OutdoorFest and HI NYC are teaming up to close OutdoorFest 2018 with a day of service featuring our amazing non-profit partners. After a day of volunteering, grab a shower and a beer and hang out for the night!
12:30PM Meet at Hostelling International – chow down on some snacks
1:00PM Each non-profit will get the spotlight for 20 minutes to talk about their organization, local conservation efforts, and ways to get involved long term!
2:00-4:00PM Service projects around the Upper West Side
4:00PM Return to the Hostel, shower, hang out
5:00PM FREE ENTRY to the final party for being an awesome volunteer, hot dogs because your’e awesome!
Every year we end our 10-day outdoor adventure extravaganza relaxing and partying. Join in for a beer from Sierra Nevada, live music, cool people to hang out with and over $1,000 worth of prizes and swag!
Project 1: Environmental Advocacy with Surfrider Foundation NYC
This project will take place at Hostelling International with Noelle, the campaign rep for the Williams Pipeline opposition.
The Willams energy company is proposing to build a 23-mile long pipeline that will carry fracked natural gas (methane) under New York Harbor. The pipeline would come offshore in Raritan Bay, NJ, run along the coast of Staten Island then cross the harbor south of Brooklyn to join an existing pipeline four miles of for Rockaway. There are many reasons to oppose this pipeline: (1) the pipeline is both expensive (the cost of it will be passed along to National Grid customers) and unnecessary; (2) construction will be harmful to both human and marine life; (3) Williams has a poor safety record; and (4) the pipeline is incompatible with fighting climate change. Williams’ application to build the pipeline is before the Federal Regulatory Energy Commission (FERC), but Governor Cuomo and the NY State agencies have the power to stop the pipeline by denying permits, even if FERC approves it. FERC is known to be a “rubber stamp” on approving pipelines, so the focus of our campaign has been Governor Cuomo’s office and the State agencies.
Project 2: Invasive Plant Removel with the CatRock Youth Leadership Academy
Led by local students of the Sierra Club’s CatRock Academy, you’ll head to a local park to get your hands dirty removing invasive plant species.
Project 3: Highbridge Bike Park Trail Maintenance with NYCMTB.
*Bring a bike* and join a group for a ride from Hostelling International to Highbridge Bike Park (4.5 miles).
Join NYCMTB for trail maintenance in Manhattan’s ONLY mountain bike trail network -Highbridge Bike Park! Volunteers will work to restore and enhance natural terrain features within the park in keeping with NYCMTB’s mission to build and maintain bike parks and trails in NYC. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water and sunscreen.