Current and Upcoming Events

Monday, April 19, 2021 - 10:00am to Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 2:00pm
Presenter: 
Westchester Parks Foundation

Join Westchester Parks Foundation & Westchester County Parks in celebrating Earth Day by volunteering in your community!

Monday, April 19: Pitch in for Parks Kickoff - Lenoir Preserve, 10am
Tuesday, April 20: Edith Read Wildlife Sanctuary, 4pm
Wednesday, April 21: Willson’s Woods Park, 4pm
Thursday, April 22: Earth Day Celebration
Friday, April 23: Cranberry Lake Preserve, 10am
Saturday, April 24: Kensico Dam, Bronx River Reservation at Westchester County Center, Blue Mountain Reservation & Tibbetts Brook Park, 10am & 12pm

Each year, Westchester Parks Foundation and the Westchester County Parks Department host Pitch in for Parks. It is our largest volunteer program which falls around Earth Day! Volunteers will paint, rake, prepare and plant flower beds, clear trails and shorelines, restore wildlife habitats and remove invasive vines from trees.

For more information contact: Erin Cordiner, Director of Volunteer Programs / 914-231-4600 / Erin@thewpf.org

Adhering to all COVID guidelines

Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 8:00am to 11:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Join Mayor Mike Spano and local volunteers in beautifying our section of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail.

PLEASE PRE-REGISTER BY EMAILING PARKS@YONKERSNY.GOV OR BY CALLING (914) 377-6429.

VOLUNTEERS MAY ALSO SIGN UP AT THE EVENT. CONSENT FORMS REQUIRED FOR THOSE UNDER 18.

WHEN
7:30 AM Registration – Walnut Street at Old Croton Aqueduct in Yonkers
8:00 AM – 11:00 AM Clean-up Aqueduct

WHERE
Meet at Walnut Street at Old Croton Aqueduct
Event will take place Rain or Shine

Coordinated by the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation

Special thanks to our sponsors to date: Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct • NYS Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation • City of Yonkers

Limited to the numbers allowable by CDC/DOH at the time of the event. Participants and attendees must practice social distancing and wear masks. Please follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/State Department of Health (DOH) guidelines for preventing the spread of Covid-a9. Stay home if you are sick, exhibiting or feeling any Covid-19 symptoms such as fever, coughing and/or trouble breathing.

 

Sunday, April 25, 2021 - 10:30am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Free, small group, open-air, 2-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending at the front gates of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC.

Directions to the Mansion, with transportation/parking suggestions/instructions for Mansion tours, can be found at: www.morrisjumel.org.

We will walk to the High Bridge along the Aqueduct trail, beginning at W. 158th x Edgecombe Avenue. Take in panoramic views of the Harlem River, The Bronx and Manhattan. Marvel at the engineering feat completed in 1848. Learn about the origin of NYC’s water system. At the end of the tour, you may wish to take an optional discounted tour of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, Manhattan’s oldest house.

Bring water & snacks & wear sturdy shoes.

Required: pre-registration (limited numbers); masks, and social distancing. Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Contact Pete Dispensa by email, phone or text, solarconstant@msn.com or 914-522-5000.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 10:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Joint walk with the Lenoir Nature Preserve’s Curator, Sara Cavanaugh, along the Old Croton Aqueduct in our Four Seasons/Three Parks Series.

Free, small group, open-air, 4-mile (total) loop walk beginning and ending where we will meet at the Lenoir Nature Preserve, 19 Dudley Street (not Place), Yonkers, and enjoy a 4-mile walk through the Nature Preserve, along the Aqueduct Trail, into Untermyer Gardens and back, with time spent exploring the Preserve and the Gardens in the Spring.

Some steep hills: wear sturdy shoes and bring water.

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks; and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.

Contact Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448.

Saturday, May 1, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Starting at 10:00 am.

Presenter: Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, and Parks & Trails NY, Riverkeeper Sweep, Westchester Parks Foundation, Teatown Lake Reservation, NY-NJ Trail Conference, Suburban Native LLC, New York State Department of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, NY State Department of Environment Conservation, Office of the Yonkers City Council

Join the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, local volunteers, and naturalists to celebrate I Love My Park Day by volunteering in your community to make a difference on the Aqueduct Trail.

Volunteers will be removing invasive plants, lopping tree-strangling vines, removing trash, and in some locations, planting native plants. Come learn how to identify invasive species and the best way to manage them. We have experienced crew leaders so volunteers will be in great hands.

There are five locations from which to choose from when you register at www.aqueduct.org/ilmpd

  • Gerlach Park site is in Ossining – ages 13 and up, from 10am to 2pm
  • Wicker St. site is in Yonkers – ages 13 and up, from 10am to 2pm
  • Quaker Bridge Road site is in Croton on Hudson – all ages welcome, from 10am to 3pm
  • Tibbetts Brook Park is in Yonkers – all ages welcome, from 10am to 1pm
  • Croton Dam site is in Croton on Hudson – ages 18 and above, from 10am to 3pm

Adhering to all COVID guidelines. Masks and pre-registration required

Sunday, May 2, 2021 - 11:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and Urban Trail Conference

Joint Walk with the Urban Trail Conference

Free, small group, open-air loop walk. Meet in either of two locations at 11 am: Take the local No. 1, IRT, to the last stop in the Bronx, 242nd St. and meet downstairs on the park side of Broadway OR meet at the first parking lot (free) of the Van Cortlandt Park (VCP) golf course. Or you could meet us where we begin the walk: at the VCP golf clubhouse by the lake.

Moderate walk, approximately 6 miles (4-mile only bail-out option available), can be muddy; portions on the John Muir Trail will be hilly.

Please bring food & water. History, birds, botany, and beauty may be anticipated. We will conclude at the historic 1902 golf clubhouse, where (at your option) you may purchase snacks and drinks.

Sara Kelsey and Victor Scelzo (Urban Trail Conference) co-leaders. Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks; and social distancing. Walk will be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate. Contact Sara Kelsey, saraakelsey@gmail.com or phone/text: 646-303-1448.

Sunday, May 16, 2021 - 11:00am
Presenter: 
Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Easy, small group, open-air 2 mile/1.5 hour (total) loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Meet near the restrooms at the rear (south end) of the parking lot at Croton Gorge Park, Rte. 129, Cortlandt, NY. 10567, GPS Coordinates: 41°13′34′′N 73°51′21′′W (free parking). The leaders of the hike will discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail. The Aqueduct was completed in 1842 to supply fresh water to a thirsty New York City.

(From Metro-North Hudson Line Croton-Harmon Train Station: 15-minute taxi.)

Required: pre-registration (limited number); masks; and social distancing.

Walk may be rescheduled if weather does not cooperate.