Park Advocacy Day


Park Advocacy Day is an annual advocacy event hosted by Parks & Trails New York and the Open Space Institute. Traditionally, park supporters from across the state, dubbed “the green scarf brigade” gather in Albany on the first Monday of March to meet with state legislators to connect on the value our great parks bring to their constituencies, economy and community. On February 17, 2024, we will once again meet at the capitol to advocate for the continued revitalization of the state parks system and for healthier and more economically vibrant communities that parks help provide.

Park Advocacy Day 2024 will be held on Tuesday, February 27th

If you are interested in joining us at the capitol for Park Advocacy Day this year, please email the Parks team at

Highlights from Park Advocacy Day 2023

Park Advocacy Day

On Wednesday, March 8, with with 52 individuals representing 20 Friends groups, 5 partner organizations, and 7 state park regional commissions, we accomplished 35 legislative meetings. This would not have been possible without you!.

After two years of virtual meetings, it was a pleasure to bring the "green scarf brigade" back together in Albany.

Partner Sign-On Letter

Thank you to the 50+ partner organizations that signed-on in support of our legislative asks this year. Demonstrating a wide range of support for these asks will help us secure these critical and historic investments, ensuring that New York continues to provide the nation's premier outdoor recreational opportunities to its citizens and visitors.