ConSERVE NYC: SCA and American Express Celebrate Earth Day in New York City

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - April 18, 2015 9:30 am

Join the Student Conservation Association and American Express as we team up with Friends of Van Cortlandt Park to celebrate Earth Day through service at Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx.

Van Cortlandt Park is home to many of New York City’s wildest and most rugged natural areas, including 14 miles of hiking trails, a cross-country running course, a horse stable, a house where George Washington once slept, and bike and pedestrian paths that connect to other NYC parks and to the Westchester County trail system.

SCA brought volunteers to Van Cortlandt for our December 2013 ConSERVE and June 2014 Trails Day events, and we are excited to return to support the park this spring. Join us as we bring together hundreds of SCA volunteers to plant new seedlings across the park and clear invasives from the park’s extensive trail system.


WHEN: Saturday, April 18th, 9:30 am to 2:30 pm

WHERE: Van Cortlandt Park, 246 Broadway, Bronx, NY 10471. (1 train to Van Cortlandt Park stop.) Meet at the Van Cortlandt Nature Center. 

WHAT: Planting new seedlings and removing invasives along park trails.

BRING WITH YOU: Wear long pants and sturdy shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. Bring extra layers as the event will take place rain or shine!

PROVIDED: SCA will supply breakfast and lunch for all volunteers as well as work gloves, reusable water bottles, and Earth Day t-shirts! (Come early to ensure you get your preferred size.)

REGISTRATION: Please register at to complete the online waiver.

QUESTIONS: Contact Ann Pedtke, SCA Outreach Coordinator, at [email protected] or 724-678-9401. 




Due to service changes, the 1 train will NOT be running to Van Cortlandt Park on Saturday. However, we will be offering a free SCA volunteer shuttle directly from the 4 train at Woodlawn. If you are coming by public transit, please take the 4 train to the Woodlawn stop in the Bronx and look for the Custom Coach shuttle bus when you exit the station. Volunteer leaders in SCA t-shirts will also be waiting to meet you at the station. The shuttle will make trips from Woodlawn to the park meeting location every 10-15 minutes starting at 8am and continuing until 10am. The shuttle will also make return trips from 1:30pm to 2:30pm to bring volunteers back to the train after lunch. (For volunteers who may need to leave earlier, the shuttle will also be available for additional trips on request.)


If coming by private vehicle, enter the park from Van Cortlandt Park South and park in one of the visitor lots near the Van Cortlandt Golf House (see park map). Then follow the foot path north to the Van Cortlandt Nature Center at the edge of the Parade Ground.


9:30 am: Meet at the Nature Center for registration 
10:00 am: Welcome & kick-off
10:30 am – 1:30 pm: PROJECT WORK
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm: Lunch & wrap-up