Summer 2016 Events

Garden Crew
Tuesdays starting July 5th 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.

Food Scrap Drop Offs
Tuesdays starting April 5th from 4pm-6pm
We want to use your food scraps to make compost and grow veggies. This location is 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 Held at Friends’ Compost & Garden Site. Enter the Park at Broadway & Mosholu Ave.

Amalgamated & Norwood Youthmarkets
Amalgamated- Wednesdays from 2-7pm from July 6th- October 26th at the Train Park at Orloff Ave. and Gale Place
Norwood- Thursdays from 12-7pm from July 7th- November 17th on the Corner of E. Gun Hill Road and DeKalb Ave.
Wednesdays will include healthy cooking demonstrations and hands-on activities for the community including kickboxing lessons from Shape Up NY at 6pm each week. 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: Councilman Andrew Cohen, Clif Bar Family Foundation and Bon Secours Healthy Community Initiative.

City of Water Day- Wetland Restoration Project
Saturday July 16th, 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?  Join us during this citywide celebration of water by giving back to a natural area in need.  Volunteers will help with trash clean-up and removal of non-native invasive plants to make way for native plants to increase the biodiversity of Tibbetts Wetland.  Meet inside the park near the last stop of the 1 train at Broadway and W. 242nd Street.

Our events are open to the general public. RSVP’s are encouraged for individuals or small groups.  Adult and High School Groups please contact John Butler at 718-601-1553 or  to register for volunteer events or schedule your own date.  K-8th grade groups, please contact Sara Kempton at 718-601-1553 or 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.