What is Care of the Park?   

Care of the Park is a legacy initiative of Branch Brook Park Alliance in partnership with the County of Essex. While the County remains the primary steward of the park, Care of the Park aims to shine a spotlight on Essex County Branch Brook Park and by doing so; ensure that recent investments will be protected.

What are the opportunities for community engagement?

People from all walks of life are asked to join the Care of the Park program by volunteering on predetermined days to carry out priorities established by the approved landscape design and maintenance plans.

Most months of the year we have teams of supervised volunteers deployed throughout the park working on a number of site-specific projects.  Volunteer groups are welcome to come once or multiple times. Here are three ways to serve this opportunity.

Volunteer in The Park

Individuals, large groups, small teams – everyone can register for one day or multiple. It’s that easy - register here!

"My Park": Individual and Team Ownership

We’re seeking individuals and community groups or teams to own the park, “My Park”. This opportunity only requires the investment of your time and brief recurring commitment. You can own one regular recurring day for three months (or more when possible). As an example, you or your team would commit to serving the 3rd Thursday of every month for a full season. To learn more and/or express interest please contact Hashaam Jamil at Jersey Cares. (973) 533-1993 or hashaam@jerseycares.org.

Internships In The Park 

We have space for anyone interested in learning more about caring for gardens, parks and horticultural aspects of both. Or, maybe you have the gift of knowledge and talent you wish to share with others. Let us know, email Thomas Dougherty at thomas@jerseycares.org.


Summer Youth Employment Program (Newark) - Park Ambassadors

In tandem with the City of Newark’s Youth One Stop – Summer Youth Employment Program, Jersey Cares develops and/or enhances the leadership, project management and communication skills of Newark residents between the ages of 16-24. Our program participants are of low-to-moderate income youth and young adults who live in Newark and are seeking opportunities to learn and serve the local community. 

Our cohort of Park Ambassadors support Branch Brook Park and are focused on the enhancement of open space and the environment. If you're interested in learning more about how to get involved as a volunteer please contact, Hashaam Jamil at (973) 533-1993 or hashaam@jerseycares.org.



Who participates in Care of the Park and how does it work?

Care of the Park works by developing a structure for community stewardship among a fully engaged coalition of institutions of higher learning, leading corporate and private citizens, and other stakeholders who care about Essex County Branch Brook Park. Leading the movement are a core group of well trained Rutgers Master Gardeners, a Chief Horticulturalist, Gardner Foreman/Program Director, and Program Manager who assist the Essex County Parks Department with seasonal maintenance and upkeep throughout various zones in the park.

How do I get involved?

As a leader in volunteerism since 1993, Jersey  Cares has increased the level of meaningful volunteer engagement by creating and managing efficient, impactful projects that address critical community-identified needs.  For years Jersey Cares has managed groups of enthusiastic volunteers through Care of The Park. 

To volunteer with Care of the Park at Essex County Branch Brook Park, please reach out to the Program Manager. 

Hashaam Jamil

Program Manager, Care of the Park


(973) 533-1993, ext. 329