Events

Picture the Beach! Photo Contest
When should you submit your image?

People at the Beach: Jan. 1-8
Scenic Vistas: Jan 21-27
Wildlife: Feb 11-17
Infused by Bronx History: Mar 4-10
Seasons: Mar 25-31

Welcome all photographers! Find our how to submit your photos, and read all the rules and regulations, on our
News page. Voting will be by a panel of judges, and on Facebook. Help celebrate Orchard Beach
as plans are made to begin restoring the historic landmark Pavilion bathhouse.

Get Your Hike On!
Sunday, January 14, 10-11:30 am
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Join the Urban Park Rangers for a guided walk through the coastal and forested areas of New York City’s largest park. Learn how to identify trees in winter and to interpret signs of wildlife. The walk will begin at Bartow-Pell and end there with hot chocolate! Wear warm clothes, snow-ready walking shoes, and bring water. Cost: Free

Bartow’s Literary Elevenses
Saturday, January 20, 10-11:30 am
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Join Museum guides as they lead an historical-fiction book club where literature and tea blend for a savory adventure. This month’s read is “The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street” by Susan Jane Gilman. Tea and light refreshments will be served; please bring a sweet or savory snack for the group to enjoy! Come be part of the fun. Cost: Free. Registration requested. Call: 718-885-1461 or email: info@bpmmorg

Civil War Mansion Tour
Saturday, January 20, 3-4 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

History will come alive and connections will be made as you take a walk through the mansion with our Museum Guide. The tour will focus on key elements in the period rooms as they relate to the broader subject of the 1860s and New York City during the Civil War era. Cost: Free with admission to the Museum. Adults: $8; Seniors and Students: $6; Free for Members and children under six.

Historic New York: Split Rock
Sunday, January 21, 1-2:30 pm
Meet at the Split Rock Golf House
Shore Road, near Bartow-Pell Mansion

Split Rock has been a Pelham landmark, some say, for as long as there has been a Pelham. The gigantic boulders seems to have been split in half. It has a colorful history and has been associated with a variety of local legends and traditions. Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn about this historic rock and its surroundings. Cost: Free

Birding: Owls
Sunday, January 28, 1-2:30 pm
Participants chosen by lottery. To register, please visit:
nyc.gov/parks/rangers/register starting on Wednesday, January 17
Meeting place will be shared with lottery winners

Pelham Bay Park is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. The Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots. Year-round birding programs focus on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. To enhance your experience we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Cost: Free

Outdoor Skills: Survival Series #2-Shelter Building
Saturday, February 3, 1-2:30 pm
Meet at the Pelham Bay Nature Center. Enter the Park at Bruckner Blvd. and Wilkinson Ave.

Our Urban Park Rangers are well-versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and might just save your life. Whether you are preparing for an extended journey through the woods or just want to be more prepared for any situation, an outdoor skills program is the perfect fit for you. All programs are family-friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older. Cost: Free

Seal Exploration
Saturday, February 10, 2-3:30 pm
Meet at the Orchard Beach Nature Center, Section 2

Pelham Bay Park is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots. Programs throughout the year focus on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Winter is a great time to observe the seals that populate the waters surrounding the Park. Bring binoculars, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Cost: Free

Birding: Winter Waterfowl
Sunday, February 11, 11 am-12:30 pm
Meet at the Orchard Beach Nature Center, Section 2

Pelham Bay Park is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best spots for viewing duck and geese in the winter. We encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Cost: Free

Astronomy: The Night Sky
Sunday, February 18, 6-7:30 pm
Meet at the Pelham Bay Nature Center. Enter
the Park at Bruckner Blvd. and Wilkinson Ave.

Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe. In Night Sky programs Rangers use the naked eye to locate stars and planets. Cost: Free

Kids Week Bronx: Orienteering for Kids
Monday, February 19, 1-2:30 pm
Meet at the Pelham Bay Nature Center. Enter
the Park at Bruckner Blvd. and Wilkinson Ave.

The Urban Park Rangers will teach you how to navigate to hidden objects placed around the Park, using a map and a compass. Cost: Free