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CANCELED: Winter Nature Exploration at the Audubon Center

CANCELED:

Due to the rising rates of COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution, Winter Nature Exploration at the Audubon Center has been canceled.

We hope you’ll explore Prospect Park’s nature from home via Virtual Prospect Park where patrons can learn about the park’s history, its wide variety of plants and animals, and enjoy educational resources virtually. 

Prospect Park Alliance invites you to get inspired by the nature in Brooklyn’s Backyard at the Prospect Park Audubon Center, December 27-31​! Discovery Carts and other interactive activities are available on the ground floor and Animal Encounters and Nature Walks will happen during timed sessions.
Please Note: Masks are required for all indoor and outdoor activities for visitors age 2 and over. As per NYC Executive Order, all visitors age 5 and older must show proof of at least 1 COVID vaccination shot in order to enter indoor areas, and visitors age 12 and older must show proof of full vaccination, meaning two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Capacity is limited, all activities are first come, first served. Tickets are required only for Animal Encounters.

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Open Play at the Audubon Center
Enjoy Discovery Carts and other interactive activities.
Capacity is limited, activities are first come, first served, no advanced tickets are required.
Daily 12/27-12/31:  12-4 pm

Nature Walks
An Alliance Naturalist will lead children and families on a Prospect Park nature walk to learn how to ID species and where to spot birds who spend their winters in the park.
Daily 12/27-12/31, 12pm-12:30pm​, 1:30pm-2:00pm, 3:00pm-3:30pm​

Animal Encounters
Join Alliance Naturalists to meet the Audubon Center’s resident animal species. Capacity is limited, advanced reservations are required—get tickets.
Daily 12/27-12/31, 12:45pm-1:15pm, 2:15pm-2:45pm

Learn more about the Audubon Center, located in Prospect Park’s historic Boathouse.

Mulchfest 2022

Join Prospect Park Alliance on January 8 and 9, for Mulchfest, an annual citywide event that got its start in Prospect Park in partnership with the Park Slope Civic Council.

Bring your holiday tree to Prospect Park to be transformed into environment-friendly mulch that will help nourish the park– and you can even take home for your own use! Tree chipping will be at the 3rd Street Entrance and Park Circle Entrance. Please make sure to remove all decorations from the trees prior to drop-off.

Volunteers are needed to assist those bringing their trees for recycling by removing ornaments and distributing mulch throughout the park. Register to volunteer today.

Can’t make it out January 8 or 9? December 26 through January 9, the community is welcome to leave holiday trees at one of the tree drop off locations at the 3rd Street Entrance, Park Circle Entrance, or Lincoln Road Entrance. The trees will be collected by staff members and volunteers.

Learn more about Mulchfest

Tennis Holiday Adult + Junior Programs

During the December Holiday week, the Prospect Park Tennis Center offers intensive group instruction for adults and children of all levels of experience. Our accomplished staff of tennis professionals give players personal attention while they acquire game fundamentals and increase their skill level.

Holiday Programs run December 27 – 30, 1-4 pm, players must register in advance.

Learn more about the Holiday Adult + Junior Programs.

To sign up, please call Kenji Michaud at (718) 436-2500 ext.306 or email kmichaud@prospectpark.org.

Molière in the Park: A Very Modern Classical Evening

Join Prospect Park Alliance and Molière in the Park for Gaël Octavia’s fever dreamlike Family, translated by Katharine Woff and Lucie Tiberghien, and Molière’s outrageous and fast-paced farce The Imaginary Cuckold.

Learn more and reserve your free tickets here!

Performance Dates

Thursday, December 9 at 7pm and Friday, December 10 at 7pm in English.
Running Time is 1 hour 45 minutes and both performances will be followed by a Q&A with the artists involved. Proof of vaccination and ID will be checked at the door.

About The Plays

Family – ​In Gaël Octavia’s fever dreamlike Family, a trapped wife, a closeted queer husband, and their young children unravel under the weight of “maintaining the facade.” What is the disease that spreads through us and our families when social conventions of any kind force us into hiding?

The Imaginary Cuckold – In Molière’s farce, The Imaginary Cuckold, a tiny innocuous event gives birth to a virus called paranoia that contaminates all the characters in the story like a formidable wildfire. Within no time, all have lost their mind and become “imaginary cuckolds.”

About Molière in the Park

Molière in the Park is driven by the conviction that neighborhoods with easy, regular and affordable access to theater are breeding grounds for thriving individuals, families and communities. We believe theater promotes health and hope. It encourages communal reflection and fosters empathy as a core value. It is one of the cornerstones of a functioning society.

Founded in 2018 by Lucie Tiberghien and Garth Belcon, MIP is now becoming an annual staple of Brooklyn’s foray into summer, and is the sole company in the borough dedicated to bringing FREE theater of the highest caliber to all of the people of Brooklyn, annually.

Produced by Molière in the Park with the generous support of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. In partnership with Prospect Park Alliance and LeFrak Center at Lakeside.

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Junior Volunteer Corps

Join Prospect Park Alliance for a day of fun as we prepare the park for winter! Families and elementary-school-aged groups are invited to join us to rake leaves. Come learn the value of service and meet other families and children on this day of giving back.

Please visit our event registration page to preregister for this event.

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Groups please complete our Group Inquiry Form.

Requirements and Guidelines:

  • Face coverings (masks) are optional for volunteers
  • The minimum age to borrow tools is 14 years old
  • Supervised children are welcome to participate
  • Please bring your own mask, water and refreshments
  • Please do not come to the park if you are sick
Jordan Rathkopf

Junior Volunteer Corps

Join Prospect Park Alliance for a day of fun as we prepare the park for winter! Families and elementary-school-aged groups are invited to join us to rake leaves. Come learn the value of service and meet other families and children on this day of giving back.

Please visit our event registration page to preregister for this event.

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Groups please complete our Group Inquiry Form.

Requirements and Guidelines:

  • Face coverings (masks) are optional for volunteers
  • The minimum age to borrow tools is 14 years old
  • Supervised children are welcome to participate
  • Please bring your own mask, water and refreshments
  • Please do not come to the park if you are sick

Green + Go Kits

Join Prospect Park Alliance on select Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October to help keep the park green and vibrant. Check out a Green + Go Kit to explore the park while tackling litter and helping with other greening opportunities. The kits can be checked out at various locations throughout the park and will include all necessary tools. Click here to view Green + Go Kit dates, times, and locations.

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The minimum age to participate is 14 years old; supervised children are welcome.

Green + Go Kits are presented in partnership with Macy’s.

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Iconic view of the Long Meadow looking south, 1902, Prospect Park Alliance Archives

Virtual Program: Olmsted and America’s Public Parks

Olmsted 200 invites you to join us in celebrating Frederick Law Olmsted’s 199th birthday with a watch party! Help us kick off the bicentennial celebration of Olmsted’s life, legacy, and the public spaces he designed across America.

Enjoy Olmsted and America’s Public Parks online anytime between April 24-25. The next day, April 26 at 5:30 pm, join the live panel discussion moderated by TIME Magazine’s Justin Worland with Dr. Thaisa Way, Happy Haynes, and Justin DiBerardinis.

Directed by Prospect Park Alliance Board Member Rebecca Messner, this documentary highlights iconic Olmsted projects across the country and provides a look into Frederick Law Olmsted’s multifaceted life. Some of the featured projects include Central Park, Prospect Park, and the Emerald Necklace.

Register today to attend this birthday celebration event. You will then receive a free, personal watch party link in an email on April 23 to join in the fun starting April 24.

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Photo by Reilly Horan

can anybody help me hold this body

devynn emory’s latest work is a virtual conversation, film, public grief altar, and website archive. The artist encourages you to engage with all aspects of this work. 

Wednesday, March 31 | 7pm ET
deadbird film premiere & conversation with Okwui Okpokwasili
Sliding scale: $0-$20
REGISTER HERE

The March 31 film premiere and conversation with Okpokwasili is a one-time livestream event. A link will be sent 30 minutes prior to the program.
Can’t join the live event on March 31? You can register to self-stream deadbirdRegister to self-stream here.

Thursday-Saturday, April 1-3 | 12-4pm ET 
public grief altar: can anybody help me hold this body
Free
REGISTER HERE

The location in Prospect Park, Brooklyn, will be shared after registration.

About deadbird the film
deadbird is a new film by emory. It is part-critical commentary of the medical industrial complex that’s in friction with emory’s own ceremonial end-of-life care practice, and part-grief space for emory’s body as a hospice and COVID-19 nurse, spirit medium, and artist. deadbird is an invitation to “grieve in honor of the bodies and spirits who are our teachers as they leave this plane.” This work carries the complexities of death and dying, with a mannequin (voiced by Julia Bennett, Neil Greenberg, and Calvin Stalvig) playing multiple characters, telling stories of near-death experiences, pre-death visualizations, and transitions into the afterworld. On the evening of the premiere, emory will be joined by choreographer and writer Okwui Okpokwasili in conversation. Following the premiere, the film will be available for online viewing from April 1-3.

About the public grief altar: can anybody help me hold this body
deadbird the film will offer instructions to engage the public grief altar, called can anybody help me hold this body, tended by emory and Joseph M. Pierce (Cherokee Nation) in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park from April 1-3. The altar is an invitation to the public to be in ceremony together, to strategize how to hold a person’s last wishes, and practice grieving the layered pandemics of this time. 

Instructions on how to create a grief space of your own in another city or in a safe outdoor location near you will also be provided. The deadbird website will archive the living deadbird project and a gallery of altar offerings from the public collective grief altar project. Writes emory, “let us awaken to the call to grieve as an essential act of embodiment so that we remain resilient and connected to our awakening bodies, and each others.” For more information, visit deadbird.land

deadbird was scheduled to premiere as a live performance in Danspace’s Spring 2020 season. In response to the pandemic, Danspace has collaborated with emory to commission a reimagined life for deadbird

deadbird and can anybody help me hold this body begins in New York, and will extend this spring to the cities of Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; and Los Angeles, CA. In each location, the altar will be tended by a local BIPOC artist honoring the land they reside on.

Presented in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance

Accessibility:
The film will include closed captions. Automated captioning will be available for the live conversation. Please email seta@danspaceproject.org to request CART live captioning or to plan your site visit to Prospect Park.
Please note: Face coverings must be worn to visit the public grief altar at Prospect Park.

deadbird was commissioned and is premiering at Danspace Project in 2021, and was a part of the Eureka Commissions Program by Onassis USA.

BAM Presents: Influences

BAM Presents: Influences
Le Patin Libre

Choreography by Alexandre Hamel, Pascale Jodoin, Samory Ba, Taylor Dilley, Jasmin Boivin

★★★★★
“A pure body rush of liberation and space.”
—The Guardian

BAM, in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, is bringing one of their spring performances to Prospect Park! The exhilarating possibilities of modern dance on ice. Gliding, sliding, and soaring, the performers of Montreal’s contemporary skating company Le Patin Libre transform the ice rink at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park into an outdoor theater. Join your neighbors in a socially-distant seating arrangement right on the ice to experience the unique rush and elegance of this uncommon art form. The evening begins with a series of short works showcasing the company’s remarkable athleticism and artistic range, followed by Influences, an exploration of tension, harmony, and individualism. Throughout it all, the artists of Le Patin Libre make intricate choreography appear as an effortless act of creation.

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Performance times:

Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
 8-9pm

Saturday
2-3pm and 8-9pm 

Sunday
2-3pm