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 »

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 »

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 »

My Experience with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park

The week, we have a guest blogger- Chris Petitt is a community member and past volunteer with the Friends of Van Cortlandt Park.  We are thankful for his volunteer efforts and for sharing his experience with us. “My decision to support Van Cortlandt Park as a volunteer was inspired by my daughter; the spirit of […] 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 »

The Friends’ Welcome John Butler as our Trails Project Manager

The Friends of Van Cortlandt Park would like to welcome our newest staff person- John Butler.  John will be working with us through the end of the year as our Trails Project Manager- a brand new position with the Friends. John Butler is a 2013 graduate of the University of Vermont with a BS in […] Read more »

Friends are Hiring a Part-time Program Assistant

Last April, Tina Walsh joined the Friends as our new Part-time Program Assistant.  While at the Friends, Tina assisted in running our educational and volunteer programs and coordinate our school year Environmental Internship which is currently in progress and spearheaded our new Summer Teen Trails Crew Internship last July and August.  Tina will be leaving […] Read more »