What’s happening?: Things to do in the Bronx this month

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Learn how to build a fire on Feb. 25 at Crotona Park.
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The Bronx Museum

Curator-led Tours: Swagger and Tenderness

Feb. 18, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Take a trip to The Bronx Museum for a guided tour of Swagger and Tenderness, a portrait exhibition by John Ahearn and Rigoberto Torres. Spend the afternoon learning about the exhibition from guest curators at the museum.

Cosmos Gates Film Screening I

Feb. 24, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Visit The Bronx Museum for a screening party of Cosmos Gates, a film featuring various aspects of The Bronx’s history. Discover unseen footage of historical sites in the borough and see learn how people used to live through home videos dating back to the 1930s.

Van Cortlandt Park

February Forest Restoration Fridays

Feb. 17 and 24, 10 a.m-1 p.m.

Join the Van Cortlandt Park Alliance at this weekly program, where members of the community can help maintain the forests in this Bronx park. Learn about the importance of the forest while doing hands-on work, like tree removal and planting.

Nature Exploration: John Muir Trail

Feb. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Go on a guided, extended hike through Van Cortlandt Park’s John Muir Trail, which connects the park’s West and East side.

It’s A Horse of Course Hike and Greet

Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Take your family on a hike from the Van Cortlandt Nature Center to the Riverdale Stables for a meet and greet with the Parks Enforcement Patrol Mounted Unit. You’ll have to opportunity to learn about and interact with the horses that help keep the park safe. Register for free here.

Kids Week: Nature Puppet Show

Feb. 20, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Take your kids to Van Cortlandt park’s nature-themed puppet show hosted by the Park Rangers. Learn more about the many animals that can be found in our local parks in a hands-on and fun way.

New York Botanical Garden

Amazing Conifers Tour

Feb. 21 and 25 at 12:30 p.m., and Feb. 10 and 22 at 2:30 p.m.

Head to the New York Botanical Garden for a guided tour of their collection of conifer trees from around the world. View 15 acres of beautiful greenery while getting to learn about the history of the Garden.

History of NYBG Tour

Feb. 19 and 26 at 11 a.m.

Join the New York Botanical Garden for a guided tour of its most historically-significant sites, spread across 250 acres of greenery. Explore everything the Garden has to offer and learn more about its importance in nature conservation and in New York’s culture.

Women Leaders of the Garden

Feb. 19 at 2:30 p.m.

Spend an afternoon at the Reflecting Pool at the New York Botanical Garden learning about the roles that women have played in its history. Learn about their leadership throughout the Garden along with their contributions to other areas, including science, philanthropy and education.

Magnificent Trees of NYBG Tour

Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Join the New York Botanical Garden for a tour of all the magnificent trees in their collection. You’ll learn about the unique characteristics of different types of trees and even get to see trees that are well over a century old.

Bird Tour

Feb. 18 at 11 a.m.

Take a tour through the Botanical Garden’s diverse natural landscape with an expert bird guide from NYC Audubon. You’ll get to see birds living in the Garden and learn about why it’s such an important habitat for a variety of species.

Crazy for Composting! 

Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Take part in the NYC Compost Project Hosted by The New York Botanical Garden. You’ll have the opportunity to participate in workshops and connect with people who use the compost to grow food for communities in New York City.

Rock Garden Tour

Feb. 19 at 12:30 p.m.

Explore everything that the New York Botanical Garden’s gorgeous rock garden. Enjoy views of a pond, a waterfall and exotic alpine plants from six of the seven continents.

Bronx Documentary Center

‘We Cry in Silence’: Smita Sharma Opening Reception

Feb. 17 at 6 p.m.

The Bronx Documentary Center is hosting an opening reception for photojournalist Smita Sharma’s exhibition, ‘We Cry in Silence.’ The exhibition aims to bring attention to the complicated issue of cross-border trafficking of girls across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Admission is free. RSVP here.


Mall at Bay Plaza

Bronx Fashion Week Fashion Show

Feb. 18, 4 p.m.

Head over to the Mall at Bay Plaza to experience a fashion show featuring designers from The Bronx. Witness an exciting display of creativity and celebrate diversity and inclusion in fashion.

Valentine’s Day Free Kids Event

Feb. 18, 3:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Take your little ones to this family-friendly event at the Mall at Bay Plaza. Spend the evening enjoying music, winning prizes, and doing Valentine’s Day-related arts and crafts projects.

Bronx River

Winter Birding with NYC Audubon

Feb. 26, 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Join NYC Audubon and the Bronx River Alliance on a walk along the Bronx River, where you’ll get to see a variety of beautiful birds that live around and depend on the river. You’ll also develop an understanding of biodiversity and wildlife in an urban setting like the Bronx.

Soundview Park Restoration and Lanternfly Hunt

March 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join NYC Parks Stewardship and the Teddy Bear Project to help restore the Soundview Butterfly Garden. This is a hands-on, entirely outdoor event where participants will learn how to spot and remove Lanternfly egg masses. They will also be trained on how to identify and remove invasive plants. Participants should meet at Soundview Butterfly Garden at the corner of Colgate Ave and Lafayette Ave, and be sure to dress appropriately for outdoor work. Register for the event and learn more here.

Wave Hill

Public Garden & Conservatory Highlights Walk

Feb. 19 and 26, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy a casual walk through Wave Hill’s gardens. Spend 45 minutes observing nature and learning about the gardens with a tour guide.

Family Art Project: Winter Silhouettes

Feb. 18 and 19, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Take a trip to Wave Hill with your family to get involved in a creative art project. Play with lights and shadows to draw various kinds of trees, and decorate your creations using paint and dried plants.

Winter Workspace 2023: Open Studios

Feb. 18, 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Artists can take advantage of Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace, where they’ll have access to free studio space to experiment with art and nature.

Family Art Project: Sounds of Winter Stillness

Feb. 25-26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Kids can explore the winter concepts of dormancy, hibernation, and stillness through an arts and crafts project at Wave Hill. Create different kinds of animals that experience hibernation using a mix of found and natural materials.

Concert: Warp Trio

Feb. 26, 2 p.m.-3 p.m.

Enjoy an hour-long concert by the Juilliard-trained musicians that make up Warp Trio. Listen to them perform a variety of music, ranging from rock to jazz, at Wave Hill.

Family Art Project: A Growing Season

March 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Get ready for spring gardening by creating a DIY flower pot at Wave Hill. Kids will be able to design and decorate their own flower pots using upcycled cardboard boxes. They’ll even be provided with soil and a seed to start growing their very own special plant.

Art Conversation: “Spade & Brush: Painting the Material Culture of the Garden”

March 5, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Meet painter and horticulturist Rebecca Allan, and design historian Sarah Lichtman for an interesting conversation on how we relate to each other and the natural environment using painting and horticulture. They’ll also present and discuss historical art about gardens and plant life from important historical artists. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to register here.

Poe Park

Learn to Draw

March 1, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Visit the Poe Park Visitor center for a free beginner- and adult-friendly drawing class. Participants will learn about fundamental art concepts like light and shadow techniques, as well as basic drawing techniques like scaling and composition. You’ll also get to practice what you’ve learned through observational drawing.

NYC Parks Presents “Everything Women”

March 2, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Visit the Poe Park Visitors Center for an art show all about women, featuring women artists. The show is part of the center’s month-long March Showcase.

NYC Parks Presents Roll Out the Red Carpet: Fashion Photography Event

March 11, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.

Photographers can visit the Poe Park Visitor Center for a free fashion photography event. Practice your photography and put your skills to the test by taking pictures of fashion models in action at a real fashion show.

Pelham Bay Park

Kids Week: Birding for Kids

Feb. 22, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Kids can experience nature in a fun and hands-on way through bird watching at Pelham Bay Park. Urban Park Rangers will teach kids how to identify different kinds of birds based on sight and sounds at this event.

Nature Exploration: Kazimiroff Nature Trail

Feb. 25, 11 p.m.-12:30 p.m.

Explore Pelham Bay Park on this hike through the Kazimiroff Nature Trail. Learn about the estuary and forest ecosystems in the area as you hike through this historic trail with the help of Park Rangers.

Seal Exploration

Feb. 26, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Observe seals in the Long Island Sound with the help of Pelham Bay Park’s Urban Park Rangers. You’ll get to learn more about New York City’s wildlife and which spots in the park are best for viewing them.

Crotona Park

Nature’s Workshop: Natural Cordage Workshop

Feb. 19, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Take a trip to Crotona Park to learn all about ropes and cordage. You’ll learn how to identify plants traditionally used for cordage making and even try your hand at making this essential tool yourself. You’ll also get to experiment with different crafts that require cordage.

Kids Week: Nature Scavenger Hunt

Feb. 21, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Take your kids to Crotona Park and join the park’s Urban Park Rangers on a fun scavenger hunt in nature.

Kids Week: Survival Skills for Kids

Feb. 23, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Gain all the skills you need to survive on a deserted island at this workshop! Kids will be able to learn basic outdoor skills, including shelter building, fire making and survival skills.

Outdoor Skills: Fire Building

Feb. 25, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Learn how to build a fire using a variety of different materials with the help of Crotona Park’s Urban Park Rangers. The whole family can learn this basic survival skill at this family-friendly event.

Crotona Park Highlights Hike

Feb. 26, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Join the Park Rangers for an afternoon hike through historically significant parts of Crotona Park. You’ll get to see specific sites that were important for the history of the park and for the Bronx as a whole.

Rev. T. Wendell Foster Park and Recreation Center

Latin Dance Fitness

Feb. 18, 25, 10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Get moving and improve your health with this fun fitness class! Led by an instructor, this creative and fun workout class makes it easy to get your exercise in by fusing dance and aerobics.

Cardio Sculpt

Feb. 18, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. 

Have fun and get active at this fitness class in celebration of Black History Month! Take part in low-impact cardio while wearing the colors of the Pan-African flag and moving to music made by Black artists. Free Shape Up NYC giveaways will be provided while supplies last.

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