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

Registration for each class is required via Parks Direct

January & February Events

Saturdays, January 8, 15, 22 & 29, 9-10 am
New Year, New You: Wellness Walk
Walking is great for your physical and mental health! Learn how to establish a walking routine and connect with others with similar fitness goals. Participants can walk at their own pace on a route determined by the instructor. Level: All.
FREE; Ages 13 & up
Fairland Regional Park (located near ballfields)
13950 Old Gunpowder Road, Laurel 20707
Register Here

Saturdays, February 5, 12, 19 & 26, 9-10 am
National Heart Health Month: 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. Level: Intermediate.
FREE; Ages 13 & up
Tucker Road Athletic Complex (located in the parking lot)
1770 Tucker Road, Fort Washington 20744
Register Here

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.

Tuesdays, March 15, 22, & 29, 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. Level: All.
FREE ; Ages 6 & up
Glenn Dale Community Center (located near pool entrance)
11901 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale 20769
Register Here

Wednesdays, March 16, 23, & 30, 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.
FREE; Ages 13 & up
Watkins Regional Park (located near Tennis Bubble)
301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro 20774
Register Here

Thursdays, March 17, 24, & 31, 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. Level: All.
FREE; Ages 13 & up
Cosca Regional Park (located near Clearwater Nature Center)
11000 Thrift Road, Clinton 20735
Register Here

Additional Information

Participants must register for classes through Parks Direct using the links above or keyword search "Fitness in the Parks". 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.

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

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. No equipment will be provided at this time.
  • Online class registration via Parks Direct is required prior to attending 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 required for all indoor venues and crowded outdoor venues including concerts, festivals, and ticketed sporting events. 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 must remain 6 feet apart at all times.
  • Instructors will provide verbal cues only. There will be no direct contact.
  • Participants must leave the class area at the end of class. No group gatherings.