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Spring Cutback 2018: Become a Volunteer

January 30, 2018

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. When spring arrives, the plants must be trimmed back to make way for new growth.

During this monumental horticultural effort, called Spring Cutback, High Line gardeners work quickly to trim back the grasses and perennials that grow along our 1.5-mile-long park. Spring Cutback is our largest horticultural undertaking of the year, and we would love your help!

As a Spring Cutback volunteer you will join an enthusiastic and dedicated team, work side-by-side with High Line gardeners to shear back grasses and perennials using pruners and scissors, and help us prepare for a lush, beautiful growing season.

How to Become a Spring Cutback Volunteer
Volunteers must be 18 years or older, attend one training session in February, and complete two volunteer shifts between March 5 and March 30. The volunteer shifts will be held from 8 am to 10 am and 12 pm to 2 pm on Mondays and 8 am to 10 am on Wednesdays. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out a volunteer application and sign up for a volunteer training session.

In order to participate in Spring Cutback, you must attend one of the following three training sessions:

Monday, February 12, 9 – 10:30 am

Monday, February 12, 12 – 1:30 pm

Wednesday, February 14, 9 – 10:30 am

Sign Up – Training

We will contact you if you have been selected to attend a training. We regret that there may not be opportunities for all candidates.

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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @highlinenyc.

If you are a High Line member and are interested in volunteering, please contact Leigh Ann Osborne at

We welcome corporate support. If your company is interested in supporting Spring Cutback or volunteering, please contact Nancy Harwood at

We appreciate your enthusiasm and support. If you have any questions about Spring Cutback or our Volunteer Program, please email

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TD Bank is the Presenting Green Sponsor of the High Line.

REI is a Supporting Sponsor of the High Line Volunteer Program.

The Volunteer Program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Council.