Lend a hand: spring cutback on the High Line

Grab a pair of shears and help the elevated park make way for new blossoms.

The High Line

The High Line Photograph: Joe Alfano

Forget the groundhog’s shadow; for New Yorkers, one of the surest signs of spring’s imminent springing is when green shoots start reappearing on the High Line. In anticipation of Mother Nature working her magic, Friends of the High Line is looking for a few hundred green thumbs to pitch in with spring cutback. Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Help trim back the winter’s dried grasses and plant stalks to clear space for new growth. As you prune, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the ecosystem of the park and get some fresh air in the company of fellow gardening types.

Click here to register. Nine-to-fivers, take note—you’ll have to be able to work at least two shifts on a Monday or Wednesday between March 4 and 27 (8–10:30am or noon–2pm). If you can get free, fill out an application and drop into a training session on February 19, 21 or 22 (10am–noon).