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 »

Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park

The Buggy Down Bronx: Mapping Ant Diversity Across Van Cortlandt Park by: Alex Byrne As the Jurassic faded into the Cretaceous, planet earth began to experience a revolution in sociality with the radiation of one of the most ecologically dominant groups of animals to date, the ants. By living communally in colonies that can number […] 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 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 »

25 Species That Call Tibbetts Brook Home

Today is World Wetlands Day and to celebrate we wanted to share with you a list of 25 species you probably didn’t know call Tibbetts Brook home.  Wildlife of many sizes call Tibbetts Brook home from the large carp that can be seen cresting the waters surface during the late summer, to the small protozoa […] Read more »

Tibbetts Water Quality Monitoring Project- Conductivity & Nitrate Results

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park began conducting weekly water quality monitoring at 6 different locations within Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake at the end of December 2015. This work is being done in partnership with various organizations including Bronx Council for Environmental Quality and the USGS who have provided expertise on monitoring and […] Read more »