Spring 2017 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(at)vancortlandt.org to learn more and sign up.

John Muir Trail Clean Up Day
Saturday April 1st meeting at 10am
The John Muir Trail could use a little TLC. Join us for a walk along the trail as we collect garbage and clean up the trail for the spring.
Meet at the Garden & Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue.

Urban Environmental Challenge 10K
Sunday April 2nd meeting at 10am
Van Cortlandt Track Club presents a real trail race in New York City! Prepare for a rugged, technical trail race in historic Van Cortlandt Park in the heart of the Bronx. In the case of bad weather, the race goes on!   Stay for the half-mile children’s race at 11:30 am. Proceeds from the race will goes to trail maintenance efforts of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.  To register visit
https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Bronx/UrbanEnvironmentalChallenge10k

Food Scrap Drop-Off
Tuesdays April 4th to May 30th from 4pm to 6pm
We want to use your food scraps to make compost and grow veggies at the Van Cortlandt Park Garden and Compost Site. This site will be operated by the NYC Compost Project hosted by The New York Botanical Garden. For more information about NYC food scrap drop-off site guidelines, e-mail compost(at)nybg.org.
Held at the Garden & Compost Site – enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.

Get Active Hiking Series
Second Saturday of Each Month at 10am
This is a great opportunity to learn about the ecology and the history of the Park. Please wear appropriate shoes and bring plenty of water and a snack for the hike.

April 8th, meet at the last stop of the 1 train (near Broadway and W. 242nd Street): Tibbetts Wetland Tour led by our Wetland Internship for a Healthier Bronx Interns.
May 13th, meet at the Garden & Compost Site (enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave): 25th Anniversary Hike led by our Executive Director highlighting what the Friends have accomplished over the years and what future plans include.
June 10th, meet at the last stop of the 1 train (near Broadway and W. 242nd Street): Our longest hike, a 3 hour tour to see all Seven Wonders of Van Cortlandt Park.                          

Woodlawn Clean Up Days
Saturdays April 8th and June 10th
meeting at 10am
Join us and Women of Woodlawn for hands-on service projects to improve the Northeast Corner of Van Cortlandt Park around Woodlawn Playground.

Meet in front of Woodlawn Playground on Van Cortlandt Park East just south of Oneida Avenue.

Mycoremediation and Fungi Cultivation Workshops
Four Workshop Dates
Want to learn how to cultivate your own gourmet mushrooms? Intrigued by the amazing abilities fungi mycelium can provide to remove pollutants from our soils and water? FVCP is embarking on two projects within Van Cortlandt Park using fungi mycelium to remove pollutants from the soil and water and we would like to pass along the knowledge to you. Join us for a 2-3 hour course on growing mushrooms and their abilities to remediate our soils and waters. Please contact John at john(at)vancortlandt.org to register for a workshop. Space is limited to 15 people per workshop.
Thursday April 13th, 4:30pm- 6:30pm

Saturday May 20th, 2pm-5pm
Saturday June 3rd, 10am-1pm
Saturday June 17th, 10am-1pm
Meet at the Garden & Compost Site – enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue.


Earth Day Volunteer Event

Saturday April 22nd meeting at 10am
Join us on Earth Day to volunteer for one of two projects in Van Cortlandt Park.
Garden & Compost Site Prep for Planting Season: meet at the Garden & Compost Site- enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Ave.
Trail Restoration Project: meet at the last stop of the 1 train (near Broadway and W. 242nd Street)

Trail Building Workshops
Saturdays May 6 and June 3 meeting at 10am
Learn different trail building techniques to improve the amazing hiking trails of VCP. Please contact John at john(at)vancortlandt.org to register.
Meet at the last stop of the 1 train (near Broadway and W. 242nd Street).

It’s My Parks Day/ Spring Garden Planting Day
Saturday May 13th meeting at 10am
Join us as we prepare and plant our 800 plus square feet of vegetable garden beds for the 2017 growing season. Volunteers are needed to prepare the beds, sift our compost bins and help plant seedlings.
Meet at the Garden & Compost Site – enter the Park at Broadway and Mosholu Avenue.

Wetland Volunteer Days
Saturday May 20th and June 17th 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.

VIP Reception & Concert
Tuesday June 13th starting at 6:30pm
Join us on the lawn of the Van Cortlandt House for drinks and hors d’oeuvres to celebrate the Friends’ 25th Anniversary before enjoying VIP seats at the New York Philharmonic Concert in the Park.  More information on tickets will be posted by the end of March.

 

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