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Volunteer with the Middlesex County Youth Conservation Corps

​On June 7, 2014 over 40 volunteers, including a boy scout troop, helped  paint bluebird nest boxes and build a new trail in Thompson Park as part of National Trails Day.

IMPORTANT ALERT​ - All Middlesex County Parks and Open Spaces are open from sunrise to sunset with strict social distancing requirements. Pursuant to Executive Order 204, effective Monday, December 7, 2020 until further notice, the gathering limit for all outdoor activities is limited to 25 individuals. The Parks Administration Building is closed to the public until further notice. Park visitors are to practice social distancing and are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while enjoying our parks and open spaces.
***2021 PICNIC RESERVATIONS - UPDATE***
February 11, 2021
In light of the ongoing Covid-19 concerns and Executive Orders currently in place by Governor Murphy, the opening day of reservations is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 1, 2021. Information regarding our NEW ELECTRONIC RESERVATIONS PROCESS will be on our website in mid-March. If you have any questions, please visit the picnic reservation page or call our reservation office at 732-745-3900.
Middlesex County’s Parks and Open Space lands are protected and supported by thousands of citizens who volunteer with the Middlesex County Conservation Corps.  Since its inception in 2006, Conservation Corps volunteers have helped build hiking trails, eradicate invasive species, clean litter and improve habitat for wildlife throughout the County.  These volunteers not only better our parks and public lands, but they also save tax payers thousands of dollars.  In 2019 alone, more than 1,300 people volunteered their time, which totaled 4664.5 hours.  According to the non-profit group Independent Sector—each hour donated is equal to about $28.82!  This means that the value of our 2019 volunteer’s efforts is more than $130,000! 

Throughout 2019, volunteers helped spruce-up the Rain Garden and Shoreline Restoration Project in Thompson Park.  They collected thousands of pounds of litter and debris from along the Raritan River in Johnson Park and Donaldson Park,  from along the roadsides at Jamesburg Park Conservation Area, and from the shores of Raritan Bay Waterfront Park.  Coporate volunteer groups planted pollinator-friendly plants in the Ireland Brook Conservation Area and Davidson's Mill Pond Park and helped clean up portions of the Middlesex Greenway.  Students from elementary school up to local colleges donated their time improving our natural areas through litter patrols at Spring Lake Park, Old Bridge Waterfront Park and trail improvements at Thompson Park.
 
Each year, in the spring and fall, we offer three main volunteer events to which we invite the community to come help out.  Volunteers can also join the crew during regular workdays on Saturdays in the spring and fall, and Monday through Friday during the summer. The dates and times are flexible.
 
Volunteer work occurs year-round with several different opportunities that may include plant and animal inventories, trail monitoring, invasive plant removal and native plant restoration, trash clean-ups and more. We can also arrange special projects for groups. Past projects have included trail work, tree planting, beach sweeps, and help with conservation and recreation efforts on Earth Day and National Trails Day.
 
No particular skills are required. However, volunteer candidates should have an interest in and enjoyment of being outdoors. Volunteering is open to everyone willing get out into nature, get dirty, and get it done! If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with the Middlesex County Conservation Corps, call Julia DeRosso at 732-398-5270.
 
To volunteer; download, fill out, and mail the application to :
Julia DeRosso
Conservation Corps Coordinator
PO Box 661
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
Fax (732) 745-4592
 
If you have any questions or would like any additional information about the Conservation Corp, please contact Julia DeRosso at (732) 398-5270.
 


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Office of Parks and Recreation
1030 River Road
Piscataway, NJ 08854

Mailing Address:
PO BOX 661
New Brunswick, NJ 08903
 
Phone - (732) 745-3900
Fax - (732) 745-8209
Monday through Friday
8:30am - 4:00pm 
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