Tibbetts Brook Water Monitoring
Bimonthly Wednesdays meeting at 9am
Come learn about the health of Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake while assisting in gathering data. Open to adults, 18 and over only. Please contact John at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Rowboating on VC Lake
Fridays June 30th to September 1st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm
Village Community Boathouse will provide FREE rowing in their fleet of traditional wooden rowboats. Children under 18 years old need a parent present to sign waiver. Enter the park at Van Cortlandt Park South & Bailey Ave. Meet near the Lake.
Tuesdays, July 11th- August 22nd from 10am-1pm
Help care for our vegetable beds (where all of our produce will be donated to local food pantries) and compost bins. Bring water and sunscreen. Held at Friends’ Compost & Garden Site. Enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave.
Youth Run Farm Stands
Wednesdays from 2-7pm from July 12th- October 25th– at the Train Park at Orloff Ave and Gale Place.
Thursdays from 12-7pm from July 6th- November 16th– on the Corner of E. Gun Hill Road and DeKalb Ave.
Wednesdays will include healthy cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities for the community. Thursday’s market is being held in partnership with GrowNYC. Both markets will accept Cash, EBT/Credit/Debit, Healthbucks, FreshConnect Bucks, WIC and FMNP checks. Special Thank You to Our Supporters: New Yankee Stadium Benefits Fund, Clif Bar Family Foundation and Bon Secours Healthy Community Initiative.
Volunteer Trails Restoration Crew
Saturdays September 9th, October 7th and November 4th from 10am to 3pm
Crew Members will work alongside trails professionals, developing skills in various areas of trail construction while improving the various trails in Van Cortlandt Park. Projects include building boardwalks, clearing waterbars and drainage swells and installing drainage dips. No prior trails experience is necessary; all training will be offered in an on-the-job format. Interested? Contact email@example.com for more information. Must be 18 years of age to join.
Get Active Hiking Series in VCP
Please wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack for the hike. All hikes meet at 10am.
September 16th, Tibbetts Wetland Tour: meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.
October 21st, 25th Anniversary Hike: meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.
November 18th, Seven Wonders of VCP Tour: meet at FVCP Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.
Saturday September 23rd from 2pm-7pm
Hike, Eat, Drink & Celebrate with Friends during our new fun fundraiser for the hiking trails of Van Cortlandt Park. Come see why VCP is Where NYC Hikes. Hike starts at 2pm and attendees will participate in a 2 hour 4-5 mile hike or a 2 mile leisurely hike. Oktoberfest starts is from 4pm-7pm where there will be German food by Loreley Restaurant & Biergarten, beer and fun yard games! Meet at the Van Cortlandt House Museum. Click to purchase tickets securely online or use this Registration Form to pay by check. Sponsorship Opportunities are Available.
Fall Kickoff Volunteer Event
Saturday September 30th meeting at 10am
Join us as we kickoff a season of volunteering with projects throughout Van Cortlandt Park:
Garden & Compost Site Weeding & Harvesting: meet at the FVCP Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.
Woodlawn Playground Beautification: meet at Van Cortlandt Park East and just south of Kepler Avenue.
Trail Restoration: meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.
Fall Wetland Volunteers Days
Saturdays October 21st and November 4th meeting at 10am
Did you know there are only 98 acres of freshwater wetlands left in the Bronx and 56 of them are in Van Cortlandt Park? Volunteers will help with native species planting, removal of non-native invasive plants and trash clean up within Tibbetts Wetlands. Meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.
25th Anniversary Celebration: Honoring our Founders
Sunday October 15th from 6-9pm
Join us as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Honor our Founders: Felicity Nitz, Frances Beinecke, Susan Morgenthau, Elizabeth Scheuer, Jane Sokolow and Sybil Wailand. Event hosted by Meredith Vieira. Our guests will enjoy dinner, drinks and dessert out on the deck of the Van Cortlandt Lake House overlooking Van Cortlandt Lake. Tickets and Sponorship information below and can be purchased here through Eventbrite or via mail using this form.
Woodlawn Playground Beautification
Saturday November 4th from 10am to 1pm
Join the Friends and the Women of Woodlawn as we continue our efforts to beautify the area around Woodlawn Playground. Meet at Van Cortlandt Park East and just south of Kepler Avenue.
End of Season Celebration
Saturday November 18th from 10am to 1pm
Help with our final harvest to prepare the garden and compost bins for the winter through adding collected leaves and food scraps. Projects suitable for all ages. Volunteers will get a final chance to taste some of the produce from our garden. Meet at FVCP’s Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.
Our events are open to the general public. RSVP’s are encouraged for individuals or small groups. Please contact Sara Kempton at 718-601-1553 or firstname.lastname@example.org to register for volunteer events or to schedule your own date. Space is limited so we ask that groups contact us at least 2 weeks in advance to schedule.
Are you a Corporation interested in volunteer with FVCP? For a $500 donation, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park will provide a 1-day, 3-hour volunteer event for up to 30 people that is tailored to your employees and schedule. Visit our Corporate Membership Page for more information.