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.

Friends Annual Spring Fundraiser
“Riviera Renaissance”
Thursday, April 19, 6-8 pm
Pelham-Split Rock Golf Clubhouse
870 Shore Road

Join the Friends of Pelham Bay Park to celebrate Orchard Beach, the “Rivera of New York City,” and its landmark Pavilion. We will honor Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr., for spearheading efforts to restore the Pavilion, as well as Michael Max Knobbe, Executive Director of BronxNet, for enthusiastically promoting the uniqueness of Orchard Beach. We will also announce the Grand Prize Winner of our Picture the Beach! Photo Contest. Enjoy Giveaways, Raffle Prizes, and Good Friends!

Tickets: $60 by April 17 online at fopbspringfundraiser.eventbrite.com; $75 at the door. For further information, call: 718-430-4685 or email: friendsofpelhambaypark@gmail.com

Generously supported by BronxChester Realty, Five J’s Automotive and Schuyler Hill Funeral Home.

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.

Birding
Sunday, April 1, 11 am-12:30 pm
Pelham Bay Nature Center
Enter the Park at Bruckner Blvd. and Wilkinson Ave.

New York City is home to an amazing abundance of wildlife.  Our Urban Park Rangers will guide you to the best viewing spots during different seasons of the year. Birding programs are appropriate for all skill levels and beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars if you have them, or ask a Ranger to borrow a pair. Cost: Free

Spring Break at BPMM
Monday, April 2-Friday, April 6, 9 am-1 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Have your children spend spring break at Bartow-Pell in an action-packed program with BPMM’s educators. From hiking and exploring, to crafting and cooking, kids will discover the rich history of BPMM. Recommended for children ages 6 to 12. Kids should bring their own bag lunch and dress appropriately for the weather. Space is limited and registration is required. Call: 718-885-1461 or Email: info@bpmm.org  Cost: $300

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

Join the Urban Park Rangers and learn how to navigate using a map and a compass. Find hidden objects placed around the Park. Cost: Free

Kids Week Bronx: Coastal Exploration
Thursday, April 5, 11 am-12:30 pm
Orchard Beach Nature Center
Section 2, Orchard Beach Promenade

Join the Urban Park Rangers, who will guide you to the best wildlife viewing spots near the shore. Explore the wildlife living along the bay. Cost: Free

First Friday!
Friday, April 6, 5:30-8:30 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

First Friday! kicks off with Hudson Valley Sally. Enjoy the music, explore the museum, and stroll the garden; light refreshments available. The free trolley makes an hourly loop starting at 5:25 pm from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Registration requested. Call: 718-885-1461 or email: info@bpmm.org  Cost: Members-$5; Adults-$15; Seniors/Students-$10.

Survival Series: Pack and Prepare
Saturday, April 14, 11 am-12:30 pm
Pelham Bay Nature Center
Enter the Park at Bruckner Blvd and Wilkinson Ave

Our Urban Park Ranger are well-versed in outdoor lore. Learn tips and tricks that will enhance your knowledge of the natural world, and that 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, a survival programs is perfect for you. Cost: Free

Horticulture Partner Orientation Days
April 16, 20, 21, 10-11:30 am
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Get your hands dirty at Bartow-Pell! Become a Horticulture Partner and give of your time, talent, and energy. You’ll get back the satisfaction of a job well done, a wheel barrow full of knowledge, and a green thumb. Horticulture Partners work side-by-side with BPMM’s Children’s Garden Manager to tend the garden visited by school groups and the community throughout the spring and summer. The work may be physically demanding, but it is rewarding. Parents with children welcome! Register to learn more at one of the orientation days. Call: 718-885-1461 or Email: info@bpmm.org

Spring Citywide Stewardship Day
Saturday, April 21, 9 am-1 pm
Meet: Orchard Beach Parking Lot

Volunteer with the Stewardship Team and help restore and maintain natural areas in the Park. This is part of a city-wide effort. Come dressed in sturdy boots or shoes, long pants, and clothing that can get dirty. Please bring your own water bottle. Space is limited and registration is required for this event. Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by a chaperone. Register at: www.nycgovparks.org/registration/stewardship   For more information, call: 718-392-5232

Bartow’s Literary Elevenses Book Club
Saturday, April 21, 10-11:30 am
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

The “Elevenses” refers to a tradition of tea time at 11:00 am. Join Museum guides as they lead a historical-fiction book club where literature and tea blend for a savory adventure. Contact Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum for the current book being explored. 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! Call: 718-885-1461 or email: info@bpmm.org  Cost: Free

25th Annual Earth Fest Celebration
Sunday, April 22, 12-3 pm
Playground for All Children
Enter the Park at Bruckner Blvd and Middletown Rd.

Join us to celebrate the earth and all that it provides us.  Enjoy a fun-filled day that includes a volunteer project, Urban Park Ranger information and display, a sensory garden, environmental displays, arts and crafts, music, a live performance, and more! Come early and take part in the volunteer project at 10 am. For more information, call 718-430-1891. Cost: Free

Go Fly a Kite!
Sunday, April 22, 12-3 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Celebrate Earth Day the BPMM way by crafting a one-of-a-kind kite using recycled materials, willow branches, and newspapers. Come be part of the celebration and experiment with wind directions and elevations on the front lawn of the mansion. Cost: Free

Gardens Under Glass
Saturday, April 28, 12:30-2 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

Maria Colletti, author of Gardens Under Glass, will conduct a workshop building session using tropical plants in hanging glass terrariums. Registration required. Call: 718-885-1461 or Email: info@bpmm.org
Cost: $35 ($25 materials fee included)

Haiku Sunday
Sunday, April 29, 3-4 pm
Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum
895 Shore Road

April is National Poetry Month, the perfect time to learn all about the Japanese form of verse called haiku. Discover how 17 syllables can uniquely describe an observation or express a feeling. BPMM’s Museum educator Linda Sacewicz will share her unexpected journey of writing haikus for pure enjoyment, which resulted in the publication of her book Life in My Garden. As a coda, have some fun writing your own haikus. Cost: Free with admission to the Museum.