Earth Day Pledge

Did you know that Prospect Park is home to Brooklyn’s last remaining forest, only lake and habitats for more than 250 species of birds and other wildlife? Take our pledge to be a champion of Brooklyn nature! 

I pledge to:

  • Stay on paths and not go beyond fencing in sensitive wildlife areas like the park’s woodlands: this protects fragile nesting areas for birds, turtles and other wildlife.
  • To keep my dog leashed at all times in the woodlands: this protects sensitive wildlife habitats. Please only take your dog off-leash during the hours provided in our large meadows (learn more on our Things to do with Dogs webpage).
  • To not climb trees or make forts from fallen branches: our 30,000 trees are the “lungs” of Brooklyn, and climbing wounds the bark, providing easy access for insects and diseases. Fallen branches feed the forest floor, and provide important food and shelter for park wildlife.
  • To enjoy the flowers, but not pick blooms: Flowers are important food for endangered pollinators like bees and butterflies, the cycle of life in any wildlife habitat.
  • To carry out my litter, and deposit trash in receptacles: Litter provides a fertile breeding ground in which bacteria thrive, harming the health of park wildlife. Wildlife can also get tangled in or choke on plastic and other debris.

Want to be an everyday environmental hero?Download and sign our pledge cardsand sign up for our eNews: we will alert you when we reopen the Prospect Park Audubon Center, where you can return your cards for fun prizes.