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. We are the conservancy for Branch Brook Park powered by Jersey Cares. 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 our beloved park is cared for by everyone. 

What are the opportunities for community engagement?

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 is a core group of well-trained individuals who assist Essex County Parks Department with seasonal maintenance and upkeep throughout the park. 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 garden clubs, individuals, 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 Dana Wise at Jersey Cares, dana@jerseycares.org

Internships In The Park

We have space for anyone interested in learning more about program development, youth workforce development, caring for gardens, parks, and horticultural aspects of all. Click here to learn more or email Dana Wise, Program Director at dana@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, Dana Wise at dana@jerseycares.org.

Do you have other volunteer-related questions?

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

Dana Wise

Program Director

Care of the Park

(973) 969-1189 

dana@jerseycares.org