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Introduction to Birdwatching Walks

Whether you’re just starting out or have already joined the birding ranks, this introductory walk is for you! Every Saturday from January 8 – June 11, 2022, join a member of the Brooklyn Bird Club on an introductory walk to learn the basics of birding and search for the dozens of species that visit Prospect Park through all seasons.

All levels are welcome and walks will begin at the Prospect Park Audubon Center. No registration necessary. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

c. Michael Moran

Brooklyn Pop-Up Holiday Market

Brooklyn Pop-Up is returning to LeFrak Center at Lakeside every Saturday through December 18th! 

Brooklyn Pop-Up’s curated outdoor retail event hosts a revolving group of local vendors including contemporary fashion, accessories, home goods, beauty, plants, and jewelry vendors–as well as artists and artisanal distillers.

The market offers  a range in product price points and as a true maker’s market, supports hand crafted & handmade goods.

Learn more about Brooklyn Pop-Up here!

Introduction to The Last Stand with Creative Time’s Curator

On Saturday, October 2nd and 9th between 2-4pm, Creative Time Associate Curator Diya Vij will provide 30-minute long overviews of The Last Stand, offering context into research, production, and the final composition of the work. Afterwards, stay onsite and experience the project.

Prospect Park Alliance and NYC Parks Art in the Parks are partnering with Creative Time to present artist Kamala Sankaram’s first public artwork, The Last Stand, on view Thursday–Sunday, September 18–October 10, 2021, in Prospect Park. The public sound installation and experimental opera for and about trees invites audiences to consider the complex and expansive life cycle of one of our most vital natural resources. Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s last remaining forest with more than 30,000 trees and many species of native flora that are an integral habitat to the hundreds of species of birds and wildlife.

The Last Stand chronicles the lifespan of a 300-year-old Northern Red Oak—the “Mother Tree”—from the years 1750–2050. The rich soundscape tells the story of the Mother Tree in Black Rock Forest, a nearly 4,000-acre diverse ecosystem in upstate New York with tree species tracing back 14,000 years. Sankaram personally created field recordings of the environment to develop sounds for the installation, which will be experienced through rhythms, looped sounds, and the physical vibrations they generate.

The Last Stand is the winner of Creative Time’s 2021 Emerging Artist Open Call, which offers the opportunity for an artist to create their first-ever public artwork. Lead Project Support is generously provided by Costa Brazil.

This event is free and open to the public. No tickets or advance registration is required, and COVID protocols will be in place. 

Learn more about The Last Stand, on view in Prospect Park Septeber 18–October 10, 2021.

For information on location, accessibility, restrooms, and more, please click here.

Kissena Bicycle Race

For 50+ years, the Kissena Cycling Club has organized bicycle races in Prospect Park. Races start at 6am and end by 7:45am. There are 3 groups of cyclists each with a lead and follow pace motorcycle to alert park users of the approaching groups. In addition, race marshals are located at key entrances and crosswalks throughout the park. Park users are asked to stay to the left when a cycling group is approaching.

Learn more from Kissena Cycling Club.

c. Martin Seck

Prospect Park Walking Tour

Saturday mornings through October, discover hidden treasures, natural wonders and little-known tales on interactive guided tours of Prospect Park in the heart of Brooklyn, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. While taking in the beauty of this iconic park’s woodlands, waterways, wildlife, and landmarks, explore the fascinating layers of natural and human history, from the flora and geology, to the architectural eras visible in the built environment, to the past and present of recreation and play. Explore how use of the park has changed over time, from the original vision of designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux, to projects underway today that support environmental conservation, historic preservation, and recreational and cultural access for Brooklynites and visitors from around the world.

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Prospect Park Alliance members receive discounts on Prospect Park Walking Tours—learn more about membership.

Green and Go Kits

Individuals and groups are invited to join Prospect Park Alliance to help keep our park green and vibrant—register to check out Green and Go Kits at various locations around the park. These kits include a trash grabber, garbage bags and gloves.
 
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Groups please visit our Community Group Registration Page to preregister.

Requirements and Guidelines:

  • Please do not come to the park if you are sick
  • The minimum age to borrow a kit is 14 years old
  • Supervised children are welcome to participate
  • Please bring your own mask, water and refreshments

Presented in partnership with Macy’s. 

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MARCH 14 EVENT CANCELLED, OTHER ICE DISCOS STILL SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE—Dreamland Ice Disco

NOTICE: As of 3/13/20, the March 14 Ice Disco is cancelled, while the March 21 and 28 discos are still scheduled to take place. Please check the LeFrak Center at Lakeside Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding Ice Disco events.

Lola Star’s Dreamland Returns to Prospect Park for the 2020 Season, beginning with Ice Disco Saturdays in March! Lola Star’s Dreamland Ice Disco at Lakeside in Prospect Park is a themed, dress up, immersive ice skating experience that will transport you into a fabulous retro disco “dreamland.” Expect DJs spinning the hottest dance floor grooves, dazzling performers, fab photo ops, a skate dance competition, costume contests and more! Glitz and glam costumes are highly encouraged but not mandatory. 

To purchase tickets and learn more about Dreamland Ice Disco, please visit Eventbrite.

Note: Guests must be 21+. Valid photo ID required for entry.

NOW ONLINE: Prospect Park Tours

COVID-19 UPDATE: Prospect Park Alliance is working closely with NYC Parks and other city agencies to monitor developments related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). The safety and well-being of our staff, patrons and entire community is our top priority. As part of this effort, Turnstile Tours with Prospect Park Alliance has postponed the start of the Prospect Park tour season. Turnstile Tours is offering daily paid and free online programs, including ones about Prospect Park, learn more on the Prospect Park Alliance Tour Page.

Discover Prospect Park’s hidden treasures, natural wonders and little-known history on guided tours of the park, presented by Turnstile Tours in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance. Explore everything about Prospect Park, from its flora and geology, to the architectural movements that shaped the park, to the evolution of recreation and play. See how use of the park has changed over time from designers Olmsted and Vaux’s original vision all the way to present day and Prospect Park Alliance’s sustainability, historic preservation, and recreational projects that make the park the world-class destination it is today.

Learn more and RSVP for a tour at the Turnstile Tours website!

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First Saturdays: Park Art and Architecture
For over 150 years, Prospect Park has been a showcase for beautiful buildings and artwork, with representations from architectural movements including Beaux-Arts, City Beautiful, New Deal Modernism, and contemporary LEED-certified projects. On the Park Art and Architecture Tour, we will put these architectural movements in context by looking at examples of each located within the park. With stops at the Prospect Park Zoo and LeFrak Center at Lakeside, you’ll get to closely examine fine architectural details, learn more about current construction and restoration projects, and experience public art in Prospect Park.

Second and Third Saturdays: Hidden Treasures of Prospect Park 
The park is a living, constantly changing place, and as public interests have changed over the past 150 years—in sports, food, music, entertainment—the park has adapted to provide new amenities to continue to be “a means of ready escape” as Olmsted put it. This tour will visit many areas of the park that were once prime attractions but are now quiet corners, look at the history of sports and recreation in the park, and examine the layers of history still visible in the landscape. We will also learn how Prospect Park Alliance restores and stewards the park today, with a focus on current projects to revitalize the park’s east side, including the Vale, Children’s Pool and Lakeside.

Last Saturdays: Sustainable Prospect Park
This tour focuses on the natural landscape of the park and the manmade systems that support this hotspot of biodiversity. We will look closely at Prospect Park’s ingenious drainage system and chain of manmade streams and ponds that terminate in Brooklyn’s largest lake, follow the watercourse, and go behind the scenes at one of the most unique features of the park: the 1869 Wellhouse. We will also learn about management of the park’s forest and how it is impacted by climate change, see projects to improve water quality such as the innovative ecoWEIR filtration system, and learn how Prospect Park Alliance monitors and protects the park’s plants and wildlife.

Learn more and RSVP for a tour at the Turnstile Tours website!

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Suspended: Saturday Volunteer Corps

COVID-19 UPDATE: In response to the pandemic, Prospect Park Alliance is suspending the start of its volunteer season. Thank you for your support of the park. We will post more information on the start of our season as soon as we are able, visit our Volunteer page for updates.

The Prospect Park Alliance Saturday Volunteer Corps is a great way to explore Prospect Park and give back to your community!  Every Saturday from May–September, volunteers will take on a different section of the park and engage in various tasks such as tree care, perimeter maintenance, litter patrol, bench painting, and more! Register online or call (718) 287- 6776 for more information.

Note: There will be no Saturday Corps on 5/23.

C. Lucy Gardner

Mulchfest in Prospect Park

Join Prospect Park Alliance on two consecutive Saturdays, January 4 and 11, 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 you can take home for your own use. Please make sure to remove all decorations from the trees. 

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

Can’t make it out January 4 or 11? December 26 through January 11, the community is welcome to leave holiday trees along the Park perimeter fence near any drop off location. The trees will be collected by staff members and volunteers.

For more information on Mulchfest citywide, visit nyc.gov/parks/mulchfest