Upcoming Events

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 john@vancortlandt.org to learn more.

Volunteer Trails Restoration Crew
First Saturdays now to June from 10am to 3pm

Crew Members will work alongside trails professionals, developing skills in various areas of trail construction while improving the 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 john@vancortlandt.org for more information. Must be 18 years of age to join.

Old Croton Aqueduct & Putnam Hike
Saturday June 2nd meeting at 10am
The path leading up to Old Croton Aqueduct Trail was recently reopened allowing us to once again offer this loop hike.  Join us for a hike focused on the history and natural areas of the OCA and Putnam Trails. Meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.

Woodlawn Beautification Volunteer Days
Saturdays June 2nd and June 16th 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, just south of Kepler Avenue.

Forestry/ Canopy Gap Volunteer Events
Saturday June 9th from 10am to 1pm
The Friends are partnering with the Van Cortlandt Park Conservancy in 2018 with the support of a NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Urban and Community Forestry Grant to complete forest restoration projects to close canopy gaps in Van Cortlandt Park forests.  Meeting location is located at Caryl Field, on the Park side at the intersection of 262nd Street and Broadway.   

Annual Spring Fundraiser at the New York Philharmonic
Tuesday June 12th starting at 6pm
Join us on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House Museum for a light supper and drinks before enjoying VIP seats at the New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park.   During the evening’s celebration, the Friends will recognize the contributions of four long time supporters of our mission.  Honorees: Christina Taylor: Executive Director, Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and Bob Bender: Chair, Parks & Recreation Committee of Community Board 8 and Recognizing: Paul and Klara Porzelt Trust  and Carter, Ledyard & Millburn. Visit our Eventbrite page for more details and to purchase tickets.  Sponsors can use this form to mail in contribution.  

Spring Wetland Volunteers Day
Saturday June 16th meeting at 10am
Did you know there are only 97 acres of freshwater wetlands left in the Bronx and 86 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.

Fridays June 22nd to August 24th from 4:30pm t
o 7:30pm

Village Community Boathouse is bringing their rowboats back to Van Cortlandt Lake this summer.  Rowboats will be available on a first come, first served basis to row around the lake for free.  All that participate must sign a waiver.  Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Enter the Park at Bailey Avenue and Van Cortlandt Park South.

Benthic Macroinvertebrate Study 
Saturday June 23rd meeting at 10am
As part of a NYS DEC Environmental Justice Community Impact Grant the Friends’ are monitoring the benthic macroinverbrates living in Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Park on a monthly basis during the warmer months.  Here’s your chance to put on a pair of waders, grab a net, get your hands wet and help us collect and identify these creatures.  Open to High School Students and Adults only. Meet in front of the Van Cortlandt Park Golf House- enter the Park at Bailey Ave. and Van Cortlandt Park South.

Forest Biodiversity Workshop: Arthropods of Van Cortlandt Park
Saturday June 30th from 10am to 2pm
Join the Friends at this hands-on workshops to learn about the ecology, natural history and taxonomy of insects and arachnids.  This workshop will focus on identification as you learn how biologists classify living organisms and end the day with a foray into the forest to find and document VCP biodiversity.  Meet at our Garden & Compost Site- enter the park at Broadway and Van Cortlandt Park South.  Space is limited so please email alex@vancortlandt.org to reserve a spot.  Special thank you to NEEF for supporting this event.  

Special thank you to Con Edison for helping to support our volunteer projects.

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 sara@vancortlandt.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.

Tree huggers in Van Cortlandt Park