Participate in Spring Cutback

Photo by Liz Ligon

In keeping with planting designer Piet Oudolf’s vision, High Line plants are not trimmed back at the onset of cold weather as they are in most gardens. Instead, the textured grasses, skeletal plant stalks, and dried seed heads define the High Line’s winter landscape. When spring arrives, the plants must be trimmed back to make way for new growth. This horticultural effort, called High Line Spring Cutback, takes place throughout March and half of April.

Spring Cutback is a monumental task, requiring the hard work and dedication of staff and volunteers over the course of several weeks. Together, we trim back more than 110,000 plants that grow along our 1.5-mile-long park.


If you are interested in helping during High Line Spring Cutback as a volunteer please complete our Volunteer application form.

Spring Cutback volunteers must be at least 18 years old and are required to attend one training session. Sessions will be held on the following dates and times:

  • Monday, February 9, 12:30–2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 11, 9:30–11:30 AM
  • Wednesday, February 18, 9:30–11:30 AM
  • Monday, February 23, 12:30–2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, February 25, 9:30–11:30 AM

If you plan to attend a training session, please sign up for one of the sessions above.

We accept Volunteer Applications throughout the year. If no positions are available, you will be placed on a waitlist. All applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application.

If you have questions about the volunteer program at the High Line or our upcoming Spring Cutback, please email

Photos by Mike Tschappat and Oliver Rich


Spring Cutback is one of our biggest efforts of the year. Help us spread the word about this core program by sharing your story. Use the hashtag #SpringCutback to share your experience, and follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, or Pinterest. You can also upload your photos to the High Line Flickr Pool using the tag SpringCutback.

Learn more about Spring Cutback efforts from previous years on our blog.


High Line Members provide crucial funding for the operation of the park, allowing us to hire gardeners to keep the park’s plantings and trees in peak condition, and maintenance crews to ensure the High Line is safe for its visitors. To learn more, please visit our Membership page.


We welcome Corporate Support. If you represent a company that is interested to support High Line Spring Cutback and provide an employee volunteer team, please email Kristen Gelinas at

Photo by Liz Ligon 


Spring Cutback is supported by Toyota, the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation, and REI

REI is a Supporting Sponsor of the High Line Volunteer Program. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the New York City Council.

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