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 »

Press Release- Tree Plantings Ceremony for FVCP Founders

Tree Plantings Ceremony for Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Founders Monday April 16th at 1pm Van Cortlandt House Museum The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park (FVCP) celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2017. Founded in 1992, the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park is an independent community based organization that actively promotes the conservation and improvement of […] Read more »

Testimony for FY19 Parks Budget Hearing

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Executive Director gave the following testimony at the NYC City Council Parks Committee Preliminary FY19 Budget Hearing on Tuesday March 27th, 2018. Good afternoon.  Thank you for allowing me to testify. My name is Christina Taylor and I am the Executive Director of the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.  First […] Read more »

Natural Selections: It takes about half a day to get there, if you travel by Dragonfly.

Editor’s note: In honor of World Water Day (March 22nd annually) today’s Natural Selections post is focused on Odonata (dragonflies and damselflies) who call Tibbetts Brook and Van Cortlandt Lake home.  Alex Byrne will introduce you to these fascinating creatures and share with you why you spend some time watching them in the Park. It […] Read more »

Natural Selections of VCP: Meet the Carpenter Ant

Editor’s note: We would like to introduce you to our newest blogpost series- Natural Selections of Van Cortlandt Park.  This series will focus on the creatures that call Van Cortlandt Park home.  With well over half of its 1,146 acres being comprised of natural habitats- forests, wetlands, a lake and meadows- many plants and animals […] 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 »