Save our beaches, volunteer at Gateway National Parks

Volunteers cleaning up Sandy Hook Beach (via Facebook)
Volunteers cleaning up Sandy Hook Beach (via Facebook)

We’re pretty bummed that Fort Tilden will be closed all summer, but while lots of beaches were devastated during Hurricane Sandy, there are still plenty of volunteer opportunities available to get local parks back in shape. Every Saturday, the crew at the Gateway National Recreation Area has been holding clean-up events to help clear up debris and other damage beaches and parks like Floyd Bennett Field and the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Reserve sustained during the storm.

The park service is looking for volunteers to come out on weekends and occasional weekdays; clean-up opportunities have included clearing marine debris at Sandy Hook beach, helping protect and build habitats for endangered species in Jamaica Bay and cleaning up trash/moving around firewood at Floyd Bennett Field. Check Gateway’s Facebook page for updates; they’ll also have a Twitter account soon that will spread information about volunteer opportunities.

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