John Muir Trail: Upcoming Projects

The John Muir trail, established back in 1997 through a joint effort of the Van Cortlandt Park Rangers and the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park interns, is currently the only east-west traversing trail in the Park connecting Woodlawn to Riverdale. A couple of short sections of the trail wind along and below the Henry Hudson […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- March 2015

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are excited to announce our March 2015 Friend of the Month — Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz. Assemblyman Dinowitz has represented our beloved Park for almost all of the Friends’ existence. Jeff has always been a strong and vocal supporter of green space — especially Van Cortlandt Park. We always appreciate […] Read more »

Volunteers Close Unwanted Desire Path in Van Cortlandt Park

The warm and sunny weather of May 3rd welcomed multitudes of volunteers to Van Cortlandt Park.  One of these volunteer crews, consisting of students from John Jay College as well as Lehman College, teamed up with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park and their hard-working Trails Crew to close a desire path running perpendicular between […] Read more »

The Friends Welcome our New Program Assistant

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park recently added another new staff member- Marisol Diaz is our new part-time Program Assistant.  Ms Diaz, a Peruvian native, is currently a post-baccalaureate student in Columbia University in Conservation Biology. She focuses on interdisciplinary approaches between ecology, social sciences, and education to encourage community-driven conservation initiatives focusing on coastal […] Read more »

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s 2013 Accomplishments

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park had a wonderful year in 2013 and are looking forward to seeing what 2014 brings.  Please take a moment to watch this video highlighting some of our 2013 accomplishments.  Special thank you to Asa Aarons for taking several of these photos.  Special thank you to Tina Walsh for making […] Read more »

Friend of the Month- January 2014

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park are very happy to announce that our January 2014 Friend of the Month is our wonderful, longtime friend- Nancy Nunez.  Nancy Nunez is the Deputy Director of Youth Services for the Riverdale Neighborhood House who helped us create our Environmental Internship back in 1996 and has helped to develop […] Read more »

Friends of Van Cortlandt Park’s Top 10 Accomplishments in 2013

This year, we expanded our community outreach; partnering with several new groups and continuing to work with old friends. Here are our top 10 accomplishments (in no particular order): 1.) We worked on garden, forest, and trail restoration projects with 1,100 volunteers. 2.) We brought 1,600 students into the park though our Van Cortlandt Adventures […] Read more »