Events

New York Road Runners Open Run
Every Thursday through 2019 (June 20), 7-8 pm
Sweetgum Playground
Southern section of the Park: Enter at Bruckner Blvd.
and Wilkinson Ave.

Join this community-based, volunteer-led running initiative, free to all participants. The finish line is open until the last person is done. Courses are between 2.5 and 3 miles long. Participants are encouraged to arrive 15 minutes before the start time and to leave valuables at home. There is no bag check. Open to all ages, experience levels, walkers, strollers, dogs. All are welcome! Contact number: 212-360-3300.

Rangers Choice: Birding Van Trip
Saturday, Dec.22, 11:00 am-12:30 pm
Registration opens Dec. 12:
Visit nycgovparks.org/reg/rangers
Exact location will be shared with lottery-
selected participants.

The Urban Park Rangers offer birding programs throughout the year and the Exploration Series focuses on unique wildlife viewing opportunities during particular seasons. Winter is the best time of year to spot owls as the leaves are gone, making it harder for them to hide, and the days are shorter, which is perfect for our nocturnal residents. Cost: Free. Contact number: 718-319-7258.

Birding: Winter Waterfowl
Sunday, Dec. 23, 1:00-2:30 pm
Orchard Beach Nature Center
Section 2, Orchard Beach

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife, and the Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots.  To enhance your experience, bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow at pair. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Cost: Free. Contact number: 718-319-7258.

Cookies and Crafts
Sunday, Dec. 23, 12-2 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Drop in with your young ones to decorate some holiday cookies to take home after exploring the mansion decked out for the season. Recommended for ages 4 and older. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: Free with Museum admission (Adults: $8; Senior and Students: $6; Free for children under age 6.) Visit: bpmm.org to buy tickets online.  For more information: 718-885-1461.

Kids Week: Winter Scavenger Hunt
Friday, Dec. 28, 1:00-2:30 pm
Pelham Bay Nature Center (Enter
the Park at Bruckner Blvd. and Wilkinson Ave.)

Winter season is unpredictable, but animals and plants adapt to the changes. The Urban Park Rangers will help you find some of these adaptations on a scavenger hunt through the trails of the Park. Cost: Free. Contact number: 718-319-7258.

Seal Exploration
Sunday, Jan. 13, 10:00 11:30 am
Orchard Beach Nature Center
Section 2, Orchard Beach

Seals are among the amazing examples of wildlife in Pelham Bay Park! Our Urban Park Ranger will guide you to the best viewing spots during the winter season. To enhance your experience, we encourage you to bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Cost: Free. Contact number: 718-319-7258.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Winter Hike
Sunday, Jan. 13, 12:30-2:00 pm
Registration opens Jan. 2. Visit:
nycgovparks.org/programs/rangers
Exact location will be shared with lottery-
selected participants.

Bartow-Pell Mansion is the only remaining estate of the many that once were found in the area that is now Pelham Bay Park. Join the Rangers on a winter hike of the Mansion’s grounds and surrounding nature trails. Attendees are welcome to take a guided or self-guided tour of the mansion after the hike.
Cost: Free. Contact number: 718-319-7258.

Birding: Winter Waterfowl
Sunday, Jan. 20, 1:00-2:30 pm
Orchard Beach Nature Center
Section 2, Orchard Beach

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife, and the Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots.  To enhance your experience, bring binoculars and field guides, or ask a Ranger to borrow at pair. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Cost: Free. Contact number: 718-319-7258.

Birding: Owls
Sunday, Jan. 27, 1:00-2:30 pm
Registration begins on Jan. 16. Visit:
nycgovparks.org/reg/rangers
Exact location will be shared with lottery-
selected participants.

Winter is the best time of year to spot owls as the leaves are gone, making it harder for them to hide, and the days are shorter, which is perfect for our nocturnal residents. The Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots in the Park. Cost: Free. Contact number: 718-319-7258.