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Prospect Park is the unique result of natural forces and human ingenuity.  We hope the pages in this section are useful to those who wish to learn more about the Park's evolution as a place where nature thrives, and as a man-made, living work of art.

Many consider Prospect Park to be the masterpiece of Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, who, as a team and separately, created hundreds of landmark parks across the country, including Central Park in Manhattan and Boston’s "Emerald Necklace." Olmsted and Vaux created Prospect Park in the 1860s to serve a rapidly growing urban population.  The landscape in and around the Park has endured more than a century of change, and Prospect Park is now home to Brooklyn's last forest and only freshwater lake.

Explore the links to the left of your screen to learn more about the natural environment that has blossomed within Prospect Park's 585 acres. You can also visit us in person to learn more. Hands-on natural education is available at the Audubon Center at the Boathouse, and Brooklyn's environmental history comes to life at Lefferts Historic House.

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