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.

Kids Week Bronx: Urban Forest Exploration
Thursday, February 22, 1-2:30 pm
Meet: Pelham Bay Nature Center
Enter the Park at Bruckner Blvd. and Wilkinson Ave.

Pelham Bay is the largest park in New York City. Join the Urban Park Rangers and explore the areas where Native American settlements existed centuries before our great city existed. Walk through one of the most bio-diverse forests in NYC, including the majestic “Granny Oak,” which is over 220 years old. Cost: Free.

Natural Areas Conservancy Walk and Talk
Sunday, February 25, 2018, 11 am- 2 pm
Meet: Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Join a guided walk through the coastal and forested areas of New York City’s largest park. This diverse 2,772-acre park has plentiful forest and wetland areas and is home to significant wildlife. Ecologically speaking, Pelham Bay Park is the southern tip of New England and has characteristics quite distinct from the rest of New York City. Ecologist Helen Forgione will lead the tour. The walk will end back at Bartow-Pell Mansion with hot chocolate! Wear warm clothes, snow-ready walking shoes, and bring water. Cost: Free.

Pysanky Easter Egg Workshop
Saturday, March 3, 11:30 am-3:30 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Learn the time-honored art of creating intricately patterned Ukrainian Easter eggs and make you own, using a wax-resist technique at this hands-on workshop. Hot wax and permanent dyes are used, so dress accordingly. For: ages 12 and older. Please bring a bag lunch. Cost: BPMM members: $15; non-members: $20 (includes admission to the museum and materials fee.) Registration required. Call: 718-885-1461 or email:

Bronx Opera Company
Sunday, March 4, 2018, 4-6 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Musuem
895 Shore Road

Get acquainted with opera. Here’s your opportunity to enjoy an afternoon of an art form that has withstood the test of time. The Bronx Opera Company has put together a wonderful program featuring three members of the Company accompanied by solo piano. Cost: Free with Museum admission.

Hunter Island Night Hike
Sunday, March 4, 6-7:30 pm
Location given to those selected through the lottery.
Registration for lottery opens on Wednesday, February 21.
Please visit:

Owls, deer, coyotes, and raccoons are among the many animals that call Pelham Bay Park home. Join our Urban Park Rangers for this rare winter night hike. Cost: Free

Seal Exploration
Saturday March 10, 1-2:30 pm
Meet: Orchard Beach Nature Center, at Section 2

Winter is an amazing time of year to observe seals in the NY harbor estuary. You may be surprised by what looks like a rock in the distance, is actually a healthy seal. Our Urban Park Ranger will guide you to the best viewing spots. Cost: Free

Lecture and Discussion: Dining out in the 19th Century
Thursday, March 15, 7-9 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Join author and Yale professor Paul Freedman as he discusses two chapters from his recent book “Ten Restaurants that Changed America.” Lean about the evolution of modern restaurant dining through a close-up look at Antoine’s and Delmonico’s, two New York City establishments that left an indelible mark on the American dining experience. Cost: Free to BPMM members; non-members: $10.

Bartow’s Literary Elevenses Book Club
Saturday, March 17, 10-11:30 am
(This event repeats on the 3rd Saturday of the month between
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

The “Elevenses” refers to the tradition of tea time at 11:00 am. Here, join Museum guides as they lead a historical-fiction book club where literature and tea blend for a savory adventure. Contact Bartow-Pell for the current book being explored. (Call: 718-885-1461 or Email: Tea and light refreshments will be served; please bring a sweet or savory snack for the group to enjoy! Cost: Free.

Survival Series #4: The Ten Essentials
Saturday, March 17, 1-2:30 pm
Meet: 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. All programs are family-friendly, but are recommended for ages 8 years and older. Cost: Free

Easter Egg Hunt
Saturday, March 24, 10 am-1 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Children 2-12 hunt for eggs, enjoy arts and crafts, and have photos taken with the Easter Bunny. Please bring a basket. Rain date: Sunday, March 25, 1-3:30 pm. Free parking across the street at the Pelham-Split Rock Golf course parking lot. Cost: BPMM member children: $10; non-member children: $15.

The Pelham Bay Super Hike (Vigorous)
Saturday, March 24, 10 am-2 pm
Meet: Pelham Bay Nature Center
Enter the Park at Bruckner Blvd. and Wilkinson Ave.

Our Urban Park Ranger hiking programs feature intensity levels ranging from light, to moderate, to vigorous. This challenging hike winds its way through many diverse forests and ecosystems in Pelham Bay Park. Vigorous hikes feature long distances with hills and rugged terrain. Wear comfortable shoes or boots, pack a light snack and bring water. Cost: Free.

Women’s History Month: Anne Hutchinson
Sunday, March 25, 1-2:30 pm
Meet: Pelham Bay-Split Rock Golf Clubhouse
Shore Road, near Bartow-Pell Mansion

The Urban Park Rangers will lead the way on this hike to Split Rock, highlighting the life and death of Anne Hutchinson, a key figure in the development of religious freedom in the English American colonies. Cost: Free.