Health & Wellness Programs

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation aims to create healthy communities through people, parks, and programs by offering family-oriented and culturally informed health, nutrition, and exercise programs, and educational opportunities that work together to improve the quality of life for all Prince George’s County residents.

Monthly Observances

May: National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Program Overview

May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month! Physical activity plays and important role in maintaining health, well-being, and quality of life. According to Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, physical activity can help control weight and lower the risk for early death, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and some forms of cancer. Physical activity can also improve mental health by reducing depression and anxiety. Join us throughout the month of May for a variety of FREE and low-cost sports and fitness programs that will support your path to wellness.

Health & Wellness Activities

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month. Enjoy FREE, interactive, educational nutrition workshops and cooking demonstrations that will guide you on your Path to Wellness. In these in-person and virtual sessions, you will explore creative ways to keep your plate balanced, make healthier food choices to fuel your body, and promote long-lasting health. Registration required. Spring registration opens February 14 for residents; February 21 for non-residents.

Wednesday, May 1, 6-7 pm
Plant-Powered Protein Cooking Demonstration

Join us for this plant-powered protein cooking demonstration and discover how to create flavorful dishes that are not only good for you, but also great for the planet. During this session, you’ll learn how to prepare Plant-Based Crab Cakes and zesty Ginger Green Beans.

Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE
Location: Peppermill Community Center

Tuesday, May 7, 6-7 pm
Vitamins and Minerals: How to Get What You Need

This interactive virtual session led by a Giant nutritionist will illuminate the world of essential nutrients, their profound influence on your health, and practical strategies for obtaining them from your diet.

Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE
Location: Virtual – Microsoft Teams

Wednesday, May 15, 1-2 pm
Breakfast On-The-Go Cooking Demonstration

Rise and dine! During this cooking demonstration, learn how to make a nutritious and time-saving breakfast with Overnight Oats and a refreshing Blueberry Bliss Smoothie. Balance convenience with wholesome goodness and make breakfast the highlight of your day.

Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE
Location: Camp Springs Senior Activity Center

Thursday, May 23, 6-7 pm
Snack Smart Cooking Demonstration

During this virtual cooking demonstration, discover how to snack smarter with homemade treats that will keep you energized. Learn to make delectable Garlic Hummus and Black Bean Bites that are as nutritious as they are delicious.

Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE
Location: Virtual – Microsoft Teams

Wednesday, May 29, 12-1 pm
Fighting Inflammation Naturally Workshop

Inflammation can be a friend or foe, but when it sticks around too long it can cause long-term health issues. Join us as we explore the causes of inflammation with a Giant nutritionist. In this session, you’ll also learn how to fight inflammation naturally by incorporating healthy foods in your diet to improve your overall health.

Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE 
Location: Langley Park Senior Activity Center

 June-July: Fun & Fresh Summer Cooking Demonstrations

Summer 2024 registration opens May 15 for Residents; May 22 for Non-residents.

Join us for these fun & fresh summer cooking demonstrations that are sure to keep you healthy and cool this summer! Learn how to prepare simple, easy, and tasty treats for you and your family to enjoy. Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE 

Wednesday, June 5, 12 noon-1 pm 

Mediterranean Cuisine Cooking Demonstration  

Embrace the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet during this cooking demonstration where participants will learn how to prepare Mediterranean pasta salad & Greek potato salad with tzatziki sauce. 

Kentland Community Center 

Register through Parks Direct

Thursday, June 27, 6-7 pm 

Farmers Market Fresh Cooking Demonstration

Join us for this cooking demonstration where participants will learn how to use fresh ingredients from local farmers’ markets to prepare strawberry spinach salad and cheesy baked cauliflower. 

Harmony Hall Regional Center 

Register through Parks Direct

Wednesday, July 10, 6-7 pm 

Icy Indulgences: Healthy Desserts Cooking Demonstration

Balance flavor and health while beating the heat with these frozen treats that will keep you cool, satisfied, and nourished! During this virtual cooking demonstration, learn how to make an acai bowl and delicious chocolate pudding. 

Virtual – Microsoft Teams 

Register through Parks Direct

Thursday, July 25, 6-7 pm 

Summer Fun Family Cooking Demonstration  

Explore the joy of creating delicious and nutritious dishes with your loved ones. Alongside the chef, participants will get to prepare and taste lettuce wrap tacos and a fruit yogurt parfait that you can recreate at home! 

Langley Park Community Center 

Register through Parks Direct

Fitness

Fitness in the Parks

Program Overview

Fitness in the Parks is a FREE program that brings a variety of fitness opportunities to parks and natural areas across Prince George’s County, MD!   We invite you to find the class that best suits your fitness goals and to come discover the benefits of exercising in nature. Ages 13 & up.

Summer 2024 registration opens May 15 for Residents; May 22 for Non-residents

Register at pgparksdirect.com. No classes on federal holidays (Memorial Day 5/27).     

Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather or wet grounds. Call 301-927-0822 for weather-related cancellations.

women exercising outdoors

Spring: Mondays, April 1-May 20, 8:30-9:30am 

Urban Line Dancing  

Let your creativity loose on the dance floor! Learn all the latest dances suitable for beginners and seasoned line dancers. Enjoy this great way to exercise, socialize, and energize yourself. Level: All. 

Ages 13 & up 

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located on basketball courts)  
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744

Spring: Mondays, April 1-May 20, 6-7pm 

Circuit Workout  

Looking for some variety in your workout routine? Increase your heart rate and strengthen different muscle groups with this Circuit Workout class! Improve your fitness while working at your own level. Please bring a mat or towel to class. Level: Intermediate.

Ages 13 & up 

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center (located in the parking lot)  
6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs 20748 

Spring: Wednesdays, April 3-May 29, 8-9 am  

AM Sweatshop

Join us for this fun, effective cardio workout that combines several different workout methods including aerobics, bodyweight strength training, and plyometrics! Enjoy a high-energy group environment as you improve your strength and cardiovascular endurance. Level: All. 

Ages 13 & up 

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located on basketball courts)  
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744  

Spring: Wednesdays, April 3-May 29, 6-7pm 

Full Body Sculpt 

Join us for an energetic fitness class that is designed to engage and strengthen every major muscle group. This workout program integrates resistance exercises and functional movements which help with the development of lean muscle, improving endurance, and fortifying overall strength. Level: Intermediate

Ages 13 & up 

Watkins Regional Park (located near ball fields)  
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774

Spring: Fridays, April 5-May 31, 8:30-9:30 am   

Balance & Stretch

Improve your balance, mobility, and flexibility with this beginner-friendly workout! Learn how to properly stretch your muscles to experience enhanced functionality and quality of life. Please bring a mat or towel to class. Level: All 

Fairwood Community Park (located near restrooms)
12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie 20720 

Spring: Saturdays, April 6-May 25, 8-9am   

Full Body Sculpt  

Join us for an energetic fitness class that is designed to engage and strengthen every major muscle group. This workout program integrates resistance exercises and functional movements which help with the development of lean muscle, improving endurance, and fortifying overall strength. Level: Intermediate

Ages 13 & up 

Woodmore Towne Centre Park (located on turf field)  
9200 Ruby Lockhart Boulevard, Lanham 20706  

Spring: Saturdays, April 6-May 25, 10-11am   

Family Zumba 

Dance your way into fitness with a family Zumba® class! This class brings together all members of your family for fun and easy-to-follow dance moves to upbeat music!

Registration Required. Level: All. Ages 6 & up; FREE

College Park Community Center (located on basketball courts)
5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, 20740

Summer: Saturdays, June 1-August 31, 8-9am   

Full Body Sculpt  

Join us for an energetic fitness class that is designed to engage and strengthen every major muscle group. This workout program integrates resistance exercises and functional movements which help with the development of lean muscle, improving endurance, and fortifying overall strength. Level: Intermediate

Ages 13 & up 

Woodmore Towne Centre Park (located on turf field)  

9200 Ruby Lockhart Boulevard, Lanham 20706  

Summer: Saturdays, June 1-August 31, 10-11am   

Family Zumba

Dance your way into fitness with a family Zumba® class! This class brings together all members of your family for fun and easy-to-follow dance moves to upbeat music!

Registration Required. Level: All. Ages 6 & up; FREE

College Park Community Center (located on basketball courts)

5051 Pierce Ave, College Park, 20740

Summer: Mondays, June 3-August 26, 8:30-9:30am

Urban Line Dancing

Let your creativity loose on the dance floor! Learn all the latest dances suitable for beginners and seasoned line dancers. Enjoy this great way to exercise, socialize, and energize yourself. Level: All. 

Ages 13 & up 

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located on basketball courts) 

1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744  

Summer: Mondays, June 3-August 26, 6-7pm

Circuit Workout  

Looking for some variety in your workout routine? Increase your heart rate and strengthen different muscle groups with this Circuit Workout class! Improve your fitness while working at your own level. Please bring a mat or towel to class. Level: Intermediate.

Ages 13 & up 

Camp Springs Senior Activity Center (located in the parking lot)  

6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs 20748  

Summer: Wednesdays, June 5-August 28, 8-9 am 

AM Sweatshop

Join us for this fun, effective cardio workout that combines several different workout methods including aerobics, bodyweight strength training, and plyometrics! Enjoy a high-energy group environment as you improve your strength and cardiovascular endurance. Level: All.

Ages 13 & up 

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located on basketball courts) 

1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744  

Summer: Wednesdays, June 5-August 28, 6-7pm 

Full Body Sculpt

Join us for an energetic fitness class that is designed to engage and strengthen every major muscle group. This workout program integrates resistance exercises and functional movements which help with the development of lean muscle, improving endurance, and fortifying overall strength. Level: Intermediate

Ages 13 & up 

Watkins Regional Park (located near ball fields)  

301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774  

Summer: Fridays, June 7-August 30, 8:30-9:30 am   

Balance & Stretch

Improve your balance, mobility, and flexibility with this beginner-friendly workout! Learn how to properly stretch your muscles to experience enhanced functionality and quality of life. Please bring a mat or towel to class. Level: All

Ages 13 & up 

Fairwood Community Park (located near restrooms)

12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie 20720

Fit & Strong

Program Overview

Are you looking for a class to improve exercise frequency, increase strength, and help with goal setting to promote overall health? Join us for Fit & Strong!, an evidence-based physical activity program that combines aerobics, stretching, balance, strength, endurance exercises, and health education to promote healthy behavior changes.

Fit & Strong Will Help You

  • Increase strength, balance, and stamina
  • Safely perform stretching, balance, aerobic and strengthening exercises
  • Incorporate physical activity into your lifestyle
  • Motivate yourself with improved fitness

Locations

Summer 2024 registration opens May 15 for Residents; May 22 for Non-residents.

Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center

Tuesdays & Thursdays 

June 18 – September 10, 5:30 – 7 pm

Ages 18 & up; FREE 

*no class on federal holidays – 7/4/24*

Registration

Registration is required via pgparksdirect.com. For specific program information visit wellness.pgparks.com. If you need to register after the program’s start date or have questions, please email wellness@pgparks.com for assistance.

CONTACT US

Health & Wellness
Email: wellness@pgparks.com
Phone: (301) 446-6800
Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Get Fit Mobile

The Get Fit Mobile unit is an accessible resource for fitness, health and wellness programming for residents of Prince George’s County promoting healthy behaviors and influencing the reduction of health and safety risks and disparities within our communities.

Program Overview

Get Fit Mobile brings dynamic programs to your fingertips. Embrace ‘Fitness on the Fly’ with quick and effective workouts tailored for your busy lifestyle, while ‘Smoothies on the Move’ delivers delicious and nourishing recipes to keep you fueled and refreshed throughout the day. Engage your little ones in the ‘Kids Adventure Challenge’, offering exciting activities to keep them active and entertained. Join us now and embark on a journey towards a healthier and more vibrant lifestyle wherever you are!

Benefits

Benefits of physical activity include*:

  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Lower risk of type 2 diabetes
  • Lower risk of chronic disease
  • Improved cognition
  • Improved quality of life
  • Improved bone health

*Source of benefits: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Upcoming Events

Thursday, May 16, 6-7 pm

Get Fit Mobile: Fitness on the Fly

Join our mobile outdoor fitness experience in the scenic parks of Prince George’s County! The Get Fit Mobile unit will supply a range of fitness equipment to create a vibrant workout experience. This class will feature a fusion of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises. All fitness levels welcome! Please bring a mat or towel to class. Ages 13 & up; FREE  

Walker Mill Regional Park (near parking lot)
8001 Walker Mill Road, Capitol Heights, 20743

Tuesday, May 21, 5-6:30 pm

Get Fit Mobile: Smoothies on the move!

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located near the restrooms)
1770 Tucker Road, Ft. Washington 20744

Thursday, May 23, 6-7 pm

Get Fit Mobile: fitness on the fly

Join our mobile outdoor fitness experience in the scenic parks of Prince George’s County! The Get Fit Mobile unit will supply a range of fitness equipment to create a vibrant workout experience. This class will feature a fusion of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises. All fitness levels welcome! Please bring a mat or towel to class. Ages 13 & up; FREE  

Bladensburg Waterfront Park (near the playground)
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710

Thursday, May 30, 6-7 pm

Get Fit Mobile: Fitness on the Fly

Join our mobile outdoor fitness experience in the scenic parks of Prince George’s County! The Get Fit Mobile unit will supply a range of fitness equipment to create a vibrant workout experience. This class will feature a fusion of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises. All fitness levels welcome! Please bring a mat or towel to class. Ages 13 & up; FREE

Fairland Regional Park (near the parking lot)

13950 Old Gunpowder Rd, Laurel 20707

Healthy Trails 5K Walk/Run

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages runners and walkers of all abilities, ages, and skill levels to come together, enjoy scenic views of the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Trail, and be active. Healthy Trails events are held annually in the spring.

Previous races have contributed proceeds towards:

  • Community Gardens
  • Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
  • Bosom Buddies
  • Kids to Camp campaign

We hope to see you at our next Healthy Trails 5K!

Upcoming Event Overview

Please check back later for more information.

Virtual Event Details

How to register & participate in the virtual 5K 

The next virtual Healthy Trails 5K Walk/Run event will take place in Spring 2024. Please check back later for more information. We hope to see you there!

Virtual Race FAQ’s

What is a virtual race?

  • A virtual race can be done anywhere you choose, at any pace. Your race, your pace!

How does it work?

  • Sign up for our virtual race – (please check back later for upcoming event information)
  • Choose your own route or one of our trails
  • Walk/run your route at your own pace on the day of the event
  • Send us your photos & time to be featured on our social media

Can I participate if I live outside of Prince George’s County?

  • Yes! You can participate from anywhere. 

Can I use social media to publicize my run?

  • You bet! Show the online world your effort. Share a picture of you on your route. Send photos to wellness@pgparks.com to be featured on our social media platforms.

Parkrun

What Is Parkrun?

Parkrun is a free, community event where you can walk, jog, run, volunteer, or spectate. Parkrun is 5k and takes place every Saturday morning.

Parkrun is positive, welcoming, and inclusive, there is no time limit and no one finishes last. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Park RX

The mission of Park Rx is to enable healthcare providers to prescribe patient visits to parks and other natural areas in real time in the clinical practice setting.

The VISION of the program is to strengthen the connection between natural areas and improve the human condition via healthcare providers recognizing and embracing nature as a resource for improving our physical, mental, and societal well-being. 

Park Rx America is the only Park Rx program to link a “park formulary’’ (searchable database of parks) directly into the electronic health record (EHR) granting medical providers the ability to prescribe parks “in real-time” to their patients.

Program Overview

The Department of Parks and Recreation has joined the national park prescription initiative (Park Rx). Park Rx is a program that uses the connection between healthcare professionals, parks and recreation specialists, and organizations, on public lands to improve the physical and mental health of the individuals and communities they serve. The Department of Parks and Recreation is excited by this new partnership and is dedicated to utilizing this new avenue to connect patients/customers with our parks and services in order to improve their quality of life. We believe this will encourage overall behavioral change, improve health outcomes, and foster new stewards and advocates for public lands.

Benefits of Park Rx

Substantial research has already been done regarding the therapeutic benefits of being in nature. For instance, spending time in green spaces lowers cortisol levels and blood pressure. Park Rx America is collaborating with academics to further the effectiveness of the Park Rx America park prescription model.

Goals of Park Rx America 
  • Help doctors and other health professionals “prescribe nature” to patients and families during routine delivery of health care
  • Change patient and family behavior through increased time spent outdoors (subsequently reducing the effects of chronic disease)
  • Create the next generation of environmental and park stewards through outdoor exploration and experience
  • Evaluate the effects of Park Rx on park utilization, overall park experience, and measurable health outcomes
  • Publish research findings in peer-reviewed journals and publications pertaining to health and wellness, public lands, outdoors, nature, and recreation.
Additional Information

For more information, visit Park RX America.

QR Fit Trail

The QR Fit Trail can help improve your fitness through self-directed exercise outdoors.

The Department of Parks and Recreation invites you to visit the QR Fit Trail at Tucker Road Athletic Complex and Watkins Regional Park for a workout that combines the outdoors and technology.

Program Overview

Explore the trails and improve your fitness level using only your smartphone! QR Fit combines fitness and technology to provide you with a new way to exercise while spending time outside. Along the trail, you will find QR Fit trail signs that you can scan for exercises to do right on the spot. Depending on your goals for the day, you can choose between core, flexibility, upper body, and lower body exercises or choose to do a combination of all four! Scan all 5 signs along the trail to create your own personalized workout for the day. 

Benefits

Enjoy the benefits of physical activity and spending time outdoors using QR Fit, regardless of your fitness level and goals! 

  • Reduce stress by spending time outdoors
  • Increase muscle strength and bone density with upper and lower body exercises
  • Improve stamina and longevity with core and flexibility training
  • Learn new exercises and create your own workout

Locations

QR Codes are a fast and simple way to link to the Internet.

How to Use QR Fit Trail

  1. Download a FREE QR Code reader app on your smartphone. 
  2. Using your smartphone, scan the QR Fit code on the trail’s welcome sign. 
  3. Walk to the next sign on the trail to begin your workout. 
  4. Using your smartphone, scan the QR Fit code that corresponds with the workout that you would like. 
  5. Follow your personal QR Fit trainer!

Step It Up

Program Overview

Did you know that walking regularly has been linked to improved mood, stronger bones, and better sleep? Join us for Step it Up, a walking campaign in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Health Department! This five-month fitness initiative features walking events scheduled once a month from May through September. Immerse yourself in the scenic parks of Prince George’s County, explore beautiful trails, meet fellow walkers, all while prioritizing your health and wellness. Summer registration opens May 15 for residents; May 22 for non-residents.

Register at pgparksdirect.com. All ages welcome. FREE

Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 4, 10 am-12 pm

Watkins Regional Park (located near ballfields)
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774

Thursday, June 27, 6-8 pm

Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located near basketball courts)
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744

Wednesday, July 17, 8:30-10:30 am

Buddy Attick Lake Park (located near parking lot)
555 Crescent Road, Greenbelt 20770

Wednesday, August 14, 6-8 pm

Fairwood Community Park (located near restrooms)
12390 Fairwood Parkway, Bowie 20720

Fall registration opens August 14 for residents; August 21 for non-residents.

Saturday, September 14, 10 am-12 pm

Bladensburg Waterfront Park (located near playground)
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710

Walk With Ease

Experience the Walk With Ease program. Arthritis Foundation certified. Doctor recommended. 

 

The Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program is a walking program that can reduce pain and improve overall health. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without pain, you can have success with Walk With Ease. 

Traditionally, this program is held in person three times a week for six weeks during the spring, summer, and fall. We are excited to offer a combination of in-person and virtual sessions.

Walk With Ease will Help You:

  • Walk safely and comfortably
  • Improve your flexibility, strength, and stamina
  • Reduce pain and feel great
  • Motivate yourself with improved fitness

Locations

Summer 2024 registration opens May 15 for Residents; May 22 for Non-residents.

Fairwood Community Park (located at the pavilion)

Fairwood Community

Tuesdays (in-person), Thursdays (in-person), Saturday (virtual)

May 7 – June 15, 8-9am

Ages 18 & up; Resident $10; Non-Resident $13

Watkins Regional Park (located near outdoor tennis courts)  

Watkins Regional Park

Tuesdays (in-person), Thursdays (in-person), Saturdays (virtual)

June 4 – July 16, 8-9 am  

Ages 18 & up; Resident $10; Non-Resident $13

No classes on federal holidays (7/4)

COllege park community center

College Park Community Center

Mondays (in-person), Wednesdays (in-person), Fridays (virtual) 

July 1-August 9, 8:30-9:30 am 

Ages 18 & up; Resident $10; Non-Resident $13 

No classes on federal holidays (7/4)

Registration 

Registration is required via Parks Direct. For specific program information, visit wellness.pgparks.com. If you need to register after the program’s start date or have questions, please email wellness@pgparks.com  for assistance. 

Yoga In The Parks

Yoga in the Parks is a FREE yoga program where classes take place in the beautiful outdoors. Enjoy the peace and serenity of a yoga class in one of our many scenic parks!

Program Overview

Join us for FREE classes in the beautiful outdoors throughout Prince George’s County! Learn basic moves to strengthen your body, increase flexibility, and free your mind. Ages 13 & up. Register at pgparksdirect.com. No classes on federal holidays.   

Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather or wet grounds. Call 301-927-0822 for weather-related cancellations.

Spring: Tuesday, May 28, 8:30-9:30 am 

Watkins Regional Park (located near ballfields)  
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774 

Spring: Wednesday, May 29, 7-8pm 

Bladensburg Waterfront Park (located near playground)
4601 Annapolis Road, Bladensburg 20710 

Spring: Thursday, May 30, 8:30-9:30am

Enterprise Gold Course (located near the parking lot)
2802 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville, 20721


Classes are scheduled to continue through the summer months. Registration will open on May 15th. Please see the dates below.

Summer: Saturdays – June 1 – August 31, 9 – 10am

Upper Marlboro Community Center
5400 Marlboro Race Track Rd, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772

Summer: Saturdays – June 1 – August 31, 9:15 – 10:15am

Lake Artemesia
8200 55th Ave, College Park, MD 20740

Summer: Mondays – June 3 – August 26, 6 – 7pm

Tucker Road Athletic Complex
1771 Tucker Rd, Fort Washington, MD 20744

Summer: Tuesdays- June 4 – August 27, 8:30 – 9:30am

Watkins Regional Park
301 Watkins Park Dr, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Summer: Wednesdays – June 5 – August 28, 7 – 8pm

Bladensburg Waterfront Park
4601 Annapolis Rd, Bladensburg, MD 20710

Summer: Thursdays – June 6 – August 29, 8:30 – 9:30am

Enterprise Golf Course
2802 Enterprise Rd, Mitchellville, MD 20721

Lifestyle & Learning

Cooking & Nutrition Programs

cooking demonstration image for health and wellness

Enjoy FREE, interactive, educational nutrition workshops and cooking demonstrations that will guide you on your Path to Wellness. In these sessions, you will explore creative ways to keep your plate balanced, make healthier food choices to fuel your body and promote long-lasting health. View the upcoming cooking and nutrition programs under “Monthly Observances” and the “Dine, Learn & Move” tab.

Community Garden Plots

Want to grow fresh produce or flowers in a community environment? Check out our five plot locations where county residents can come together to garden and connect with the environment.

Community Garden Plot Rentals

Cherry Hill Park

9301 Cherry Hill Road
College Park, MD 20740

Old Landover Hills Park

6424 Old Landover Road
Landover, MD 20785

  • Plot Size: 10 feet by 20 feet
    • Rental Fee: $35 per plot
  • Plot Size: 20 feet by 20 feet
    • Rental Fee: $55 per plot
  • Water provided
  • Old Landover Hills Map (PDF)

Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex

8001 Sheriff Road
Landover, MD 20785

Rollins Avenue Park

701 Rollins Avenue,
Capitol Heights, MD 20743

  • 4′ x 8’ Raised planters – $20
  • 8′ x 12′ In-ground beds – $30
  • 12′ x 20′ In-ground beds – $40
  • Water provided
  • Rollins Avenue Map (PDF)


Walker Mill 

8000 Walker Mill Road
Capitol Heights, MD 20743

Watkins Regional Park 

(next to Largo Kettering Perrywood CC)
 431 Watkins Park Drive
Upper Marlboro, MD 20774

Growing Season: March 1 to December 15

Reservation Requirements

Resident

In order to participate, you must be a Prince George’s or Montgomery County resident age 21 or older.

PARKS DIRECT Account

Parks Direct account is required in order to make a reservation. 

Rental Agreement

A rental agreement must be agreed to. 

Full Rental Fee

The full rental fee must be paid at the time of reservation.

Online Only

Reservations must be made online via Parks Direct. A Parks Direct account and residency verification and age are required to make a reservation. Verification information can be found here.

Contact Us

Park Permits
Email Park Permits
Physical Address
6600 Kenilworth Avenue
Suite 100
Riverdale, MD 20737
Phone: 301-699-2400
Maryland Relay 7-1-1

Related Documents

Dine, Learn & Move

Dine, Learn & Move is FREE and presented to you in partnership with Prince George’s County Health Department, Suburban Hospital, University of Maryland Capital Region Health, and M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County.

Virtual Dine, Learn & Move

Join us each month for 90 minutes of virtual fun where participants will be able to get active, learn simple everyday tips for making healthy choices, and engage with a chef while watching a cooking demonstration.

Summer 2024 registration opens May 15 for Residents; May 22 for Non-residents.

Wednesday, May 22, 6-7:30 pm
Dine, Learn & Move: Healthy Blood Pressure Tips

May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month. Know your numbers! High blood pressure affects one in three Americans and it’s the third leading cause of death in the U.S. Join us this month to learn information and tips to promote and manage a healthy blood pressure by making healthy food choices. The session will kick off with a physical activity encouraging you to be active and end with a live cooking demonstration showcasing healthy recipes you can try at home.
Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE

Wednesday, June 26, 6-7:30 pm 

Dine, Learn & Move: Mocktail Magic: Sip Your Way to Wellness 

Join us as we dive into the art of crafting delicious mocktails using seasonal ingredients. This session will kick off with physical activity, followed by a presentation from a registered dietician on how to create healthy mocktails and will conclude with a live cooking demonstration. Toast to a healthier lifestyle as we blend flavor, wellness, and community in this virtual gathering. Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE 

Wednesday, July 24, 6-7:30 pm 

Dine, Learn & Move: Chill & Grill 

July is National Minority Mental Health Month and National Grilling Month. Let’s celebrate both by discussing some ways to take care of your mind, body, and soul. We will begin with instructor-led exercise, then our guest speaker will share some useful information on how to support your mental health through self-care this summer. Finally, our chef will demonstrate healthy changes you can make to some of your favorite grilling recipes and sides. Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE 

Wednesday, August 28, 6-7:30 pm 

Dine, Learn & Move: Gut Health: Balance Begins Within 

Did you know that your gut is like a second brain? It aids in the digestion of foods you eat, absorbs nutrients, and uses them to fuel and maintain your body. August is Gut Health Awareness Month. Join us this month as we discuss the importance of gut health and ways to improve your digestive system. We will start off the session with a group exercise, followed by a nutrition segment, and finish with a live cooking demonstration using anti-inflammatory ingredients to help fight gut inflammation. Registration required. All ages welcome. FREE 

Check out the latest virtual session recording to get active, learn simple everyday tips for making healthy choices, and watch a healthy cooking demonstration.

Contact Us

Health & Wellness
Email wellness@pgparks.com
Phone: (301) 446-6800
Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Farmers Market

M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County seeks to improve healthy food access for residents while promoting economic and agricultural development. Stock up on fresh and tasty foods while supporting local farmers.

Program Overview

Prince George’s County has several farmers’ markets located throughout the county. Purchase organic produce, fresh baked goods, artisanal soaps and candles, various plants and herbs, and much more!

Interested in growing your own produce? Learn more about our community garden plots.

Click here for a list of Farmer’s Markets in Prince George’s County!

Benefits

  • Fresh: most food is hand-picked the morning of the farmers market.
  • Organic: many of the farmers that participate in our farmers’ markets grow their produce using organic methods.
  • Affordable: the value of the items at our farmers’ markets is typically better than what you would find at your local grocery store. Some farmers’ markets even accept federal nutrition assistance benefits!
  • Better for the environment: small farms produce less environmental waste.
  • Strengthens the local economy: when you buy from local farms you are directly supporting local independent/family farms.
  • Accessible: farmers’ markets make healthy food choices accessible to everyone in the community.
  • Enjoy the outdoors: get some fresh air while getting your shopping done!

View additional Health and Wellness offerings.

Contact Us

Health & Wellness
Email wellness@pgparks.com
Phone: (301) 446-6800
Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Mental health is vital to our overall well-being, yet it is often overlooked or stigmatized. According to the World Health Organization, one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives.

Program Overview

Check back here for additional information to observe Mental Health Awareness Week in October, 2024. Learn about mental health resources in Prince George’s County and gain knowledge on how to take care of your mental well-being through FREE workshops, trainings, and fitness classes.

Smart Vending

Healthy Vending is one step in the right direction on your path to wellness. It’s time to Live Smart, Eat Smart!  

M-NCPPC is creating healthy communities through people, parks, and programs. We’re bringing healthier snack and beverage choices to our vending machines throughout our various parks and recreation facilities all over the county.  

Why? We care about you and we care about your health!  

Why? Experts confirm that small steps to make healthier food and beverage options available in vending machines can help to reduce Type 2 diabetes, obesity, and other recurring diseases.  

Why? Healthy grab-n-go food choices in our vending machines will help shape a healthier future for our communities.

  1. What is Smart Vending?
    • For the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Smart Vending is a campaign to provide healthier snack and beverage choices in vending machines on M-NCPPC properties including the Department of Parks and Recreation. 
  2. Why has Smart Vending begun at Department of Parks and Recreation facilities?
    • We care about your health!
    • Prevention and management of chronic disease is essential for improving the overall health, life expectancy and quality of life for all our patrons and employees. 
    • We want to create healthy communities through people, parks, and programs. 
    • According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other health experts, small steps, like making healthier food and beverage choices more widely available in vending machines, can help reduce the frequency of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and other recurring diseases.
    • We want to work with our partners to reduce obesity and to promote a wellness within the County. 
    • Health and wellness is a major focus of its Formula 2040: Functional Master Plan for Parks, Recreation and Open Space. 
  3. What is the M-NCPPC Smart Vending Policy?
    • Any packaged food and beverage item offered shall contain no more than:
    • 0.5 grams of trans-fat per serving
    • 200 milligrams of sodium per package
    • No more than 200 calories per package
    • Less than 35% of total calories from fat except for foods containing 100% nuts or seeds with no added fats
    • Less than 10% of calories from saturated fat
    • No more than 35% of calories from total sugars excepts for 1%, 2% or non-fat dairy products, non-dairy milk products, fruits, and vegetables
    • At least on healthy food choice offered must meet the Food and Drug Administration’s definition of “low sodium” (<140 mg per serving)
    • Sugarless chewing gum and mints also meet healthy food choices specifications
    • Healthy Beverage choices shall meet the following specifications:
      • Individual healthy beverage choices offered in vending machines must contain fewer than 40 calories per serving unless specified below
      • The following beverages also meet healthy beverage choices nutritional standards even though they exceed 40 calories per serving:
        • Fat-free milk; 1% low fat dairy milk; calcium or vitamin D fortified soy milk with less than 200 calories per containers
        • Packages containing 12 ounces or less of 100% fruit juice, vegetable juice or fruit juice combined with water and no added caloric sweeteners and no more than 200 milligrams of socium per container.
      • Vegetable juice must contain <230 milligrams of sodium per serving.
  4. Will all vending machines within the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation meet the Smart Vending Standards?
    • Yes. We are transitioning machines, and when completed, all Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities will have machines with healthier snack and beverage options. There are, however, a few facilities that we do not own, buy may host our programs. While their vending machines may not adhere to the policy, we are hopeful that they will support our efforts.
  5. Is it a permanent change?
    • Yes, it is a full Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission change in both Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties. 
  6. Will this policy bring a price increase?
    • According to our policy, food and beverage items that meet the Healthy Vending Standards must be similar in price or less expensive than products that did not meet the Healthy Vending Standards previously stocked in the machines.
  7. Does the policy call for fresh produce?
    • No, the policy does not currently call for fresh produce. However, there will be tasty snacks such as nuts and dried fruit available to eat.
  8. What is M-NCPPC’s view on artificial sweeteners?
    • M-NCPPC is currently reviewing the literature on the pros and cons of the use of artificial sweeteners. Once a decision is made about the use of artificial sweeteners, it will be reviewed periodically. 
  9. Can I suggest snack and/or beverage options that meet the Smart Vending Standard?
  10. Has this initiative been successful at the other agencies?
    • Yes! Park and recreation agencies, schools, hospitals, and many other organizations have begun to make these changes to support better outcomes. Please visit the National Parks and Recreation Association’s website for more information and success stories at www.nrpa.org/success-stories/Healthy-Vending

Video Library

Nutrition & Health Education Programs

Watch videos of healthy cooking demonstrations and workshops conducted by trained healthcare professionals on various health and nutrition topics during our monthly observances. 

New Year New You Nutrition Series

Watch the Goal Setting and Eating from MyPlate Nutrition Workshop
Learn how to start at the beginning of any task by setting “SMART” goals and identify what balanced eating looks like.

Watch the Healthy Store Tour
Join us for a virtual Giant Store tour! During this interactive store tour, learn how to fill your cart with nutrient-packed foods that will help you stay on track with your personal health and wellness goals throughout 2023.

Watch the Meal Planning to Fit your Budget Nutrition Workshop
Rethink your weekly shopping routine and stretch your grocery dollar even further. In this virtual session, you will be provided with tips for creating healthy meals at home while staying on a budget.

Watch the Mindful Eating Nutrition Workshop
Mindfulness is the capacity to bring full attention and awareness to one’s experience, in the moment, without judgement. Mindful eating brings mindfulness to food choices and the experience of eating. Learn how to become aware of your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations while eating in this virtual session.

Watch the Eating for Health and Setting Wellness Goals Nutrition Workshop
Start the New Year with an interactive session that will give you healthy tips to achieve your goals. Explore paths to healthy eating and learn how to balance your plate to meet your health and wellness goals. This virtual session will help you identify simple changes that will add up to major improvements!

Watch the What’s on your Plate and Eating Out Nutrition Workshop
Healthy eating starts with what goes on your plate. During this virtual session, learn what a well-rounded meal looks like and tips to help you create a nutritious plate whether you are at home or out at a restaurant.

Watch the Cook Once, Eat Twice Nutrition Workshop
Explore ways to cook less and fill your freezer (or fridge) so that you can have a meal in minutes.

Watch the Beating Sugar Cravings: Fruit Yogurt Parfait & Apple Crisp Cooking Demonstration
Learn two recipes that will put a twist on your favorite dessert dishes to keep you on track with your wellness goals.

National Heart Health Month

Watch the Fuel Up for Your Heart Cooking Demonstration
Explore a new way to eat canned tuna! During this virtual session, you will learn how to make tuna cakes and quinoa that are packed with heart-healthy and brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids.

Watch the Heart-Healthy Perfect Pairings Cooking Demonstration
In this virtual session, discover how to make a vegan alternative to the classic tuna sandwich paired with a colorful vegetable soup.

Healthy Holiday Nutrition Series

Watch the Holiday Appetizers: Garlicky Hummus & Stuffed Croissants Cooking Demonstration
Start your holiday gathering with a Mediterranean inspired appetizer that the whole family will love. In this session you will learn how to make garlicky hummus and stuffed croissants.

Watch the Eating for Your Health Store Tour: Holiday Edition Workshop
Looking for ways to add festive colors to your holiday spread? During this interactive store tour, learn how to fill your cart with nutrient-packed foods that will help you stay on track with your personal health and wellness goals over the holiday season.

Watch the Lettuce Eat! Workshop
No matter your nutrition goals, adding vegetables to your diet is a great way to improve long-term health and maintain a healthy weight. In this session we will learn how to add more veggies on your holiday plate.

Watch the Healthy Holiday Party Beverages Workshop
Being health-conscious doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in festive drinking at your holiday gathering. In this session you will learn recipes for beverages that will have you feeling festive while keeping your health in mind.

Watch the Set It and Forget It Slow Cooker Meals Workshop
You’re too busy to stress over what’s for dinner during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. After attending this session, you will have a few new recipes to add to your repertoire of slow cooker meals for your family.

Watch the Cranberry Stuffing & Medley Root Vegetables Cooking Demonstration
Let the side dishes steal the show during your next holiday gathering! In this session, you will learn two new recipes to add to your holiday spread: cranberry stuffing and medley root vegetables.

Watch the Black-Eyed Peas & Collard Greens Cooking Demonstration
Healthy side dishes don’t have to lack flavor! During this session, you will learn how to tweak your traditional black-eyed peas and collard greens recipes to make them healthier.

Fun Fresh Summer Smoothie & Cooking Demonstration Series

Watch the Superfood Smoothies Demonstration
Participants will learn how to build two smoothies filled with superfoods to give their bodies the needed vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants: an Avocado Banana Smoothie and Chocolate Lovers Protein Shake.

Watch the Protein-Packed Smoothies Demonstration
In this session, participants will learn to create two protein-packed smoothie recipes to give their bodies fuel: a fruity and fun Watermelon Strawberry Protein Shake and a creamy and smooth Almond Delight Protein Shake.

Watch the Satisfyingly Sweet and Healthy! Desserts Cooking Demonstration
In this session, participants will learn how to satisfy their sweet-tooths with two healthy dessert recipes: Black Bean Brownies and an Açaí Fruit Bowl.

National Nutrition Month

Watch the Build Your Best Breakfast Nutrition Workshop
Learn easy ways to make a quick breakfast from scratch, products to consider if you don’t like to cook, and ways to break your fast outside of the traditional cereal box.

Watch the Anti-Inflammatory Diet: Brown Rice Pasta & Broccoli Stir-Fry Cooking Demonstration
Learn about what types of food can reduce or even prevent chronic inflammation—a risk factor for many health issues. These recipes will include fruits, veggies, lean protein, nuts, seeds, and much more.

Watch the Mindful Eating Nutrition Workshop
Discover tips and tricks to help you become more aware of how the environment influences eating habits. This session is not about what to eat — it’s about how to eat.

Watch the Cook Once, Eat Twice Nutrition Workshop
Explore ways to cook less and fill your freezer (or fridge) so that you can have a meal in minutes

Watch the Beating Sugar Cravings: Fruit Yogurt Parfait & Apple Crisp Cooking Demonstration
Learn two recipes that will put a twist on your favorite dessert dishes to keep you on track with your wellness goals.

Watch the Plant-Based Eating Nutrition Workshop
Learn about vegetarian and vegan eating while exploring ways to add plant-based foods to your diet.

Watch the Plant-Based Diet: Vegan Crab Cakes & Succulent Spinach Cooking Demonstration
Discover two recipes that are nutrient-dense and plant-based to add to your list of go-to meals.

May is National Physical Fitness & Sports Month

Watch the Fueling Up & Powering Down Nutrition Workshop
How you eat before and after a workout can affect your ability to maximize your activity and recover afterward. Join us with a Giant Nutritionist to learn about the role carbs and protein play in fueling and repairing your body.

Watch the Healthy Snacks On-the Go: Power Booster Balls and No-Bake Chocolate Cookie Bark Cooking Demonstration
Sports and fitness classes keeping you busy? The snacks you eat in between meals matter. Discover the fun in making power booster balls and no-bake chocolate cookie bark in this interactive virtual cooking demonstration.

Watch the Hydrate to Feel Great Nutrition Workshop
In this session, find out why water is an essential nutrient, how to know if you’re getting enough, and ways to keep it interesting.

Watch the Nutrition and Athletic Performance Nutrition Workshop
In this session, you will explore when to eat and what kinds of foods are best to fuel and maintain peak performance.

Watch the Fueling Up & Powering Down Nutrition Workshop
Learn about the role carbs and protein play in fueling and repairing your body, and how what you eat before and after a workout can affect your ability to maximize your activity.

Watch the Gamifying Meal Planning Nutrition Workshop
Eating the same meals over and over? Stuck with a pantry of boring ingredients? In this session, learn how to stay balanced but up the fun with random cuisines and cooking methods.

Virtual Nutrition Workshops

Watch the Spice up Your Life! Workshop
Herbs and spices are an easy way to add flavor, fragrance, and nutrition to your meals. In this session, learn about the health benefits of common culinary spices!

Watch the Eating for your Health Store Tour Workshop
During this interactive store tour, learn how to fill your cart with nutrient-packed foods that will help you manage a healthy weight, fight fatigue, and meet your personal wellness goals.

Watch the Is Your Portion Control Out of Control Workshop
Food provides nourishment for the body and enjoyment for the mind and spirit. How can you achieve balance in your relationship with food? Learn how to add mindful eating, meditation, and calming foods into your lifestyle.

Technique Tuesdays

Join us each week for a new sports skill video to help you stay healthy and keep your sports skills sharp while at home. This is another great resource to keep you connected to your favorite sport and to also introduce you to new ones!

Health and Wellness Wednesdays

Join us each Wednesday for new fitness, health education, and nutrition videos. This is another great resource to stay healthy and motivated on your path to wellness.  

Dine, Learn & Move

Watch the latest virtual session recording to get active, learn simple everyday tips for making healthy choices, and watch a healthy cooking demonstration.

Mental Health Awareness Week

Watch the Foods to Get Your Zzzzzz’s On for Great Mental Health Workshop
If your sleep routine is a little out of whack, we can help! In this virtual session, you will learn the best foods to help you achieve a good night’s sleep, foods you should avoid, and foods that will kick-start your energy when you wake up.

Watch the Life In Recovery After Surviving Suicide: A Conversation About Mental Health & Self-Care Seminar
This virtual session will take participants through a suicide survivor’s journey of mental health recovery and healing. Hear her story of recovering from a suicide attempt to successfully manage a diagnosis and live a fulfilling life. You will also explore self-care strategies that will help inspire you to begin your wellness journey.

Watch From Jail to Joy: My Journey with Bipolar Seminar
This virtual session will take participants through the breathtaking journey of Ph.D.’s mistaken identity. This session will discuss Dr. Ray’s experience, share tips on crisis prevention, and allow space for questions. This session is for anyone who has lived experience with bipolar disorder and the friends and family, who are supporting them.

Watch the Mood Boosting Foods Nutrition Workshop
Did you know that the food you eat can impact your mood? In this virtual session, learn tips and tricks to help you positively impact your mental health. Learn about mood-boosting and brain-powering foods.

Contact Us

Health & Wellness
Email wellness@pgparks.com
Phone: (301) 446-6800
Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability.

Contact Us

Health & Wellness

Additional Information

For more information, call 301-446-6800; Maryland Relay 7-1-1 for customers who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability or email wellness@pgparks.com Events may be canceled due to inclement weather or wet grounds. Call 301-927-0822 for weather-related cancellations. No events on Federal Holidays.

Participants are encouraged to register for classes through Parks Direct using the links above. Learn how to set up a Parks Direct account. For assistance with registration, contact the Customer Service Help Desk at 301-699-2255. For more information, e-mail wellness@pgparks.com.

ADA Accommodation

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.