M-NCPPC, Spring Guide 2011
Your Guide to Parks and Recreation Classes, Programs and Events is a quarterly publication filled with information about M-NCPPC parks, recreation facilities, classes, programs and special events throughout Prince George’s County. Read the Guide online, or pick up a copy at any staffed M-NCPPC facility or public library in Prince George’s County so that you are familiar with all the great park and recreation opportunities available for you to enjoy.
to Parks and Recreation to Parks and Recreation Classes, Programs and Events Classes, Programs and Events yourguide Spring 2011 Recreation RX for Your Health Parks Spring Break Camps National Water Safety Month � Spring Festivals & Events IN THIS ISSUE Parks Recr for What would you do after leaving a physician's office with a prescription in hand? Y ou'd likely get the prescription filled and begin taking the medication according to the precise instructions on the prescription label. But what if you left a physician's office with a prescription for healthy exercise and fitness? No need to visit a pharmacy or mail away the prescription... you can explore the opportunities for exercise and fitness right here in Prince George's County, select what interests you and get started! May has been designated "National Physical Fitness and Sports Month" by The President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports since 1983. Why not make time for exercise and fitness to promote your own good health every day this Spring? When it comes to exercise and fitness we believe it's all about YOU! What interests you? What motivates you? What works for you? What's good for you? What do you enjoy? eation RX Your He a lth Consider this your prescription. You are invited to engage in healthy exercise and fitness activities � no RSVP needed! With your M-NCPPC parks and recreation facilities you don't need expensive workout clothes and shoes, previous experience, or a big budget. People of all ages, sizes and skill levels are welcome. Try an activity; if you don't like it or stick with it, no problem � just try something else. And you have choices... you may want a class that meets regularly at set times and days. Consider classes in tennis, martial arts, ice hockey, soccer, gymnastics, flag football, ice skating, weight training, boxing or family walking. How about fitness boot camp or an aerobics class that features kickboxing, rope jumping or even use of hula hoops? And dance is fun, with no experience or skill needed. You may choose ballet, belly, ballroom, modern, hand, hip-hop, Latin, line, liturgical modern, tap and salsa dance classes. Sign up with a friend and share the good times. Like the water, or want to learn to enjoy it? The whole family can take swim lessons or visit an aquatic facility for recreational and lap swimming. Consider a water walking, water aerobics, aqua arthritis or aqua Zumba class. Or, take a kayak lesson and find a fun and healthy new hobby. If you prefer the flexibility of fitting fitness activities into your busy schedule, there's plenty to do at your leisure. Based on your available free time you can hike, bike or jog on a trail or enjoy skateboarding, ice-skating, disc golf, golf, and racquetball. Most M-NCPPC community centers in Prince George's County have fitness rooms where you can exercise when it works for you. M-NCPPC also has hundreds of parks throughout the county where you can drop by and participate in activities that you enjoy � walk the dog, shoot hoops with the kids, or play a bit of tennis. The Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex even operates a Children's Center with staffed child care for a nominal fee while you take a class, swim or work out in the facility. All of these options help make it work for your family's busy schedule. We've all heard about the benefits of regular exercise and the positive impact exercise makes on our physical health, mental health, weight, bones, skin, muscles, and stress level. If you're interested in starting a new fitness program or stepping up what you're already doing, please check with your doctor and find out what's best for you. And be sure to log on to www.pgparks.com, explore the programs in this GUIDE, or speak with staff at the Park and Planning Help Desk at 301-699-2255 to learn more about your exercise and fitness opportunities. As May approaches, be sure to check online to find out about the FREE exercise and fitness programs being offered throughout the month in conjunction with "National Physical Fitness and Sports Month." s In observance of National Water Safety Month, the Department of Parks & Recreation will host several FREE water safety events during the month of May. Destroying the Myth Fridays, May 6, 13 & 20, 6-7:15 pm at Allentown Splash, Tennis and Fitness Park Did you know that nearly 70% of African American children and nearly 60% of Hispanic children have low or non-existent swimming abilities? And that these percentages will remain consistent throughout their adulthood? Please join us on Friday evenings for our Destroying the Myth program. FREE Introductory Swim Lessons Sundays, May 15 & 22, 4-5 pm at Fairland Sports and Aquatics Complex Are your kids safe in an aquatics environment? Did you want to learn to swim as a kid but never had the chance? Now here is a chance for you and your children ages 6 & up! Call 301-362-6060 to register for a FREE, Level 1 � Introduction to Water Skills class. Separate classes will be held for adults and children; one class per family. This interactive, educational program not only will teach participants about why the entire family should learn to swim, but will also teach basic lifesaving skills. This program is specifically targeted for all members of the community and intended for all ages. The goal is to provide useful water safety and swimming information for as many people as possible, and also to provide participants with knowledge and skills that could possibly save a life. For more information, call 301-449-5566. Pool Safety Giveaways & Information Saturday, May 28, 12 noon-7 pm at Hamilton Splash Park and Lane Manor Splash Park Join us on opening day for our summer pools to receive a giveaway and information on our "Aqua Access" programs! Pool safety giveaways will be distributed to the first 100 patrons visiting Hamilton & Lane Manor Splash Parks on opening day. Those who attend will have the opportunity to learn more about being safe in and around water, particularly in the beginning of the summer when many people have forgotten some of the swim skills they gained in previous summers. Herbie's Day Out: Safety at the Pool Ellen Linson Swimming Pool has created a FREE, traveling water safety program to teach kids how to prevent and recognize pool-related incidents when they occur. Herbie, Linson Pool's mascot, will visit your elementary school or child care center. Children will learn about nine basic pool rules that Herbie feels are the most important to know when attending their local swimming pool. Herbie and his friends will review each pool rule and to explain the rules using skits, performances, questions & answers, or by having children explain what they think the pool rules mean. Each child will receive a coloring book with the nine rules plus fun puzzles and games. Call 301-277-3717 to schedule a program during school hours. Basic Water Safety Friday, May 13, 5-9 pm, ages 12 & up at Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex Learning water safety is just one way you can make your family and your community safer. By learning basic water safety skills you can carry them with you wherever you go and be prepared to assist yourself, your family and your community in case of an emergency. For more information, call 301-583-2400. Shallow Water Aerobics and Learn-to-Swim Workshops Friday, May 13, 6-8 pm at Rollingcrest-Chillum Splash Pool your children & teens for our Also, remember to register n lessons! This program is ope FREE "Make a Splash" swim ing on May 31. istration beginn to youth ages 6-17 with reg ained ID membership must be obt NOTE: A free youth " program. "Make a Splash PRIOR to registering for the -446-6802. n, call 301-446-6800; TTY 301 For more informatio Shallow Water Aerobics, 6-6:50 pm Space available for the first 40 participants; ages 14 & up Learn to Swim Workshops, 7-7:50 pm Space available for the first 40 participants; ages 6-13 and 14 & up Connecting with Our Community! Speakers Bureau � Parks and Recreation Opportunities for Children and Youth � Parks and Recreation Facilities in Your Community � What's Available and What's Planned � Health and Wellness: An Overview of Recreation Programs and Leisure Opportunities. � Keeping Your Park Safe: Working with Park Police � Volunteer and Employment Opportunities Speakers are available to speak during the day or evening at no cost. For more information visit us online at www.pgparks.com or contact the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation's Park and Planning Help Desk at 301-699-CALL (2255); TTY 301-699-2544 or write to: M-NCPPC, Park and Planning Help Desk, 6600 Kenilworth Avenue, Riverdale, MD 20737 or email@example.com. Our Speakers Bureau provides experts to speak to your community or civic group about the following topics: www.pgparks.com M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation B SPEAKERS U R E A U Language Interpretation Service Language interpretation service is available in more than 150 languages at all of our facilities using an over-the-phone interpretation service. If you or anyone you know needs language interpretation when registering for activities, visiting our facilities or calling for information, just let our staff know and they will be glad to access the service. Volunteer Services Want to give back? The opportunities to volunteer with the Department are endless! Help out at a one-day special event or volunteer on an ongoing basis. Work with pre-schoolers, children, teens, adults or seniors. Become a member of our Partners `n Parks program and do your part to protect the environment. You can volunteer alone or as part of a group. For businesses, if you are planning a service day, we can help you with a project idea. Teens ages 13 & up who are looking to receive service learning hours may also apply to volunteer. Submit your application and register for volunteer positions on our website. For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 301-446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402. Publications Park Police Volunteer Opportunities The Park/Community Volunteer Academy Program, offered by The Maryland-National Capital Park Police Prince George's County Division, is designed to foster better understanding of the Park Police's functions and enhance community cooperation. The eight-week volunteer training program, offered at least once a year, covers a variety of police-related topics and includes C.P.R. certification. Following completion of the program, graduates may serve with the Park Police Volunteer Association. For more information, call the Park Police Volunteer Hotline at 301-429-5623, ext. 607. Commemorative Gifts Program Enhance public parkland in Prince George's County through the commemorative gifts program! Individual donors, community associations and businesses are invited to honor or memorialize a person or event with a unique tribute, such as a tree, bench, grove, garden, or other park beautification/renovation project. Donors will receive commemorative certificates and recognition with a plaque or sign. The Department publishes trail maps that are sized to fit in your pocket or backpack to help you navigate more than 40 miles of hiker/biker/equestrian trails in Prince George's County. Maps of the Anacostia Tributary Trail System, the WB&A Trail, Henson Creek Trail and Patuxent River Park Jug Bay Natural Area include recreation, historic sites and communities along the trail. Maps are available at sites on the trails, at M-NCPPC offices and facilities, and online at www.pgparks.com. �Obtenga m�s informaci�n sobre el Departamento de Parques y Recreaci�n en espa�ol! En esta gu�a de clases, programas y eventos presentados por el Departamento de Parques y Recreaci�n Busque informaci�n en espa�ol en los recuadros como el que encuadra este texto. Bolet�n Informativo del Departamento de Parques y Recreaci�n Nuestro bolet�n semanal le llegar� a su correo electr�nico los lunes al mediod�a. Para suscribirse mande un correo electr�nico a: Public.Affairs@pgparks.com con el asunto: "Bolet�n Informativo." Matric�lese usando el sistema SMARTlink en espa�ol Establezca su cuenta, en persona en cualquiera de los centros comunitarios u otra localidad del Departamento de Parques y Recreaci�n M-NCPPC, y podr� matricularse, en espa�ol, via telef�nica o por internet. Visite la p�gina de internet www.pgparks.com Nuestra p�gina de internet se puede traducir al espa�ol. En la p�gina principal baje a donde dice "Espa�ol" y haga clic. Panel de Presentadores El Departamento de Parques y Recreaci�n quiere conectar con su grupo comunitario. Tenemos personal que puede hacer presentaciones en espa�ol sobre: � Oportunidades recreacionales en el condado � Oportunidades de voluntariado y empleo � Para m�s informaci�n llame al 301-699-2255 Servicio de interpretaci�n Todas nuestras instalaciones tienen acceso a un nuevo servicio de interpretaci�n para servirle mejor. Si requiere int�rprete por favor informe a nuestro personal. This Week in Parks and Recreation is our Monday morning e-newsletter delivering the week's fun directly to your inbox. To be added to the e-newsletter mailing list, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Special Acknowledgement The Department of Parks and Recreation appreciates the Prince George's County Board of Education's cooperation in allowing use of public school facilities for recreation programs. Photo Policy M-NCPPC's Department of Parks and Recreation staff may photograph participants in programs and special events, or people in parks or on park property, and use these images in M-NCPPC materials to promote activities, events and facilities. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission Samuel J. Parker, Jr., Chairman Francoise M. Carrier, Vice-Chairman Joseph L. Alfandre Sarah Cavitt Jesse Clark Norman Dreyfuss Amy Presley Col. John H. Squire Sylvester Vaughns Marye Wells-Harley Patricia Colihan Barney, Executive Director The facilities and services of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission are available to all without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disabilities, or ability to pay. March 1 - May 31 to Parks and Recreation Classes, Programs and Events yourguide Spring 2011 places to go Enjoy an event, visit an exhibit, attend a performance or take a tour 7 7 9 Prince George's County Communities Community Centers & Senior Activity Centers Natural Areas, Programs & Events Our Mission In partnership with our citizens, the Department of Parks and Recreation provides comprehensive park and recreation programs, facilities, and services which respond to changing needs within our communities. We strive to preserve, enhance, and protect our open spaces to enrich the quality of life for present and future generations in a safe and secure environment. 10 Parks & Trails 11 Park Permitted Sites 12 Formal Rental Sites 13 Historic Sites, Museums & Events 15 Sports Facilities 19 Cultural Arts Complexes & Events Check out summer pool openings page 15 Department of Parks and Recreation s Ronnie Gathers, Director s Julie Forker, Deputy Director of Facility Operations s Alvin McNeal, Acting Deputy Director of Administration and Development s Debbie Tyner, Deputy Director of Area Operations other information 5 8 Connecting With Our Community Youth, Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Park & Planning Help Desk 301-699-CALL (2255) TTY 301-699-2544 Informaci�n en Espa�ol: 301-445-4509 Park Permits 301-699-2400 TTY 301-699-2544 18 Sports, Health and Wellness & Prince George's County Boys & Girls Club, Inc. 68 Park and Planning Help Desk, Registration and SMARTlink information 69 Envision Prince George's: Embrace the Possibilities How are we doing? On line or in writing, you can help us improve our customer service by filling out a quick survey form. Visit www.pgparks.com or pick up a survey at any staffed facility. Area Operations Northern Area Operations 301-445-4500 TTY 301-445-4512 Central Area Operations 301-218-6700 TTY 301-218-6768 Southern Area Operations 301-203-6000 TTY 301-203-6030 Special Programs 301-446-3400 TTY 301-446-3402 things to do Check out a class or program 23 Aquatics 28 Computer Skills 30 Crafts & Hobbies 31 Spring Break Camps 32 Fitness & Health 38 Kids' Day Out 39 Lifestyle & Learning 41 Martial Arts 43 Nature Facility Operations Arts & Cultural Heritage 301-446-3232 TTY 301-446-3234 Sports, Health & Wellness 301-446-6800 TTY 301-446-6802 Natural & Historical Resources 301-627-2270 TTY 301-699-2544 Maintenance & Development 301-780-2300 TTY 301-699-2544 Social Media www.facebook.com/pgparks www.twitter.com/pgparks www.youtube.com/pgparksandrecreation www.flickr.com/photos/pgparksandrec/ Park Planning & Development 301-699-2525 TTY 301-699-2544 Park Police 301-459-9088 TTY 301-459-3051 45 Performing Arts 51 Programs for People with Disabilities Public Affairs & Marketing Division 301-446-3300 TTY 301-446-3402 52 Seasonal & Community Events 52 Sports 64 Trips & Excursions 65 Visual Arts pgparks.com 70 Main Events 6/ M-NCPPC, Spring 2011 Guide to Parks and Recr eation places to go Community Centers T he Commission operates community centers across the county. Some are freestanding buildings, and others are attached to schools. Each center offers classes, programs, drop-in activities, and special events for people of all ages. Gymnasiums, meeting rooms, kitchens, multipurpose activity rooms, weight/fitness rooms and pre-school rooms are some of the components found in the centers. Outdoor amenities vary from site to site and include combinations of play equipment, athletic fields, multipurpose courts, picnic areas, and trails. Community centers are located in each of the three areas that make up the county � the Northern Area, Central Area, and Southern Area (see adjacent list). For information about a specific center, contact the center directly. For general information about community centers, contact the associated area office. Northern Area Community Centers Beltsville Community Center 3900 Sellman Rd., Beltsville 20705 301-937-6613 Central Area Community Centers Bowie Community Center 3209 Stonybrook Dr., Bowie 20715 301-464-1737 Southern Area Community Centers Baden Community Center 13601 Baden-Westwood Rd. Brandywine 20613 301-888-1500 Berwyn Heights Comm. Center 6200 Pontiac St., Berwyn Heights 20740 301-345-2808 Cedar Heights Community Center 1200 Glen Willow Dr., Seat Pleasant 20743 301-773-8881 Fort Washington Forest Community Center Under construction. 1200 Fillmore Rd., Ft. Washington 20744 301-203-6000 Bladensburg Community Center 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg 20710 301-277-2124 Glenarden Community Center Closed for renovation. 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden 20706 301-218-6700 Glassmanor Community Center 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill 20745 301-567-6033 College Park Community Center 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park 20740 301-441-2647 Glenn Dale Community Center 11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale 20769 301-352-8983 Harmony Hall Regional Center 10701 Livingston Rd. Fort Washington 20744 301-203-6040 College Park Youth Services Center did you know? Community centers are open for youth programs only on Friday and Saturday nights. For activity schedules and special events, visit www.pgxtremeteens.com 4912 Nantucket Rd., College Park 20740 301-345-4425 Huntington Community Center 13022 8th St., Bowie 20720 301-464-3725 Hillcrest Heights Community Center 2300 Oxon Run Dr. Hillcrest Heights 20748 301-505-0896 Columbia Park Community Center 1901 Kent Village Dr., Landover 20785 301-341-3749 John Eager Howard Community Center 4400 Shell St., Capitol Heights 20743 301-735-3340 Deerfield Run Community Center Los centros comunitarios ofrecen programas especializados solo para j�venes los viernes y s�bados por la noche. Para horarios de actividades y eventos especiales visite el sitio de Internet www.pgxtremeteens.com � llame al 301-445-4509. 13000 Laurel-Bowie Rd., Laurel 20708 301-953-7882 Indian Queen Recreation Center Lake Arbor Community Center 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville 20721 301-333-6561 9551 Fort Foote Rd. Fort Washington 20744 301-749-0327 Good Luck Community Center 8601 Good Luck Rd., Lanham 20706 301-552-1093 Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center 431 Watkins Park Dr. Upper Marlboro 20774 301-390-8390 Marlow Heights Community Center 2800 St. Clair Dr., Marlow Heights 20748 301-423-0505 Kentland Community Center Northern Area Office 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville 20783 301-445-4500; TTY 301-445-4512 Central Area Office 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro 20774 301-218-6700; TTY 301-218-6768 Southern Area Office 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington 20744 301-203-6000; TTY 301-203-6030 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover 20785 301-386-2278 Patuxent Community Center 4410 Bishopmill Dr. Upper Marlboro 20772 301-780-7577 Oakcrest Community Center Langley Park Community Center 1500 Merrimac Dr., Hyattsville 20783 301-445-4508 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd. Capitol Heights 20743 301-736-5355 Potomac Landing Community Center 12500 Fort Washington Rd. Fort Washington 20744 301-292-9191 North Brentwood Comm. Center 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood 20722 301-864-0756 Palmer Park Community Center 7720 Barlowe Rd., Landover 20785 301-773-5665 Stephen Decatur Community Center Prince George's Plaza Comm. Center 6600 Adelphi Rd., Hyattsville 20782 301-864-1611 Peppermill Community Center 610 Hill Rd., Landover 20785 301-350-8410 8200 Pinewood Dr., Clinton 20735 301-297-4648 Senior Activity Centers Four senior activity centers offer a wide range of programs and services for those ages 60 or better. Special events, recreation classes, day trips, educational classes, and social activities are offered Monday-Friday from 9 am-4:30 pm. The Department of Family Services Area Agency on Aging provides limited transportation and nutritious hot lunches at the centers. Call 301-265-8450 for more information and Suitland Community Center Rollingcrest-Chillum Comm. Center 6120 Sargent Rd., Chillum 20782 301-853-2005 Seat Pleasant Activity Center 5720 Addison Rd., Seat Pleasant 20743 301-773-6685 5600 Regency La., Forestville 20747 301-736-3518 Temple Hills Community Center Vansville Comm. Center 6813 Ammendale Rd., Beltsville 20705 301-937-6621 South Bowie Community Center 1717 Pittsfield La., Bowie 20716 301-249-1622 5300 Temple Hill Rd., Temple Hills 20748 301-894-6616 Tucker Road Community Center 1771 Tucker Rd., Fort Washington 20744 301-248-4404 reservations. Camp Springs Senior Activity Center 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs 20748 301-449-0490; TTY 301-446-3402 Evelyn Cole Senior Activity Center 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant 20743 301-386-5525; TTY 301-446-3402 Gwendolyn Britt Senior Activity Center 4009 Wallace Road, North Brentwood 20722 301-699-1238; TTY 301-446-3402 Langley Park Senior Activity Center 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville 20783 301-408-4343; TTY 301-446-3402 PLEASE NOTE: Classes held at community and senior activity centers are listed on pages 24-67. Upper Marlboro Community Center Northern Area I-9 5 Rte. 1 on P kwy . 5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd. Upper Marlboro 20772 301-627-2828 �B alti mo re/ Wa sh ing t William Beanes Community Center 5108 Dianna Dr., Suitland 20746 301-568-7719 . 19 R te Rte. 410 3 te. 295 Rte. 50 R Prince George's County Communities l Beltway Rte. 214 � Central Ave. s The Norther n Area of the county includes the communities of Adelphi, Beltsville, Berwyn Heights, Bladensburg, Brentwood, Cheverly, College Park, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, parts of Landover, Landover Hills, Langley Park, parts of Lanham, Laurel, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, North Brentwood, Riverdale, Riverdale Park, and (parts of) Seabrook. Central Area Ca pita 495 � .4 I- � Pe n n sylvania Ave. Rte. 30 . 202 Rte 1 Rte .5� Rte Cuatro centros de actividades para personas de la tercera edad o "senior activity centers" ofrecen una variedad de servicios para personas mayores de 60 a�os. Eventos especiales, viajes, clases, informaci�n y referencias se ofrecen en estos centros. Tambi�n se ofrecen almuerzos nutritivos y transporte limitado en los centros. Llame para m�s informaci�n. Head Hwy. Central Area of the county includes the communities of Bowie, Capitol Heights, District Heights, Fairmount Heights, Forestville, Glenarden, Glenn Dale, Kettering, Lake Arbor, parts of Landover, parts of Lanham, Largo, Mitchellville, parts of Seabrook, Seat Pleasant, and Springdale. s The Branch Ave. om C ro s 10 � Br an dy The Southern Area of the county includes the communities of Accokeek, Baden, Brandywine, Clinton, Forest Heights, Fort Washington, Hillcrest Heights, Marlow Heights, Morningside, Oxon Hill, Suitland, Temple Hills, and Upper Marlboro. Ind ian Rd. R ne wi e. 2 Rt d. �Busque una clase, un campamento, paseo o programa e inscr�base por Internet! Para m�s informaci�n visite el sitio de Internet www.pgparks.com � llame al 301-445-4509. Southern Area places to go youth, seniors and individuals with disabilities The Special Programs Division coordinates programming and services for individuals with disabilities, youth and seniors. Read (below) about some of the programs that are available and be sure to look throughout this Guide for seasonal or year-round programs. Youth Services -NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation provides opportunities for young people to engage in diverse, leisure opportunities and build positive relationships in safe, healthy recreational environments to become productive, successful and valuable resources to the community. Explore opportunities to increase and build skills through classes, special events, developmental programs, excursions and relaxing, drop-in activities. These opportunities give youth a chance to be more successful in life by building their assets and positive experiences. Whether it is sportsmanship gained from the Inter-Center Basketball League, work ethic learned in Building Blocks or appreciation for the environment developed in the Conservation Club, they are all experiences that help youth thrive and become productive citizens. There are many opportunities for young people to live more and play more in Prince George's County. For more information, e-mail email@example.com. For those ages 10-17, the Xtreme Teens and Xtreme Pre-Teens programs offer an even broader world of engaging recreation opportunities for youth to be mentored by caring, responsible adults, meet new people who can become lifelong friends, learn new skills and give back to the community through service learning projects and volunteerism. Xtreme Teens and Pre-Teens have opportunities for everyone to give back! M 7833 Walker Drive, Ste. 110, Greenbelt, MD, 20770 301-446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402; FAX: 301-446-3401 Give a Kid a Chance The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has launched an exciting new initiative to give underprivileged and at-risk youth the opportunity to participate in enriching recreational programs. The "Give a Kid a Chance" scholarship fund's mission is to ensure that all youth who are interested in trying out a new leisure pursuit or attending a camp will have the opportunity to pursue that passion despite financial barriers or hardships. There are many ways you can support "Give a Kid a Chance." With your assistance, we will be able to serve many youth throughout Prince George's County. Diamonds and Pearls Health and Fitness for Girls Continuing the Diamond and Pearls event series, M-NCPPC is hosting a special health and wellness summit for young women ages 10-17. Come and get healthy and fit at Diamonds and Pearls Health and Fitness for Girls on Saturday, April 9 at 11 am at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. Warm up on the track in the mother/ daughter walk/run, participate in fitness classes and sports clinics, and take away great information from various vendor booths. For more information, call 301-446-3400 or visit www.pgxtremeteens.com Get total access with a FREE youth ID card! Youth ID cards for those ages 6-17 are FREE to Prince George's County residents. Youth ID cards allow youth free access to community centers without access to fitness/ weight rooms, and allow teens (ages 13-17) free access to community centers and to community center fitness /weight rooms. (Supervision by an adult with a valid fitness pass is required in fitness/weight rooms for those ages 13-15). Stop by any M-NCPPC community center to get your FREE Youth ID. For information about youth programs, call your local community, nature or arts center (see listings on pages 9-23), call 301-699-CALL (2255) or log on to http://www.pgxtremeteens.com. Give a Kid a Chance Follow us on www.facebook.com/pgxtremeteens www.twitter.com/pgxtremeteens www.youtube.com/pgxtremeteens www.myspace.com/pgxtremeteens Senior Activity Centers, Services & Clubs -NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation is dedicated to meeting the social, intellectual and recreational needs of residents who are 60 years old & better. Enjoy social activities, fitness/health/wellness programs and classes, sports, the arts, trips, crafts, hobbies, games, movies, nature and more through a wide range of programs, facilities and services. Use the parks, trails and recreation facilities at your leisure. Four senior activity centers offer a variety of activities including special events, trips, classes, health programs, information and referrals. Provided by the Prince George's County Department of Family Services Area Agency on Aging, transportation and hot lunches are also available at these sites. Many community centers have senior clubs that meet on specific days at set times each week. Don't sit on the sidelines � come out and make new friends and take part in a variety of senior club activities. For details about senior activities send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.pgparks.com. Seniors 60 & better who reside in Prince George's or Montgomery County can obtain their FREE Community Center/Fitness Room ID cards by simply bringing proof of residency and age to any M-NCPPC community center during operating hours. New members are always welcome, so come on out and join a club today! Programs and Services for Individuals with Disabilities Therapeutic Recreation Programs Programs available to Prince George's County residents only. See page 51. The Special Programs Division provides recreation programs and services for county residents with disabilities. This refers to individuals whose disability affects one or more major life activities and includes, but is not limited to, individuals who are enrolled in special education centers, resource classes, diagnostic centers, and vocational programs. Therapeutic Recreation Programs are designed to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities and facilitate the development of leisure and recreation skills, socialization, independence, and overall quality of life. Programs are highly structured utilizing trained staff, adapted equipment and activities accompanied by a high staff/participant ratio. Programs include Kids' Care After School Programs, Leisure Skills Development Programs, summer day camps, teen and adult social clubs, adaptive aquatics programs, special events, outdoor programs, fitness programs, and skill development classes. Membership programs include the Teen Scene Social Club and Adult Social Clubs. Call the Special Programs Division Office at 301-446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402 for details and membership information. Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Program registration closes two weeks prior to the start date of the program. Participants are encouraged to register early to avoid being closed out of programs. All programs are subject to cancellation for insufficient registration. For additional information concerning financial assistance qualifications and application, call the Special Programs Division Office. Inclusion Services The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services. Inclusion Services staff provide disability accommodations to facilitate opportunities for individuals with and without disabilities to engage in recreation and leisure activities together. These services include, but are not limited to, the use of companions, the provision of support staff to enhance the staff/participant ratio, sign language interpreters, assistive listening devices, and adapted equipment. Register a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. M Disability Accommodation Statement The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least a minimum of two weeks in advance of the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation. For information about Inclusion Services and disability accommodations, call your area Inclusion Service Office: Northern Area: 301-445-4500; TTY 301-445-4512 Central Area: 301-249-7200; TTY 301-218-6768 Southern Area: 301-203-6000; TTY 301-203-6030 Specific questions regarding a facility's accessibility features should be directed to 301-699-CALL (2255); TTY 301-699-2544. Individuals with visual impairments who would like to receive information in an alternative format (large print, Braille) should contact the Park and Planning Help Desk at 301-699-CALL (2255) or TTY 301-699-2544. 8/ M- NCPPC, Spring 2011 Guide to Parks and Recreation places to go natural areas, programs & events Natural area parks are found throughout the county. Emphasis is placed on preserving natural resources at these unique sites. At staffed nature centers, hands-on exhibits, live animals, theme gardens and interesting interpretive programs are offered to the public. Exciting interpretive, educational programs are also conducted at Old Maryland Farm, which serves as an agricultural exhibit and livestock display area. For general information about natural areas, contact the Natural & Historical Resources Division (located at Marietta House Museum) at 301-4645291; TTY 301-699-2544. For information about a specific nature facility, contact the site directly. Park Rangers provide public safety, education, wildlife, and conservation services. They offer outreach and safety programs for all age groups, wildlife and natural resource management services, and provide departmental support for park operations, special events and countywide patrols of Commission parks, facilities and trails. They also manage and provide programs at Suitland Bog, Cheltenham Natural Area, Dinosaur Park and Lake Artemesia, and offer a variety of community partnership opportunities that includes Adopt-A-Trail, Nature Seekers, Stream Savers and Weed Warrior programs throughout the county. Call for information about: Partners `n Parks, Park Ranger Experience, Jug Bay Run/Walk for Wildlife, Lake Artemesia canoe/kayak trips, Conservation Club, Classroom Educational Programs, Guided Park Tours and Dinosaur Park programs. Mount Rainier Recreation Center 4701 31st Pl., Mount Rainier, MD 20712 301-927-2163; TTY 301-699-2544 Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 8:30 am-5 pm Fully-equipped recreation room available to rent for meetings and special occasions. Capacity: 267 mingling, 125 seated. Watkins Nature Center 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544 Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 8:30 am-5 pm; Sundays & Holidays, 11 am-4 pm Visit any time of year and get close to nature in Watkins Regional Park! The nature center features an indoor turtle pond, outdoor frog pond, live animal exhibits including birds of prey, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Visit our Little Shop of Nature for unusual children's items. Borrow a trail discovery backpack and explore our six miles of easy-to-follow, color-blazed trails. Find out about programs, trails, and birthday parties at the exhibit hall information center. Auditorium and attached kitchenette available to rent for workshops, receptions, and meetings. Cheltenham Natural Area Commo Rd. near Frank Tippett Rd. in Cheltenham Information and requests for group tours: 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544 This 270-acre park features a boardwalk through diverse habitats. Inhabitants include deer, beavers, muskrats, bluebirds, hawks, and frogs. Ideal for school groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and others seeking an educational, outdoor experience. Call for information about FREE guided tours. Dueling Creek Natural Area Located in Colmar Manor Community Park 301-779-0371; TTY 301-699-2544 Site of more than 50 duels in the 19th century. Property now offers varied habitats including wetland ponds, field, and forested lowlands. Home to beavers, bluebirds, ducks, herons, and turtles. 14955 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544 farm Old Maryland Farm 301 Watkins Park Dr., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774 301-218-6770; TTY 301-699-2544 Hours: Tuesdays-Fridays, 9 am-4 pm; Saturdays, 9 am-4:30 pm; Sundays, 11:30 am-4:30 pm Educational farm with year-round livestock displays that include ponies, goats, donkey, cows, rabbits, chickens, ducks, llamas, and more. Animal feed machines for 25 cents. Located in Watkins Regional Park. Walk through our interpretive gardens and stop by the Barn Cat Gift Shop to shop for unique farm gifts. Pick up our seasonal farm brochure. Capacity: 90. Call for information about: Mar. 5 Discovery Hike Mar. 11, Apr. 8 & May 6 Small Fry Club Mar. 12 Rain Barrel Workshop Mar. 19, Apr. 19 & May 14 Live Animal Show Mar. 26 & Apr. 21 Nature Cras Apr. 1 & 20 & May 28 Puppet Show Apr. 2 Day of the Dinosaur Apr. 9 All About Raptors Apr. 17 & May 14 People & Pups Hike Apr. 18 & 22 & May 6 & 20 Family Campfires Lake Artemesia Natural Area 8200 55th Ave., Berwyn Heights, MD 20740 Hours: Daily, dawn-dusk 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544 Highlighted by a 38-acre lake. Park includes good fishing (including a handicapped-accessible fishing pier), and miles of hiker/biker trails. Walk along the Luther Goldman Birding Trail featuring interpretive signs. Midweek guided hikes are held the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month: Apr.�Aug., 6�7:30 pm, and Sep.�Mar., 3�4:30 pm. Visit www.pgaudubon.org. natural park areas Bladensburg Waterfront Park 4601 Annapolis Rd., Bladensburg, MD 20710 301-779-0371; TTY 301-699-2544 Park and boat ramp hours: Daily, 7 am-sunset Call for schedule and information: hayrides, birthday parties, pony rides, horsemanship and curriculum-based school programs for kindergarten through twelh grade. Apr. 23 Sheep Shearing Day School House Pond Governor Oden Bowie Dr. Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544 Quiet, scenic environment for picnickers and hikers. Located across from the Prince George's County Administration Building and adjacent to Darnall's Chance House Museum. Site includes a 12-acre pond, parkland, fishing pier, boardwalk, picnic area, and nature trail. Unique waterfront park features paved riverside walk, picnic pavilion, public fishing pier, free boat ramp, community boathouse (storage facility), and playground. Canoe, kayak, paddle boat, and rowboat rentals on weekends beginning in spring. Canoe and kayak lessons, guided canoe tours, and free boat tours provide more ways to explore this urban watershed. nature centers Clearwater Nature Center 11000 Thrift Rd., Clinton, MD 20735 301-297-4575; TTY 301-699-2544 Hours: Mondays-Saturdays, 8:30 am-5 pm; Sundays & Holidays, 11 am-4 pm See live raptor, animal and reptile shows and displays, puppet shows, herb, butterfly and craft gardens and our indoor turtle pond. Enjoy our campfires, guided nature hikes and summer day camps. Join one of our clubs for basket weaving, jewelry making and/or rock hunting and cutting. Volunteers interested in animals and nature are always welcome! Nature programs (including live animal shows) for groups are available at the center or at your location. Auditorium with a separate kitchen and outdoor deck available for birthday parties or other events. Capacity: Suitland Bog Natural Area Suitland Rd. & Suitland Pkwy., Suitland, MD 20747 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544 One of the few remaining bogs in the Washington, DC area, this Coastal Plain magnolia bog is home to many rare and beautiful species of plants including carnivorous pitcher plants and sundews. You are guaranteed a unique and educational experience. Call for information about: science curriculum programs for elementary school & middle school, merit badges for Boy & Girl Scouts, & home-school science programs. Mar. 12 &13 & Apr. 16 & 17 Maryland Boating Safety Mar. 19 Nature Discovery Walk Mar. 26 & May 7 Birdwatching Apr. 9 Earth Day River Clean-Up May 6 Family Movie Night May 21 A-May-Zing Animal Fest May 28 Open House/Waterfront May 14 Kayak Lesson 60. Call for information about: live animal shows, scavenger hunts & natural egg dyeing. www.pgparks.com /9 places to go parks & trails Nearly 16,000 acres of regional stream valley parkland provide open space, natural beauty, watershed protection, and recreation opportunities. Regional parks are more than 200 acres in size and offer a variety of developed facilities. Large portions of each remain undeveloped in a natural state. For general information about local parks, use the Find a Park application. Log on to www.pgparks.com and click on the "Find a Park" button on the right side of the page. s Fran Uhler Natural Area 10300 Lemons Bridge Rd., Bowie Forested floodplain of the Patuxent River, near Bowie State University. Home to a wide variety of wildlife and wildflowers. Several natural surface trails are available for hiking and bicycling. The Prince George's Audubon Society leads bird/nature walks the 1st Saturday from February to December. Meet at the gate at 7:30 am, binoculars and waterproof footwear suggested. s Governor dog parks College Park Dog Park at Acredale Community Park 4300 Metzerott Rd., College Park Hours: dawn to dusk Membership required; $40