Our Jamaica Bay Marsh Volunteer Planter (MVP) program supports critical marsh habitat restoration in Jamaica Bay. Jamaica Bay’s marshes provide important habitat and nesting grounds for migratory bird species and other wildlife, while also protecting our vulnerable shorelines from erosion and storm surge.  As a Jamaica Bay MVP, you are helping restore Jamaica Bay’s tidal salt marshes, which are disappearing at an alarming rate of up to 40 acres per year. Sign up below to learn about future opportunities to become a Jamaica Bay MVP!


We did it! In 2019, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy and its partners planted over 100,000 marsh grasses in parks throughout Jamaica Bay. Many thanks to our partners and dedicated volunteers that helped to make this enormous initiative a reality!

In June 2019…

We partnered with the American Littoral Society, Broad Channel Civic Association, Jamaica Bay Ecowatchers, and NYC Parks and hundreds of volunteers and planted 74,000 marsh grasses in Broad Channel’s newest park, Sunset Cove!

We partnered with NYC Parks and planted 30,000 marsh grasses in Bayswater Park!

We partnered with the American Littoral Society and planted 10,000 marsh grasses in Black Wall Marsh!

We partnered with New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation and planted 1,000 marsh grasses in Bayswater State Park!

Check back for future opportunities to become a Jamaica Bay MVP! We’re looking forward to seeing you in Jamaica Bay!

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Register as a Jamaica Bay MVP below, and receive up to date information as more Jamaica Bay MVP dates become available!

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