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 »

Wetland Restoration Efforts in Our Park

In celebration of World Wetlands Day, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park would like to tell you about our new wetland restoration effort in Van Cortlandt Park.  We hope you will join us in making a pledge to preserve our wetlands. Seen a group working in the wetlands surrounded by the pool, baseball fields and […] Read more »

FVCP Welcomes NYC Civic Corps!

The NYC Civic Corps, an AmeriCorps program run by NYC Service, unites a diverse group of professionals to serve full-time with partner organizations, working to increase their organizational capacity to engage volunteers and build sustainable volunteer initiatives. NYC Civic Corps members are assigned to partner organizations for 10 months of full-time service and charged with […] Read more »

Friends Wrap Up Another Successful Year!

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park just wrapped up another successful year (our fiscal year runs from July 1st to June 30th). We would like to thank everyone who supported us in different ways. Whether you made a monetary donation, volunteered your time or participated in one of our programs you helped us achieve great […] Read more »

Friends’ Director of Programs Receives Environmental Educator Award

The first award was initiated in 1987 by one of BCEQ’s founders, Helen C. Reel, to honor civic-minded Bronx educators who demonstrate concern for posterity through their efforts to preserve the excellent, enhance the good, and upgrade the mediocre in our beautiful borough. Each year, BCEQ recognizes three individuals who have helped further the quest […] Read more »