors, follow our current health & safety guidelines, found on our website: https://queensbotanical.org/know-before-you-go
Outdoors, vaccinated visitors and staff are not required to wear masks, regardless of distancing. Individuals may choose to still wear masks.
Indoors, individuals 12 and older are required to show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine authorized by the FDA or WHO. Showing proof of vaccination and photo ID is required to enter buildings onsite. We accept the CDC Vaccination Card, the Excelsior Pass, and the NYC COVID Safe App (Android | iOS).masks must be worn in shared spaces such as Gift Shop, classrooms, restrooms, etc, unless eating in designated areas.
Hand sanitizer dispensers are available at multiple stations throughout the Garden. Feel free to inquire with Staff to help locate the nearest dispenser. Please note: Hand sanitizing does not replace hand washing. CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water whenever possible as it reduces all types of germs and chemicals on hands.
Restrooms are accessible by the ramp next to the Visitor & Administration Building. Please follow on-site instructions on how to enter restrooms.
High-touch surfaces are disinfected throughout the day.
For more information: https://queensbotanical.org/hours_admission
In the case that an event is cancelled, you will be notified via email.
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QBG staff strives to provide a place of peace, beauty, and safety for the quiet enjoyment of our visitors. QBG is a living museum, a collection of gardens for the study, culture, exhibition, and display of plants. We encourage our visitors to explore, enjoy, and be respectful of our plant collections and to be considerate of fellow guests as well. For more guidelines on garden etiquette: https://queensbotanical.org/know-before-you-go/
PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEOGRAPHY
Queens Botanical Garden (QBG) occasionally photographs or films visitors and activities on site to support our mission in promotional media and materials, including print, online, broadcast, and social media. By attending this event, you grant permission to QBG use your likeness in perpetuity, in all forms of print and digital media used to promote, publicize, or advertise the Garden, its activities, and programs. If you do not give QBG permission to take and use your image, you must notify an event organizer or staff when you arrive for this event. QBG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
QBG is an urban oasis where people, plants and cultures are celebrated through inspiring gardens, innovative educational programs and real-world applications of environmental stewardship. QBG is located on property owned by the City of New York, and its operation is made possible in part by public funds provided through the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens Borough President, the New York City Council, State elected officials, the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, along with corporate, foundation, and individual supporters. For more information, visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800.