Fitness in the Parks

Fitness in the Parks is a FREE exercise program that provides a variety of fitness opportunities within parks and natural areas across Prince George's County! We invite you to find the class that best suits your fitness goals and to come discover the benefits of exercising in nature.


Program Overview

Our Fitness in the Parks classes take place during spring, summer, and fall at M-NCPPC sites throughout Prince George's County. Classes are approximately one hour and are designed for all fitness levels. Our classes are taught by Certified Fitness Instructors. Find a class at a park near you!

Benefits of Exercising Outdoors

Exercising outdoors provides an opportunity to be physically active in a constantly changing environment. Using your local park, running on a nearby trail or simply walking around your neighborhood are all great ways to meet your neighbors and your fitness goals! While exercise can enhance your physical health, it can improve your mental health too.

Program Locations & Registration

Online registration for each class is encouraged via Parks Direct. Learn how to register online.

Classes may be canceled due to inclement weather or wet grounds. Call 301-927-0822 for weather-related cancellations. No classes are held on Federal Holidays.

2023 Class Schedule

Spring into Fitness

Spring into fitness with these FREE fitness classes. As the weather gets warmer, get back into your fitness routine with these classes that will improve your cardiovascular stamina and build your muscular strength. Register at pgparksdirect.com

Tuesdays, March 14, 21, & 28, 6-7 pm
Family Fitness
This high-energy fitness class will get the whole family moving! Learn new exercises and different ways to stay active. This class is great for all levels. Please bring a mat or towel to class.
Ages 6 & up; FREE 
Glenn Dale Community Center (located in parking lot) 
11901 Glenn Dale Boulevard 
Glenn Dale 20769 

Activity Code: 17626-279H

Wednesdays, March 15, 22 & 29, 6-7 pm 
Boot Camp 
Join us for a workout that strengthens your muscles and improves your heart health! Class includes a combination of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises to provide a challenging and rewarding workout experience. Please bring a mat or towel to class. 
Ages 13 & up; FREE
Watkins Regional Park (located near Tennis Bubble) 
301 Watkins Park Drive 
Upper Marlboro 20774 

Activity Code: 17626-279I

Thursdays, March 16, 23 & 30, 6-7 pm 
Wellness Walk 
Walking is great for your physical and mental health. Learn how to establish a walking routine and connect with others who have similar fitness goals. Participants can walk at their own pace on a route determined by the instructor. 
Ages 13 & up; FREE 
Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located near the restrooms)  
1770 Tucker Road
Ft. Washington 20744 

Activity Code: 17626-279J


Fitness in the Parks 2023

Mondays, April 10-May 29, 8:30-9:30 am   
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 in parking lot)   
1770 Tucker Road 
Fort Washington 20744
  
Activity Code: 17681-279A

Mondays, April 10-May 29, 6-7 pm   
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  

Activity Code: 17681-279B

Wednesdays, April 12-May 31, 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 in parking lot)   
1770 Tucker Road   
Fort Washington 20744
  
Activity Code: 17681-279C

Wednesdays, April 12-May 31, 6-7 pm 
Boot Camp   
Join us for a workout that strengthens your muscles and improves your heart health! Class includes a combination of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises to provide a challenging and rewarding workout experience. Please bring a mat or towel to class. Level: Intermediate.
Ages 13 & up
Watkins Regional Park (located near the nature center)   
301 Watkins Park Drive  
Upper Marlboro 20774 

Activity Code: 17681-279D

Fridays, April 14-May 26, 8:30-9:30 am
Tai Ji Fit
“Meditation in motion” is how health experts describe Tai Chi – an ancient form of exercise for balance, stretching, muscle tone, and flexibility. Incorporate deep breathing along with gentle, flowing, focused movements into your exercise program for better overall health and the relief of stress. Level: All.
Ages 13 & up
NE Branch Trail (located at the Denis Wolf Trail stop)   
5211 Campus Drive
College Park MD  20740

Activity Code: 17681-279E

Saturdays, April 15-May 27, 8-9 am   
Boot Camp  
Join us for a workout that strengthens your muscles and improves your heart health! Class includes a combination of bodyweight, strength, and cardio exercises to provide a challenging and rewarding workout experience. Please bring a mat or towel to class. Level: Intermediate  Ages 13 & up
Woodmore Towne Centre Park (located on turf field)  
9200 Ruby Lockhart Boulevard  
Lanham 20706
  
Activity Code: 17681-279F

Saturdays, April 15-May 27, 10-11 am 
Core Workout   
Your core muscles are essential for maintaining balance and posture in your daily routine (everything from lifting weights to standing up!). Learn how to engage and strengthen your core through a variety of seated and standing exercises. Please bring a mat or towel to class. Level: Intermediate  
Ages 13 & up
Watkins Regional Park (located near the nature center)   
301 Watkins Park Drive   
Upper Marlboro 20774  

Activity Code: 17681-279G

Additional Information

Participants are encouraged to register for classes through Parks Direct using the links above or keyword search "Fitness in the Parks". Click here to learn how to set up a Parks Direct account.

Classes are for ages 13 & up. Participants must sign a waiver to participate in each class. For assistance with registration, contact the Customer Service Help Desk at 301-699-2255. For more information, e-mail wellness@pgparks.com.

ADA Accommodations

The Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities. Register at least two weeks before the program start date to request and receive a disability accommodation.

Before You Come to Class

  • Do not attend class if you are sick.
  • Please bring your own equipment with you to class. Limited equipment may be provided at this time.
  • Online class registration via Parks Direct is encouraged prior to attend class. Children ages 18 and under must be registered by a parent or guardian.
  • Please arrive at class on time. If you are more than 5 minutes late to class, your spot may be forfeited to another participant.
  • There is no guaranteed access to water fountains or restroom facilities at class locations; please come prepared.

During Class

  • COVID-19 GUIDELINES: Face coverings are no longer required outdoors in the parks, but are encouraged for unvaccinated individuals.
  • Please check in with staff upon arrival and follow the directions of staff and signs. Participants should remain 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Instructors will provide verbal cues only. There will be no direct contact.