8th Graders Become Advocates for Daylighting Tibbetts

This spring, the Friends’ staff had the pleasure of hosting 8th grade students in Van Cortlandt Park from Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Queens for two days for our “Wetland Stewardship for a Healthier Bronx” educational program which is funded by an Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Education Grant.  During their time with us in the […] Read more »

25 Things to Do During the Summer of 2018

Happy Summer Solstice.  We hope you will be spending some of your summer in Van Cortlandt Park and to help you plan what to do- here are 25 Things to Do in Van Cortlandt Park during the Summer of 2018 (in no particular order). Get out and explore VCP this Summer! 1.) Take a Rowboat […] Read more »

VCP Where NYC Discovers: Interns Dig Deep for Biodiversity

Written By Alex Byrne With over 1,100 acres of park land Van Cortlandt Park stands as one of New York city’s last refuges for animals adapted to forest and wetland habitat. It truly is where NYC discovers, with great potential for the park to be used as a natural laboratory to understand how urban environments […] Read more »

Meet the Friends’ New Intern!

We are proud to introduce our intern for this school year, Jasmin Jimenez. Ms. Jimenez started working with the Friends in October assisting with educational programs, trail work and Tibbetts Brook water monitoring. Jasmin is a senior at New York University studying Environmental Studies and Animal Studies. Her areas of interest include urban ecology, industrial ecology, […] Read more »

25 Accomplishments This Summer

As we continue to celebrate our 25th Anniversary year, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park have been very active in and around Van Cortlandt Park this summer. We wanted to share with you this list of 25 things we accomplished during the summer: 1.) We hired 20 summer interns who worked on our Summer Trails […] Read more »

25 Things to Do in Van Cortlandt Park This Summer

Happy First Day of Summer! Here are 25 Things to Do in Van Cortlandt Park This Summer (in no particular order). Get out and explore VCP this Summer!  Photo by Asa Aarons. 1.) Take a Rowboat Out on Van Cortlandt Lake Fridays June 30th to September 1st from 4:30pm to 7:30pm-New Start Date of June […] Read more »

25 Plants in our Garden Beds

Each year our Spring Garden Interns spend time planning what will grow in our garden for the season and develop a planting chart. Below are 25 plants Brendan, Vanessa, Blessing and Alexia decided to plant during our 25th Anniversary Year and some of the reasons they made their decisions!  All of the produce we grow […] Read more »

25 Climate Change Solutions for Earth Day

As we get ready to celebrate another Earth Day in Van Cortlandt Park, we wanted to share a summary of 25 ways the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are working to address climate change within Van Cortlandt Park. The Friends are actively working on several of these but some are in the works to begin […] Read more »

A Walk In Van Cortlandt Park

Mike Zamm, Director of Environmental Education for Grow NYC and our December 2015 Friend of the Month, is assisting the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park with our Wetland Stewardship for a Healthier Bronx program.  Mike wrote this article after he attended a program lead by the Friends in the Park for the Sustainability Classes at […] Read more »

Beginning a Bright Future for the Wetlands in VCP

Only two months into our Wetlands Stewardship for a Healthier Bronx Program and we are already seeing a great amount of support and participation. For those of you who do not know, it is a program that brings together water quality testing within Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake, restoration and maintenance within 5 acres […] Read more »