2/1/14

March in Prospect Park

Not that many stops away on the subway, beautiful Prospect Park offers a door into nature, history, fitness, carousel rides, and volunteer opportunity.

Here's what's happening in the Park in March:

Recurring Events
  • Group 5K Run: every Monday. Leaves from the porch of the Leffterts Historic House at 7 PM. Group running, walking and conditioning for long distance running. Outdoors rain or shine. No admission.
  • Beginner Bird Watching. Saturdays from 12-1 PM at the Audubon Center. Learn to identify the 250 bird species found in Prospect Park. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
  • Shape up NYC Cardio, Tone and Stretch: every Thursday from 11 AM to 12 PM at the Audubon Center. Free. Medium intensity workout suitable for all ages and fitness levels. Wear your tennie pumps and sweats and bring your mat.
  • Shape up NYC Pilates: free every Friday from 12 to 1 PM at the Audubon Center. This introductory class is open to adults and seniors. No registration required.
  • Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket: every Saturday from 8 AM to 4 PM. Do your food shopping in the park. Open since 1989, this is the flagship Brooklyn greenmarket. ETC/Food Stamps/WIC/Senior FMNP accepted. Full calendar of events and list of sellers at GrowNYC.
  • East Side Revival Volunteer Corps: meets every Monday beginning March 24 from 10 AM to 2 PM on the east side of the Park at the Vale of Cashmere (off of East Drive near the Plaza.) Help beautify the Vale of Cashmere and the Rose Garden, two of the Park's most elegant locations. Register here or call (718) 287-3400 for more information.
  • Wednesday Volunteer Corps: every Wednesday beginning March 26 from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Audubon Center and at Lefferts Historic House. Keeping the southeast section of the Park beautiful through a variety of horticultural and other tasks, the Wednesday Corp focuses on the lakeshore, the Audubon Center and Lefferts Historic House. Register here or call (718) 287-3400 for a weekly update and meetup location.
  • Thursday Volunteer Corps: meets every Thursday beginning March 27 from 10 AM to 2 PM. A different location every week. Helps with landscape and horticultural projects. Register here to receive weekly notice of meetup locations.
  • Weekend Woodland Corps: every Saturday beginning March 29 from 10 AM through 2 PM at the Picnic House Lot. Help restore the woodlands. Corps involved in the restoration of the Park's 250 acres of forest. Every weekend except holidays. Register here
Special Events
  • "Coffee Bark": Saturday, March 1, from 7-9 PM, at Long Meadow by the Picnic House. Free. Bring your pup to the park for treats and company. FIDO in Prospect Park offers free goodies for people and pets and info about off-leash activities and issues.
  • Early Morning Bird Walk -- Gulls: Sunday, March 2 at 8 AM at the Audubon Center. Free. Explore the Park's Nature Trails and identify gull species. Rain or shine. Led by the Brooklyn Bird Club.
  • NYU 5K Walk/Run for Physical Therapy Research: Saturday, March 8 from 9-11 AM. This 4th annual 5K walk/run benefits the Foundation for Physical Therapy, an independent non-profit. Registration includes a free t-shirt, special offers from sponsors and post-race food and beverages. Presented by NYU Department of Physical Therapy. Register here.
  • Urban Park Rangers Fitness Hike (vigorous): Sunday, March 9 at 1 PM at the Audubon Center. Guides will introduce you to New York City's hidden gems. Explore nature, discover the city's rich history and diverse culture, or just focus on walking and breathing. Led by the Urban Park Rangers.
  • Prospect Park Duathlon and 5K: Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 AM. The proceeds of these events will go to benefit the Prospect Park Alliance. Presented by Citytri. Register here.
  • 5K Moonlight Walk: Thursday, March 20 from 6 to 8 PM at the Audubon Center. Admission is $10 per person, $30 for a family of 4. Explore the Park's secrets with The Prospect Park Alliance on an evening hike that includes stargazing, hot cocoa and S'mores. Reservations required, limited availability. Call the Audubon Center at (718) 287-3400 x303 or email eschwartz@prospectpark.org. Cash only.
  • Urban Park Rangers Historic Park Tour: Saturday, March 29 at 12 PM. Meet under the Arch at Grand Army Plaza. Discover traces of Ice Age glaciers, Native Americans, Dutch traders, British Redcoats, and the Underground Railroad in the city's street names, architecture and parks. Urban Park Rangers will interpret the historic turning points, natural and man-made, in the city's more than 600-year history.
  • Prospect Park Carousel Opens: Thursday through Sunday, beginning March 27 from 12 - 5 PM. $2 per ride and $9 for a book of 5 tickets. Ride the Park's beautiful 1912 carousel. Members of the Prospect Park Alliance at the $125 level get a full year of free rides.
  • Junior Volunteer Corps: Sunday, March 30 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Meet at 3rd Street and Prospect Park West. Families and elementary-school-aged groups are invited to join in raking leaves, with refreshments after. Pre- register online. For more information, call (718) 287-3400. Register here.
How to get there:
By train: Q, S, or B to Prospect Park Station.
By bus: B16, B41, and B43 will bring you close to the Park's Willink entrance.
Zip Code for geo-mapping: 11225.

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