Last April, Tina Walsh joined the Friends as our new Part-time Program Assistant. While at the Friends, Tina assisted in running our educational and volunteer programs and coordinate our school year Environmental Internship which is currently in progress and spearheaded our new Summer Teen Trails Crew Internship last July and August. Tina will be leaving the Friends shortly for a full-time position in Environmental Education in Manhattan. We here at the Friends will greatly miss her but wish her the best of luck in her new role and look forward to possible future collaborations. Now, our small staff has been decreased and we need to find a new person to assist with our educational and volunteer programs. Read more »
The Friends are excited to announce that our February 2014 Friend of the Month is our good friend Chrissy Word. Chrissy is the Director of Public Programs and Community Partnerships at Rocking the Boat. However, we work mostly with her at our Garden & Compost Site and during our teacher workshops while she is wearing her Butterfly Project “hat”. Chrissy co-founded Butterfly Project, an all-volunteer organization that works with community and school gardeners to assist in the development of native plants pollinator gardens. Read more »
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park had a wonderful year in 2013 and are looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings. Please take a moment to watch this video highlighting some of our 2013 accomplishments. Special thank you to Asa Aarons for taking several of these photos. Special thank you to Tina Walsh for making the video.
The Bronx Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces will hold the 20th Annual Bronx Parks Speak Up on Saturday February 22nd, 2014 from 11am to 5pm in the Faculty Dining Room of the Music Building of Lehman College. The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are proud to have played a role in this event almost every year. This year’s theme is Bronx Parks: A 20/20 Vision which will include presenters from every Community Board and flagship Park in the Bronx discussing what they have seen over the last 20 years and what they would like to see over the next 20 years. Friends’ Executive Director, Christina Taylor, will discuss her experiences in Van Cortlandt Park and her visions for the future. Workshops include: Creative Solutions: Addressing Park Group Dilemmas, Engaging Youth and Working Together on a Master Plan. Read more »
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park hope you will join us for our 5th Annual Hike-a-Thon and help us make it the most successful one yet on Saturday April 26th, 2014. Get out for a hike and help us raise funds for the restoration of Van Cortlandt Park’s spectacular hiking trails. Similar to a Walk-a-Thon, we are asking you to seek out supporters to sponsors your hike for this rain or shine event. Goody bags will be provided to those that raise additional funding at 3 levels ($30, $60 and $100). Plus prizes will be given to those that raise the most funding. Participants can choose one of three hiking routes (ranging from an easy 1 mile hike to a strenuous 5 mile hike) the day of the event. Visit our Hike-a-Thon page for more information and to register (there is a $25 fee) by April 21st, 2014. Read more »
The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are very happy to announce that our January 2014 Friend of the Month is our wonderful, longtime friend- Nancy Nunez. Nancy Nunez is the Deputy Director of Youth Services for the Riverdale Neighborhood House who helped us create our Environmental Internship back in 1996 and has helped to develop and improve our program over the last 17 years. The Friends are truly lucky to work with such a wonderful person. Read more »